Colors determine moods. They can let one and the same room appear spacious or cramped, cool or cozy and even influence the sensed temperature. Without colors a room is missing personality. This personality can change though since colors underlie trends as much as cloths, hairstyles, furniture or music. Scientists of the University of Applied Science and Art in Hildesheim, Germany, researching colors found out that these trends occur in cycles – in the interior design sector a cycle lasts around five to eight years, with certain trend colors only half a year. A phase with exuberant bright colors is usually followed by a phase characterized by reserved simplicity.
Same as fashion and furniture design, color trends are influenced greatly by world affairs and trends in society. For instance, after the terror attacks on the World Trade Center the color palette in the United States changed pretty much over night. As a result of the discussions on climate change and ecological restructuring of the society colors like grey, coffee brown, blue and light green became more popular.
03. December 2013
Categories: Design concepts, Innovation, LivingInteriors, Trends, visions
Tags: color trends, colors
What do internationally active architects think about the responsibility of architects for solving future problems – such as the demographic change, the worldwide climate change or the constantly growing mega cities? This is just one of many questions discussed by the manufacturer and supplier of sanitary fittings GROHE in its recently published interview collection “What architecture has to accomplish nowadays: intercultural – international – interdisciplinary”.
16 architecture firms from Austria and Germany answered the questions about today’s responsibility of the architecture sector. Most of the interviewed architects operate worldwide and therefore deal with various cultures, political systems and climatic conditions on a regular basis. This is why the 170 pages documentary gives an insight into the current considerations and developments of the industry. Renowned architects like Wolf D. Prix (Coop Himmelb(l)au), Christoph Ingenhoven (ingenhoven architects), Hadi Teherani, Dietmar Eberle (Baumschlager Eberle), Jürgen Mayer H. and Michael Schumacher (schneider+schumacher) share their thoughts. With international backgrounds all of them look at the challenges in architecture in the present and the future from different angles.
Extension of the Staedel museum in Frankfurt by schneider+schumacher
© Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main / photo: Norbert Miguletz
GROHE provides high-quality sanitary fittings to all types of international construction projects. These products meet highest requirements regarding quality, technology, design and sustainability. GROHE will present their full range of products and design solutions in hall 4.2 on the upcoming LivingInteriors, which takes place from January 13 – 19, 2014.
On the occasion of the publication of “What architecture has to accomplish nowadays” a panel discussion takes place on November 28, 2013 at the Werkbund Galerie Berlin. Participants are the architects Jürgen Mayer H. from Berlin, Markus Kaplan of “BWM Architekten und Partner” from Vienna and Volker Halbach of the architecture firm “blauraum” from Hamburg.
25hours hotel in Vienna by BWM Architekten und Partner
© BWM Architekten und Partner / photo: Rupert Steiner
For more information, please visit www.grohe.com.
27. November 2013
Categories: architecture, General, LivingInteriors, Trends
Tags: architecture, Grohe, LivingInteriors
The times when wooden boards were simply nailed to the floor and then called it wooden floors are long gone. The choice of the right wooden floor is almost a philosophical question nowadays. That is why it is worth it to have a look at new materials, trends and techniques. It probably also comes with age that one really understands the value of wooden floors. At least with me it took some years, even though today’s range of wooden floors is impressive. The variety of colors, surfaces and materials leaves nothing to be desired, even with the most sophisticated individualists. And as we know, the floor is the first step towards a great interior design. A fundament to feel good. The “piece of furniture” which we actually touch every day.
New products with a rustic look especially impressed me. Deep notches cause light and shadow plays and thereby give these floors a unique charisma. One can also sense the texture bare-footed and they remind of decks of old wooden ships, which fought their way through the oceans.
Want some examples? Here you go:
Floorboards of solid and brushed old oak wood by HORI
Floorboards of solid and brushed old oak wood by HORI
After machine processing the old oak gets finished manually. Branches and cracks get polished to prevent splinters and to emphasize the rustic look. Thanks to the thick layer of wood damages can be easily fixed by sanding and sealing it again.
PARADOR Globetrotter Urban Nature
PARADOR Globetrotter Urban Nature
These floorboards more likely remind one of a crafted wall of old wine and fruit cases than of a floor. This is the uniqueness of this laminate floor. Similar to the Brooklyn Pine Pore described below the design is printed on a thin paper layer. For a wood-like texture the surface is minted with a typical wood fiber structure.
Gran Via Brooklyn Pine Pore by HARO
Gran Via Brooklyn Pine Pore by HARO
The Brooklyn Pine Pore floorboard has an impressive appearance already due to its format of 220 cm by 24 cm. The unusual design is printed on the floorboard as well. At the end it gets a relief-like texture so that the surface has a authentic feeling.
For more examples visit www.casando.de/holzboeden
About the author:
Ben of casando
Grown up with the magazines of this world Ben writes for the casando online magazine about modern interior design trends and new products that fill him with enthusiasm. He loves minimalism and would like to reduce his property to 90 pieces.
22. November 2013
Categories: General, Trends
Tags: floorboards, wood, wooden floors
imm cologne 2014 is getting closer. Time for a preview: Who is coming? Who will be new? What are going to be the highlights?
Registration numbers of more than 1,100 companies from 50 countries get the world’s leading furnishing show close to a record. Already in the beginning of November over 80 percent of all stand spaces were booked. Especially the great demand from foreign enterprises is a proof of the international mass appeal of the imm cologne.
„Pure“: new formats for innovative design
Good news for trendsetter: The design area will be enlarged on a great scale with the new formats “Pure Elegance” and “Pure One-Design Injection”. The traditional core of “Pure” and starting point of the Design Course is as usual hall 11. From there visitors are guided to hall 3.2, the home of the successful format “Pure Editions” with visionary furniture and interior design concepts. Next stop is “Pure Village” in hall 2.2 with unconventional brand and product stagings of design oriented premium exhibitors.
The new format “Pure Elegance” – an exclusive range of luxury and high quality products – will be presented in hall 2.2 as well. And as if that weren’t enough, it is also the location of the spectacular top design event “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”. Danish designer Louise Campbell, a leading personality in the new Scandinavian avant-garde, will present her dream of a perfect home.
Louise Campbell: Das Haus 2014
Photo: Koelnmesse; Andreas Körner
Another new format with young design can be found in hall 1, „PureOne-Design Injection“: Young talents and selected participants of the international design competition [D3] Contest present innovative ideas and interior design concepts – and transform the hall into a creative idea laboratory.
LivingInteriors: „Living Details“ in the spotlight
Holistic living concepts become a more and more attractive sales catalyst. At “LivingInteriors”, the event for bathrooms, flooring, wall coverings and lighting in hall 4.2, the focus is on the details, which really turn an apartment into a vivid home. Smart stagings show how light, effective wall and floor coverings, selected textiles and decorations bring furniture together to a harmonious interior design concept – and offer various impulses.
More room for sleeping
Due to the high demand of innovative sleeping concepts, the segment “Sleep” hosting modern sleeping comfort in hall 9 will be extended to hall 5.2. This allows the presentation of furniture and accessories, which transform bedrooms into recreation areas. From the bed to a multifunctional sofa: “Comfort”, the world of upholstered furniture, invites to halls 6 and 10.2 to relax and test. Classic setups with modern stylish aesthetics and high quality are located in hall 5.1 and 10.1. “Smart”, the segment for young lifestyle, is in halls 7 and 8. “Global Lifestyles” – another new segment – will be launched at halls 2.1, 3.1 and 4.1: A wide range from furniture that the owner builds himself, accessories, lamps to eccentric sculptures let these halls become a place full of discoveries – just as the whole imm cologne.
20. November 2013
Categories: Das Haus, Events, imm comfort, imm pure, imm sleep, LivingInteriors, Pure Editions, pure village, young designers, [d3] design talents
Tags: imm cologne 2014, imm sleep, LivingInteriors, Pure
segment Sleep ©koelnmesse
Last January the segment Sleep was so much in demand that some companies did not get a spot on the imm cologne. Therefore the improvement of this area was on the agenda for 2014. So far exhibitors only presented their products for modern sleeping comfort in hall 9. On the next imm cologne the area will be extended to hall 5.2. This solution was greatly accepted, as both halls are completely booked already. More than 100 companies from 20 countries will present their products on 12,000 square meters.
An important trend in 2014: bedrooms become relaxation areas that are used all day. Therefore furniture, carpets and accessories play a more and more important role. They add to the area Sleep, make it a lifestyle segment of its own and give additional impetus to the market.
A connecting element between the two halls is the Sleep Lounge according to the motto „Neuromarketing“. The Sleep Lounge area of the association Matratzen-Industrie e.V. stays in hall 9 and is supposed to be the communication center of the industry. Once again, it will be the location of the party meet@sleep on Tuesday during the fair. The whole booth will be transformed into a walk-in human brain. Central issue is the fact that certain exterior stimuli trigger buying decisions. Main part of the staging will be a shopping cart as a symbol of the buying process. Visitors will be able to interact with it with all their senses.
Some manufacturers use a more unusual presentation space already today: Exhibitors like Bretz, TEAM7, Sophisticated Living, interluebke, kymo and many more present their highlights on our new Facebook app “immagine living spaces”. The community will vote their favorites until 20 November to furnish the first room of the imm cologne house on Facebook: the bedroom. Participate now!
12. November 2013
Categories: imm sleep, Social Media
Tags: Facebook, meet@sleep, sleep, Sleep Lounge
Looking for combining your enthusiasm for design with a journey? Nothing better than that!
There are many good reasons why to visit the imm cologne. The international and wide spectrum of exhibitors and the high number of visitors make the imm cologne the pulse of the furnishing world in the heart of Europe. The venue persuades with its great infrastructure due to the international airport Cologne/Bonn and Frankfurt being nearby – it takes only one hour to Cologne with the modern high-speed train ICE. The fairground itself is located very central across from downtown Cologne with its Cathedral and main train station on the other side of the river Rhein. Moreover, the exhibitor and visitor tickets are valid as tickets for the public transit system “VRS”.
But Cologne has even more to offer: From historic sights, rustic and cozy or modern and sophisticated restaurants to many design events all over the city taking place alongside the imm cologne – there are many ways to close a long day at the fair with some fun.
Of course, there are many architecture and design events in this world that are worth a travel. Dezeen’s World Design Guide provides an overview with its interactive world map. The first edition covered worldwide events taking place in 2013. It now has been updated with 2014 events and will be carrying new features in the future. A helpful tool for every design enthusiast we would like to recommend.
11. November 2013
Categories: Events, General, Service
Tags: Cologne, dezeen, World Design Guide
Interior Innovation Award 2014
Companies with innovative design solutions now have the chance to apply for the Interior Innovation Award until November 15, 2013. The Interior Innovation Award was initiated in 2002 by the imm cologne and is hosted by the German Design Council since then. It is one of the worldwide most prestigious design awards in the interior design industry and established itself as a seal of quality.
The Interior Innovation Award honors products which convince with a trend-setting design and therefore represent the innovative strength of the industry. In doing so, it does not matter whether technical production considerations, constructive, material-related or purely creative solutions constitute the innovation.
The who is who of the industry as well as small manufacturers and start-up companies are represented in the contest. Equal treatment of all participants is a basic principle of the contest – everyone can win regardless of the size of the company. The international jury judges neutrally and follows strict criteria.
Companies can apply with products in the fields of furniture, outdoor, bath and wellness, office and workstation, facility equipment, walls, floors, ceilings, lamps, textiles as well as kitchen and housekeeping.
In addition to honoring 15 products with the “Interior Innovation Award – Best of Best 2014” and the “Interior Innovation Award Winners” a highlight is awarding three young talents, which will be selected from the talent show [D3] Contest 2014.
The “Winners 2014” and the “Interior Innovation Award – Best of Best 2014” will be presented in a special staging during the imm cologne from January 13 to 19, 2014 in Pure Village (hall 2.2) once more.
Find all information on the contest here: Interior Innovation Award 2014
08. November 2013
Categories: Awards, General, Innovation, Interior Innovation Award, top designers, young designers
Tags: awards, German Design Council, interior innovation award, young talents
„Sustainability“ is a frequently discussed topic. But there is more to this buzzword than just a marketing trend. Sustainability starts with the first sketch of a product and continues through the entire process of product development. Most important in terms of sustainability is the possibility to use the product and its components beyond its expiry date. An efficient design enables the economical usage of materials and energy as well as reasonable logistics and a production that allows recycling.
Half-timbered houses are a great example for sustainable design. Photo: H.D.Volz/pixelio.de
The idea of sustainable products is not new, it just became more relevant due to rising energy costs and the shortage of resources. Decades ago people already used materials that are considered sustainable products nowadays. A traditional half-timbered house for example is mainly made of „green“ materials such as wood and clay. Modern buildings use this old-school principle again and are build of wood and are insulated with cellulose materials such as scrap paper. This way yesterday’s newspaper caters for a cozy and warm home in the wintertime.
Half-timbered houses are a great example for sustainable design. Photo: H.D.Volz/pixelio.de
More and more one can find furniture made of old pallets and wooden cases: After thousands of kilometers on the road they are of no use any more for transportation and would usually be thrown away. When cleverly refurbished and combined they make new seating furniture, tables or even wardrobes.
Old pallets can be turned into comfy furniture. Photo: PetraBork/pixelio.de
Amongst materials for patios a new sort of Wood-Plastic-Composites (WPC) became popular. WPC products such as floorboards and wall cladding are made of sawdust, which is waste from industrial furniture production, and high-quality plastics.
WPC, a product made of sawdust and plastics. Due to its characteristics it has become an environmentally friendly alternative to tropical wood. photo: SG/casando.de
Due to its great durability WPC products became a competitive environmentally friendly alternative for tropical wood. Once WPC products are worn out they can be recycled and new WPC products can be build out of the recycled material. In the end they can also be used as a source of energy through burning since they are made of up to 90 percent wood.
Nowadays we can find many sustainable and at the same time high-quality products for daily use, which enable a more environmentally friendly lifestyle through conscious consumption.
About the author:
Serkan of Casando
Serkan is author for the online magazine casando. It is his priority to make topics about home and garden as interesting and readable as possible. Originally a journalist for printed media he manages to deliver relevant information for his online audience as well since he is very experienced with digital media. For him it is very important that a living and workspace is cozy. Therefore his favorite material is wood.
09. October 2013
Categories: General, green design, Trends
Tags: green design, sustainability, WPC materials
In our first blog on Masterpieces of the past we showed the development from industrialization to World War 2. What happened afterwards? In our second part we will have a look at the dynamic development of design from the fifties up to today.
Functionalism and bag-shaped lamps – design in the fifties
Nazi dictatorship and World War 2 stopped the development of design in Europe. Entire cities were destroyed and millions of people without homes, so that architecture and interior design were not on the agenda after the war. Whoever wasn’t bombed out used their old furniture; those whose furniture were gone used whatever they could find. The most important requirement for furniture: it had to work and fit into small apartments.
The “Deutsche Werkbund”, that was founded again after it was forbidden by the Nazis, hosted a travelling exhibition named “Die gute Form” (“The good form”) already in 1949. The stylistic ideal of the exhibition tied up to the functional and aesthetic ideals of Bauhaus; at the same time it was connected to the idea, that one can learn “good taste”. A represent of these design teachings was the UlmUniversity for Design (Ulmer Hochschule für Gestaltung, HfG), founded in 1955. Participants were, besides others, Max Bill, Inge Scholl and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. The UlmSchool prioritized the practical value over its aesthetic value and promoted functional design. Since the end of the fifties the UlmSchool cooperated with companies like Braun, Lufthansa and Deutsche Bahn. The design of electronic devices of Braun by chief designer Dieter Rams became legendary. The combination of technical innovation and adequate forms of the Braun devices influences design up to today. For example, Apple designer Jonathan Ive is a big Rams fan.
Dieter Rams: stereo system SK61/Braun ©rheinfaktor
Max Bill: Ulmer Hocker ©rheinfaktor
In the US the style after the war continued as before the war: the Organic Design of the designer duo Charles and Ray Eames shaped the style of that time. The harmoniously arched forms of their furniture fit the forms of the human
Charles and Ray Eames: Lounge Chair (1956) ©rheinfaktor
body and thereby embody the principle “form follows function”. A similar style can be found in the Scandinavian design. Its most important representatives are Alvar Alto, Arne Jacobsen and Eero Saarinen.
At the same time the streamline design as by Raymond Loewy became famous. It shaped the style of the American way of life and became popular also in Europe, especially in Germany where the economy was on a rise. The decorative style with its elegant curvy shapes and cheerful colours fulfilled the desire for a colourful, harmonic life. Bag-shaped lamps, kidney-shaped tables and cotton candy colours were a symbol of the fifties design.
kidney-shaped table ©rheinfaktor
Sixties and seventies: experiments with material and Anti Design
The sixties kicked off a holistic change in all areas: socially, artistically as well as technically. New materials and production methods reduced the costs for furniture production: Plastics, like the very flexible polypropylene, became the new favoured material of designers and inspired experimental forms like the Panton Chair by Verner Panton and the Bubble Chair by Eero Aarnio demonstrate.
In an environment of protest and emancipation movements the self-concept of designers changed from product styling for the industry to a greater artistic freedom. Furniture and objects were not meant to be primarily functional any more but were supposed to be fun. Pop-Art and Flower Power, the first steps into space and the boundless optimism for progress spurred new design and living utopias like the futuristic living concepts of Joe Colombo. Due to its rounded edges and styles inspired by Science Fiction movies this phase was also called “Space Age”. Round forms also became the trademark of Luigi Colani, who got his inspiration not from technology but from nature though.
Verner Panton: Panton Chair
The “Space Age Design” had its climax in 1973. The first oil spill demonstrated the finiteness of resources and aroused awareness for environmental issues. Furniture and objects made from plastics got a bad image and were considered as cheap and testimony of bad taste. The growing ecological and social sense of responsibility originated designers like the group Des-in, who designated their work to recycling design. Anti Design became popular: Furniture and everyday objects that were bulky waste or from the flea market and shelves made from fruit boxes became presentable.
Form follows fun: postmodern design in the eighties
As a result of social changes after the war the various milieus and living concepts shifted apart. Rebellious Anti Design, the more and more accepted ecological design and striking layouts of postmodernists – all to be found during the eighties.
The postmodernism had its roots in the late sixties when architecture groups like Archizoom stood up against the strict functional architecture with irony and
Philippe Starck: citrus squeezing machine
“Bel Air Chair” of the Italien Memphis Group
nostalgia. The modern age seemed to be overcome, the strict rules overdue. Instead designers used style elements from all centuries, similar to the historicism in the 19th century. They also got their inspiration from comics, movies and everything that had an image to be kitsch. “Form follows fun” was the new design principle. Especially Ettore Sottsass and the members of the Memphis group from Milan like Alessandro Mendini, Andrea Branzi and Michele de Lucchi played with forms and colours. The French Philippe Starck became very popular in the eighties with his combinations of playful and at the same time functional design concepts.
New minimalism and individualization of design
Konstantin Grcic: Chair One
The postmodernism is considered as the last international design movement. The playful objects of Memphis & Co challenged a new simplicity in design. The British designer Jasper Morrison for example developed an important alternative draft with his simple “design for usage” with its role models in Bauhaus and Ulm School. The design principle “less is more” by Mies van der Rohe was guiding for objects of Konstantin Grcic, Nitzan Cohen and Hadi Teherani. They always show an individual signature, experiment with new materials and break with traditions in conscious manner. They represent a new form of reduction to the essential as well as an intense engagement with function, materials and manufacturing techniques.
Already in the eighties the individualization of design made progress and still affects contemporary design. Amongst others the trend towards do it yourself and demands of sustainability and digitalism are new challenges for designers nowadays.
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12. August 2013
Categories: architecture, Design concepts, General
Design changes constantly. This is as true today as it was 100 years ago. Movements start with trends as well as design classics start with sketches. And this is how the past shapes the present. With our column “Masterpieces of the past” we want to take you on a journey into the past. We start with the first half of the 20th century, from Jugendstil to industrial design: Which considerable developments of this time impact the presence?
Chair No. 14 by Michael Thonet
A lot of outstanding pieces of furniture and design styles were created by people who were ahead of their time. An example is Michael Thonet, inventor of the bentwood chair like the chair No. 14 from 1859, which is still produced unchanged nowadays. Due to the plain and clean design the carpenter and manufacturer is considered one of the founders of modern furniture design. The style of his bentwood chairs represented already in the early beginning of the industrialization an alternative to the ornately furniture of his time.
The mass production originated from the industrialization in the 18th century, though it did not come with an adequate product design. Suddenly there were new products like steam locomotives and sewing machines but no new design concepts. Role models were missing so the designers of the years of rapid industrial expansion in Germany – mainly artists and craftsmen – followed historical ideals and the lifestyle of aristocracy and bourgeoisie. The result were architecture and furniture that were overloaded with ornaments and decorative elements but of low quality.
The Arts and Crafts movement turned away from historicism in the mid of the 19th century. Its founder, artist and social critic William Morris, opposed to cheap mass products with a design that set high-quality handicraft and aesthetic shaping as a synthesis of the arts. Organic shapes and simplicity are main characteristics of the pre industrial era.
Design in the 20th century: Jugendstil
Fortuny Leuchte, 1907, by Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo
At the turn of the century Arts and Crafts inspired with the idea of manufacturing as a synthesis of the arts. Jugendstil is the first truly international style but with many names: Art Nouveau in France, Modern Style in Great Britain, Liberty in Italy and Modernismo in Spain. Jugendstil claimed the fusion of art and life and understood itself as a holistic movement of renewal. Art was supposed to penetrate everything: architecture, interior, everyday objects. In contrast to Arts and Crafts, Jugendstil did not refuse mass production but tried to bring together artistic design and industrial ways of production. Common opinion was the rejection of historicism. Beyond this were many different preferences though.
Blossoms, leafs, tendrils, stylized floral elements and arabesques – this slightly playful style had many devotees: the French jewelry and glass designer René Lalique, the American glass artist Louis Comfort Tiffany, the furniture designer Émile Gallé as well as Peter Behrens with his early work like the famous lamp 1 from 1902. However, other designers like Charles Rennie Macintosh, the protagonists of the Vienna Workshops or the Italian Mariano Fortuny y Madrazo with his Fortuny Lamp from 1907 follow a more strict style with geometric shapes and clear lines. Their work announced the functional design of the twenties and thirties.
1920/1930: Art Deco and Bauhaus
design classic by Wassilij Kandinksi
The time after the end of World War 1 was characterized by extreme political, economical and social differences: economic boom
Teapot MT49 „Medley“ by Marianne Brandt
and world economic crisis, glamour and mass unemployment. The design represented
Bibendum Sessel by Eileen Gray
these influences, too: The ornamental style of Jugendstil was found in the new style of Art Deco which had its climax at the international art trade show in Paris in 1925. However, the decorative style almost asked for a counter-movement.
Adolf Loos, founder of modern architecture, expressed an extreme opinion in his pamphlet “Ornament und Versprechen” from 1908: Ornaments are nothing more than a waste of resources, says Loos. The American Louis H. Sullivan, one of the first skyscraper architects, ultimately shaped the guiding principle “form follows function”.
Various groups referred to functional design like the “Werkbund”, the Dutch De Stijl or the Russian Avantgarde. All of them influenced Bauhaus which established the Classical Modern and had a crucial impact on the design of the 20th century. The design school, founded by the architect Walter Gropius in Weimar in 1919, assembled international artists like Marcel Breuer, László Moholy-Nagy, Wassilij Kandinsky, Johannes Itten and Marianne Brandt. They advocated industrial production and propagated a simple style: furniture and everyday objects were reduced to basic forms, easy to manufacture and functional. This “new practicality” prevailed quickly and was the dominating style already in the early thirties. The chair B3 of Marcel Breuer and the Teapot MT49 “Medley” of Marianne Brandt are considered icons of the Bauhaus design nowadays. It also had a great impact on the Irish Eileen Gray, one of the most important representatives of the Classical Modern, who created the Bibendum Armchair and the Adjustable Table.
Nazi period in Germany – Industrial Design in the USA
The design of the thirties was functional, international and democratic. The dictatorship of the National Socialists and World War 2 caused a fatal censorship and kept parts of Europe, especially Germany, from developing new styles. Bauhaus was forbidden, several designers were prosecuted and forced to emigrate. The simple and functional design of everyday objects was accepted, the official “style of the state” picked up pathetic neoclassic elements to show off their power though.
Rock Chair by Charles and Ray Eames
In some other European countries and especially in the United States the modern and functional design was able to make progress in the forties and fifties. Emigrants like Gropius and Breuer initiated the “New Bauhaus” in the United States, which also influenced Charles and Ray Eames as the “Rock Chair” proofs. In the fifties and sixties representatives of the “Dansk” design like Arne Jacobsen or Poul Hennigsen, creator of the “Zapfenleuchte” from 1958, referred to the Classical Modern.
Parallel to the consumer society the industrial design developed. When indications of overproduction increased in the end of the twenties, manufacturers understood the necessity of improving the design of their goods, so that they would become more attractive to consumers. They discovered product styling
“Zapfenleuchte“, 1958, by Arne Jacobsen and Poul Hennigsen
as a marketing factor. The automotive industry was first to introduce product styling and developed the “Streamline Design” with its characteristic winding shapes, portholes and railings. More industries followed. Especially Raymond Loewy (“Never leave well enough alone”) had a great influence on the design of the “American way of life”. He designed cars and furniture, everyday objects like the “Frigidaire” (1955) as well as the Shell logo and Lucky Strike signet. Thereby he formed the taste of generations and influenced the design till today.
In the following blog we will have a look at the second half of the 20th century. Furthermore you will find more design classics on the imm cologne Facebook page.
29. July 2013
Categories: architecture, General