Swedish designer Johanna Forsberg describes her Heat pendant lamp as a glowing cloud of fire. The lamps are made by the still young Norwegian manufacturer Northern. But Heat is more than just a Norwegian-Swedish co-production â€“ it is also a social project. Heat is produced in partnership with a development agency that gives asylum seekers and migrants the chance to gain training and find work by producing the lamps.
Where is the office today? Is it in our smartphones and tablets? Does it only exist in our heads? Or do we still need the ritual of coming to a physical space dedicated to work? For this yearâ€™s Orgatec fair, Vitra will be focusing on the increasing convergence of the office realm and public spaces, subsumed under the title â€śWorkâ€ť. The presentation showcases three examples of office scenarios.
A relaxing evening in front of the TV calls for very different living room lighting to that required for concentrated work. Similarly, the light needed to prepare a meal properly in the kitchen will very definitely not work for the intimate dinner that follows. And in the bathroom, too, there are many different lighting needs at different times of the day. New technologies and the products developed with them can imitate the circadian rhythm of daylight and support people in their home lives â€“ this is a growth market.
In the course of the continuing further development of the trade fair, on the occasion of imm cologne 2019, the structuring of the Pure design segment with the reformulation of hall 11 will be perfected to provide an architecturally looser, but atmospherically even more condensed hall of “Pure Atmospheres”. Dick Spierenburg is the architect of the redesigned hall 11 and explains the motifs for the trade fair update in an interview.
In 2019, hall 11 will be transformed into Pure Atmospheres as part of the conceptual development of the Pure design segment. The new direction means even more inspiration and emotion combined with a stronger business focus. â€śWe believe that the name reflects the hallâ€™s essence very well, and this is something that we want to emphasize much more strongly in future with our creative concept,â€ť says Dick Spierenburg, Creative Director of imm cologne.
Within just a few generations, we have gone from being an outdoor species to an indoor one. Today, we spend on average 90 per cent of our time in enclosed spaces. In addition, a YouGov survey conducted on behalf of the Velux Group revealed that participants were totally mistaken about their habits and the associated health risks. Children in particular are at risk because their bedrooms are often the most polluted rooms in the house.
In 1951, Danish architect and designer Ib Kofod-Larsen presented with his Knitting Chair a remarkable new chair design of Danish Modernism. The exposed, triangular construction, the gently curved seat and back, and the distinctive cutouts for resting the elbows when reading (or, of course, knitting), affirmed Kofod-Larsenâ€™s reputation as a master of portion and unexpected, sculptural form. The Knitting chair was put into production as a limited edition only. Since then, the elegant, inventive design has become an increasingly valuable and sought-after collectorâ€™s item.
In collaboration with the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the BMW Design Department has successfully developed 3D-printed inflatable material technologies. The materials can self-transform, adapt and morph from one state to another. A project that will certainly meet with great interest in the upholstery industry. The result is now on show for the first time at the exhibition The Future Starts Here at the V&A in London.
Summertime is the time for festivals. In Europe alone, more than 500 multi-day music festivals take place each year between May and September, attracting millions of visitors. Most of them will camp on the festival site itself. But one in four simply leave their weekend accommodation behind at the end of the festival. Taking down the tent and packing it away seems like too much hard work after a weekendâ€™s partying. Every year 25,000 tents are abandoned at festivals in the Netherlands alone. Thatâ€™s a lot of rubbish. And thatâ€™s exactly what the Dutch design team Wout Kommer and Jan Portheine thought. In response, they came up with a 100% recyclable tent made from cardboard.
What does the future hold for LEDs? Are OLEDs already obsolete? And will new laser lighting technology be adopted? The lighting segment is always evolving, with innovations regularly being unveiled. And developments in the smart homes segment are certainly also making a contribution. But efficient use of light, intelligent controls and furniture combined with lighting are also causing a stir in the market. Glare-free, indirect or circadian lighting technology are all playing an increasingly important role. Here in the imm cologne news blog, we present some of the latest lighting innovations.