Members of the coming generation live digitally, consume more spontaneously and furnish their homes differently. Individualisation means smaller batches, many products will be self-designed, brand lifespans will be shorter, and unknown start-ups are feted like stars. For established companies, the future scenario could be bleak if they do not adapt to changing market conditions. We find out what this scenario might look like in an interview with Barbara Busse, proprietor of Future+You.
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.
Meinhard von Gerkan is one of the most acclaimed German architects worldwide. Airports, stations, trade fair centres, cultural centres, stadia: von Gerkan realises iconic buildings with his team of architects at Â»gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und PartnerÂ«, an architectural partnership that will be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year. The furnishing of Berlin’s Tegel Airport in 1975 marked the start of the collaboration with Walter Knoll. Since then, there have been a number of successful joint projects all over the world. In the interview Meinhard von Gerkan takls about his work and long-standing partnership with Walter Knoll.
Christoph HĂ¤uĂźler always finds himself answering the same question about how the company got its name. In 1840, the Jewish Hesslein brothers founded a textiles business in Franken which they named after their father Samson Abraham: S.A. Hesslein. The abbreviation of S.A. Hesslein & Co. became Sahco Hesslein or the even shorter â€śSahcoâ€ś. In the statements, HĂ¤uĂźler deals with questions on the trends within textiles and the companyâ€™s appearance at Pure Textile 2015.
For 125 years, CrĂ©ation Baumann in Langenthal (Switzerland) has produced high-quality textiles for the design and decoration of interior spaces. Whether itâ€™s decorative fabric, interior shade solutions or self-adhesive textiles: from the design development through the production of the thread and fabric to the distribution of the product, everything is managed within the family-run business. In 2000, Philippe Baumann, the fourth generation of family-member directors, took over the management of the company. In the statements, he answers questions about trends in textiles and talks about his expectations for Pure Textile 2015.
St. Gallen has been an important hub of the Swiss textiles industry since the 13th century. In 1819, the Christian Fischbacher company was founded very near this textile centre and then moved to St. Gallen itself in the 1850s. The signature of Christian Fischbacher II on a statement from the year 1892 inspired todayâ€™s companyâ€™s logo. In the statements, CEO Edgar AumĂĽller talks about the influence of the fashion industry on textile collections and his expectations for Pure Textile 2015.
In 1946, Josef Anstoetz founded a wholesale trade for decorative and furniture fabrics in Bielefeld (â€śJosef Anstoetz, Bielefeldâ€ť produced the acronym JAB). After the sudden death of the company founder, Josef Anstoetzâ€™s nephew, Heinz Anstoetz, took over the company in 1955. In 1985, his son Ralph joined the business. Today, the JAB Anstoetz group owns many subsidiaries, some of which also produce upholstered furniture and carpeting. In the statements, Ralph Anstoetz talks about current trends in the textile sector and their significance for the furniture industry.
As Senior Vice President Design at Grohe AG, British designer Paul Flowers has been responsible for the brandâ€™s creative strategic direction since 2005. More than anything else, he expects the progressive digitisation of the bathroom to lead to more individual comfort and convenience, but also to a stronger emotional bond â€“ encouraged by snug design and more options in terms of equipment.
Konstantin Grcic (* 1965) has captivated the design scene time and again with unusual and innovative works that have received numerous awards. They attest to an exploration of new materials and technologies but also take up tendencies in contemporary art. In the interview Konstantin Grcic talks about his understanding of design, his inspirations and the beginning of his career.