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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.

A combination of design, feel and function

Photo: Pia Kintrup

With furniture, we arrange our flats, express our style and perhaps even make a visual statement. But we don’t decide whether we like a table or a sofa based on their looks alone – feel and function also play a role. The challenge lies in combining all three factors. With his master’s project at Folkwang University, the bureau “Kabinett”, Tim zum Hoff has even succeeded in directly linking a tactile experience with a function – the bureau’s compartments are illuminated by brushing a hand gently across its surface.

Interlübke publishes opinion poll: German Interiors 2012

Werner Aisslinger, Klaus-Peter Schöppner and Leo Lübke in Cologne. (photo: Koelnmesse)
Werner Aisslinger, Klaus-Peter Schöppner and Leo Lübke in Cologne. (photo: Koelnmesse)

“We feel very much at home!” could easily be the title of a recent study conducted by Emnid on behalf of interlübke. Leo Lübke, managing director of the renowned producer of top-quality furniture made in Germany, can certainly feel vindicated as far as his corporate philosophy is concerned – especially when it comes to issues like the living room as the focal point of life, quality, the design and functionality of the company’s furniture or even its distribution system.

The representative opinion survey interlübke commissioned to mark its 75th anniversary – “Germany in private – Germans’ homes and lives in 2012” – revealed that Germans like to live in light, upscale surroundings and – besides their partners – consider brochures and a personal sales consultation at the furniture store the best sources of advice. They also set great store by enduring furniture and are not particularly keen on change.

Pure Village and its huge product mix provides the perfect setting for new trends

One area of imm cologne that stands for inspiration en masse is the Pure Village. Its architecture is what makes it so special: it has an open structure like that of a piazza. Although its exhibitors concentrate on just a few products, they are presented as if they were in an art gallery. The result is a living symphony of brands and product that invites visitors to explore. In the run-up to imm cologne, a number of Pure Village exhibitors have spoken about what they intend to exhibit in January.

For imm cologne Thonet has interesting new products on offer including the “580” chair by Claudio Bellini, the “130” chair and “1130/1131” table by Naoto Fukasawa and the “7000” shelf system by f/p design. The Frankenberg-based company sees “natural materials” and “sustainability” as the current top trends.

Finite Elements’ launch of its Mirror 62 sound mirror is certain to be a highlight during the week-long trade fair. The topic of “sound integration” runs right through the product range of the Brilon-based company, for example its “Hohrizontal 51” sound shelf augmented by the “Solo 51” shelf system or “Hohrizontal 51 Plus”, the long version of the brilliant iPod dock with additional subwoofer output. Bernd Brockhoff, Managing Director of Finite Elements, sees the integration of music in furniture as a future trend in the industry, with plenty of potential still untapped.

imm cologne “pure”stands for modern and premium style

Anybody coming to the imm cologne in search of top international brands and high-end design is certain to find what he’s looking for – especially in Hall 11. The “pure” segment covers modern furnishing styles with premium appeal and is where top-class exhibitors showcase complete interior philosophies. Relevant complementary ranges such as carpets put the finishing touches to this variety. In the run-up to the event, the imm cologne reveals some of the highlights many of its exhibitors will be presenting at the fair.

Functionality is the most important requirement of all modern furniture. As a result, most furnishing items are getting smaller again, enabling all sorts of things to be done with them. Easily adjustable sofas that conjure up a bigger seating area in the blink of an eye, tables that can be extended with just a few easy moves when friends come round for dinner, flatscreens that can be made to disappear into the sideboard via remote control. And as technology gets smaller and smaller, even desks don’t need such a big work surface any more. These are just a few of the latest trends that have already been revealed by exhibitors.

At the imm cologne 2012, Axor and Ruhe & Raum will again be merging the bathroom with the bedroom

(Photo: Axor)
The days when the bathroom was a separate space and spent its lonely existence in isolation from the rest of the home are long since gone. The bathroom has meanwhile become living space in its own right, a veritable wellness oasis – and thus an elementary component of modern architecture. Rather than ignoring the bathroom, interior decorators and architects are now incorporating it into their plans on an equal footing with the kitchen and living room. Bathroom furnishing concepts are becoming increasingly varied and individual: when it comes to our personal sense of well-being, we all have our own standards and expectations – which can vary considerably depending on our life stage and situation. There is a growing demand for consistent room concepts that go beyond the scope of individual products and pure functionality.

Bordbar lifts off with Airberlin in 2011 – Airline to use light trolleys by Cologne-based company

Bordbar are deploying their products in their natural habitat – the air. 350 trolleys designed and produced by Bordbar will take off in cooperation with Germany’s second largest airline company Airberlin over the next few weeks.

Two classic Bordbar designs will be on board of the Airberlin planes, the “airports black” and the “worldmap black”. Both types will be brand-new and like all other Bordbar trolleys meet all standards and requirements for use in the sky. “Compared to other manufacturers our models are somewhat lighter and have the distinctive Bordbar design”, managing director Stephan Boltz explains. The company was founded in 2006 and already has a global network of over 220 trade partners. Boltz’s co-founder Valentin Hartmann adds: “Five years ago we started revamping disused airplane trolleys and transforming them into design objects for private use. Now we’re making a U-turn and finding our way back into the skies. Hence, we are about to reach one of our greatest business objectives.”

Exceptional design paired with high functionality and environmental friendliness: These were the criteria which convinced Airberlin to take the Bordbar trolleys on board. “The trolley as a commodity is transformed into an exceptional design object by Bordbar while conforming to our high quality standards. The trolleys are made of a very light material and therefore positively influence fuel consumption. This way we can maintain our reputation as an environmentally conscious airline”, Thomas Ney, Chief Product Officer Airberlin explains.

The Bordbar trolleys will be travelling around the planet until the end of October. After that they will touch-down in the Cologne-based Bordbar workshop where they will be given a face-lift and furnished individually before going on sale as used collector’s items just in time for Christmas.