Israeli designer Arik Levy is one of the most sought-after masters of his trade, whereas the sphere of his activities, which every now and then even cross the boundary to art, seems nearly unlimited. Kristina Raderschad visited the successful designer in the new studio in Paris he recently moved in and gained insights into his working methods.
Opening the heavy iron door to Ldesignâ€™s new studio in an ancient industrial building amidst the hip Parisian quarter Bellville, which Levy moved in together with his business partner Pippo Lionni, one is greeted by the concentrated atmosphere of a design factory. Here, a team of currently 20 creative professionals is working on about 200 projects â€“ in an all-white loft-like room with a large ribbon glazing pointing to the street, which several low shelves subdivide into different departments. A meeting is taking place at the back of the office, a project team is discussing ongoing tasks at the conference table, telephones are ringing, conversations and a big hustle and bustle are filling the room. In one niche material samples, models, prototypes and custom-built products accumulate. Next to this spot one of the Fractal Cloud lamps is being assembled: Step by step the small, delicate neon tubes are being wired and stuck together to form a Gesamtkunstwerk.
In recent years, the brand with the white clouds in its emblem has evolved from a glass and giftware provider into a modern lifestyle brand. Today around 80 percent of the German population know LEONARDO, the 1972- registered lifestyle brand of the Glaskoch company from Bad Driburg where, since its opening in May 2007, the LEONARDO glass cube has been giving the brand a constructed architectural face. This year CEO Oliver Kleine celebrated the companyâ€™s 150th anniversary.
Concentrated business at a high level delivered a positive overall outcome at imm cologne 2009. Last week around 100,000 visitors came to find out what 1,057 companies from 49 countries had to offer. The emotionalised settings in the exhibition halls of Koelnmesse aroused plenty of interest in the visitors on the topic of furnishings, providing some lasting economic stimuli in the industry.
The exhibitors accordingly declared themselves to be “satisfied to very satisfied” with the sales that they achieved. “I am convinced that under the prevailing circumstances we have had a good furniture trade fair. For seven days, the realistic optimism of the industry was reflected in the exhibition halls,” said Gerald BÃ¶se, CEO of the Koelnmesse Executive Board.
As the leading trade fair for the furniture sector, imm cologne is “the” international business event par excellence. It is an indispensable communication forum, an important source of momentum, and a centre of creative ideas. Companies that exhibit at this event reach the decision-makers of the global furniture scene. imm cologne presents an overview of the entire furnishings and design market – and opens the doors of the global markets for you.
Singapore Mozaic Brand Amabssadors are located at Halls 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 6.1 & 11.1.
A total of 1,057 companies from 49 countries are taking part in this year’s imm cologne, exhibiting the latest trends in the world of international furnishings including a multitude of new and potentially best-selling products. The “interior innovation award cologne”, which is a regular feature at imm cologne, honours the most outstanding innovations.
Our partner and organiser of this competition is the “Rat fÃ¼r Formgebung” (German Design Council), the German competence centre for design, which confers such prizes as the German Design Award. This year, about 250 companies submitted their innovations to compete for the interior innovation award. A jury of international experts chose the winners at the imm cologne.
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â€žEncourage, enable, empowerâ€œ â€“ this is the motto of the first DesignCamp in Europe. The DesignCamp Cologne will be held at imm cologne 2009 (international furnishing show) and is organized by a team of volunteers. The international event is free of charge for participating designers who are welcome to come to Cologne at the weekend of January 24th and 25th, 2009 to present their visionary, creative and innovative design ideas.
â€žLet a thousand flowers bloomâ€œ â€“ diversity of topics and participants foster a creative ecosphere
â€œUser-generatedâ€œ sessions help the participants of the DesignCamp Cologne to exchange new ideas and concepts, to get informed about the latest trends, to get inspired and to present their own projects.
To transcend barriers, the DesignCamp Cologne is open for all disciplines of design. Architects, web designer, interior designer, product designer, 3D designer, industrial designer, photo designer, graphic designer and multimedia designer â€“ everybody is welcome and encouraged to present his session and his favorite topic. In this creative ecosphere new interdisciplinary ideas can evolve and lead to unique concepts and solutions never seen before.
Irrespective of whether in Singapore, Herrenberg or Willisau, in Stanleytown, Stadtlohn or Ikornnes, well-known international furniture manufacturers are gearing up for imm cologne(January 19 to 25, 2009).
What has attracted exhibitors and visitors from all over the world to this mega-event in Cologne for nearly 60 years?
What wood varieties are currently in vogue? Any what about the latest ideas in seating? What type of functions do manufacturers install in the latest generation of kitchen, living room and bedroom cupboards? Anyone seeking answers to such questions will head for interzum, the world’s leading trade fair for supplies, materials and components for the furniture and building interior completion industries. They may also very well make a beeline for the International Furniture Fairimm cologne. Even better, both.
“These two fairs have a number of interesting and complementary crossover features,” says Udo Traeger, Vice President Furniture, Interior Design and Textiles of Koelnmesse. “For example, the visitor to interzum will come across some item of detail or a system, which a short time later will turn up at the imm cologne fully integrated within a finished product.