Pure Architects: new trade fair format at imm cologne

© Constantin Meyer, Koelnmesse

In 2018 imm cologne presents the new trade fair format Pure Architects for the first time. The two themes of bathrooms and smart homes will be major focal points in this segment. With the interactive Smart Home installation, imm cologne is not only turning its attention to an important future issue, but showing live how new technologies are having an impact on the design of living spaces – and how interior design is responding. For exhibitors from the bathrooms sector, Pure Architects offers a unique opportunity to present their creative ideas for modern bathrooms in the context of an international interiors show.

The Stage: Martina Brüßel presents Smart Solutions for the Digital Bathroom

© Aqua Cultura
© Aqua Cultura

“Smart Being” is the current interior trend that links life balance and digitisation. Thanks to technical developments connected with the “smart home”, people’s own four walls are increasingly being integrated into their personal networks. The same goes for the private bathroom – because modern technology is meant to make everyday life more convenient here too. Subdivided according to the individual zones of the bathroom – like the shower, bathtub, washing area etc. – Martina Brüßel presents smart solutions, individual products, their networkability and the resulting added value.

A Look Behind the Scenes:
The Axor Manufaktur in the Black Forest

© Axor/Hansgrohe
© Axor/Hansgrohe

In an exclusive service area called the Axor Manufaktur, employees have been individualizing taps, shower heads and accessories for private customers and global projects since 2002. The eight-member team around Lothar Schoch, Head of Axor Manufaktur, is capable of meeting the most diverse range of customer requests – from engravings to custom finishes and adapting the dimensions of individual fittings.

Homely tidiness

Almost nothing in sight: The sound panel of the Neo series by Hülsta conceals the integrated sound unit including the cables and offers room for a flatscreen. ©: Hülsta
Almost nothing in sight: The sound panel of the Neo series by Hülsta conceals the integrated sound unit including the cables and offers room for a flatscreen. © Hülsta

The furnishing of some people’s flats is spartan. There is nothing superfluous in the apartment. Then, there are others, who always want to have everything that is the last cry. And those, who love collecting things, who can’t throw anything away, who keep everything. How orderly an apartment looks doesn’t just depend on how ascetic we live or how much we enjoy collecting things, but also whether we create the possibilities to accommodate our living accessories in an orderly manner. And there is plenty of furniture that can help us here.

Paralympic-Winner Anna Schaffelhuber: “I see myself as an ambassador for barrier-free accessibility.”

By now, the topic of barrier-free accessibility is an integral part of the sanitary industry. If you want to use a bathroom comfortably even with restricted mobility, then you need a bathroom with special features: wheelchair-compatible bathroom sinks which you can sit in front of, flush-fit showers with stepless entry and WCs with special dimensions and grips. By now there are a number of ranges that meet these requirements. However, what about aesthetics? How far convenience and design are combined to design barrier-free accessibility in a modern and appealing way?

With the current O.novo Vita collection, Villeroy & Boch wants to show, that this combination ist truly possible. The five-times gold medallist at the 2014 Paralympics in Sotschi, Anna Schaffelhuber, is ambassador for O.novo Vita. The 21-year old, who has been wheelchair-bound since birth, has been crazy about sport, and skiing in particular, since she was small. She has won numerous events, titles and awards in her career thus far. Furthermore, she is highly involved with issues concerning barrier-free accessibility and inclusion. In the interview Schaffelhubel will be talking about functionality and design, barrier-free accessibility in public areas and her collaboration with Villeroy & Boch.

DE: Villeroy & Boch, O.novo Vita, Anna Schaffelhuber
DE: Villeroy & Boch, O.novo Vita, Anna Schaffelhuber