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.
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.
Architects, interior designers and contract furnishers will find plenty of inspiration at imm cologne 2016. Specialists in the contract business will be displaying the newest approaches, forms and materials. An overview of the new as well as the tried-and-trusted in the furnishing of high-value projects.
The Spanish word diseĂ±o means more than design â€“ it also refers to the functionality and convenience that objects provide. Manufacturers and designers from Spain are uniting both in their projects. A look at the country of limitless creativity.
At the forthcoming imm cologne, the presentation forum, The Stage, is once again a must-attend event for all creative professionals and design lovers alike. Here, experts in the field share their knowledge, industry insiders exchange views and leading designers inspire visitors with presentations, personal statements and their contributions to discussions about current topics.