The Germans love blue. With 19 per cent preferring this colour, it is ahead of green (14%) and red (13%) by a clear margin. The most popular colour spectrum overall runs from beige (10%) and yellow (7%) through to orange (6%). These are the findings of a representative nationwide survey of 1,000 Germans aged between 16 and 75, commissioned by the German Paint Institute in Frankfurt (DLI / Deutsches Lackinstitut).
The young designers of Form Us With Love, Stockholm, know where they come from. But more important: they know where they are headed. And that circumstances for a new generation are different from those for the big Scandinavian designers decades ago. A conversation with co-founder John LĂ¶fgren about tradition, new lifestyles, and imm cologne as a business spot.
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.
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
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.