Tiles in home-building:
functional, aesthetic and cost-efficient

Photo: 41zero42, Mate

The standards are high today when it comes to building new homes: in addition to being a profitable investment in the future, new buildings must remain aesthetically pleasing and functional for generations – cost-efficiency, accessibility and sustainability are the keywords here. In this ideal, stylish and functional design of the interior construction is possible with high-quality yet attractively priced construction materials.

Veneer: versatile appearance – versatile applications

Poto: IFN, Roser AG, Gehri AG

Veneer is one of the oldest means of decoration for high-quality surfaces. In ancient Egypt, inexpensive substrate timbers were covered with thin layers of select high-grade wood; at that time, particularly bird’s eye maple. The various tree species produce highly differentiated veneer patterns, which sometimes even vary greatly within one species. And they even have stories to tell.

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.

Pure Textile set to be an imm cologne highlight again in 2013

With its own show at the imm cologne, Pure Textile once again promises to provide a compelling, decorative highlight at the international furnishing fair. (photo: Création Baumann)
With its own show at the imm cologne, Pure Textile once again promises to provide a compelling, decorative highlight at the international furnishing fair. (photo: Création Baumann)

Pure Textile, the platform for top brands of innovative fabrics and textiles for interior design, is a special format for a special range of products. With its own show at the imm cologne, Pure Textile once again promises to provide a compelling, decorative highlight at the international furnishing fair.

After its extremely successful premiere in 2011, the biennial event is scheduled to become an integral part of the imm cologne and will in future find a permanent home in Hall 3.2. These products play an important complementary role for the furniture industry; with the new Pure Editions format and their close proximity to the Pure show in Hall 11, they will form part of precisely the kind of exclusive neighbourhood that the fabric brands are looking for.

“Today textiles are part of any integral interior design and fit in perfectly with the kind of upscale, design-oriented environment provided by the Cologne trade fair and the new direction it has taken,” says Christoph Häußler, Managing Director of Sahco, of his company’s decision to attend the Cologne event. After the good performance of 2011 Christian Hofmann, Sales Director of Kinnasand, has high hopes of the show’s new home as well: “Pure Textile 2011 was a new format at the imm cologne and far exceeded the expectations of both the textile brands and the trade fair itself. We’re expecting the response to the new location in Hall 3.2 to be at least equally good.”

The Essence of Things. Design and the Art of Reduction

It is in the nature of human beings to seek the simplest solution. In fact, the idealism of “edle Einfalt” (noble simplicity) and “stille Größe” (quiet grandeur) pre-dates classicism, and the “less is more” principle of modern design has remained a guiding notion through the postmodernist era up to the present.

The exhibition “The Essence of things” illuminates the influences and motifs of a principle whose impact on design transcends time and place. The diversity of this phenomenon is documented in such examples as the legendary Thonet chair No. 14, furniture and product design by Gerrit Rietveld, Le Corbusier, Charles and Ray Eames, Max Bill, Dieter Rams, Shiro Kuramata and Jasper Morrison up to the iPod.

In the exhibition, these objects will be complemented by photos from the fields of architecture, fashion and art. Despite all the rationalisation of method and material, concentration on functional essentials and abstraction of shape up to the very disappearance of things, the principle of simplicity demonstrates its great complexity.