Luca Nichetto. (photo: Koelnmesse, Andreas Körner)
Following London design team Doshi Levien’s successful launch of the new design event at the imm cologne 2012, the trade fair has nominated designer Luca Nichetto as its Guest of Honour for “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage 2013″. In his design, the Venetian focuses on solutions that are intended to enable occupants to live in direct contact with the plant world.
In Nichetto’s “Haus”, plants appear as an integral element of the architecture and interior design: in specially created pots, they adorn not just the walls of the façades, the louver-like structure of which is dotted with transparent gaps and spaces for plants; inside too, they take on specific functions that improve the indoor climate. In the form of big plant pools, planted courtyards and integrated terraces, they fill the interior with greenery, allowing its architecture to stage the interplay between indoors and outside.
11. September 2012
Categories: architecture, Events, News, pure village
Tags: Bosa, Casamania, Cassina, Das Haus, Das Haus - Interiors on Stage, De Padova, design, Dick Spierenburg, Established & Sons, Foscarini, Fratelli Guzzini, Glass Idromassaggio, Globo, green design, hall 3.1, imm cologne 2013, Italesse, Kristalia, La Chance, Luca Nichetto, MG Lab, Moroso, Offecct, Petite Friture, sustainability, sustainable design, Taccini, Venini, [d3] design talents
A completely new attraction at imm cologne in 2011 will be the textile show Pure Textile in Hall 11, where exclusive textile designers including Création Baumann, Kinnasand, Zimmer + Rohde and Nya Nordiska will be presenting their latest fabric creations and carpets.
Ralph Anstoetz, managing partner of JAB Anstoetz in Bielefeld, Germany, is strengthening his presence in Cologne as a result of this new feature: “Given our positive experience at last year’s furnishing fair in Cologne, and the fact that even more top textile designers have decided to come to imm, this year we will also present our subsidiaries Chivasso and Soleil Bleu par Wellmann.” The other exhibitors in the Pure Textile segment are also preparing intensively for the Cologne show – and planning to penetrate new sales markets.
27. October 2010
Categories: Exhibitors, green design, imm pure, pure textile
Tags: Andreas Lechner, Chivasso, Cologne, colours, Création Baumann, design, Dr. Georg Emprechtinger, furniture fair, GfK, green design, hall 11, imm cologne 2011, interior design, JAB Anstoetz, Kinnasand, natural materials, Nya Nordiska, premium segment, Pure, pure textile, Ralph Anstoetz, Rolf Benz, Soleil Bleu par Wellmann, Trend Book, Trends, Zimmer + Rohde
Patricia Urquiola, member of the imm cologne 2011 trend board. (photo: E15)
“Our task was to take a look at the various forms in which the trends are expressed,” says the Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola concerning the work of the imm cologne 2011 Trend Board. She considers this a pioneering development. “We have to realize that today there are completely different perspectives on what people consider innovative,” she says. “Sometimes a new interpretation of something old or a particularly simple and intelligent production method is much more innovative than a new material or an innovative technology. The concept of innovation is changing. In my opinion, it’s closely connected with people’s needs and with the way we use objects.”
27. August 2010
Categories: green design, Interior Trends 2011, top designers
Tags: Cologne, design, EOOS, Exhibitors, green design, Harald Gründl, imm cologne 2011, innovation, interior design, interior design of the future, Interior Trends 2011, journalists, Patricia Urquiola, sustainability, top designers, trade fair, trade visitors, Trend Board, Trends, workshop
The average German only replaces his sofa with a new one every 8-12 years. Don’t you sometimes wish there was a scrapping incentive for furniture too?
We in the furniture industry aren’t calling for subsidies – we just want equal treatment for all sectors. Instead of getting people to scrap their cars, the politicians ought to be scrapping taxes for normal citizens and SMEs so they’ve got more money left in their pockets and budgets at the end of the month – money they can use however they see fit.
The imm cologne’s Trendboard is anticipating a return to more quality consciousness as a response to the economic crisis. Is “real” quality actually still affordable these days?
We’re living in a time when people are refraining from quick consumption again so yes, you could say people have started to change their mentality. They’re becoming more sensitive to how we use the world’s resources and looking for things that promise value and durability again. That’s why there’s an increasing demand for sustainability and value in our industry too. For earlier generations it was normal not to follow every furniture or clothing fashion or go along with every new style that came out. Then there was a period of rapid and changing consumption. The pleasure was often short-lived and the products interchangeable.
20. October 2009
Tags: Association of the German Furniture Industry, Business, Cologne, consumers’ changing mentality, design, designers, Dirk-Uwe Klaas, eco-compatibility, ecology, electrotechnology, export, Frank A. Reinhardt, furniture, furniture industry, Gemütlichkeit, green design, higher education, imm cologne, innovation, interview, LED light, lighting, LOHAS, market data, mass-market products, polarisation, premium design, purchase criterion, quality, renewable resource, revenue, sales, surface optimisation, sustainability, VDM, wood
Cecilie Manz, Marcus Fairs, Johanna Grawunder, Giulio Ridolfo and Bertjan Pot (f.l.t.r.) Photo: Koelnmesse; Lutz Sternstein
Every summer, five or six renowned designers get together in the tower block of Cologne exhibition centre for an unusual workshop that culminates in a prognosis of the most important developments in interior design: the Trend Book with the interior trends of the coming year. Every year, the Trendboard convened by the imm cologne brings together product designers, architects, material specialists and journalists who are regarded as internationally acknowledged authorities on design and are successful at international level. The Trendboard line-up changes every year and represents several nationalities and disciplines.
This year, materials specialist Giulio Ridolfo and journalist Marcus Fairs ensure the desired continuity. Giulio Ridolfo, a designer and textile consultant from Italy’s creative stronghold Udine, made a name for himself with his unusual works for the likes of Patricia Urquiola.
London author Marcus Fairs’ reputation is founded on his online magazine dezeen. New impulses came from American architect and interior designer Johanna Grawunder, whose work in the field of product design includes exclusive and colourful limited editions, and Cecilie Manz, a young and successful designer from Denmark with an excellent instinct for materials and colours. Dutch designer Bertjan Pot, the third new face on this year’s Trendboard, is also part of the young, successful generation of designers that is currently accelerating the pace of change in the design scene.
As in previous years, the Trendboard was accompanied by Andrej Kupetz, managing director of the Frankfurt-based German Design Council since 1999.
29. September 2009
Categories: Events, General, Interior Trends 2010, Trends
Tags: Andrej Kupetz, Arco, Bertjan Pot, Boffi, Cecilie Manz, Danish Design Prize, Design Academy Eindhoven, dezeen, Domestic, Ettore Sottsass, Flos, Fritz Hansen, German Design Council, Giulio Ridolfo, Goods, green design, Holmegaard, imm cologne 2010, interior design trends, Johanna Grawunder, Kvadrat, Lightyears, Marcus Fairs, Minima, Monkey Boys, Montis, Mooment, Moooi, Moroso, Patricia Urquiola, Skitsch, Sottsass Associates, Trendboard, Trendbook, Trends
Konstantin Grcic (*1965) trained as a cabinetmaker at the John Makepeace School for Craftsmen in Dorset (1985 to 1987) before studying furniture design at the Royal College of Art in London.
After a year as an assistant to Jasper Morrison, he founded his own firm in Munich in 1991: “Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design”. The 90s saw the start of his success with laundry baskets and other plastic items for Authentics; then came style icons such as the Mayday lamp for Flos (1999), the swaying shelving unit Es for Nils Holger Moormann (1999), the Chaos armchair for ClassiCon (2001) and the Osorom seating element for Moroso (2002). The chair_ONE die-cast aluminium chair with a conical concrete foot (Magis, 2004) was actually intended for public spaces but went on to sell in its thousands as a sculptural lattice structure with seating function for the private loft. It was followed by the Miura bar stool (Plank, 2005).
03. September 2009
Categories: Designers in Dialogue, green design, top designers
Tags: Agape, Authentics, BASF, Cappellini, Cassina, chair_ONE, Chaos, ClassiCon, Compasso d’Oro, design, designer, Designers in Dialogue, Driade, ecology, Es, Flos, green design, Iittala, imm cologne 2010, interview, Jasper Morrison, John Makepeace School for Craftsmen, Konstantin Grcic, Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design, Krups, Lamy, Magis, Mayday, Merten, Miura, Montina, Moroso, Muji, Munich, Museum of Modern Art, Myto, Nils Holger Moormann, Osorom, Plank, Porzellan-Manufaktur Nymphenburg, Royal College of Art, SCP, sustainability, top designers, Ultradur® High Speed, Whirlpool
ID_OS is a development company for industrial and public design based in Frankfurt am Main. Since 1996, proprietor Olaf Schroeder (*1966) has been developing design concepts and solutions in the fields of product, furniture, system and exhibition design, as well as design projects for public spaces.
Besides the household products he has worked on for manufacturers Hailo, Leifheit and Rowenta, Olaf Schroeder has also developed and designed exhibitions and pavilion architectures. In 2003, Olaf Schroeder was awarded the state of Hesse’s special environmental award for his development work in connection with a solar-powered boat project. From 1998 until 2002, he was a lecturer at Offenbach University of Art and Design.
20. July 2009
Categories: Designers in Dialogue, green design, top designers
Tags: Baden-Württemberg International Design Award, e15, ecology, environmental design, Focus Green, furniture design, green design, growing table, Hailo, ID_OS, industrial design, Leifheit, Offenbach University of Art and Design, Olaf Schroeder, Rowenta, sustainability, top designers, Tunghai University of Taichung
After an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker, Swiss-born Cuno Frommherz (*1963) spent several years working for an interior design firm (1992–1996). Besides collaborating with artist Piroska Szönye, he has been an independent furniture designer since 1996. He describes himself as an autodidact.
He lives and works in two different locations in Switzerland: he has a studio and apartment in a 400-year-old manor house in the Alpine setting of the little town of Schwyz and has also built himself a loft and studio in a 1930s textile warehouse in Burgdorf (photo). Cuno Frommherz develops concepts and designs products for European furniture companies like De Sede, Rolf Benz, Cassina or Leolux.
29. June 2009
Categories: Designers in Dialogue, green design, top designers
Tags: Cuno Frommherz, environment, furniture designer, green design, lifecycle, Piroska Szönye, quality products, responsibility, sustainability
EOOS: Gernot Bohmann, Harald Gründl (Mitte) and Martin Bergman. Photo: Udo Titz
EOOS consists of Martin Bergmann (*1963 in Lienz/East Tyrol), Gernot Bohmann (*1968, Krieglach/Steiermark) and Harald Gründl (*1967, Vienna). After graduating from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, they founded their joint firm EOOS in 1995. Besides furniture and product design, EOOS also does shop design for clients like Giorgio Armani, Adidas, Alessi, Bulthaup, Bene, Duravit, Walter Knoll, Keilhauer, Matteograssi and Zumtobel.
For EOOS, design is a poetic discipline and a cultural service to society. EOOS Basic Research investigates rituals, myths and intuitive images as part of its “poetic analysis”. The company’s first books, “The Death of Fashion” and ”The Cooked Kitchen”, are available from publishers SpringerWienNewYork. EOOS has won more than 40 international awards to date, including the 2004 Italian design prize Compasso d’Oro for Kube, produced by Matteograssi. In 2007, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF and daily newspaper Die Presse voted EOOS ”Austrians of the Year“ in the Creative Industries category.
11. May 2009
Categories: Designers in Dialogue, green design, Trends
Tags: Adidas, Alessi, Austrians of the Year, Bene, biofuel, bioreactor, Bulthaup, climate protection target, Club of Rome, Compasso d’Oro, Designers in Dialogue, Die Presse, Duravit, ecological footprint, ecology, EOOS, Gernot Bohmann, Giorgio Armani, green design, Harald Gründl, innovations, Keilhauer, Martin Bergmann, Matteograssi, ORF, organic, Plant 1, solid wood furniture, Springer Verlag, sustainability, The Cooked Kitchen, The Death of Fashion, Trends, Wien, Zumtobel
The print our feet leave on our planet should be as light as possible – that is the aim of Green Design. Product designers are no longer content with making a purely aesthetic mark. Instead, with unconventional ideas and sustainable product concepts, they are committed to making our lifestyle more compatible with the environment.
Green Design is the dream of “good” design, of things that don’t hurt anybody – not nature, who the material is taken from and is left to deal with the remains, not the planet, who the energy is extracted from and whose atmosphere it is emitted into, nor the people who make or use the object.
27. April 2009
Categories: green design, Trends
Tags: Alexander Curtius, ecological footprint, ecology, green design, imm cologne 2010, innovation, sustainability, top brands, top designers, top-quality design