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.
When we step out into nature, we rejoice at the splendour of spring, when the trees almost seem to explode into a cloud of blossoms. We are captivated by summer meadows and their seas of flowers, and we catch our breath at the start of autumn, when the woods seem to shimmer in an endless display of colours. And in the winter we are delighted to see the sugar-coating of snow on the roofs and tree tops and the white blanket that lies over the countryside, giving us a sense of calm. The worlds of colours transport us emotionally, make our hearts beat faster or soothe our eyes. The same should be true of our homes. But their walls â€“ whose colours make up a large part of our living environment â€“ are usually white.
The Wishbone Chair, the Peacock Chair, the Round Chair: the names of the designs by Hans JĂ¸rgensen Wegner are simple but striking, the same as his works themselves. They unite an expressive aesthetic, practical functionalism and Danish craftsmanship. Thatâ€™s why the Danish furniture designer is one of the most important Scandinavian representatives of post-war modernism.
Living without a smartphone or tablet? Unthinkable for many. After all, these talented little devices have long since become constant companions. Even for furnishing oneâ€™s home. However, they are not only a source of inspiration via blogs, chats or Instagram & Co. Many apps are also really helpful when it comes to furnishing your own home for the first time or when you want a makeover. We present some of the most helpful apps.
Members of the coming generation live digitally, consume more spontaneously and furnish their homes differently. Individualisation means smaller batches, many products will be self-designed, brand lifespans will be shorter, and unknown start-ups are feted like stars. For established companies, the future scenario could be bleak if they do not adapt to changing market conditions. We find out what this scenario might look like in an interview with Barbara Busse, proprietor of Future+You.
Today everyone knows just how important good sleep is. And weâ€™re prepared to invest some money when buying a new bed. But itâ€™s not just our bed, mattress, duvet and pillows that determine how well we sleep. A survey by the health insurer Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) examined the internal and external factors that contribute to a restful nightâ€™s sleep â€“ or otherwise. The results provide some food for thought for the specialised trade as there are growing numbers of holistic systems available on the market.