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Interview with designer Partick Frey:
“I’m a furniture designer by nature.”

© Patrick Frey

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.

D3 Contest: commited to the promotion of young designers from all over the world


Mid-January is nearly here again. Furniture manufacturers, designers and interior designers will once again be turning the halls of the imm cologne into a huge exhibition area. The D3 Talents design platform has long ceased to be an “inside tip” and is now widely regarded as a “must” for anyone with an interest in design. For at the D3 talent forum, visitors can discover products that are still waiting for their future: experimental designs, original creations and clever new construction principles developed by the most promising newcomers the design scene has to offer.

“With D3, we deliberately offer young designers a unique opportunity to present themselves to international experts, the media and companies,” says Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse. “Our commitment goes down well with the international design scene too. At the end of the day, it’s precisely this encounter between experimental design and the market-driven offerings of the furniture industry, the contrast between the commercial and the experimental, that makes the imm cologne so attractive to so many people,” adds the imm cologne’s Creative Director Dick Spierenburg.

Designer’s Voice: Martin Leuthold about fashion, trends and the imm cologne

Martin Leuthold, member of the imm cologne Trend Board. (photo: Koelnmesse)
Martin Leuthold, member of the imm cologne Trend Board. (photo: Koelnmesse)

Martin Leuthold was born in 1952 in Hegi-Winden, Switzerland. He completed an apprenticeship as an embroidery designer in his youth. Since 1973, he has been employed as a textile designer at Jakob Schlaepfer in St. Gallen (Switzerland), a company that makes innovative textiles for the fashion industry and interior decoration.

Martin Leuthold has held a management role at Jakob Schlaepfer since 1989 and, as Art Director, heads the creative division. In this function, he was and is involved in projects including the development of numerous new textile design processes and the laser and inkjet processes for printing on textiles.

What was the most interesting about the imm cologne Trendboard Workshop for you?
The various presentations by the different personalities who got together for the workshop were very interesting in themselves. And it was very rewarding to hear the various opinions and interpretations of the new trends. Another important aspect of this meeting was that we all want to safeguard our future.

Many good reasons for coming to imm cologne

imm_cologne_2009The 2010 year in furniture begins on January19 at imm cologne with an explosion of trends, new products and inspirational exhibition design all centred around the theme of living and interior design.

Here, you are directly in the centre of a thriving market, here, business is made. There are many good reasons why you should be there, when Cologne is again home to all things design, trends and business.

Johanna Grawunder: architect, interior designer, member of the imm cologne trendboard

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Johanna Grawunder, member of the imm cologne trendboard, photo: Koelnmesse; Lutz Sternstein

Johanna Grawunder isn’t easy to pin down. She builds houses, designs interiors and creates classic industrial products for clients like Boffi, Flos, B&B or WMF. But above all, she creates exclusive furniture and lighting for galleries in Europe and the USA, often integrating LEDs and seemingly dematerialising the forms.

For her, light is an important medium for designing the interior as part of the whole. Nor does lighting always have to be a stand-alone item, believes Johanna Grawunder. Integrated into furniture, it’s simply there – and takes on a whole new quality.

The architect from California began her career in Ettore Sottsass’ Milan studio in 1985 and was involved with some of his most prestigious architecture and interior design projects.

Remarks by Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse GmbH, about the planned international kitchen trade fair in 2011

Gerald Böse, Vorsitzender der Geschäftsführung der Koelnmesse GmbH
Gerald Böse, Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH

Ladies and gentlemen,
thank you for coming to this press conference in order to find out at first hand about the current status of our initiative to create a new international kitchen trade fair.
I would also like to thank Mr. Hans Strothoff for giving us the opportunity to present our results to date here at the MHK Forum in Enger. We purposely chose this location in order to save you a long trip.

After extensive and intense talks with companies in the sector, we’ve received numerous expressions of interest from renowned German manufacturers of kitchen furniture who support the concept of holding an international kitchen trade fair in 2011. That’s why it’s my pleasure to announce to you today that the first part of our mission is accomplished. There will be a kitchen trade fair in Cologne in January 2011!

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.

Home Office: When work gets cosy on the couch

Privacy is the luxury of the 21st century. The apartment is increasingly opening up to the outside world, becoming both a stage and a place of work. And as the walls of the cocoon get thinner and the boundaries blur, the once separate formal canons of private and public aesthetics are merging too.

Man is a nomad by nature. Actually. For thousands of years, his nesting instinct was confined to caves and what we today would call “temporary architecture” – more or less provisional shelters. You stepped in or out, inside was inside and outside was outside. Window holes were barricaded up and the room with a view is a romantic invention. The dwelling as the focal point of life, with individual aesthetics and a private character, is not just a phenomenon of the modern age: it is little short of avantgarde. Well into the 20th century, having a room of one’s own was the exception rather than the rule.

[d³] design talents catalogue: impulses for the interior design of tomorrow

For the fourth time creative newcomers will present their ideas and concepts as part of the [d³] design talents at imm cologne. Hall 3.1 will be the stage for the young and independent designers, whose inspiring and visionary creations of the designs of tomorrow will also fascinate the public in 2009.

The newcomers forum, which is made up of the three events [d³] contest, [d³] professionals and [d³] schools impressively demonstrates there is no lack of fresh and stimulating ideas in the area of furniture and interior design.

The [d³] design talents catalogue comprises all exhibitors in hall 3.1 – the designers exhibiting at [d³] design talents and the more than 50 international exhibitors presented by Designspotter.

You can download the d3 catalogue 2009 (PDF) free of charge.