Can lights be turned on without flicking a switch? Nimbus shows how this can be done in a very smart way in the new building for the Neckar-Fils regional group of SĂĽdwestmetall in Esslingen, southern Germany. Throughout the building, lights are activated independently â€“ and only when they are needed. This is made possible by a wireless network of LED lights with innovative lighting control.
Our working worlds are transforming. We no longer work from nine to five â€“ or nine to seven. Flexitime is the new normal â€“ whenever our personal performance is at its best. Co-working studios are constantly popping up, spaces that promote networking and encourage their users to constantly exchange ideas and knowledge with each other. Stationary workstations are expanding into digital platforms that you can log into anywhere.
The work of designer duo Fredrik FĂ¤rg and Emma Marga Blanche is characterised by their proximity to fashion and to playful textile details. The Swedish-French duo has now designed the Ram Easy Chair for Design House Stockholm. The striking seams of the armchair and the lapels on the armrests are reminiscent of tailor-made shirts.
The standards are high today when it comes to building new homes: in addition to being a profitable investment in the future, new buildings must remain aesthetically pleasing and functional for generations â€“ cost-efficiency, accessibility and sustainability are the keywords here. In this ideal, stylish and functional design of the interior construction is possible with high-quality yet attractively priced construction materials.
Veneer is one of the oldest means of decoration for high-quality surfaces. In ancient Egypt, inexpensive substrate timbers were covered with thin layers of select high-grade wood; at that time, particularly birdâ€™s eye maple. The various tree species produce highly differentiated veneer patterns, which sometimes even vary greatly within one species. And they even have stories to tell.
With TitanCeram, Villeroy & Boch has created a new kind of ceramic material, which combines delicate forms with unusually stability. The secret is the fusion of ceramic materials and titanium dioxide. The material now was used for the new bathroom collection Finion. The design of this collection is made by Patrick Frey, who is renowned for his unusual yet useful combinations of form and function in his works. In the interview, Patrick Frey talks the work with the material ceramic and the new collection.
In the living room the sofa is the eye-catcher and the place where we spend the most time. But often the design of this room is more individual than the products offered by upholstered furniture manufacturers. Niches, projecting walls or ledges, pitched roofs, ovens or doors can thwart plans to buy the sofa of your dreams. Itâ€™s a centimetre too wide here, or the backrests donâ€™t fit there, or maybe the whole sofa is a bit too deep. Thatâ€™s why we compromise on our couch purchases and buy an off-the-peg model â€“ even though the trend for personalisation is making inroads into interior design in a growing number of areas.
Nature is extravagant, it produces everything in excess. But it also thoroughly reuses all this excess production. Man too produces things on an abundant scale. However, much of that cannot be reused and is often also difficult to dispose of. This is just as true of the interior design industry as of any other, and yet there is a growing number of designers who are making use of the cycle of nature.
He is one of the most flamboyant figures on the German designer and fashion scene. But Harald GlĂ¶Ă¶ckler creates more than just fashion under his label PompĂ¶Ă¶s. To crown it all, he wants to extend his realm to the interior landscape, whether itâ€™s with wallpaper, lighting, home accessories or even a complete prefabricated house. Now the Prince of PompĂ¶Ă¶s is launching a box spring bed collection.
With furniture, we arrange our flats, express our style and perhaps even make a visual statement. But we donâ€™t decide whether we like a table or a sofa based on their looks alone â€“ feel and function also play a role. The challenge lies in combining all three factors. With his masterâ€™s project at Folkwang University, the bureau â€śKabinettâ€ť, Tim zum Hoff has even succeeded in directly linking a tactile experience with a function â€“ the bureauâ€™s compartments are illuminated by brushing a hand gently across its surface.