Professor Stefan Heiliger: “Modernism evidently doesn‘t permit enough emotionality.”

prof_heiligerStefan Heiliger, born in Berlin in 1941, studied at Ulm School of Design and under Wilhelm Wagenfeld in Stuttgart. From 1964 to 1977, he worked for Mercedes-Benz as a designer. One of the most important designs of this period was the 207 D for Mercedes, a van that was produced by the millions.

In a 2007 retrospective of the designer‘s work, Frankfurt Museum of Applied Art showcased his Relax furniture from the time after his years as a car designer. As a professor at Ulm School of Design and owner of a design studio, Stefan Heiliger specialised in furniture design. He has received numerous awards for his chair, armchair and sofa designs for manufacturers like Bonaldo, WK Möbel or Ruf Betten.

Architecture and Design: Laying out the future

layout_futureFloor plan templates are out. Flexibility and individuality are the distinguishing features of up-to-date domestic architecture and furnishings. Or is it just that there are new templates? At the very least, it is possible to outline general structures that will determine the layout of our future homes.

It seems as if action is called for – especially when it comes to standard housing.Your own four walls, a house in the countryside: a place to live out your twilight years and something to leave to the kids. But even without a deed of ownership, the “Ikea nesting instinct” (Chuck Palahniuk: Fight Club) is more widespread than ever before.

Philipp Mainzer, e15: “The kitchen is finally being perceived as the social centre of the home”

e15_kuecheE15 is an international furniture label in the high-end segment. Modern and timeless design, choice materials and exquisite workmanship are the brand‘s key features. The company was founded in London by architect Philipp Mainzer and designer Florian Asche in 1995. Today its headquarters are in Germany, in Oberursel near Frankfurt am Main.

The furniture is largely manufactured in the Rhine-Main region and distributed all over the world via more than 500 partners in the important markets of Europe, the USA, Asia and Australia. Besides producing its furniture collection, e15 is also active in the fields of design services and architecture, mainly executing projects in Europe and Asia.

Home Office: When work gets cosy on the couch

Privacy is the luxury of the 21st century. The apartment is increasingly opening up to the outside world, becoming both a stage and a place of work. And as the walls of the cocoon get thinner and the boundaries blur, the once separate formal canons of private and public aesthetics are merging too.

Man is a nomad by nature. Actually. For thousands of years, his nesting instinct was confined to caves and what we today would call “temporary architecture” – more or less provisional shelters. You stepped in or out, inside was inside and outside was outside. Window holes were barricaded up and the room with a view is a romantic invention. The dwelling as the focal point of life, with individual aesthetics and a private character, is not just a phenomenon of the modern age: it is little short of avantgarde. Well into the 20th century, having a room of one’s own was the exception rather than the rule.

Interview with Harald Gründl (EOOS): “We’re on the threshold of a paradigm shift.”

EOOS: Gernot Bohmann, Harald Gründl (Mitte) und Martin Bergman. Foto: Udo Titz
EOOS: Gernot Bohmann, Harald Gründl (Mitte) and Martin Bergman. Photo: Udo Titz

EOOS consists of Martin Bergmann (*1963 in Lienz/East Tyrol), Gernot Bohmann (*1968, Krieglach/Steiermark) and Harald Gründl (*1967, Vienna). After graduating from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, they founded their joint firm EOOS in 1995. Besides furniture and product design, EOOS also does shop design for clients like Giorgio Armani, Adidas, Alessi, Bulthaup, Bene, Duravit, Walter Knoll, Keilhauer, Matteograssi and Zumtobel.

For EOOS, design is a poetic discipline and a cultural service to society. EOOS Basic Research investigates rituals, myths and intuitive images as part of its “poetic analysis”. The company’s first books, “The Death of Fashion” and ”The Cooked Kitchen”, are available from publishers SpringerWienNewYork. EOOS has won more than 40 international awards to date, including the 2004 Italian design prize Compasso d’Oro for Kube, produced by Matteograssi. In 2007, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF and daily newspaper Die Presse voted EOOS ”Austrians of the Year“ in the Creative Industries category.

Green Design: The designer’s ecological footprint

The print our feet leave on our planet should be as light as possible – that is the aim of Green Design. Product designers are no longer content with making a purely aesthetic mark. Instead, with unconventional ideas and sustainable product concepts, they are committed to making our lifestyle more compatible with the environment.

Green Design is the dream of “good” design, of things that don’t hurt anybody – not nature, who the material is taken from and is left to deal with the remains, not the planet, who the energy is extracted from and whose atmosphere it is emitted into, nor the people who make or use the object.

imm cologne has the industry looking optimistically to the future

Gerald Böse, CEO of the Koelnmesse Executive Board
Gerald Böse, CEO of the Koelnmesse Executive Board

Concentrated business at a high level delivered a positive overall outcome at imm cologne 2009. Last week around 100,000 visitors came to find out what 1,057 companies from 49 countries had to offer. The emotionalised settings in the exhibition halls of Koelnmesse aroused plenty of interest in the visitors on the topic of furnishings, providing some lasting economic stimuli in the industry.

The exhibitors accordingly declared themselves to be “satisfied to very satisfied” with the sales that they achieved. “I am convinced that under the prevailing circumstances we have had a good furniture trade fair. For seven days, the realistic optimism of the industry was reflected in the exhibition halls,” said Gerald Böse, CEO of the Koelnmesse Executive Board.

Rustic natural look and colourful megamix – imm cologne showcases interior trends for 2009

Warm shades of red, modernised classic forms and colourful ensembles of solid wood, plastic, leather and metal are soon to enter into the living rooms of fashion-conscious interior design fans. This is the prophecy of the Trend Board at imm cologne, which, from 19 to 25 January 2009, will become the Mecca of the international furnishing world.

Five famous creative individuals – Eero Koivisto from Sweden, Markus Fairs from England, Arik Lévy from Israel, Stephen Burks from the USA and Giulio Ridolfo from Italy – have carried out research into how interior trends will look in 2009 on behalf of the furniture trade fair from Cologne. They were able to sift out four general directions in terms of tastes. An employee from the Ludwigsburg-based furnishing store Uhl Schöner Leben, which is always keen to promote innovation, commented on them for imm cologne.

The trend homing: leisurely at the push of a button

The Cologne furnishing fair imm cologne 2009 (19 to 25 January 2009) reflects the furnishing trends of tomorrow. It isn’t just furniture and interior design concepts that tell of a change in our everyday life, the structures of our homes do too.

“Trends are like waves in the ocean…they advance slowly and retreat slowly, and move on a different level as they do so,” says Eero Koivisto, the Swedish architect and designer who is analysing the future style developments in interior design as a Trendboard member on behalf of koelnmesse. The simile is all the more fitting as many trends return after a period of time in a slightly different form – after all, waves too are nothing more than new forms of one substance that is in constant flux.