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Agile work environment: designfunktion and PIABO set a standard for New Office solutions

designfunktion is Germany’s leading planning and furnishing company for the working world. They supported PIABO PR in the creation of a modern interior design concept. The aim was to equip the future office with an agile work environment and flexible structures in order to provide a spatial response to the rapid developments in the industry. The result is a dynamic multispace office that enables activity-based working with a wide range of space options. It is an office concept that offers an appropriate agile work environment for various activities. Communications agency PIABO, is the leading full-service PR partner for the digital economy. designfunktion Berlin was responsible for the project in cooperation with Vitra.

Every opinion counts – employees play a major role
According to the recent Fraunhofer IAO study a successful transformation of the working world depends on commitment and involvement of management and employees. All 45 PIABO employees were intensively involved in the design process via online surveys and workshops on work and usage behaviour. Founder and CEO Tilo Bonow was involved in the entire process: “The active participation of all employees was important to us from the very beginning. In this way we wanted to inspire not only our current and future employees, but also customers and partners. An agile work environment and flexible structures are of central importance to us in order to map physical and digital cooperations with international clients. Instead of a mere office, an aesthetic working world must be created where everyone can find the right setting for their needs”.

Successful planning requires experts
Based on the survey and workshop results of the analysis, the office, design, colour and material concept were then developed. designfunktion was also responsible for the acoustic concept, the lighting design and the product concept for special areas.

The result: flexible and agile work environment for creative work
The result is a dynamic multispace and agile work environment with a lot of space options for concentrated work, retreat, co-creation and meetings. The New Office concept is based on flexibility and aesthetics.
With a smart modular system, open areas can be divided into smaller areas with multi-layer acoustic curtains. Soundproof room-in-room systems, a relaxation room and discussion rooms enable the balancing act between communication and concentrated work. Accordingly, there are various possibilities for interchange for employees, customers and partners. For example, the largest meeting room can be extended to form a spacious event area. Attention is also paid to flexibility in detail: Height-adjustable tables and ergonomically shaped office chairs enable every employee to work with agility.

Well prepared for the future
“Thanks to the changeable design components, the new rooms serve as office, event location, round tables as well as workshop and production facility at the same time”, states Tilo Bonow. “From a variety of options, everyone can choose exactly the working environment that is best for them personally. And, of course, with new tools we can react faster to changes.”

More informationen on designfunktion by hicklvesting.

To the company website: designfunktion

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Pictures: PIABO PR offices in Berlin
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Newcomer awards ein&zwanzig 2020: The 21 winners put on a firework display of creativity

The 21 winners of the German Design Council’s ein&zwanzig newcomer awards put on a firework display of creativity. From among 1,035 entries, 21 product and project ideas from international design students and graduates were selected. This means that the competition attracted 25% more entries than the previous year. Overall, newcomers from 74 nations competed for the awards. The supreme title “Best of Best” will be announced on 20 April.

Lutz Dietzold, Managing Director of the German Design Council, is excited about the growing success of the ein&zwanzig newcomer awards. However, he regrets that the 2020 awards ceremony cannot take place as usual in Milan during Tortona Design Week: “Due to the postponement, the winners will be presented with their awards on our various digital platforms – first and foremost in the online gallery at, on social media (#einundzwanzigcompetition) and at“

The projects are about materials and forms, as well as perceptions and usability. This year’s submissions are characterized by inventiveness and research, the courage to experiment and a deep understanding of aesthetic and practical problem solving. Designs range from seating furniture and lamps to projects which are highly diverse in their form and function. The tendency among the submissions towards the domains of kitchen, furniture and lighting, as well as textiles, was particularly notable. All in all, the works present a kaleidoscope of current design.

High-calibre jury for the young talent awards

Since 2017, the German Design Council’s ein&zwanzig newcomer awards have evolved into a major event for up-and-coming talent in the international design scene. This year the jury was tasked with evaluating 1,035 entries from 74 countries. This is a 25% increase on the previous year (824 applications). The 14-strong committee includes a young generation of successful designers such as Hanne Willmann and Eva Marguerre. But also established design greats like Formafantasma and Sebastian Herkner evaluated the entries. “We are fascinated by the vital spirit of innovation we feel in every submission,” says Lutz Dietzold.

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The German Design Council’s international “ein&zwanzig” competition promotes and supports talented young designers. The award is open to design students and graduates who are producing innovative, pioneering work. From among all the entries, an international panel of expert judges chooses 21 outstanding works, of which one is awarded the “Best of Best” title.

More information about German Design Council at hicklvesting.
To the corporate website of German Design Council.

Pictures of award winners:

PIU new interpretation of the electric piano by Valeria Lambrecht
a shelf made of ceramic by Jie Luo
TUBULAR by Junik JO und Kiyong Lee (Design Studio Craft Combine)
Primitive Forms by Christian Cowper und Claudia Surrage (Design Studio Phat)
tryk by Manuel Kugler
Augen zu. Eine unsichtbare Designsprache by Alena Halmes

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Female leaders in architecture and design – Women of our industry who inspire us

We take this year’s World Women’s Day as an occasion to introduce some extraordinary women in the design and architecture industry, who inspire us every day. Our female leaders impress us with their creativity and their ability to implement. They are well experienced in crossing borders. Each of them is dedicated to a particular challenge within her field – whether in a creative or business position of the design and architecture industry. These female leaders work with a straight focus and inspire people for their projects. Every day all year round, not only on International Women’s Day.

Female leader in trend and future consulting

OONA HORX-STRATHERN has been a trend researcher, consultant, speaker and author for over 25 years. Her regularly published “Homereport” takes a critical look at the changes in our living spaces and their effects on the economy and society. We are looking forward to meeting Oona at this year’s Stoff Frühling in Munich. The female leader in the interior industry will be speaking on “Future Living. Wie wollen wir in Zukunft wohnen?“ at Winkler Medien Verlag congress on March 12th, 2020. More Information on the Interior Congress in Munich.

Find out more about Oona Horx-Strathern and her keynote topics in the field of design and architecture.

Inspiring woman in the international design business

ANA MARÍA CALDERÓN KAYSER, Colombian-born founder of the brand ames, is a mediator between worlds. She wants to spread the spirit of her home country all around the globe. In order to create the special pieces of furniture and accessories, she connects Colombian artisans and industrial designers to an extraordinary artisanal production process. Ana Maria’s mission is to preserve traditional cultural techniques, therefore the products are manufactured only in small, family-run workshops. We are excited about our inspiring collaboration with this female leader in the design industry.

Read the amazing story about ames design.

Managing a design hotel with the right flair

“One of the most instagrammable place I’ve ever been to” one of the guests of Mauritzhof Hotel in Münster post to Instagram. CONSTANCE SCHRADER is general manager of the boutique hotel which became one of the first members of the international Design Hotels collection. After 18 years of international experience in the hospitality sector she perfectly embodies the urban and cosmopolitan values of the hotel. Her vision brings unpretentious elegance and the unique local atmosphere of the Münster region to hotel life.

Explore more about Mauritzhof Hotel in Münster.

Mastering challenges to promote high-quality design

For the German Design Council JANINE WUNDER realizes numerous activities dedicated to the challenges of the future like digitalisation and sustainability. For the strategic impact of design, brand and innovation, she travels worldwide. The Head of Communications and Marketing at the German Design Council loves variety and cultural exchange with entrepreneurs, established designers and newcomers. We experience that she accepts challenges in return.

More about the strategic work in the wide field of design of the German Design Council.

Guiding a company with a unique team spirit

It takes a certain clarity and strength to transform the creative power of a design team under the leadership of your own father into a global operating company. After the death of Ingo Maurer in October 2019 CLAUDE MAURER continues to manage the company in close cooperation with Ingo Maurer’s long-standing team. We admire her very much for this, not only on International Women’s day.
Until 18 October 2020, the Neue Sammlung, Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich is dedicating Ingo Maurer’s work under the title “Ingo Maurer intim. Design or what?” with a large-scale contemporary exhibition.

Explore the novelties of Ingo Maurer on the company’s website.

Inspiring woman in the textile business

CAMILLA FISCHBACHER is Art Director at Christian Fischbacher and one of the most inspiring women in the textile business: As a pioneer, Camilla launched the world’s first collection of decorative and upholstery fabrics made from recycled PET bottles, BENU®. Right from the start in 2009, she was aiming for a reinterpretation: Used plastic bottles are not waste, but a valuable source of raw materials. Explore BENU® and many extraordinary fabrics at the Christian Fischbacher showroom (Gabelsbergerstr. 9 in Munich) during “Münchner Stoff Frühling” (12 to 15 March 2020).

Find out more the female leader in the textile business and her amazing recycling project.



Photo Oona Horx-Strathern: Klaus Vyhnalek
Photo Ana María Calderón Kayser: Andres Valbuena
Photo Constance Schrader: Robert Rieger


Alpine architecture: Lissoni Associati architects design 75 Café & Lounge in Ponte di Legno

Alpine architecture in the northern Italian mountain resort of Ponte di Legno (Brescia): Lissoni Associati has completed the project 75 Café & Lounge. The bistro with a wine bar is located in a typical residential building in the centre of the village. The team, led by the internationally renowned Milanese architect and designer Piero Lissoni, has undertaken the restoration of the exterior. Lissoni Associati was also responsible for the redesign of the interiors at ground floor level. The creative goal was the contemporary reinterpretation of Alpine architecture. Therefore the comfort and rustic charm of a mountain hut is combined with the chic of Milan.

Alpine architecture of the facade: a combination of tradition and modernity

The starting point was a traditional, three-storey residential building with a gable roof and narrow balconies. Lissoni Associati covered the facades at street level with fine, darkly stained larch wood and additionally opened them through floor-to-ceiling windows with subtle metal profiles. Furthermore, a simple, stone round arch marks the entrance. Behind it there is the door of solid wood. Thus the outer appearance is characterised by a harmonious combination of traditional and modern set pieces and materials.

Alpine architecture in the interior: preserving an intimate mountain hut atmosphere

The interior with the 75 Café & Lounge on the ground floor has been fundamentally redesigned by the architects. Previously, a small-scale division of several rooms had prevailed. Lissoni has transformed this into a single, open area which is now divided into three compartments: The bar with counter, a central room with tables and benches and an adjacent lounge. At the same time the intimate atmosphere of a mountain hut is preserved. The use of warm wood and coarse natural stone for the wall design also contributes to this. This is because they contrast with monochrome wall surfaces, minimalist furniture objects and the discreet lighting.

Objects such as the ceiling lamp made of deer antlers or the long, custom-made wooden panel of the counter playfully process stylistic codes of Alpine culture. The insertion of rustic and handcrafted objects visibly adds warmth to the atmosphere. In contrast, the carefully curated bar with its wine collection in a fully glazed refrigerator, the wire mesh display cases, the flooring of brushed granite recall the elegance of northern Italian cities.

Piero Lissoni about the 75 Café & Lounge:

“The tranquil village of Ponte di Legno lies in a valley between wooded mountains, at the foot of the massive Presena glacier. Tourism is an important economic sector. At the same time ‘Ponte’ has a lively culture and has preserved much of its traditional way of life. The openness for the new and the appreciation of the old, which can be felt in the village, inspired me to design the 75 Café & Lounge. Facades and interiors are thus contemporary”.

Project 75 Café & Lounge
Year of completion: 2019
Location: Via S. Antonio, 3, 25056 Ponte di Legno BS, Italy
Design Team: Piero Lissoni with Mattia Susani, Tania Zaneboni, Roberto Berticelli
Styling: Studio Salaris

More information about Piero Lissoni at hicklvesting.

To the corporate website of Piero Lissoni.


Images: 75 Café & Lounge in Ponte di Legno
Photo ©Thomas Pagani


The interior innovations of the imm cologne: hicklvesting at the furniture fair in Cologne 2020

When the design innovations at the imm cologne and the accompanying Passagen programme can be admired in showrooms, galleries and museums from next Monday, 13 January 2020, the whole of Cologne will be transformed into the centre of the international furnishing and design scene. We at hicklvesting are at the furniture fair in Cologne with a large team and support our clients on site. More than 1,200 exhibitors are presenting innovative new products at the imm cologne until Sunday, 19 January 2020 – including our clients and design manufacturers ames, Kettnaker Möbelmanufaktur, Knoll, Boffi | dePadova, Ingo Maurer and the German Design Council.

The masterpiece of the Kettnaker Möbelmanufaktur, the seating furniture by ames made in traditional Colombian wickerwork or the new b.bulb lamp by the recently deceased lighting designer Ingo Maurer: Accompany us to Cologne and discover the highlights and innovations of the imm cologne with hicklvesting.

imm cologne | 13-19 January 2020
Monday-Friday 9 am-6 pm (trade visitors only)
Saturday 10 am-6 pm
Sunday 10 am-5 pm
Koelnmesse GmbH | Messeplatz 1 Mühlheim | 50679 Cologne

hicklvesting represents the following manufacturers and brands:

Hall 3.2, booth F031

The furniture, textiles and home accessories from ames interpret Colombia’s cultural heritage in a modern context. ames founder and managing director Ana María Calderón Kayser directs their complex development process. She tracks down long-established workshops in different regions of the country and creates encounters between artisans and industrial designers. The ames innovations for the imm cologne are colourful, lively and, in their visionary treatment, have a vibrantly modern aesthetic.

Get-together with Talk
ames-founder Ana María Calderón Kayser in conversation with the designers Sebastian Herkner and Mae Engelgeer
Tuesday, 14 January 2020, 3 pm-3.30 pm

Further information on the ames company website and the hicklvesting portfolio about ames.


Hall 11.3, Booth S019, R010

The furniture manufacturer Kettnaker celebrates its 150th anniversary in 2020. The family business has been developing and producing its high-quality system furniture since its foundation in Dürmentingen, Swabia. Kettnaker’s anniversary trade fair stand gives an insight into the moving history of the company, which today works with state-of-the-art production technology while remaining true to its traditional values of perfect craftsmanship. At the beginning of the fair, Kettnaker will unveil its Masterpiece 150, which combines the most sophisticated craftsmanship with high-tech mechanical processes. These unique pieces of furniture will be produced by the master craftsman himself and not in serial production. They will be available in four model variations.

Further information on the Kettnaker company website and the hicklvesting portfolio about Kettnaker.


Hall 2.2, Booth A004, C007

Knoll International was founded in New York in 1938 and since then has stood for excellent, innovative design with functional furniture designed in a clear language of form, using the best materials and workmanship. The company is considered one of the leading manufacturers of home and office furniture worldwide. At the imm cologne stand, iconic classics are presented in a new look, such as the Barcelona® daybed in green. Knoll is celebrating the brilliant conclusion of the 100th Bauhaus anniversary year with a special edition of the Wassily™ chair from the pen of Marcel Breuer, limited to 500 pieces and with a black surface coating of the metal. One of the more recent design creations is Piero Lissoni’s Gould Sofa, which will be shown in its new modular version with chaise longue at the imm cologne stand.

Further information on the Knoll company website and the hicklvesting portfolio about Knoll.


Further innovations at imm cologne as part of the Passagen programme:



Since 1934, Boffi has stood for innovative, minimalist design in kitchens and bathrooms in the field of modern interior design worldwide, and since 2010 also for system furniture. On a national and international level, the company based in Lentate sul Seveso, Italy, is a leader in the development of new products as well as new exhibition and marketing concepts. With a unique shop concept, Boffi is now represented worldwide, including New York, Miami and Singapore. In 2015, Boffi takes over the furniture company De Padova, thus expanding its product portfolio from now on as a strong platform for excellent design. To mark its 15th anniversary, Boffi Cologne will be presenting the new products of the design companies Boffi, De Padova, MA/U Studio and ADL at the imm cologne’s Passagen 2020, followed by a cocktail reception at 7 pm in the Cologne showroom.

Cocktail at Boffi | De Padova Cologne
Tuesday, 14 January 2020, um 7 pm
Boffi Showroom, Spichern Höfe, Spichernstraße 8, 50672 Cologne
Further opening hours of the showroom:
Monday-Saturday 10 am-7 pm
Sunday 10 am-4 pm

Further information on the Boffi | De Padova company website and the hicklvesting portfolio about Boffi | De Padova.


With his works, Ingo Maurer (1932-2019) is considered one of the most important pioneers in the application of the latest technological developments in lighting design. His creative experiments with light bulbs since the 1960s are legendary today. In a separate exhibition at the Design Post Cologne, the new b.bulb luminaire will be shown during the imm cologne, a tribute by the design team to the recently deceased Ingo Maurer. It is equipped with high-quality materials, a replaceable battery and modern “dimm-to-warm” technology. The new glass tube luminaire Tubular by Sebastian Hepting and the Ingo Maurer team is also a clear statement. Fascinating multiple reflections create the impression of a string of pearls and a loop provides an exciting twist.

Design Post Cologne
Deutz-Mülheimer-Straße 22a, 50679 Cologne
Opening hours:
Monday-Thursday 9 am-8 pm
Friday-Saturday 9 am-6 pm
Sunday 10 am-4 pm

Further information on the Ingo Maurer company website and the hicklvesting portfolio about Ingo Maurer.


The German Design Council was founded in 1953 on the initiative of the German Bundestag to meet the growing need for information on design in the economy. Today the German Design Council is one of the world’s leading competence centres for communication and know-how transfer in the field of design. More than 300 national and international companies belong to its circle of founders. The Iconic Awards 2020 will be presented at the imm cologne on Sunday, January 12, 2020. With this prize, the German Design Council annually honours outstandingly designed products in the furnishing industry. Top performance from various product areas characterise the image of the competition, which communicates quality and trends in the industry. The German Design Council thus creates a unique platform for networking architects and property developers with the furnishing industry.

Iconic Awards: Innovative Interior
Sunday, 12 January 2020, 6 pm
Kölnischer Kunstverein Die Brücke, Hahnenstraße 6, 50667 Cologne

Further information on the Iconic Awards and the hicklvesting portfolio about German Design Council.


Ingo Maurer exhibition: The Pinakothek der Moderne presents more than 80 works of the lighting artist

Ingo Maurer exhibition in the Pinakothek der Moderne: Under the title “Ingo Maurer intim. Design or what?” the Neue Sammlung, Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich is dedicating a large-scale contemporary exhibition to one of the most influential lighting designers of our time. Ingo Maurer passed away on 21 October 2019 in Munich and worked on the conception of this solo exhibition until the end.

With approximately 80 objects, the exhibition offers a cross-section of all of Ingo Maurer’s creative phases from the 1960s to the present. Some objects have been specially made for the exhibition.

Ingo Maurer exhibition: Objects between design, art and architecture

The Ingo Maurer exhibition comprises several thematic focal points that Ingo Maurer (1932-2019) repeatedly dealt with in the course of his work: “Playing with light and shadow”, “Moths dancing around light”, “Trompe-l’œil” as well as “Characters and Types” lead through the exhibition as superordinate concepts. From his first work “Bulb” (1966) to the largest iconic works and current large-scale projects: A series of objects, pictures, prototypes and sketches tell the development history of his life’s work.

In the paternoster hall, the two paternoster lifts attract attention. One of them shows models, photographs and renderings of large-scale projects in public and private spaces. The other demonstrates some luminaire designs with the new OLED technology.

A highlight of the exhibition is the Golden Ribbon which floats above the visitors. It was specially designed for the high exhibition space. Two special versions of the Eclipse ellipse adorn the large wall surface of the 10-meter-high room.

Ingo Maurer: First technical revolutionary of lighting design

Ingo Maurer is regarded as one of the most important pioneers in the application of the latest technological developments in lighting design. His creative experiments with light bulbs since the 1960s are now considered legendary. With his design of the Flying Future (2006), Ingo Maurer was the first designer to integrate the new OLED technology into his works. Therefore, technology was always the tool for the realization of his designs.

First the idea of an object arises in my head – like a dream; only in the next step do I search for ways to realize it together with my team. Sometimes it takes decades until the technical developments make our imagination possible” – Ingo Maurer (1932- 2019).

Thanks to Ingo Maurer GmbH’s own production, even the smallest series could be produced. As a result, visions of Ingo Maurer could always be realized.

Ingo Maurer worldwide

Ingo Maurer’s work has been honored in exhibitions around the world, including the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York. His work is also represented in the most important collections, including The Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum. “Ingo Maurer intimate. Design or what?” is the first solo museum exhibition in Maurer’s Munich home since the exhibition at Villa Stuck in 1992.

Ingo Maurer intim. Design or what?

Die neue Sammlung – The Design Museum, Pinakothek der Moderne, München

15.10.2019 – 18.10.2020

More information about Ingo Maurer at hicklvesting.

Company website of Ingo Maurer GmbH.

Illustrations: Ingo Maurer exhibition in the Pinakothek der Moderne. Photo © Shinji Minegishi

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Manufacturer Kettnaker celebrates anniversary: From a joiner’s trade to an international company in 150 years

The 150-year history of the manufacture Kettnaker is marked by numerous milestones: Successes, ups and downs and inventions that change the industry. Today, the company produces highly individual, freely configurable furniture systems with the help of a modular system at the company location in Dürmentingen, Germany. In doing so, solutions are developed for all room types: From wardrobes and sideboards to tables, shelving units and beds, all furniture is manufactured with high quality materials and inimitable precision. A highlight is the SOMA series: On request the panels of the furnishing system can be equipped with a unique magnetic exchange system whereby the facade panels can be exchanged instantly. The ALEA collection is also flexible: The modules can be arranged in any order or stacked – creating sculptural statement pieces. Managing partner Wolfgang Kettnaker defines “Bespoke furniture” as the guiding concept for the orientation of the manufactory. “We’ve managed to remain independent for 150 years now. We owe this to our timeless and high-quality products and our close partnership with the trade. We live traditions and break them at the right time. Individual design, innovative strength and a strong team spirit lead us to healthy growth, nationally and internationally. This is our way into the future.”

A history of transformation

The medium-sized dynamic characterizes the company from the very beginning. In 1870 Karl Kettnaker founds a carpenter’s workshop in Dürmentingen, upper Swabia. His son continues to run the company as a classic carpenter’s workshop with individual production and direct sales. In 1960 a major fire destroyed the entire production. The third generation overcame the new beginning with a strong team spirit. It recognized the potential of series production of corpus furniture and heralds a new era in the company.

A stroke of fate: From the lecture hall to the management board

While still studying industrial engineering in 1987 the current managing partner, Wolfgang Kettnaker, had to take the place of his deceased father. Since becoming sole managing partner in 1999 he has been initiating forward-looking changes together with the development team. The design becomes more modern and puristic as new materials are added. At the end of the 1990s, Kettnaker expands its range to include lacquered surfaces. The successful development in the market creates growth that is also visible for the community of Dürmentingen. This was followed in 2005 by a new office building with a large showroom in which the versatile collection is presented to the public.

Innovation leap SOMA

In times of financial crisis, the orientation has to be reviewed again. “The market has consolidated in a very short time. Therefore, we only had one chance to survive in this critical phase of competition: we had to enter an even more acute market segment and make the existing products even more luxurious and individual. An extraordinary idea marks the turning point: The furniture corpus is fitted with magnetically fastened façade panels with six millimetre-thin material. This allows the aesthetics of a piece of furniture to be changed in a few simple steps. The front of the furniture is separated from the function of the body. In this way, the discerning customer can give the furniture an aesthetics according to his individual ideas. Completely new materials such as rear-lacquered glass and aluminium lend the Kettnaker furniture systems their extraordinary and unique signature. The SOMA magnet exchange system is a sensation in the industry.

Made in Germany – At home all over the world

In the anniversary year Wolfgang Kettnaker is aligning the manufacture to the future. That’s why the range is extended including wardrobes and padded beds: “We do not primarily focus on trends, but on values, timelessness and the quality of a manufactory.  The reason for this is that modular furniture systems often accompany the user throughout life. With our flexible systems, they can take part in any change and move to a different environment.” Moreover, all development and manufacturing processes take place 100 percent in Germany. “Each individual part is picked up several times in the production process, we regrind, improve and check,” says Wolfgang Kettnaker. “This is the only way we can guarantee the quality that we promise with our brand with a team of long-standing and self-taught employees.”

One of Kettnaker’s success factors is its strong partnership with its dealers. “We take customer feedback very seriously; it is a key driver of our innovative strength,” explains Wolfgang Kettnaker. “We want to provide our partners with what they need for their customers”. Part of the company ethos are the lived exchange and commitment in service. The partner network extends to the upscale specialist furnishing trade both in metropolitan and rural regions, to interior designers and interior architects. Kettnaker’s internationalisation is also continuing in Moscow, Dubai and Shanghai.  Today, the company ranks among the top 50 luxury brands in Germany. “Every generation has to rethink the business and redefine it modernly”,Wolfgang Kettnaker emphasizes. “Today, in the early 21st century, we are shaping a design language for discerning individualists with modern machinery and a highly systematic approach. We call series and unicum in one breath”.

More information about manufacture Kettnaker at hicklvesting.

Company website of manufacture Kettnaker.



Commode SOMA Edition, from the current anniversary journal of Kettnaker.

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New Work: The designfunktion congress series III shows ways to a modern world of work

New Work: An ever-increasing trend. Digitalisation, globalisation and demographic change have turned the working world upside down. As a result, the New Work trend has become an economic necessity. Many companies are already in the middle of the New Work process. Others ask themselves the question: Which measures must be implemented for a “modern working world”?

The designfunktion congress series III entitled “New Work and New Office – Your way to Success”, orig: “Ihr Weg zum Erfolg”, presents the latest results of the study “Transformation of Working Environment”, orig: “Transformation von Arbeitswelten”, of the Fraunhofer IAO and designfunktion with the following outcome: The individual is the decisive success factor in the development of modern working environments. The focus is on his maximum potential development. Following the presentation of the study results, experts from business and science will impart specialist knowledge on the subject with different points of view.

The New Work speakers of the designfunktion congress series III:

Prof. Jan Teunen, Teunen Concepts: “Rich Harvest, Growth, and Prosperity – The Gardener in the Entrepreneur“

As an expert on “Effective Spaces”, Prof. Jan Teunen illuminates the cultural-philosophical perspective of working worlds. According to Teunen, a company should be regarded as a living system that – like any living system – has a soul. In this way, the fire of enthusiasm and passion can be kept alive in the company and a good harvest can be reaped.

Christoph Magnussen, Blackboat: “New Work, New Tools, New Rules“

Digital tools, cloud software and modern technologies are central components of the New Work movement and have replaced traditional forms of communication. According to Magnussen, however, the human element is still at the centre of the transformation: “It is a factor that we should not underestimate when trying to change the way we work”.

Fabian Kienbaum, Kienbaum Consultants International: “The personality of the individual and the intelligence of the many”

The belief in the creative power of people is hidden behind the new corporate structure “#WePowerment” of Kienbaum Consultants. According to Kienbaum, problems can only be solved using networks: The personality of the individual is challenged, but in the interplay with the intelligence of the many.

Dr. Andreas Muschter, Commerz Real AG: “Quo Vadis? Cultural transformation changes the DNA of a company”

Commerz Real AG’s goal is to become the first sustainable digital asset manager. In this regard the corresponding measures are manifold: In the course of cultural change, an interdisciplinary team docks directly with the Board of Management. The new principles are then optimized by direct impulses from the employees.

Gerhard Fuchs, Audi BKK: „Successful change process: Participation of employees as the “cornerstone”

The new Multispace of the Audi BKK head office in Ingolstadt follows its strategy 2025: The aim is to create an infrastructure that creates a strong network of specialist departments while enabling employees to work agilely. Thus, the cooperation with the employees ensures that the rooms meet the needs of the colleagues as well as possible.

At the end, a Fishbowl Discussion invites to a round of questions and an exchange of knowledge with the team of experts.

The congress series started 2019 in Munich and will continue in Cologne in January 2020 and in Berlin in April 2020.

The designfunktion congress series III:

Wednesday, 27 November 2019, 12.30 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Design Offices Munich Bogenhausen, Einsteinstraße 174, 81677 Munich

Tuesday, 21 January 2020, 12.30 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Design Offices Köln Mediapark, Erftstraße 15-17, 50672 Cologne

Wednesday, 1 April 2020, 12.30 p.m. – 6.00 p.m.
Design Offices Berlin Humboldthafen, Alexanderufer 3-7, 10117 Berlin

Details of the program can be found on the website of the designfunktion congress series.

More information about designfunktion at hicklvesting.

Company website of designfunktion.


Illustration: Newsroom, Ströer Content Group, Berlin (Reference designfunktion). Photo © AKIM photography

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Light designer Ingo Maurer deceased in Munich

Light designer Ingo Maurer died yesterday in Munich at the age of 87. We mourn the death of a special person who tirelessly inspired, challenged and surprised: Ingo Maurer wrote 50 years of light history. His light objects and installations are regarded as groundbreaking for the development of postmodern design.

His most famous designs include his first work “Bulb” (1966), the low voltage halogen system “YaYaHo” (1984, Ingo Maurer and Team), the winged light bulb “Lucellino” (1992), the pendant lamp “Zettel’z” (1997), “One From The Heart” (1989) and “Porca Miseria! (1994). His works can be found in the collections of the world’s most important museums, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

In May of this year, Ingo Maurer unveiled his installation “Pendulum” for the Rotunda of the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. “The egg has a perfect shape even if it’s laid from the ass,” Maurer quoted the Italian artist Bruno Munari to the press. The ironic wink and the special mixture of poetry and technology were his trademarks.

An exhibition is currently being prepared at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, which from November will provide insights into his work. Since Saturday, the Residenztheater in Munich has been shining in a new light, with the “Silver Cloud” the light artist has created another iconic work.

Our sympathies go out to the family and long-standing employees of Ingo Maurer GmbH. We say goodbye to an extraordinary person.

Ingo Maurer GmbH mourns the loss of its founder (website of Ingo Maurer GmbH).

The complete press release on the death of Ingo Maurer you find here.

Photo: Ingo Maurer ©Robert Fischer.


The Digital Age and its challenges

Panel discussion on the impact of digitalisation on architecture and urban planning

As part of build-up to the awards ceremony for the ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture competition a panel discussion will take place on the 7th of October 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich. The topic “Zooming in on the City: Architecture in the Digital Age” will discuss a top-class circle of experts. The panellists are Carlo Ratti, Director MIT Senseable City Lab, Cambridge, USA and Werner Frosch, Henning Larsen as well as Peter Haimerl, Peter Haimerl Architektur and Linda Stannieder, Graft Brandlab GmbH.

The future is now.

Not only is the digital age changing the processes by which we design and create buildings. It is also altering the very matrix of our cities and thus also changes the perception of their appearance. What impact does this have on the way we relate to spaces and cities?

The focus of digitalisation is usually on its potential, advantages and benefits having a positive effect on everyday life. However, there are also challenges in terms of digitalisation. What are the problems that arise concerning architecture and urban planning? And to what extent do they create potential for an architecture to focus once more on community?

Contemporary architects are experimenting with new building typologies, urban planning interventions and data-driven approaches. Besides, they are also dealing with new strategies for working with architectural traditions and existing housing stock in the regions. They see architecture as an ongoing process. It consists of exploring new ideas, and grasping present opportunities to test out visions aimed at the future. And their interests are not confined to large urban agglomerations – there is just as much focus on smaller cities in rural areas.

Can the dynamic development of data-supported methods also help to address complex challenges relating to interconnectedness, participation, mobility and climate protection?


Munich Creative Business Week 2019: Understanding Artificial Intelligence, Developing Your Own Robots

The 8th MUNICH CREATIVE BUSINESS WEEK (MCBW) – which will take place from 9th to 17th March – opens up new perspectives on design and socially relevant topics. This year, the MCBW will focus on artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics: the interested public can follow various workshops and lectures on this topic. The MCBW is Germany’s largest design week (78,000 visitors in 2018) and is organised by bayern design GmbH, the competence centre for design of the Free State of Bavaria.


Tai Ping and designer duo Ed Ng and Terence Ngan created a collection dedicated to the Greek cloud goddess Nephele

Paris, 16 January 2018 – The renowned carpet manufacturer Tai Ping in cooperation with the designer duo Ed Ng and Terence Ngan from AB Concept celebrates the premiere of its latest collection Nephele at the Paris Déco Off. The four couture carpets of Nephele, named after the Greek cloud goddess, represent different bird’s eye views down to the world.

Furniture classic of Italian marble – Häuser, Issue 1/2018

The finest marble furniture is made in the heart of Italy. Also the classic “Pedestal Table” of the Finnish architect Eero Saarinen, which he designed in 1957 for Knoll International, is produced in a marble manufacture in Tuscany. Each “Pedestal Table” is unique because the marbling of each tabletop is individual. The “Pedestal” plates are transported from the marble factory to the Knoll production in Foligno, where the table legs are installed. After a twelve-weeks manufacturing process the furniture is ready for the showrooms.

Private cocktail at Boffi Cologne on 16 January 2018

At the Private Cocktail on Tuesday, 16 January 2018, Boffi Cologne presents collection novelties of the design companies Boffi, De Padova and MA / U Studio on the occasion of Passagen 2018. For the first time in Germany, the iconic Boffi kitchen Cove by Zaha Hadid Design will be on display. De Padova shows the elegant Sofa Square 16, the redesign of a timeless classic. The Danish design company MA / U Studio presents the minimalist shelving system RIG.

Christian Fischbacher and House of Tai Ping in „Das Ideale Heim“, Issue 12/2017

In two articles, the peculiarities of these two renowned companies are described. For the luxury manufacturer House of Tai Ping, some carpets are still handmade on old jacquard looms. Christian Fischbacher knows about the unpredictability of textiles and why not all tomatoes are the same.

How Florence Knoll affected the brand “Knoll” – Domus, Issue September/Oktober 2017

In May 2017, Florence Knoll celebrated her 100th birthday. This significant personality in the furniture industry has helped to build a company that successfully sells designs still to the present day. In an interview, Demetrio Apolloni, President of Knoll Europe, explains how the legendary designer influenced brand values.

The Pedestal Collection of Eero Saarinen – Schöner Wohnen, Issue August 2017

Because he was so disturbed by the “tangle of legs” under a table, Eero Saarinen designed the “Pedestal Collection” in the late 1950s. Table, stool and chair rest on an elegant foot, which they owe the nickname “Tulip”. As an architect, Eero Saarinen designed swinging concrete buildings. As a designer, he wanted to invent forms that were as innovative as his buildings.

Designs of Mies van der Rohe – ELLE Decoration, Issue 4/2017

Elegant tubular steel furniture and glass buildings: The sensual-elegant minimalism of the German architect Mies van der Rohe has been an inspiration for many other architects – and it still is today. His furniture has become a worldwide classic and has been re-edited by Knoll International.

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