Today, two major trends in materials developments relevant to interior solutions and design can be observed. On the one hand, manufacturers are seeking to expand their ranges of sustainable material solutions and to improve the environmental sustainability of their production processes, the sourcing of their resources and energy consumption. Added to this, functions are being integrated into materials, opening up opportunities to profitably deploy so-called â€śsmart materialsâ€ť in an immense variety of ways.
At Pure Textile, an event, which takes place every two years at imm cologne, the fabric brands can present their latest trends. A current design concept of Bette, a German steel-enamel specialist, shows that fabrics can be combined with other materials in a specific way. With this concept, Bette wants to set out to re-explore the sensuous quality of fabric in the context of the bathroom.
The washbasin comes to mind first when we think of bathroom furniture. But for modern bathroom interior design, which regards sanitary equipment as furniture in need of its own space, the bathtub prompted a new interpretation of the bathroom as a living space.
The tile is one of the oldest building and decoration elements. However, in recent decades it has gained a reputation for being cold or outmoded. Not anymore. With increasing variance in tile size and design, it is increasingly becoming the favourite of interior designers. With modern tiles they know how to use them to create both a warm country house style with wooden-look floor tiles and exclusive wall decorations in high glass, brick, and metal look.
Why is living today an emotional matter for many people, while for others it is only a matter of the necessity for secure housing? Why are secretaries with USB connection so popular now? Why is furniture getting smaller and more flexible? What feeds the zeitgeist and developments in design? The big global megatrends provide the answers to questions like these.
There they are again: the old furniture classics from the Bauhaus, from Eileen Gray and Ray Eames. And the â€śusual suspectsâ€ť among the furniture Ă©diteurs are not the only ones referring to old designs. Names like Vitra, Classicon or Thonet â€“ which once rose above trendy product ranges like islands above the sea â€“ are associated more and more with furniture and accessories that either owe their forms to design precedents. The trend towards re-releasing vintage and new modern classics has become a well-established one within the furniture sector.
First indications reveal which colours will immerse our homes in a new light in the near future. With accents ranging from watermelon through flamingo and golden yellow through sand, the coming season promises warm, vibrantly coloured impressions.
The imm cologne is a business trade fair. Only that which is completely developed, sophisticated in terms of its production technology, tested and found to be ready for the market finds its way here. And that’s a quality criterion that has its own fascination. The Furnishing Cologne campaign, which is already in its fifth year, shows how inspiring the dichotomy of perfection and improvisation can be.
When thinking of design for restaurants and bars in South America, vibrant colours and patterns with Latino flair are probably what first come to the minds of many people. Beyond local folklore, current dining and bar concepts in countries such as Brazil, Argentina or Ecuador rely more on a playful incorporation of the traditional and the modern.