World premiere at imm cologne: For the first time, Birkenstock presents beds and sleep systems

©  Birkenstock
© Birkenstock

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 body’s recovery when lying and sleeping.

Healthy sitting:
The ideal way to furnish your workplace

© Actiu
© Actiu

Whether we’re in the office, behind the wheel or at home in front of the TV – 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.

Ronan und Erwan Bouroullec create cloudy vases für Vitra

Nuage Launch Installation, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec ©Studio Bouroullec
Nuage Launch Installation, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec ©Studio Bouroullec

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.

Turning old into new:
seat covers made from recycled drinks bottles

© Brunner
© Brunner

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.

Bathrooms for Young and Old

© Geberit
© Geberit

Whether it is for singles, families, or seniors – the modern bathroom should meet everyone’s needs. It should be a stylish oasis of wellbeing, a childproof experimental space, and a safe haven all in one. In addition, we want to adapt it to our various needs. Trend researchers say that, in the future, variable floor plans and modern installation systems could enhance the bathroom’s versatility so much that it will be more easily adaptable to the lives of its users – provided, of course, that there are opportunities and adequate space for renovation.

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