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.
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.
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.
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.
Exhibitors and trade visitors appreciate imm cologne as a platform for contract business. The equipping of hotels, shops and other projects is of increasing importance for manufacturers from the furniture and interior design segments. In Cologne from 16 to 22 January 2017 they will present a diverse offering for these segments, from new products through individual consultation to tailored solutions.
New furniture and materials are giving rise to some unusual outdoor dining concepts that are as stylish as they are comfortable. The spectrum ranges from tasteful retro-look restaurants all the way to hip and snazzy beach clubs.
An interview with architect Kai-Uwe Bergmann, partner at BIG â€“ Bjarke Ingels Group, about changing lifestyles in Copenhagen and about the office’s visions on an international level
An interview with architects Bolle Tham and Martin VidegĂĄrd, Stockholm, about Scandinavian influences in their work and a home built by 2 million Swedes
An interview with Michele Rossi, partner at Italian architecture firm Park Associati, about spaces that fulfil various needs and about design as a means of communication