“The Stage” 2018: International platform for issues affecting the industry today and trends of tomorrow

For many visitors, the prestigious programme of talks offered by The Stage at imm cologne is the starting point for their visit to the international interiors show in Cologne.
Photo: Koelnmesse

The imm cologne trends forum “The Stage” will again be the home for discussions and responses to current issues in the world of interior design this coming January. Here, experts talk about trends in home living, designers shed light on their concepts and industry insiders discuss future developments. In 2018, the established lecture forum in Hall 3.1 of Koelnmesse will once more be offering an overview of current trends in interior design.

The Stage: Martina Brüßel presents Smart Solutions for the Digital Bathroom

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© Aqua Cultura

“Smart Being” is the current interior trend that links life balance and digitisation. Thanks to technical developments connected with the “smart home”, people’s own four walls are increasingly being integrated into their personal networks. The same goes for the private bathroom – because modern technology is meant to make everyday life more convenient here too. Subdivided according to the individual zones of the bathroom – like the shower, bathtub, washing area etc. – Martina Brüßel presents smart solutions, individual products, their networkability and the resulting added value.

Designer’s Voice at The Stage:
A Talk with Peter Maly

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© Peter Maly

Peter Maly is considered to be one of the protagonists of longevity; his designs are purist, geometrical, elementary and embody clarity and functionality. In his case of furniture, lamps, carpets and interior design concepts, purism and functionality unite – significant elements that are typical for Maly’s work. “My work is characterised by the search for an expressive form, which in spite of the greatest independence possible, shouldn’t push its way to the fore,” is how the designer describes his work. In the talk with Barbara Friedrich Peter Maly give in inside view into his work.

The Stage: Stefan Heiliger about the impact of social trends on the design of seating furnitur

© Stefan Heiliger
© Stefan Heiliger

How are lifestyle changes reflected in the design of seating furniture? How is user behaviour changing? And what does design offer to respond to this transformation process? Based on a showcase of different products designed by Professor Stefan Heiliger, this talk reveals how constantly changing social trends enter the design of seating furniture and influence it, resulting in innovative seating furniture – innovative in both form and function.

The Stage: Touchination
Hannes Bäuerle about the sensuality of surfaces

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© raumPROBE
Design is something that we do not only experience with our eyes. Touching surfaces also plays a crucial role in interior design – especially soft surfaces, artificial materials that feel real and exude genuine “touchination”. In his talk, interior architect Hannes Bäuerle presents touchable new launches, uncovers the links between haptics and colour, and explains how important the multisensory dimension is in interior design.

The Stage: Katrin de Louw explains which
trends will move the Interior Industry

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© Trendfilter

The talk by trend expert Katrin de Louw filters current design, materials and social trends for the furnishings industry and provides an overview of the key drivers that are set to influence furniture design in coming years. Examining trends from the perspective of the furniture industries’ supplying sections and the materials industry, she presents a comprehensive cross section – from short-term design trends to the long-term, social and technical currents from which tomorrow’s furniture will emerge.

The Stage: Martina Brüßel explains why bathroom architecture is important for being healthy

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© Aqua Cultura

Health is one of the current mega-trends and as it has begun to spread into all areas of our lives, it has a growing impact on people and their behaviour. However, “being healthy” does not just mean being free of illness; it also means feeling good in your body and having a healthy work-life-balance. In her lecture Martina Brüßel introduces a mega-trend, that influences private, individual living areas and the associated architecture and design – in particular, bathroom design.

The Stage: Hildegard Kalthegener about colour combinations according to Le Corbusier

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© Hildegard Kalthegener

The International Style at the beginning of the 20th century is known for its functionalism, the right angle and for its credo “less is more”, while one of the main protagonists Le Corbusier, seemingly in contrast to this, developed a colour system with numerous nuances which even today still helps many creatives in finding one perfect colour or working with space-forming polychromatism. In the lecture design contrasts will be analysed:

The Stage: sustainable solutions and functional marerials: Sascha Peters about Material Trends 2017

© Sascha Peters
© Sascha Peters

Today, two major trends in materials developments relevant to interior solutions and design can be observed. On the one hand, manufacturers are seeking to expand their ranges of sustainable material solutions and to improve the environmental sustainability of their production processes, the sourcing of their resources and energy consumption. Added to this, functions are being integrated into materials, opening up opportunities to profitably deploy so-called “smart materials” in an immense variety of ways.

informed by cologne: trend show and lecture forum about Interior trends for 2009

What interior trends will be dominant in 2009? Answers are provided by the trend forum “informed by cologne”.

In various lectures on color & light, form, function, pattern and material, participants can take a glance at the future of interior design. Moreover, an exhibition on the fair’s Boulevard introduces the four megatrends:

· Extra Much: Ardor and extremes are popular here. Searching for limits with regard to materials, shapes and construction is a dominant feature.

· Near and Far: Nature with its complex and interrelated macro- and microstructure acts as ideal example. Seemingly opposite features are combined.

· Tepee Culture: The nomad roots of mankind and being close to nature are central features. Direct, unmediated experiences, of which cracks and scratches give evidence, are highly valued.

· Re-Run Time: Matters of course are more important than originality. Well-known objects are re-valued. Traditional shapes are refined by reducing them to their essence so that the basic idea shines through again.