Design oncept: A steel bathtub dressed in fabric

© Bette
© Bette

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.

Burnt earth – sometimes woody, sometimes rocky, but always decorative

© Villeroy & Boch
© Villeroy & Boch

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.

The influence of megatrends on living

© VDM, COR
© VDM, COR

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.

Re-Editions: The rediscovery of Classics

The Prouvé Raw Office Edition. © G-Star RAW Amsterdam / Vitra, Prouvé RAW Office Edition
The Prouvé Raw Office Edition. © G-Star RAW Amsterdam / Vitra, Prouvé RAW Office Edition

There they are again: the old furniture classics from the Bauhaus, from Eileen Gray and Ray Eames. And the “usual suspects” among the furniture éditeurs are not the only ones referring to old designs. Names like Vitra, Classicon or Thonet – which once rose above trendy product ranges like islands above the sea – 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.