Interview Dick Spierenburg: Five houses with five perspectives

As part of the concept of the imm cologne design event “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”, a new designer is invited each year to set the stage of this international interior design platform. Cologne is proud to announce that Sebastian Herkner will take on this role in 2016. Dick Spierenburg, the imm cologne Creative Director, explains in interview the selection process, comparing all five sharply contrasting editions of “Das Haus”.

 

Dick Spierenburg, Creative Director imm cologne; Foto: Guido Schiefer, Koelnmesse
Dick Spierenburg, Creative Director imm cologne; Photo: Guido Schiefer, Koelnmesse

Paralympic-Winner Anna Schaffelhuber: “I see myself as an ambassador for barrier-free accessibility.”

By now, the topic of barrier-free accessibility is an integral part of the sanitary industry. If you want to use a bathroom comfortably even with restricted mobility, then you need a bathroom with special features: wheelchair-compatible bathroom sinks which you can sit in front of, flush-fit showers with stepless entry and WCs with special dimensions and grips. By now there are a number of ranges that meet these requirements. However, what about aesthetics? How far convenience and design are combined to design barrier-free accessibility in a modern and appealing way?

With the current O.novo Vita collection, Villeroy & Boch wants to show, that this combination ist truly possible. The five-times gold medallist at the 2014 Paralympics in Sotschi, Anna Schaffelhuber, is ambassador for O.novo Vita. The 21-year old, who has been wheelchair-bound since birth, has been crazy about sport, and skiing in particular, since she was small. She has won numerous events, titles and awards in her career thus far. Furthermore, she is highly involved with issues concerning barrier-free accessibility and inclusion. In the interview Schaffelhubel will be talking about functionality and design, barrier-free accessibility in public areas and her collaboration with Villeroy & Boch.

DE: Villeroy & Boch, O.novo Vita, Anna Schaffelhuber
DE: Villeroy & Boch, O.novo Vita, Anna Schaffelhuber

Holistic design

French designer François Brument and Sonia Laugier intensively devotes themselves to the possibilities of 3D printing for the design of living spaces. Their design approach thereby aims at a holistic digital production process combining architecture and interior design. Together they developed the “Printed Habitat” – a real bedroom model with an integrated shower and a walk-in wardrobe representing the holistic production of living spaces on 15 square metres. In the following interview, François Brument and Sonia Laugier talk about their design approach and the potentials of 3D printing.

François Brument, Credit: Maria Spera
François Brument, Credit: Maria Spera
Sonia Laugier, Credit: In-Flexions
Sonia Laugier, Credit: In-Flexions