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 and interior design magazines. 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.
Even if woodchip is still the most frequently used type of wallpaper, growing numbers of people have a new look and a change of scene in mind when they redecorate. And with an abundance of alternatives to choose from, why not give at least one wall a completely new covering?
For many visitors, the prestigious programme of talks offered by The Stage is the starting point for their visit to the international interiors show imm cologne. Designers, creative talent and interiors professionals inform the audience about current developments in interior design. The lecture forum offers with 55 lectures on 7 days a very strong programme. Today the speakers will talk about natural materials in sustainable construction (Susanne Brandherm and Sabine Krumrey), DIY from a new perspective (Sigurd Larsen), living happily with Hygge (Barbara Delius) and colour for body, mind and soul (Axel Venn)
The trends forum at the largest interiors show of the year cannot fail to shine a light on the fringe areas of interior design. Robert MĂĽller-GrĂĽnow (Scentcommunication) will be explaining the important role fragrances can play in interior design. Virtual worlds are also playing an increasingly important role in the furnishings sector. Picking up on this field in the lecture programme, Mara Michel (.futurize dietrendagentur) will be offering an insight into â€śanalogue virtualityâ€ť, while Michael Gairing (Blanx) will address the issue of augmented reality. And Barbara Busse (Future+You) will give an insight in the ideas about design and marketing of the Generation Z.
The colour trends for the new interiors season are of particular interest, and will again be presented by Karl Johann Bertilsson (NCS Colour Academy) in 2018. As the flipside to trends in interior colour design, Dr. Hildegard Kalthegener will also have the appropriate anti-trends to hand. But materials will also get their fair share of attention in the lecture forum of The Stage. Hannes BĂ¤uerle (raumPROBE) will highlight the importance of the combination of materials and sound; Dr. Sascha Peters (Haute Innovation) will be giving a presentation about materials for a decarbonised society. Of course, there is more to come on Wednesday:
As urbanisation continues to gather pace, attractive living spaces in large cities are becoming increasingly sparse. Indeed, more people than ever are living within a shrinking footprint. With Mini Living, Mini is addressing these developments and creating the first co-living project in China. Together with Chinese project developer Nova Property Investment Co., Mini is about to transform a former industrial complex in Shanghai into a multi-layered co-living initiative made up of apartments, working spaces and cultural/leisure offerings. The conversion work is slated to begin before the end of this year.
Glamping is a new trend that has set out to take camping to new heights with its equation â€śglamourâ€ť + â€ścampingâ€ť. And it has nothing to do with sleeping in damp, uncomfortable places, wearing soggy clothes and getting wet feet. Glamping accommodation simply cannot be compared to conventional tents. Comfortable beds with sprung mattresses, proper furniture, stoves for welcoming warmth â€“ the interior can even include a bathroom complete with bathtub.
OLEDs are a relatively recently developed illuminant. The technology is predominantly used in TVs, smartphones and tablets. But OMLED luminaires also employ OLEDs. Their new lamps go by the name of OMLED Round and transform glare-free light from the light-emitting diodes â€“ which are in fact square â€“ to give the light source a circular appearance.
Can lights be turned on without flicking a switch? Nimbus shows how this can be done in a very smart way in the new building for the Neckar-Fils regional group of SĂĽdwestmetall in Esslingen, southern Germany. Throughout the building, lights are activated independently â€“ and only when they are needed. This is made possible by a wireless network of LED lights with innovative lighting control.