Current issues, developments and trends: international product designers, architects and interior designers will address key topics in floor design in introductory speeches and discuss them with the audience. The dialogues are followed by topic-related guided tours of the trade show.

How do talented young designers see floors of the future? How do acoustically optimized rooms set the standard for interior design? What kind of work environment do service providers need? And how can we design our living spaces in a more human way? Keynote speeches from world-renowned industry experts and round table discussions with product designers, architects and interior designers address the focal themes of Future Living, Trend Spotting, Space & Acoustics and Consulting & Sustainability, exploring requirements and options for the use of floor coverings. Topic-related tours after the dialogues will focus on the themes covered. The moderators encourage lively discussions with the participants and will include individual products in the discussion.

Housing – now what? An architecture for humanity

Saturday, 14 January 2017, 12.15 pm-1 pm

Place: Hall 6 | F30

What do housing projects look like that encourage individuality and allow residents room for adaptation and change? Architecture must confront the key issues of our existence ‒ from refugees to the development of large cities and megacities as well as the shortage of materials, housing and money.

Keynote: Alfredo Häberli (SPECIAL GUEST), 11.45 am-12.15 pm

Language: German (simultaneous translation in English)

Moderated by: Dr. René Spitz

Alfredo Häberli

Alfredo Häberli Design Development

Born in Argentina, Alfredo Häberli moved to Switzerland as a teenager. The designer now heads an internationally established studio in Zurich. He designs furniture, lighting and accessories, creates exhibitions and shop, restaurant and hotel interiors, and also designs flooring – from rugs to laminate floors. His designs unite tradition and innovation, wit and curiosity. He has created window displays for Hermès in Tokyo and shops for Camper worldwide. His largest project to date is the interior design of the 25hours Hotel in Zurich.

Martin Haller

Caramel Architekten, Vienna

Then: 1 pm - 2.30 pm Guided Tour of the trade fair focusing on Future Living, moderated by Melanie Seifert.

Young Designer Trendtable – Floor design visions

Sunday, 15 January 2017, 12.15 pm-1 pm

Place: Hall 6 | F30

Talented designers from five countries, designer Stefan Diez and a workshop in his studio in Munich: this is where tomorrow’s trends are born. With everyone bringing his or her own cultural background to the dialogue, participants discuss their visions for the flooring of the future.

Language: English (simultaneous translation in German)

Moderated by: Dr. René Spitz

Then: 1 pm - 2.30 pm Guided Tour of the trade fair focusing on Trend Spotting, moderated by Melanie Seifert.

Offices, museums, concert halls: how are rooms acoustically optimized?

Monday, 16 January 2017, 12.15 pm-1 pm

Place: Hall 6 | F30

Sound-absorbing wall and ceiling panels, curtains and textile flooring are modern architecture’s mechanisms for damage limitation. High ceilings, floor-to-ceiling glass and hard floors cause acoustic agony. What is acceptable and where do the boundaries lie? What are the acoustic requirements for concert halls, offices and museums?

Language: German (simultaneous translation in English)

Moderated by: Prof. Rudolf Schricker

Vera Hartmann

Sauerbruch Hutton, Berlin

Peter Haimerl

Peter Haimerl.Architekten, Munich

Then: 1 pm - 2.30 pm Guided Tour of the trade fair focusing on Space & Acoustics, moderated by Melanie Seifert.

Can consulting be a commodity? How can sustainability be sold?

Tuesday, 17. January 2017, 12.15 pm-1 pm

Place: Hall 6 | F30

How can an attractive environment be created if you don’t want to provide services in a run-of-the-mill office? When intangible goods are being sold, it’s clear that design, architecture and communication need to be skilfully linked. What would be a responsible approach and what does that mean for floor design?

Language: German (simultaneous translation in English)

Moderated by: Prof. Rudolf Schricker

Tina Kammer

InteriorPark, Stuttgart

Werner Franz

plajer & franz Studio, Berlin

Then: 1 pm - 2.30 pm Guided Tour of the trade fair focusing on Consulting & Sustainability, moderated by Melanie Seifert.

The dialogues will be moderated by:

René Spitz

md Interior | Design | Architecture

René Spitz, who has a doctorate in history, teaches design theory and international design at Cologne University of Applied Sciences. A design critic and curator, he has received many awards for his work.

Prof. Rudolf Schricker

md Interior | Design | Architecture

Schricker heads a planning studio in Stuttgart and a design studio in Coburg. He founded the German Institute of Interior Architecture+Design and is a professor at Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

The topic-specific guided tours will be moderated by:

Melanie Seifert

As “Ms Seifert”, she writes for architecture and building companies and trade journals. She has a degree in architecture and also works for the public sector and various associations.