Design is an important facet in Merten's product development. From the very beginning, the company has cooperated with renowned designers like Sir Nicholas Grimshaw. In 2006 Merten participated in the Light+Building exhibition with a distinct focus on design. The exhibition booth of Milan designer Martino Berghinz (Studio Urquiola) provided an insight into different spatial situations and intelligent buildings. The "Switch - Intuition im Raum" exhibition - presented by the Frankfurt Museum of Applied Arts as part of "Luminale" - showcased some visionary designs: Konstantin Grcic, Jürgen Mayer H., Reed Kram, Max Ratjen, Antonia Henschel and Marc Krusin/Merten presented their ideas of tomorrow's switches. As a result of the Luminale workshop the "Round Switch" by Konstantin Grcic is now part of Merten's product catalogue.
This year, Merten presents different living spaces that demonstrate BUS technology in individual interior scenarios: for instance the interfacing of lighting, heating and appliance control. Their "Switch Magazine", which from now on will commence regular publication, will have its premiere with an edition on the culture of switches.
Modernization of an apartment in Amsterdam von Laura Álvarez› To the article
Merten - The pocket size home
Often it is small things, seemingly insignificant inadequacies that make our lives in the everyday microcosm of our own four walls difficult, and make a smooth sequence of actions harder. Thus we necessarily initially place the shopping bags on the floor while we search for the light switch next to the door frame. Or sit up with a sigh in bed when we notice that we have forgotten to turn off the light.› To the article
Impressions of Cologne
Cologne has had to take a lot of criticism this year. Ben van Berkel's already almost legendary carpet flop in Hall 11, which was heralded as an urban master plan, visibly lacked an overarching concept, and the international audience increasingly shied away from Cologne, hitting it very hard.› To the article