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.

Aurélie Späti, the food-loving kitchen by atelier oï and Späti Innenausbau AG

With Aurélie Späti, the Swiss design and architecture studio “atelier oï” has developed a kitchen system which is geared towards the handling of food and in this embraces a timeless and minimalistic style. The kitchen is being built by the cabinetmaker’s workshop Späti Innenausbau AG from Solothurn.

Almost every day, we surround ourselves with a variety of food, appealing to our senses in many different ways. The new kitchen by atelier oï wants to provide room for this richness of resources and its processing without obtruding on the kitchen user in a formal way. The result is an unadorned design that lives from subtle creative details.

Aurélie Späti by atelier oï and Späti Innenausbau AG
Aurélie Späti by atelier oï and Späti Innenausbau AG

imm cologne 2013: high number of registrations and a strong demand for space from abroad

The imm cologne, the major worldwide event for the interior design sector, will open its gates in fewer than 200 days. Following the two successful events in 2011 and 2012, the 2013 trade fair is also right on track. With roughly 10 percent more exhibitors and 12 percent more exhibition space occupied, augmented by an increase in foreign participation and new product segments, there’s nothing standing in the way of a successful event.

“2013 is a very important year for us. With a strong German economy to bolster us while foreign markets are faltering, the imm cologne will assume a very special function as the central global business platform. The significant interest from strong Italian brands is a good example of this. For the first time in years we’ll be occupying the entire exhibition centre again, enabling our visitors to experience everything the international interior design sector has to offer in one location. In view of the huge interest from professional circles and the media, plus the fact that the number of exhibitors who have registered to take part exceeds all our expectations, we can already say that, more than ever before, Cologne is very much a talking point in the international interior design sector,” says Frank Haubold, Vice President Trade Fair Management.

Simmering furniture towers: Innovative kitchen concept by Philippe Starck

Foto: Warendorf
Photo: Warendorf

Ashlar-like towers in dark wood, rather like a living-room unit that can be accessed from all sides. A footprint of one square-metre stretches towards the ceiling, accompanied by an elongated matt-silver table with wooden drawers – apart from the telltale tap peeking over the surface, it’s actually more reminiscent of a dining table or worktop.

The “Warendorf Towers” kitchen is the French designer’s latest line for the Starck by Warendorf Collection. The modular system consists of three main elements – two towers and a long multifunctional table – and integrates the kitchen with the living area so harmoniously that you have to look twice to make out the cooker and refrigerator. The spectrum of functions is roughly divided into a “cold tower” with a dishwasher and fridge-freezer and a “hot tower” with the oven or steam oven. Three sides are closed by drawers, the fourth can be designed individually – with a slate panel or mirror, for instance.

Design Characters: Experiments in Interior Design

Die grazile Dusch-Wannen-Kombination »Swan«.
»Swan« is a combination of shower and bathtub. (Photo: Hasenkopf)

With its Design Characters series, the Hasenkopf company – a manufacturing specialist that produces both on industrial-scale and a one-off basis – is deliberately pushing the envelope of what is feasible when it comes to the processing and deformation of such vastly different materials as Corian, Parapan or acrylic. Hasenkopf’s aim in producing the series is not to develop prototypes for future lines but to experiment with forms, materials and processing techniques that point to unusual individual solutions and are intended to encourage architects and designers to rethink the limits.

Well-known designers and architects are asked to develop their own interpretation of new living environments for the kitchen, bathroom and workstation. The first sequence has already been produced and includes objects by Stuart A. Veech, Paul Flowers, Titus Bernhard and Peter Martin.

Design meets kitchen: Porsche Design and Poggenpohl extend cooperation and plan new kitchen

Foto: Poggenpohl
Foto: Poggenpohl

Kitchen manufacturer Poggenpohl and Porsche Design have extended their licence partnership to 2014. The licence agreement has been in existence between the two premium brands since the Porsche Design P´7340 luxury kitchen was developed and launched in 2005. Both companies have also agreed on an option to develop and produce a new kitchen with a starting price to remain below that of the present P´7340 luxury model.

Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH with all their brands at LivingKitchen 2011

The new kitchen trade fair LivingKitchen, which will celebrate its premiere in January 2011 in parallel to imm cologne, has acquired a top-level exhibitor: Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH. “After a very good start to our exhibitor acquisition, we have reached a further milestone by receiving this confirmation,” said Gerald Böse, Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse. “Our strategy is a resounding success. The numerous open and constructive discussions with the entire sector helped to pave the way to achieve this result,” the Chief Executive Officer concluded.

With the brands Siemens, Bosch, Neff and Gaggenau, the world’s leading company for household appliances will be participating in the premiere event in January 2011 and will also attract many other exhibitors from the household appliances sector to take part. The decision made by this global player to participate is a logical conclusion that was reached as a result of the promising developments of the past few months: “We always emphasized that Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH would be open to good trade fair initiatives,” said Ditmar Krusenbaum, Member of the Board of Management at BSH. “This is why we welcome this initiative of the kitchen furniture industry and are certain that this trade fair will once again live up to the importance of the German household and built-in appliance industry,” Krusenbaum added.

LivingKitchen 2011 – Statements

Dr. Lucas Heumann, Trade Associations of the Wood and Furniture Industry, Herford
I am extremely pleased to be in a position today to announce to the international public that “living kitchen” will be held in Cologne as an international kitchen trade fair concurrent with the International Furniture Fair in 2011. A major strategic aim of the German kitchen furniture sector is to present the full scope of its capabilities to an international public. The partnership that we had been seeking for a number of years is now in place, and for that I would also like to congratulate Koelnmesse and in particular the team headed by Mr. Haubold, which I feel did some tremendous work. If we work as well together next year on the marketing of the trade fair, I am confident that LivingKitchen 2011 will be a success from start to finish for the entire international public and the German kitchen furniture sector, in particular.

Dr. Günter Scheipermeier, nobilia-Werke, Verl
My hope for January 2011 in Cologne is that the theme of kitchens can be re-established at the trade fair and reinvigorated with new life through the collaboration between Koelnmesse and the leading companies in the industry. Various things must happen if this is to succeed: Firstly, a number of the leading kitchen furniture makers must become enthusiastic about this trade fair; secondly, the electric appliances industry must be brought on board; and thirdly, foreign visitors, specifically a large number of foreign trade visitors and also foreign exhibitors must be attracted. Those are the aims. They can be achieved if Koelnmesse, on the one hand, and the major players in the industry, on the other hand, can get in step on this.

The kitchen returns to Cologne! International kitchen show LivingKitchen to be held in Cologne from 18th to 23rd January 2011

From 18th to 23rd January 2011 – parallel to the imm cologne – the international kitchen trade fair LivingKitchen® will be held in Cologne for the first time. The international kitchen show will be an independent event that takes place every two years in Halls 4.2 and 5.2 of Koelnmesse Exhibition Centre.

The show will have three Public Days and bring together national and international exhibitors from the entire kitchen industry. Even now, one year before the event, numerous leading companies have registered to take part. The complete list can be viewed at

Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse, commented on this extremely pleasing booking status at a press conference in Cologne: “What makes us strong is our solidarity with the industry, the retail sector and the associations. The common ground between us isn’t just restricted to our goals, it extends to our approach for achieving those goals as well.”

Home trends 2010: What’s on its way out? What’s here to stay? What’s on its way in?

Photo: Flötotto; Regalsystem 355
Home trends at the beginning of 2010: At home indoors and out. (photo: Flötotto; Regalsystem 355)

Homing is experiencing a boom. Despite or perhaps precisely because of the financial crisis, people are quite happy to spend their time at home, where they have the freedom to design their surroundings however they like and are master of all they survey.

Living means spending an average of 340 days a year in one and the same place: home. People are spending substantial amounts of time in their eat-in kitchens, home cinemas and private spas. On top of that, the latest interior design and furniture trends promise to bring new impetus and a new sense of fun to the way we furnish, design and live in our homes. And the individualisation trend that has been holding its own for years continues unbroken.

As a result, people are attaching growing importance to original, perhaps even unique furnishings – not only in their indoor living space, but in the way they design their garden, balcony or terrace as well. The last season saw above-average investments in this segment. And – especially if predictions of a sunny 2010 prove true – it seems more than likely that sales of garden furniture will continue to grow.