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Discover what lies behind the concept of biophilic design
While space in urban areas is becoming increasingly scarce, residents are experiencing a heightened longing for nature and its promise of tranquillity, rest and fresh air. With biophilic design, natural elements are brought into city apartments or offices. But what does biophilia actually mean? And what exactly do green architecture and living close to nature look like in practice? Find out here!
New living trends - Smart technology at home
Can we grow herbs with an app? Can a computer take on caring for plants to improve the climate indoors? Does the climate have an impact on the wiring of buildings? Does a smart control system take on the task of switching off lights and the coffee machine when leaving a building? Our answer: yes!
Livingtrend indoor - outdoor – When inside and outside merge
In a bid to find additional living space and more generosity, the terrace and garden are becoming more and more important and are being converted into the second living room. Here, not only the spatial boundaries are becoming blurred. In the wake of the "Indoor | Outdoor" trend, today weatherproof outdoor furniture not only looks like it comes from the living room - it is also used there too.
Project Legacy Pieces: A sustainable encounter of design and culture
In the summer of 2019, ten leaders of London’s cultural institutions joined some of Europe’s most exciting designers to create a "legacy piece" that they would like to pass on to a family member or the institution they lead. The ten pieces, all crafted by using American red oak, cannot be more different. However, they are connected by their claim to be sustainable and to survive generations. In January 2020, the Legacy exhibition will make its debut in Germany at imm cologne.
Home living with service included - What makes co-living so special
More and more people are at home anywhere in the world, own only the bare essentials and simply take their work with them on their laptop. Instead of having their own homes, they are increasingly living in furnished co-living apartments. What may initially sound like a stopgap is in fact a modern form of living that meets very diverse needs, such as those for personal space, community, convenience and aesthetics – and this development is more than just a short-lived trend.
Blurring boundaries - Modular furniture for a new freedom in home living
Changes in lifestyles are blurring the lines between home and work, indoors and outdoors, and between functionality and a flair for life. Multifunctional and modular furniture creates a modern interior aesthetic that removes fixed boundaries. We take a look at the global trend for boundary-free living.
Sustainable furnishing - Recycling furniture is pointing the way to the future
Natural raw materials, sustainable production and innovative business models: the furniture industry is becoming increasingly sustainable and is thus reacting to the increasing environmental and quality consciousness of customers. The focus is now also increasingly on recycling furniture. They provide residual materials and even household waste with a second life, are in some cases biologically degradable and even look really good. Can they fundamentally change the industry?
Innovative lighting technology - Smart lighting systems meet elegant design
Interior illumination is a field of innovative developments. Four major trends are currently emerging: lamps as furniture, intelligent lighting management systems, integrated light sources and smart lighting technologies. All these trends combine form and function with elegant design. But going beyond this, the latest lighting systems can have an influence on both the spatial ambience and our health.
Innovation and sustainability - Furniture made from renewable raw materials
A glance at the past year shows that sustainability is not only a global trend, but also an important innovation driver of furniture design and of the furniture trade. The choice of material is decisive here. New, innovative solutions using renewable raw materials form the basis of the future trend "Green smart materials".
Sleep themed area - The bedroom: trends, furniture and colours for 2021
The bedroom trends for 2021 are completely focused on making the most personal of our places of retreat an even more pleasant space to live in. Precisely because we spend so much time there – and healthy sleep is set to play an even more important role in the future – sustainability, a healthy living environment and technological innovations are the most important drivers in this interiors segment.
When ideas become reality- Crowdfunding in the furniture industry
Often creative ideas do not fail because they are useless or nobody wants them. Funding is the keyword here. It seems to be an insurmountable obstacle for many of these concepts. However, crowdfunding can be a way for creators to realise their projects. From zombie survival kits to bacon museums to pioneering and progressive design, the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is an interesting pool of people with very different exciting projects.
Urban street furniture – New street furniture and parklets are reclaiming public spaces
Our towns and cities are in a state of flux. Trends range between seeing our homes as places of refuge to yearning for venues where we can meet others. Urban planners have long been calling for cities that are tailored to fulfil residents’ needs. Today, modular designs and new street furniture concepts are taking over public spaces with the aim of bringing urban architecture into line with people’s requirements and creating places that offer a good quality of life for young and old alike.
How architecture influences our health – Healing Architecture
Architecture is about perception – in two different senses. Although it is always an expression of a general perceived zeitgeist, it also influences the individual psychological state. Architectural psychology studies the interdependencies that play out here, including the way colours are perceived, the impact of floor plans, and approaches to urban planning. The current focus is on designing physical settings with health in mind – a concept known as “healing architecture”.
Sustainable furniture: The industry is becoming greener
A wardrobe that does not survive two home moves. A bed for which no clear information is provided on how the wood is treated. Many consumers have been in this situation and would like to buy more sustainable furniture. Find out here what this means for the industry and learn about the examples from the world of interior design that demonstrate that environmentally conscious home interiors can take many creative forms.
“Is there something more important than life itself?”
We are living in a time in which people are taking to the streets to express their views. We are concerned above all about the exploitation of nature or respect for human rights. Do designers have any influence on these kinds of developments? Or, from the opposite perspective, does our perception of these general societal conditions influence the ideas that creatives produce?
Customisation at the click of a mouse
Custom-made furniture? What used to be considered a luxury is now a successful business model. Innovative technology means that personalised furnishings can be produced inexpensively and shipped promptly. It’s easy for customers to configure their furniture themselves – without even needing to leave the house. The trend reflects the strong desire for individuality among young people and their price awareness. Below, we introduce you to some suppliers.
Smart living, connected living
Working from home is driving innovation – our homes are becoming digitalised smart homes faster than expected as a result of new usage patterns. That is not only because of the coronavirus pandemic. The growing acceptance of connected solutions is also down to improved services and everyday products for the connected home. These global development trends will be a key topic at the next edition of imm cologne.
Let there be light - by itself
Can lights be turned on without flicking a switch? Nimbus shows how this can be done in a very smart way in the new building for the Neckar-Fils regional group of Südwestmetall in Esslingen, southern Germany. Throughout the building, lights are activated independently – and only when they are needed.
Sustainable building as an innovative architectural project
Our resources are becoming increasingly scarce. In addition, the desire to move away from today's throwaway mentality has led the building sector to give more thought to the multiple use and recyclability of materials. How we could deal with the construction of houses in the future, shows the experimental unit UMAR (Urban Mining & Recycling).
How will we live in the future?
Our idea of the perfect way of life is undergoing a transformation, with hot topics sometimes in conflict with one another. We’re concerned about our climate, but we don’t want to do without innovative materials and smart technology. Living space is becoming more and more expensive, and we’re looking for more living comfort and solutions for increasingly small homes.