The new offering from the international interior design fair imm cologne is meeting with a very warm reception from many ambitious design providers: even though it’s by September, Pure Editions was already virtually booked out. In a compact space, the new format that has been launched within the pure segment provides exhibitors with an open stage for gallery-like presentations. The concept, location and limited capacity led to a run on the spaces in Hall 3.2.
One special element of Pure Editions are the “Featured Editions” – platforms spread throughout the room for additional installations devised by the exhibitors. The plans for this special attraction once again underline the high standards and innovative exhibition concept behind Pure Editions: the imm cologne’s creative team, headed by Creative Director Dick Spierenburg, has commissioned design platform Stylepark with its development.
05. October 2012
Categories: Innovation, News, Pure Editions
Tags: architect, architecture, artist, design, designer, Dick Spierenburg, Featured Editions, furnishing experiments, graphic designer, Hall 3.2, Koelnmesse, making-ofs, prototypes, Pure Editions, Stylepark
“Functionality Cube” by Häfele. (photo: Häfele)
There are often close links between forward-looking architecture and the art of engineering, as can be seen at the Baden-Württemberg Regional Garden Show in Nagold. On just 39 square metres of space, the Functionality Cube created by Berlin designer Werner Aisslinger in collaboration with Häfele combines the essential usages of living, cooking, eating, working and sleeping in an elegant yet highly functional piece of architecture. The cube is open to the public until 7thOctober 2012.
The building, which is glazed all the way round, seeks to unite indoors and outdoors in unique fashion. The interior is bathed in light and provides an unobstructed view of the parkland and the historic centre of Nagold, expressing the motto of this year’s garden show, “Green Urbanity”, in a synthesis of interior lifestyle, the city and nature.
19. July 2012
Categories: architecture, News
Tags: architecture, concept house, Functionality Cube, Functionality World, Häfele, Kitchen of the Future Workshop, microhouse, Nagold, small house, urban design, urban living, Werner Aisslinger
Nipa Doshi und Jonathan Levien gestalten eine große Wohn-Installation auf der imm cologne 2012.
Who says modern everyday life and sensuousness have to be at odds with one another? The “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” installation by Doshi Levien at the imm cologne 2012 aims to furnish evidence to the contrary. In an installation that is visionary not just at architectural level but in creative terms as well, the design experiment is developing into a fascinating study on modern ways of living.
“‘Das Haus’ combines the best of some very different worlds. It could be located anywhere on the planet.” Designer Nipa Doshi is alluding to an encounter between modern architecture and a world of contemporary forms on the one hand and the traditionally colourful aesthetics of Asia, the chaotic-seeming building tradition of Indian or Far Eastern megacities and the open, inward-facing interior culture of Morocco on the other. According to the plans of London design team Doshi Levien, many of these elements will be brought together in their installation in such a way that something totally new emerges: “It combines unconditional modernity with a sensuous lifestyle,” says Jonathan Levien of the blueprint for the imm cologne’s new design format: “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”. His wife Nipa Doshi adds: “That’s precisely why we designed ‘Das Haus’ this way – because it doesn’t exist in this form. Only parts of it do.” read more…
05. January 2012
Categories: Design concepts, Events, Exhibitors, News, Press, pure village, top designers
Tags: architecture, collection, Das Haus - Interiors on Stage, Doshi Levien, evidence, experiment, furniture, Hall 3.2, ideas, imm cologne 2012, Jonathan Levien, Katharina C. Hamma, kitchen design, Koelnmesse, London, modern, modern ways of living, Nipa Doshi, privacy, project, technology, three dimensions, transparent
No architecture, no interiors: time and time again, it is outstanding architectural works that have a decisive influence on innovative interior concepts. For as preferences with regard to contemporary buildings change, our interior design tastes naturally change as well. A look at building styles in the private sector shows that changes in certain conditions can result in entire room concepts changing.
Whereas there used to be a very clear separation between the living room, dining room and kitchen, for instance, the desire for spacious, loft-like layouts has led to the current “live-in kitchen” megatrend. As a global trend barometer for modern living, the imm cologne 2012 will therefore be offering visitors various “Architektouren” in and around Cologne in addition to the wide range of products on show in the halls of the exhibition centre.
Koelnmesse’s idea of organising excursions to the architectural masterpieces of various epochs all the way to the modern era got off to a very successful start at the imm cologne 2011. In fact, the concept was so successful that the tour programme for 2012 is even more extensive. For when it comes to internationally renowned architecture, Cologne certainly has plenty to offer.
01. December 2011
Categories: architecture, Events, Service
Tags: architectural history, architectural tours, architecture, Architektouren, Central Mosque, Cologne, Cologne Cathedral, Dock One, Frank Haubold, imm cologne 2012, interior concepts, Koelnmesse, Köln, Köln Triangle, Kultur Event Büro, minimalism, Minotti, Peter Zumthor, supporting programme
Zones instead of rooms: The elimination of room boundaries and walls is giving rise to a host of new possibilities for interior design.
The reason modernist architecture is so topical again today is that – perhaps for the first time ever – it is compatible with many people’s desire for open living spaces, a more flexible organisation of their lives and aesthetics with a bearing on the present. Today we want to live the way Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier proposed.
But also the way Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien depict in their installation for “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” at imm cologne 2012 (16.-22.01.2012) in Cologne: in an individual, lively home with cultural echoes. In a house that permits privacy and publicness, that connects the kitchen, eating and working zones, family and friends, areas of retreat and shared wellness experiences in an individual way.
The conventions that shape the way we live are changing along with our lifestyles, and architecture is enabling a growing number of people to try out new ways of living. The elimination of room boundaries and walls, the new desire for cosiness and the longing for more nature in the house are giving rise to a host of new possibilities for interior design. Today, anybody that wants to build a house for contemporary living needs more than a floor plan – he needs a concept.
06. October 2011
Categories: architecture, Design concepts, top designers
Tags: architecture, Cologne, Das Haus - Interiors on Stage, floor plan, imm cologne 2012, interior design, interior trends, Jonathan Levien, Le Corbusier, LivingKitchen, Mies van der Rohe, Nipa Doshi, top designers, Trends
Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien will be creating a large-scale interior design installation at the imm cologne 2012.
Anglo-Indian designer couple Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien will be creating a large-scale interior design installation at the imm cologne 2012. In the midst of the planning phase for “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”, they talked to us at their London studio about their vision of individual forms of living, merging spaces and organically evolved houses.
Their design is a collection of interweaving functional spaces, rather like a collage of real architecture, different cultures and original imaginings. An interior perspective.
The brief for “Das Haus” is to create an artificial living situation in accordance with your own very personal wishes. Can you actually imagine a house in the middle of the trade fair?
Nipa Doshi: At the outset of the project we started thinking that our idea of a perfect house doesn’t actually depend on the object itself so much as on its surroundings. We want the house to capture a feeling. It’s located in the context of the fair, so we didn’t want a house that feels as if it’s standing by itself in the countryside. Instead, we imagine it as part of the socio-economic neighbourhood, as part of a community. We’re not thinking of a place with houses and beautiful gardens, but of a place with shops and workshops, a house full of life. The house isn’t in a residential area, it’s located in an urban context.
30. September 2011
Categories: architecture, Design concepts, top designers
Tags: architecture, Das Haus - Interiors on Stage, design, imm cologne 2012, installation, interior design, Jonathan Levien, Le Corbusier, Nipa Doshi
Foto: Ampelphase 5 (Foto: Holger Peters)
People spend a considerable amount of time in their lives waiting. And especially waiting in traffic – for the train to pass, the traffic jam to break up or the red light to change.
Back in 2007, this waiting at traffic lights inspired office furniture specialists Vitra to launch a series of exhibitions. For a period of three weeks, six renowned architectural firms are invited to use the Frankfurt showroom to stage experimental installations in a space-consuming scenography inspired by the following question: How can dynamism, standstill and motion be translated into striking form? And while the traffic lights on the busy Gutleutstrasse thoroughfare are red, passing motorists are meant to become participants in the exhibition, at least for a brief moment. read more…
06. September 2011
Categories: architecture, Events, General, News
Tags: 3deluxe, a5 planung, Ampelphase, architecture, dynamism, exhibition, Kontext Architektur, KSP Jürgen Engel, office furniture, Planquadrat Elfers Geskes Krämer Part.G., showroom, specialists, Vitra
The success of Pure Village has shown that the increasing overlap between the various product segments and the growing importance of co-ordinated interior design concepts is creating the need for a special forum. At the international interior design fair imm cologne, this need is met by Pure Village. And so that the discussions can continue between the fairs held at the start of every year, the webpage www.purevillage.net is intended to provide a bilingual web platform for information about interior design.
purevillage.net provides a multitude of varied content on design issues relating to furniture, home furnishings, architecture and interior design. Pigeonholing is passé: Anything that influences the quality of interior lifestyle and design can be presented.
A design dictionary helps users expand their basic knowledge; regular news about exhibitors, new products and trends as well as reports on aspects such as colours, materials and sustainability ensure the Pure Village community is always up to date. Company profiles provide interesting insights and give a face to the furniture.
11. January 2011
Categories: pure village, Social Media
Tags: architects, architecture, bilingual, blog, Cologne, design dictionary, designers, furniture, home furnishings, imm cologne 2011, information, interior design, interior designers, Koelnmesse, new products, news, pure village, Trends, web platform
Patricia Urquiola, member of the imm cologne Trend Board. (photo: Koelnmesse)
Patricia Urquiola is a member of the imm cologne Trend Board and was born in Oviedo, Spain and now lives and works in Milan. She attended the faculty of architecture at Madrid Polytechnic and Milan Polytechnic, from which she graduated in 1989 having completed her thesis with Achille Castiglioni.
In 2001 she opened her own studio, working on product design, architecture, installations and concept creation. In 2006 Koelnmesse invited Patricia Urquiola to build one of the ideal houses for imm cologne. Urquiola‘s clients include, among others, Agape, Alessi, Artelano, Axor, B&B Italia, Bisazza, BMW, Bosa, De Padova, Driade, Salvatore Ferragamo, Flos, Foscarini, Kartell, Kvadrat, MDF Italia, Molteni, Moroso and Panasonic.
During the imm cologne’s Trendboard workshop, you didn’t just name four of the most influential tendencies in interior design right now, you discussed other trends in the design scene as well. How much of it do you think is really important?
I think there is a new trend regarding the idea of what is innovative. Innovation was always primarily connected with the idea of industrial progress, i.e. with a more traditional idea. More and more, however, the term innovation is coming to be associated with values like sustainability and with what people really see as innovative – for instance if something is surprisingly intelligent or opens up new usage possibilities. People are paying more attention to how something is done and why it is done. More importance is being attached to the concept.
26. October 2010
Categories: Designers in Dialogue, Innovation, Interior Trends 2011, top designers, Trends
Tags: Agape, Alessi, architecture, Artelano, Axor, B&B Italia, Bisazza, BMW, Bosa, De Padova, Driade, Flos, Foscarini, imm cologne 2011, innovation, interior design, interview, Kartell, Kvadrat, MDF Italia, Molteni, Moroso, Panasonic, Patricia Urquiola, product design, Salvatore Ferragamo, sustainability, Trend Book, Trendboard, Trends
Richard Neutra Haus Pescher. photo: Iwan Baan, Amsterdam.
Austro-American architect Richard Neutra (born 1892 in Vienna, died 1970 in Wuppertal), one of the most important representatives of “classic Modernism”, was best known for his houses in Southern California. His designs combined light metal structures with stucco elements to create light, pervious ensembles, which he embedded with great sensitivity in carefully arranged gardens and landscapes.
For the first time ever architectural projects will be shown that he realized in Europe in his 10 final creative years (1960 – 1970) at MARTa Herford. He created eight villas, four in Switzerland, three in Germany and one in France. Prominent clients in this period included publisher of the ZEIT newspaper Gerd Bucerius but also figures from commerce and science. And for the first time seven unrealized projects will be documented, which were only discovered in the artist’s estate during research work for this exhibition – for example, a competition entry for the theater Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf.
10. May 2010
Categories: architecture, Events
Tags: architect, architecture, Bauhaus, Dion Neutra, Europe, exhibition, Gerd Bucerius, Hubertus Adam, Joachim Driller, Klaus Leuschel, Lilian Pfaff, Richard Neutra, Rolf Ahnesorg, Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf, UCLA, Vienna, Wuppertal