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Sustainability, it’s fair to say, has proved itself to be, well, sustainable. But long before it became the issue de nos jours, long before it became fashionable (for want of a better word), there were design manufacturers pursuing the sustainability agenda. The Munich-based furniture producer ZEITRAUM is such a company, which, in this age of marketing hyperbole and superficial nodding to environmental and social responsibility, has a refreshingly honest take on what it does and how it does it – ever since it was founded almost 30 years ago. Google the company and you'll find an emphatically literal description of its stock-in-trade in your results: 'ZEITRAUM: High-quality furniture in solid wood'. You see, authenticity runs right through the brand, from its honesty to materials – hand-selected, FSC-certified, deciduous hardwoods such as oak, walnut, cherry and maple – to the way they are treated. Multiple rounds of careful sanding are married with meticulous oiling and waxing. Thi…

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The Heimtextil trends 2019/2020 describe a world in which we live according to new standards. We try to escape complex lifestyles and have a desire for deeper relationships, spiritual confirmation and greater meaning. "We live in an era of uncertainty and mistrust in the established order. As a reaction, we try to live a meaningful, conscious life based on positive relationships. We take responsibility for our lives and look for ways of life that fulfil our value system in search of a new utopia – a society that aims at promoting the well-being of all its citizens”, explains Caroline Till, co-founder of FranklinTill Studio. In addition to the British trend researcher, Anne Marie Commandeur from the Stijlinstituut Amsterdam and Anja Bisgaard Gaede from SPOTT Trends & Business also participated in the forecast for perspective-related interior design, which applies globally. The search for new lifestyles in which mindfulness and sustainability play an important role will be the challe…

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Europe, alongside countries such as Japan, is going through a profound demographic shift: stagnating birth rates and increasing life expectancy mean the proportion of older adults is increasing. It is estimated that by 2050, people above 65 years of age will comprise more than 30% of the population of Great Britain, 35% in Germany, and over 40% in Spain. In addition, this age group is increasingly healthy into old age, meaning that even when they move into a care home, they want stimulating places in which to live and socialise. Care homes are likely to become one of the most important typologies that architects will be designing in the decades to come. A number of European countries with generous social care systems are already trying to cater to these needs. In Huningue, France, architecture practice Dominique Coulon & Associés has designed modern housing for the elderly comprising 25 units of 50 square metres each. In this care home, particular emphasis is given to communal spac…

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Anniversaries provide an opportunity to reflect on the past, celebrate the present, and look forward to the future. For Italian furniture manufacturer Pedrali, 2018 marks ten years since it began two of its most successful collaborations, with designers Odo Fioravanti and Jorge Pensi. The important anniversary was marked by an event in September at the company’s headquarters in the province of Bergamo, where the designers talked about their ongoing relationship with the brand. Pedrali was founded in 1963 and has since established itself as one of Italy’s leading producers of contemporary design furniture. Over the years its reputation for developing timeless products with a high level of technical sophistication has helped it attract top talent from both Italy and abroad. For Pensi and Fioravanti, the collaboration with Pedrali has resulted in some of their most popular and recognised designs, which have become international best sellers. “I am very happy to work with Pedrali; we share…

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Exploring the Culture of Collaboration, Innovation in Design and Livable Cities, Downtown Design’s public programme presents the audience with a stellar schedule of talks. Presented at The Forum at the heart of the Downtown Design fair, the talks programme will encompass intellectual and informative discourses designed to engage with and uplift design professional and enthusiasts. Downtown Design’s mission to give a platform to diverse voices, insights and opinions reflects in our considered choice of speakers and topics. <b>The Culture of Collaboration – 13 November and The Hands of a Designer – 14 November, respectively</b> The award-winning designers Ini Archibong and Matthew McCormick speak for the first time in the Middle East, offering insights into the merits of a well-considered creative code-share, and the growing confluence of artisanal making and the high-tech in contemporary design. <b>Breaking Ground: New Design Markets and the Road Ahead – 14 November</b> Mohit…

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All signs point to a successful DOMOTEX 2019 (11–14 January, Hannover, Germany) – the world’s leading trade show and biggest innovations and trend platform for the flooring industry. The fair’s new keynote theme, “CREATE’N’CONNECT”, is a bold statement that puts the spotlight on the current connectivity megatrend. Connectedness is an important aspect of flooring in the sense that floors are unifying, connecting elements of room design. Floors and flooring provide the very foundation for the rooms in which we live and work. Many of the exhibitors lined up for DOMOTEX 2019 are authors of innovative products used in internationally renowned interior design projects. Their carpets, floor coverings and installation systems are used by international architects and interior designers to create original, imaginatively designed spaces in which the floor forms the connecting, unifying element of the overall design. The following examples perfectly illustrate the keynote theme “CREATE’N’CONNEC…

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When ORGATEC 2018 opens its doors in Cologne from 23 to 27 October, around 60,000 trade visitors from all over the globe, who want to inform themselves about the future of modern worlds of work, are awaited again. The leading international trade fair for the modern working world presents integrated solutions and overall concepts for everything connected with the office as a working and living space office. And as the world of work changes, so does architecture. Many offices and hotels built in the recent past are already out of step with current trends. Instead of tearing them down, more and more developers are focusing on the potential of these old buildings and opting to refurbish them. But what needs to be considered when bringing such buildings back to life? And what are the prospects for a sustainable commercial property? These questions – and many more besides – will be discussed at architectureworld and Deutscher Hoteltag (German Hotel Day), which will be held for the first t…

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As a global hotspot for the worldwide consumer goods industry, Ambiente features retail-oriented product segments and a fringe programme with a wide variety of subjects yet one overall goal, to inspire, inform and entertain. Ambiente Vice President Nicolette Naumann tells us how Ambiente continues to stay relevant to its visitors. <b>What special events and programmes will feature at Ambiente 2019 to make the fair so indispensable? </b> Our new special presentation Point of Experience shows easily applicable digital solutions for the retail space; our Partner Country programme this year highlights Indian design and handicraft, while in our Ambiente Academy, retailers get insights and can directly engage with experts from various fields such as marketing, window dressing and point of sale. Plus various award ceremonies and presentations take place at the fair, widening our perception of what is going on in the global industry. <b>How has Ambiente evolved to serve the demands of…

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The Ambiente 2019 consumer goods trade fair will run from 8-12 February 2019 at the Messe Frankfurt exhibition centre. Three diverse product category areas – Dining, Giving and Living – will come together to feature the latest products from around 4,500 exhibitors, offering specialist presentations to a stream of professional buyers and designers. A rich programme of events includes more than just exhibitor stands and presentations, however, and Ambiente 2019’s enviable itinerary includes highlights such as a presentation by AKFD Studio’s title designer, Ayush Kasliwal. Revealed as the 2019 Partner Country at the end of the 2018 fair, India will colour the meeting with its own design culture including both handcrafted and manufactured products. Kasliwal’s presentation is joined by various activities at Indian exhibitors’ stands, celebrating the nation’s creativity and growing international significance on Partner Country Day, Monday, 11 February 2019. Another fair highlight is the i…

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Healthcare has become a major concern around the globe, and questions around how to minimise its costs also raise the issue of its prevention. Perkins+Will is actively working towards solutions with research-based, patient-centred healthcare projects. They were recently the only firm to win two 2018 National Healthcare Design Awards from the American Institute of Architects for their Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford in California and their Memorial Sloan Kettering Monmouth, New Jersey. Central to their thinking about healthcare is recognising two important factors: that health is not an individual process and that public health is part of public space. Architonic caught up with Senior Urban Designer Basak Alkan and Principal Robin Guenther to discuss their practice in more detail. Both of your projects that were recently honoured by the American Institute of Architects’ Academy of Architecture for Health were recognised for their attention to the patient experience.…

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