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.

Olaf Schroeder, ID_OS: “I doubt whether our society will shift back to less mass production.”

growing_tableID_OS is a development company for industrial and public design based in Frankfurt am Main. Since 1996, proprietor Olaf Schroeder (*1966) has been developing design concepts and solutions in the fields of product, furniture, system and exhibition design, as well as design projects for public spaces.

Besides the household products he has worked on for manufacturers Hailo, Leifheit and Rowenta, Olaf Schroeder has also developed and designed exhibitions and pavilion architectures. In 2003, Olaf Schroeder was awarded the state of Hesse’s special environmental award for his development work in connection with a solar-powered boat project. From 1998 until 2002, he was a lecturer at Offenbach University of Art and Design.

Pure village: lots of freedom for the individual conception of brand spaces

pure_village_350pxLife in the home is changing. The distinctions between kitchen and living room and bathroom and bedroom are becoming increasingly fluid. Factors such as lighting, textiles and accessories are becoming more significant in the new furnishing worlds.

As a furnishings trade fair, imm cologne 2010 will impressively present these trend themes. Closely networked with Pure in Hall 11 and D3 Design Talents in Hall 3.1, Pure Village opens up a new and efficient means of presentation for design-oriented brands and trendsetters. A spectacularly designed hall is the venue exclusively for suppliers of premium products.

Here the lifestyle theme “Baths and bathrooms” will also be given a new design-focused format, with stylish presentations of bathroom furniture, fittings and complete bathroom concepts.

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Are you familiar with … spanish design?

ana_mir_emili_padrosSpanish design is alive and kicking. The creative minds of the so-called New Spanish Design of the late 80s and early 90s like Alberto Liévore, Javier Mariscal, Jaume Tresserra, Antoni Arola, Òscar Tusquets, Jorge Pensi or Ramon Benedito continue to produce first-rate work.

And the post-’92 generation, represented by people like Marti Guixé, Martin Ruiz de Azúa, Curro Claret, Anna Mir and Emilio Padrós as well as young designers like Jaime Hayón, has long made a name for itself both within and beyond its national borders.

Cuno Frommherz: “I’m inspired by the form and structure of nature’s ‘products’.”

1imm09_06_trends_e_dtAfter an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker, Swiss-born Cuno Frommherz (*1963) spent several years working for an interior design firm (1992–1996). Besides collaborating with artist Piroska Szönye, he has been an independent furniture designer since 1996. He describes himself as an autodidact.

He lives and works in two different locations in Switzerland: he has a studio and apartment in a 400-year-old manor house in the Alpine setting of the little town of Schwyz and has also built himself a loft and studio in a 1930s textile warehouse in Burgdorf (photo). Cuno Frommherz develops concepts and designs products for European furniture companies like De Sede, Rolf Benz, Cassina or Leolux.

Nils Holger Moormann to give design a new home

moormann_bergeAs of late, Nils Holger Moormann is not just a designer and furniture maker but also a hostel operator. In Aschau, Bavaria, he has converted a heritage-protected building from the 17th century, which formerly served as bakery, Russian restaurant and most recently as a holiday home for pupils, into a hostel in Moormannic style.

“berge” is the name of this project, which comprises 13 individually designed apartments and is planned to establish itself as an unusual meeting point. “When we love mountains, we have to accept all their rules.” Nils Holger Moorman had good reasons to choose this wisdom uttered by French alpinist Jean-Christophe Lafaille for his berge project.

Giulio Ridolfo: The man who fashions furniture

giulio_ridolfoGiulio Ridolfo is no designer. But his creative contribution to the world of interior design is highly treasured. The graduate in fashion design, who once worked for Gianfranco Ferré and Tods & Hogan, is currently said to be the most sought-after career changer in the field of textile design.

Giulio Ridolfo’s patterns embellish the upholstery of Italian’s famous furniture producer Moroso; for Vitra the material expert composed a color system, he is the first Italian to join the design team of the renowned Danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat and member of last year’s trendboard summoned by the imm cologne.

It’s only due to Patrizia Moroso that the former fashion designer actually came into contact with the furniture industry and finally started to work in the field. The businesswoman from Udine was looking for talents when she came across Ridolfo and finally engaged him as advisor. Since that time he is involved in the creation of textile collections, runs workshops for interior professionals on the launch of new collections, and in close cooperation with designers he develops the outer mantle – the “skin” – of their products.

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.

Trade associations speak for a strong imm cologne

On 18 May 2009, the renowned trade associations Alliance, EMV, Garant, A-plus, ProÖko, Union and VME met with Koelnmesse for an exchange of ideas about the advancements of imm cologne. At the end of a very constructive exchange of opinions and ideas, the participants agreed upon a joint declaration, which confirms imm cologne in its function as a leading trade fair.

“We are extremely pleased that this common activity with the trade associations took place, which in times of general uncertainty sends positive signals for the industry and for a strong imm cologne. As the organiser of imm cologne, we will do our utmost to offer the entire industry a productive forum with prospects for the future,” Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse GmbH, annotated the result.