There is a camel here, a small monkey there. And which soap adorns the latest washstands? Some presentations at this year's ISH were real eye-catchers, others simply a bit drab. But all were careful arrangements.
News & Stories"Axor Bouroullec" is a variable system of washbasins, storage units and fixtures. Thomas Wagner talked to Philippe Grohe, grandson of company founder Hans Grohe and manager of the "Axor" brand, about bathroom landscapes, the integration of the user and the future of the bathroom.
What emerged at the imm Cologne in 2011 was that the fair has steadied, and in the form of "Living Kitchen" and "Pure Textiles" has gained two important new areas. Thus, the Cologne hodge-podge of the diversity of homes has something for everyone, for a man of the world, a man of the masses, and for kids, too. That said, the high-end design did not live up to expectations.
Offices are increasingly turning into social centers. To make certain the stress of constant communication does not become too fierce and the office becomes a social flashpoint, the modern work nomad withdraws into a chic little shed or a new kind of basket-chair.
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by Nina ReetzkePhone booths have more or less vanished from public space. Yet now they are returning in a changed shape - in offices. While they once served to provide access to phones, phone boxes now offer a touch of privacy in the world of today's open-plan offices.
Brothers Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec have realized their bathroom vision for Hansgrohe's Axor design line. The result of the six-year developmental study is a complex, 85-piece bathroom series. With their design approach, the Bouroullec brothers have opened up the bathroom into the living area.
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by Sandra HofmeisterMeeting in Copenhagen: Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec have come to Øresund to put the finishing touches to the first Kvadrat showrooms in Denmark shortly before they are opened. Sandra Hofmeister met them there and spoke with Erwan Bouroullec.
London, Vienna, Beijing – at the moment there is one design week after the other. As London is still considered a design metropolis, it is worth visiting the city on this occasion. Even if the trade fair "100% Design" is becoming increasingly uninteresting, the fringe events in the city were once again impressive.
News & Stories | Salone del Mobile 2011 – supported by Villeroy & Boch Tiles
by Nancy JehmlichKonstantin Grcic listens to Elvis, the Bouroullecs to Björk, Sam Hecht grew up listening to Depeche Mode, and Nitzan Cohen, as a music video, would be a mix of Chris Cunningham, Björk and El Gincho. In Milan, a fine exhibition not only displayed new chairs but also revealed the musical preferences of their designers.
Does it look like a ripe strawberry? Or a piece of bloated crispbread? However you answer this question, the "Ploum" sofa by the Bouroullec brothers is one of the most talked-about products at this year's imm Cologne. Nina Reetzke spoke to Ronan Bouroullec about the sofa's low seat, marketing, and making films.
Parador has asked some of the giants of the design world to design its latest laminate collection. Zaha Hadid now illuminates prisms, the Bouroullec brothers enchant with colored light displays and Ross Lovegrove shocks with his 3D skeleton.
You will search in vain for a new paradigm or new typologies of work at the Orgatec 2010. Instead, people are busy working away at furniture systems that enable the temporary privacy of retreat in the midst of the open field of omnipresent communication.
The exhibition entitled "Ideen sitzen / Ideas that sit well" at Hamburg's Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe invites visitors to peruse chairs, armchairs and sofas. The tour of the museum swiftly morphs into a voyage of discovery through the history of interior design, if not even the history of ideas and cultural history of recent decades.