Our working worlds are transforming. We no longer work from nine to five â€“ or nine to seven. Flexitime is the new normal â€“ whenever our personal performance is at its best. Co-working studios are constantly popping up, spaces that promote networking and encourage their users to constantly exchange ideas and knowledge with each other. Stationary workstations are expanding into digital platforms that you can log into anywhere.
The work of designer duo Fredrik FĂ¤rg and Emma Marga Blanche is characterised by their proximity to fashion and to playful textile details. The Swedish-French duo has now designed the Ram Easy Chair for Design House Stockholm. The striking seams of the armchair and the lapels on the armrests are reminiscent of tailor-made shirts.
With TitanCeram, Villeroy & Boch has created a new kind of ceramic material, which combines delicate forms with unusually stability. The secret is the fusion of ceramic materials and titanium dioxide. The material now was used for the new bathroom collection Finion. The design of this collection is made by Patrick Frey, who is renowned for his unusual yet useful combinations of form and function in his works. In the interview, Patrick Frey talks the work with the material ceramic and the new collection.
In the living room the sofa is the eye-catcher and the place where we spend the most time. But often the design of this room is more individual than the products offered by upholstered furniture manufacturers. Niches, projecting walls or ledges, pitched roofs, ovens or doors can thwart plans to buy the sofa of your dreams. Itâ€™s a centimetre too wide here, or the backrests donâ€™t fit there, or maybe the whole sofa is a bit too deep. Thatâ€™s why we compromise on our couch purchases and buy an off-the-peg model â€“ even though the trend for personalisation is making inroads into interior design in a growing number of areas.
He is one of the most flamboyant figures on the German designer and fashion scene. But Harald GlĂ¶Ă¶ckler creates more than just fashion under his label PompĂ¶Ă¶s. To crown it all, he wants to extend his realm to the interior landscape, whether itâ€™s with wallpaper, lighting, home accessories or even a complete prefabricated house. Now the Prince of PompĂ¶Ă¶s is launching a box spring bed collection.
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.