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
The subject of architecture has always played a leading role at imm cologne. The planning of buildings and the design of interior spaces show a considerable overlap, as evidenced by the ever-growing interest in the furniture fair. For those interested in the art of building and urban design, the Cologne Exhibition Centre will again be organising a number of exciting bilingual architecture tours in German and English.
Alongside bus tours of the highlights of Cologne’s 2000-year-old architectural history there will also be tours of the post-war reconstruction architecture of the 1950s, as well as tours covering architecture and lighting design. A walk through the newly designed Rheinauhafen will take in the most ambitious modern large-scale building project in Cologne.
An additional tour will also visit the spectacular, newly built Kolumba Art Museum as well as the monolithic chapel in the Eifel region, both important works of the Pritzker prizewinner Peter Zumthor. A tour of the galeries of this city of the arts, along with a gastronomic tour featuring some of the best of the local dishes and specialities, rounds off the program.
23. November 2009
Tags: architectural history, architecture, architecture tours, bilingual, Cologne, gastronomic tour, imm cologne 2010, Kolumba, lighting design, Peter Zumthor, Rheinauhafen, tour, tour of the art galeries, urban design
The Trendboard has been talking about the end of design icons. What does that mean for interior design?
Yes, that’s something we discussed, but I don’t think it’s as absolute as that. In my opinion, there will always be iconic design. Because whether or not an object has cult character depends on the design itself and not on whether it’s marketed using that particular label. Many things are designed without a single thought being given to their symbolism, but they manage to capture consumers’ imagination at a certain moment in time all the same, so they come to represent a certain zeitgeist. What has really changed is people’s need to fill their homes with designer items as if they were toy chests. That attitude has gone slightly out of fashion.
05. November 2009
Categories: Designers in Dialogue, top designers, Video
Tags: Alessi, Art Design, Claudia Wanninger, Cologne, commercial design, communicating ideas, design icons, Design Miami/Basel, designer’s responsibility, economic crisis, environment, experimental design, imm cologne 2010, interior, interior design, Interior Trends 2010, interview, Jasper Morrison, Johanna Grawunder, Kolumba Museum, Konstantin Grcic, limited editions, Magis, Milan, minimalism, neutral space, Peter Zumthor, plexiglas, quality, Ron Arad, Stefano Giovannoni, students, sustainability, Trends, zeitgeist, [d3] design talents, “Rehab”