With furniture, we arrange our flats, express our style and perhaps even make a visual statement. But we donâ€™t decide whether we like a table or a sofa based on their looks alone â€“ feel and function also play a role. The challenge lies in combining all three factors. With his masterâ€™s project at Folkwang University, the bureau â€śKabinettâ€ť, Tim zum Hoff has even succeeded in directly linking a tactile experience with a function â€“ the bureauâ€™s compartments are illuminated by brushing a hand gently across its surface.
The Dutch design studio Raw Color likes to blend the borders of design disciplines by mixing the fields of graphic design, photography and textile design. Within their work the materialisation of colour plays a key role. Now, Daniera ter Haar and Christoph Brach have designed the “Blend” collection for Nanimarquina, playing with the visual perception of colour.
When he founded his design company in 2007, Cristian Zuzunaga’s aim was to create things that capture and reflect the dynamism of modern life. He is inspired by the modern architecture of major cities such as London, Barcelona, New York and Shanghai. At imm cologne 2017, he aims to show how the digital world can be drawn on to create space for vitality.
Health is one of the current mega-trends and as it has begun to spread into all areas of our lives, it has a growing impact on people and their behaviour. However, â€śbeing healthyâ€ť does not just mean being free of illness; it also means feeling good in your body and having a healthy work-life-balance. In her lecture Martina BrĂĽĂźel introduces a mega-trend, that influences private, individual living areas and the associated architecture and design â€“ in particular, bathroom design.
Birkenstock is a long-established and very well-known brand. With footbeds adapted to the anatomy of the foot, the name has stood for expertly produced footwear and healthy feet since 1774. Today, the company is expanding its portfolio and will now also offer sleep systems and beds. And just as their footbeds conform to the natural shape of the foot, the sleep system will adapt to suit the whole bodyâ€™s recovery when lying and sleeping.
Designed for the â€śGreat Bauhaus Exhibitionâ€ť in 1923, Walter Gropiusâ€™ directorâ€™s office is considered the worldâ€™s first holistic spatial composition of the modern era. It was conceived as a showroom of an ideal study, accommodating a seating area as well as a workspace with a chair and desk.
Whether weâ€™re in the office, behind the wheel or at home in front of the TV â€“ we sit too much and for too long. According to a survey conducted by the German market research institute GfK on behalf of the health insurer DKV and the Sport University Cologne, we spend an average of 450 minutes or 7.5 hours sitting on workdays. General tips such as regularly standing up and getting some exercise are simply not enough. Sitting correctly and ensuring that seating furniture supports correct sitting posture is vital.
In 2002, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec created a module shelf system, reminiscent of a cloud, that can be grouped into clusters or large-scale configurations. Eight tubular cavities pierce the flat surfaces of the modular element while also defining the form’s outer contours. Now the designers had picked up this shape again to create the vases Nuage for Vitra.
Polyethylene terephthalate or PET for short. It is the material used to make drinks bottles. Consumers in Germany can return these bottles to supermarkets after use and collect the refundable deposit. But what happens to the no-longer-needed, crushed bottles? Some of them are made into bottles again, others into T-shirts or fleeces. And some of them are made into seat covers. Brunner uses a cover fabric made from 100% recycled polyester for many of its products.
For Verzelloni, the Zoe lounge chair has been a classic which has constantly evolved and presented itself in a new guise many times over. To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the company has splashed out on new clothes for its birthday child.