“Big is beautiful” â€“ this American furnishing trend has long since found its way to Europe. Imports like the “American” diner kitchen, outdoor living with barbecue, the en suite bathroom or the urban loft are considered chic here. A portrait of American living culture.
For many years, Villeroy & Boch has designed its ceramic sinks with an eye to international interior trends, particularly where the colour spectrum is concerned. Whilst the most recent preferences here were for neutral, soft tones, strong, expressive colours that can be used as deliberate accents and highlights are once again gaining ground: In modern living areas, as well as in bathrooms and kitchens, a bolder colour scheme is livening up interior design.
A conversation with Ahmed Al-Ali, co-founder of Dubai-based X-Architects, about urban life and residential architecture in the Gulf region.
An interview with architects Georg Gewers and Henry Pudewill, of Berlin, on urban designs for Mecca and on the extent to which European cities can be compared with cities in the Arab region
An interview with Japanese architect Bunzo Ogawa about ‘primitive’ architecture and the public awareness of design and urban spaces.
For the thirteenth time in a row Koelnmesse has commissioned the German Design Council to act as overseers and organizers of the young designersâ€™ exhibition and prize at imm cologne 2016. We met Moritz Putzier – winner of last year’s competetition – for an interview where he talked about his contest experiences and recent projects.
An interview with South Korean architect Moon Hoon about private houses and freedom in the designing process.
Simple and natural, with a love of detail and techniques that have stood the test of time â€“ these attributes are common to Japanâ€™s culinary art and its interior design. In contemporary Japanese restaurants, bars and cafes, more and more Western influences are visible alongside elements of the countryâ€™s traditional culture.
An interview with Ma Yansong, founder of MAD Architects in Beijing, about nature, fundamental human feelings, the modern city, and philosophies of the East.
Besides classic shopping locations like the silk markets, China also has the largest shopping centres in the world, but also a growing number of smaller shops offering unusual interior design in addition to high quality goods. Here the focus is on shopping as an experience.