Our environment is full of colours – what about our homes?

When we step out into nature, we rejoice at the splendour of spring, when the trees almost seem to explode into a cloud of blossoms. We are captivated by summer meadows and their seas of flowers, and we catch our breath at the start of autumn, when the woods seem to shimmer in an endless display of colours. And in the winter we are delighted to see the sugar-coating of snow on the roofs and tree tops and the white blanket that lies over the countryside, giving us a sense of calm. The worlds of colours transport us emotionally, make our hearts beat faster or soothe our eyes. The same should be true of our homes. But their walls – whose colours make up a large part of our living environment – are usually white.

Tiles in home-building:
functional, aesthetic and cost-efficient

Photo: 41zero42, Mate

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 – 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.

Raw Color are playing with hues for Nanimarquina

Photo: Nanimarquina

The Dutch design studio Raw Color likes to blend the borders of design disciplines by mixing the fields of graphic design, photography and textile design. Within their work the materialisation of colour plays a key role. Now, Daniera ter Haar and Christoph Brach have designed the “Blend” collection for Nanimarquina, playing with the visual perception of colour.

The Stage: Colour is fascinating – Christine Gottwald about phenomena, trends and tendencies

Photo: Akzo Nobel Deco
Photo: Akzo Nobel Deco

Each year the paint manufacturer Akzo Nobel invites international trend experts to filter the latest trends. Together with trend watchers and international experts in design, architecture and fashion, the team analyses and discusses current developments in art, technology, design and society. These analyses provide the basis for Colour Futures 2017. This talk presents the study on the latest trends and colour concepts

Blue is Germany’s favourite colour

Photo: e15, Kerman
Photo: e15, Kerman

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 Stage: Karl Johan Bertilsson about rebellious luxury and togetherness with the colour trends 2018

Photo: NCS Colour
Photo: NCS Colour

The colour trends for the coming seasons are a bold mix between rebellious, subtle luxury and togetherness. Key words that reflects our world today and which have brought us four fascinating trend stories. Karl Johan Bertilsson of NCS Colour will present colour trends for 2018 and he will give insights on why they have occurred and where they are heading, so that the audience will one step ahead of coming colour directions.

String Furniture:
From bookshelves to all-round furniture

© String Furniture
© String Furniture

At this year’s imm cologne, Swedish manufacturer String Furniture has showcased its design classic String System, created some 67 years ago, and the String Works range, launched in 2015. With more colours and formats as well as new accessories for the shelving system, String had once again expanded its portfolio. Swedish architect Nils Strinning had originally designed the String System in 1949 as bookshelves for the living room. Today, the timeless shelves can be used for any purpose – in all rooms and in all parts of the home.

Four colours – four seasons: new colour concept for ceramic sinks from Villeroy & Boch

© Villeroy & Boch
© Villeroy & Boch

For many years, Villeroy & Boch has designed its ceramic sinks with an eye to international interior trends, particularly where the colour spectrum is concerned. Whilst the most recent preferences here were for neutral, soft tones, strong, expressive colours that can be used as deliberate accents and highlights are once again gaining ground: In modern living areas, as well as in bathrooms and kitchens, a bolder colour scheme is livening up interior design.

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