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?


ein&zwanzig newcomers’ awards presented at Milan Design Week 2019

The winners of the German Design Council’s ein&zwanzig newcomers’ awards were chosen today in Milan. These awards for emerging talent were presented during Milan Design Week in recognition of the 21 most convincing product and project ideas from this year’s hottest young international designers. The ultimate prize, “Best of Best”, went to designer Simon Frambach. Exhibits by all 21 prize winners will be on display from the 9–14 April 2019 at an exhibition venue designed by Studiopepe, located at Via Tortona 31.

Dynamic Seating
From among 824 entries, Simon Frambach took out the “Best of Best” title with his Dynamic Folding Chair (DFC) product – the world’s first folding chair that enables both static and dynamic sitting. Thanks to its elasticity, the folding chair responds directly to the user’s movements and offers a wide range of seating options, moving the user’s muscles and relieving the spine. In this way Frambach imbues the folding chair, which is often produced as a “cheap” disposable product, with new value. His message: “Even a plastic folding chair can be sustainable, provided it is designed to be durable, to be passed down through the generations and, at the end of this cycle, it consists of detachable and recyclable components. Only when you really understand value chains can you provide the right, well-considered inspiration”.

Young designers with sustainable concepts
Other award-winning works also make it clear that sustainability continues to be a central concern of young designers. This is exemplified by the winning works which, among other things, showcase a whole series of ecologically clever concepts. The reuse of materials and unrestricted recyclability is a central, recurring design approach: Anna Drewes and Dario Lannone, for example, have designed sound-absorbing acoustic panels made from completely organic banana and mulberry tree fibres. The indigo plant gives them a blue colour. Bamboo forms the simple frame that makes the structure ultra-light. “There is no one right way to a more sustainable future,” explained designer Anna Drewes. “Visionary strategies and speculative design are just as important as materials research or looking at cultural change”.

Chinese competitor Youyang Song, a student at the Weißensee Academy of Art in Berlin, takes a similar approach. With her Cooking New Material project, she has perfected a process in which organic waste can be made into flexible, leather-like materials. With the aid of a natural binder, banana skins, orange peels and soy milk pomace are transformed into a composite material with a number of potential applications. The result is a 100% “no waste” natural product with high aesthetic appeal – the starting point for countless potential products.
Jingbei Zheng, also from China, has developed accessories for kitchen cleaning in her Rebrush project. Natural loofah sponges are an ideal cleaning material and can be easily replaced thanks to the flexible holder. With the product’s elegant handles, Zheng has transformed an everyday activity into an event in its own right.
Laura van de Wijdeven from the Netherlands has developed tiles consisting of up to 50 percent Forbo jute fibre, a by-product from Forbo’s linoleum production process. In combination with gypsum, the fibres form very strong tiles with a wide variety of patterns that can be used as wall or floor coverings.
The Israeli duo Gal Bulka and Ori Shifrin Anavi take a different approach to the sustainable use of available raw materials. Their rotating desk lamp makes use of the user’s own waste glass: the Marvin pendant luminaire, which plays with primary shapes, can be mounted on any wine bottle, which then functions as a stand.

High-calibre jury for the young talent awards
Since 2017, the German Design Council’s ein&zwanzig awards have become established as a major event for up-and-coming talent in the international design scene.This year the jury was tasked with evaluating 824 entries from 73 countries, a 12-percent increase on the previous year (736 applications).The 15-strong committee includes a young generation of successful designers such as Hanne Willmann, Eva Marguerre, Marcel Besau and the Dutch design duo Raw Colour (Daniera ter Haar, Christoph Brach), as well as established design greats such as Konstantin Grcic, Nils Holger Moormann and Stefan Diez. The demanding selection process was also supported by industry experts such as Barbara Friedrich, Nina Bruun and Andrej Kupetz. “The young generation of designers has more than understood the signs of the times,” says Andrej Kupetz, Chairman of the Jury and Chief Executive Officer of the German Design Council. “Contemporary design is based on sustainability, recyclability and longevity. Looking at these sophisticated design products and experiments gives us confidence that we will master the ecological challenges of the 21st century”.

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Disruption through Design! The German Design Council invites to a discussion on the occasion of Fuorisalone 2019

On behalf of the German Design Council, we would like to invite you to a panel discussion on the 8thApril 2019 at 4pm in the Via Tortona 31. The topic of discussion will be “Disruption through design: challenging our current system of production and consumption”.

The Fridays for Future movement is finding worldwide resonance and more and more students are taking action in the name of climate protection. The younger generation is calling for radical ecological change. But how can we change our current production systems and consumption habits to create more justice between generations and different sections of the world’s population? Is it possible to rethink our production and consumption conditions within the existing system? Or does the moderate use of resources require more far-reaching, radical approaches? What role does design play at the interface between the manufacturer and consumer? How can designers become the catalysts of urgent change and contribute to opening up new avenues of endeavor?

Joining us for the discussion will be:
_Essi Johanna Glomb, Founder & Head of Design, Blond & Bieber
_Filippo Lodi, Head of Innovation and Knowledge Management, UNStudio
_Maurizio Montalti, Founder and Creative Director, Officina Corpuscoli
_Melusine Reimers, Managing Director of Readymade

Moderator: Karianne Fogelberg, Design Theorist & Curator, UnDesignUnit  

Via Tortona, 31
20144 Milan

Monday 8th April 2019
16:00 – 17:30

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.


Call for applications for Munich Design Week MCBW 2019 starts: of Cockatoos and Cups …

Munich, July 20, 2018 | As of today, applicants are invited to submit their applications as potential partners of 8th MUNICH CREATIVE BUSINESS WEEK (MCBW) taking place from March 9-17, 2019. To mark the occasion, the key visual illustrating the theme of the upcoming edition “Design Connects” was unveiled.  Companies, organisations and institutions interested in partaking in Germany’s biggest design event can register on the updated website until October 21, 2018.

“MCBW’s guiding theme “Design Connects” illustrates both lifestyle and culture of Munich and Bavaria in a unique manner. It is also representative of the exceptional synergy of design and business. Design connects – people with people, people with technology, analogous with digital worlds, aesthetics with function and the practical with the sensual. Design expertise is the foundation for and an integral part of innovation. Design creates identities, promotes communication, offers ways of orientation in an increasingly complex world – both on a regional and global scale,” said Dr. Silke Claus, CEO of bayern design, organiser of MCBW. “And this is also the way to read the new key visual, which cheekily combines several opposites to form a surprising union of nature and culture, serially produced item and unique being – formal rigidity meets vibrant, wild beauty.”

For nine days, Germany’s biggest design event will showcase the creative hub Bavaria and present its lively, enjoyable and future-oriented capital of design. In March 2018, MCBW’s previous edition featured over 250 events by more than 200 partners. Host to more than 75,000 visitors, the two sectors CREATE BUSINESS! and DESIGN SCHAU! targeted expert audiences and design aficionados respectively and provided in-depth knowledge as well as inspiring design experiences.

Design will come alive at MCBW’s CREATE BUSINESS! sector: design functions as an impulse for innovation, which will be made visible to visitors who can also experience how an active design process helps give change a more human dimension. Big ideas, sustainable trends and new products will be presented at the many conferences, symposia, workshops, receptions and countless other events. MCBW will be your occasion to network; it is an event where the making of professional contacts will be promoted as much as the transfer of in-depth knowledge and lively debate. It is an exchange of corporate world and designers on the one hand and creative disciplines such as design, marketing and architecture on the other.
MCBW START UP creates a platform for investors to connect with young entrepreneurs. To this end, workshops, coaching sessions, lectures and personal meetings will be on offer. Studio Night, the highlight of MCBW START UP, will be an opportunity for founders to present their ideas to the critical public and create their professional network with experts.

At DESIGN SCHAU!, design aficionados will be invited to experience, examine and explore the many-faceted aspects of design. Visitors can choose from a wide range of exhibitions, vernissages, events and activities to discover both German and international cultures of design at more than 100 venues across Munich and Bavaria. Come and explore the multifaceted creative hubs in and around Munich!

Bolon presents its novelties at the Salone del Mobile 2018: Elements

Inspired by nature and hand-woven fabrics, BOLON presents four new carpets and presents its ELEMENTS collection Salone del Mobile 2018 in Milan in an installation designed by NERI & HU.

Salone del Mobile 2018:
Rho Fiera
Pav. 16, Stand B29

Opening times: 17. – 22. April 2018,
9.30 am – 6.30 pm

Bolon presents its novelties at the Salone del Mobile 2018: Bolon x Stephen Burks x BD Barcelona Design

Bolon will be celebrating the premiere of an ongoing and very exciting collaborative project with American designer Stephen Burks at the Salone del Mobile from 17-22 April 2018 in Milan. In collaboration with the Spanish furniture manufacturer BD Barcelona Design, Bolon and Burks will present an experimental line of fabrics that combine industrial production with the artistic uniqueness of manual labor.

Rho Fiera
Pav. 16, Stand B29

Opening Times: 17. – 22. April 2018,
9.30 am – 6.30 pm
Press-Lunch: Tue,  17. April 2018, 12 – 1.30 pm

Summit meeting in Milan: The ein&zwanzig jury selects the Best of Best

The ein&zwanzig (“Twenty-one”) awards were presented this evening on the occasion of Milan Design Week 2018 in Zona Tortona. The 21 most innovative product and project ideas of talented international up-and-coming designers received this prestigious accolade. The climax of the event was the awarding of the Best of Best prize, which went to Berlin-based Sofia Souidi for the design of her Gradient lamp. All of the winning projects will be on view at the ein&zwanzig exhibition in Milan, from 17-22 April.
Nature as a source of inspiration
Sofia Souidi received the Best of Best award for her Gradient lamp. She recently received a master’s degree in product design from the Royal College of Art in London and is now living in Berlin. The inspiration for her submission was natural sunlight whose colour and intensity according to the time of day, the weather and the environment. Souidi’s Gradient lamp takes its cue from these changes, in that it changes colour from time to time and the intensity of the light varies according to the amount of incident sunlight. Souidi’s goal was to create a bridge between the exterior world and interior spaces, and to address the question of how, in this age of mega-cities, people can feel a connection with nature.
A much sought-after award for young designers
The international attention and prestige attached to the ein&zwanzig awards is demonstrated by the response it attracted: 736 works from 60 countries covering the fields of design and lifestyle were submitted – 30 percent more than in the previous year. The 21 prize-winners were selected by a high-calibre international jury from the worlds of design and industry including luminaries such as Konstantin Grcic, Stefano Giovannoni, Philipp Mainzer and Stephen Burks.
“This year we were particularly drawn to projects that developed a completely new concept based on traditional technologies” said Andrej Kupetz, chairman of the jury and executive director of the German Design Council.
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The prize winning International Newcomers projects will be on view from 17-22 April at Via Tortona 31 in Milan. The exhibition will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on 17 April, and from 10 am to 9 pm from 18-22 April.

Mattiazzi presents two new collections by Inga Sempé and Leon Ransmeier at the Salone del Mobile Milano 2018

At the Salone del Mobile Milano 2018, Mattiazzi – one of the most respected Italian manufacturers of solid wood furniture – will be presenting two new collections designed by Inga Sempé and Leon Ransmeier respectively. Mattiazzi thus continues its successful collaboration with outstanding designers such as Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison, Nitzan Cohen, and Sam Hecht & Kim Colin. Mattiazzi is well known for linking high-tech production facilities with traditional craftsmanship and also for its careful selection of the varieties of wood and materials it works with.

Salone del Mobile, April 17 – 22 2018
Daily from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Fiera Milano, Rho-Pero
Pav. 20, stand E08

Presentation Leon Ransmeier, April 17, 2:30 pm
Presentation Inga Sempé, April 18, 11:00 am

Inga Sempé represents a new collaboration for Mattiazzi with MC17 by showcasing her latest design Bienvenue. Sempé explains the story behind this upholstered chair: “Bienvenue is an upholstered chair for contract sales. Its padding makes it comfortable to sit on for long periods and its low, rounded armrests allow it to slide easily under the table. The idea behind Bienvenue is cushioning, which, instead of resting on the chair, is actually part of its structure. With this in mind, the wooden structure is made up of a multi-ply frame supported by solid ash legs. The back legs are built into the frame, from the base to the top. Milling parallel to the uprights allows the cushioning to become part of the frame: from the front, the fabric disappears to reveal ash uprights in the padded backrest. From the back, the top of the uprights are sheathed in the padding that surrounds them. The corolla of the frame is crowned by a cylinder of coated foam, providing support for the back that is smooth to the touch. Bienvenue is available in three colors – natural, gray, and black. The padding can be made in just one fabric or divided into several distinct parts: the corolla, the seat, and the backrest.”

The collection MC16 Forcina by Leon Ransmeier comprises a chair, an armchair, and a stool with a steel frame, a wooden seat, and a backrest. The collection is rounded off with a table. In Ransmeier’s own words: “The Italian word forcina means ‘hairpin’ in English. The Forcina collection has a pragmatic feminine character. From the outset, it was considered within the context of a café or a restaurant. Historically, café chairs often have a curvilinear form influenced perhaps by the iconic history of Viennese café furniture or the sweetness of the pastries served there. The shape of Forcina’s solid wooden seat and backrest echo the comfortably sculpted surfaces on the top of the seat and the front of the backrest. The stainless-steel frames are CNC-bent and enable efficient manufacturing with few parts and minimal welding. The frame reaches beyond the backrest and, like the hairpin, offers easy handling. The collection includes chairs, armchairs, square and round tables, low stools, and barstools. All items are available in natural oak, natural ash, or black stained ash. The frames come either in a blasted stainless-steel or a black lacquered finish.”

The new designs are also completed with the Primo stool, an addition of MC14 collection by Konstantin Grcic, and the artistically shaped pillow Quindici designed by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for the MC15 collection and which was already presented at the Stockholm Furniture Fair.

Boffi, De Padova and MA / U Studio invite to the Salone del Mobile in Milan

The Boffi Group invites you to present its collection innovations at the Salone del Mobile 2018 in Milan. Visitors can admire the features and designs of the products of these companies in three different locations.

Boffi Solferino
Via Solferino 11, Milan
17th – 21st April open from 10am to 9pm
April 22, open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

DePadova Store
Via Sante Cecilia 7, Milan
17th – 21st April open from 10am to 9pm
April 22, open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Salone del Mobile
Boffi – DePadova – MA / U Studio
Hall 20, Stand C11 / D12

Christian Fischbacher is inspired by Japanese design for his textile design

The new décor, wallpaper and bedding collections of the textile design company Christian Fischbacher are also an expression of a Japanese design tradition. On the one hand, this is due to the appeal of Japanese forms on the modern design world. On the other hand, the strong bond to Japan in the family business was established decades ago and passed on from generation to generation. The subsidiary has existed since 1971. The Japanese market is the single-source market with the highest turnover for Christian Fischbacher. And Camilla and Michael Fischbacher lived with their family in Japan for five years.

Fuorisalone: Mattiazzi invites to a book launch and exhibition at Galleria Gracis

On behalf of the Italian furniture manufacturer MATTIAZZI we would like to invite you to the book launch and exhibition Industrial Facility. Sam Hecht & Kim Colin. The new monograph of the Phaidon publishing house provides a deep insight in the oeuvre and mindset of the award-winning London design duo.

The press event with the authors will take place on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Furthermore, there will be a launch party at 7:00 pm.
All the events take place at the Galleria Gracis, Piazza Castello 16, 20121 Milan.

We thank you in advance for your feedback at

Mattiazzi at Salone del Mobile 2018 in Milan

On behalf of the Italian furniture manufacturer MATTIAZZI we would like to cordially invite you to visit the exhibition stand (Pav. 20, E08) on occasion of the
Salone del Mobile 2018 from April, 17 – 22.

For the first time, Mattiazzi will present collection MC 17 “Bienvenue” of Inga Sempé. Furthermore, new products of Leon Ransmeier will be showcased in collection
MC 16 “Forcina”.
Leon Ransmeier will be presenting his new products on Tuesday, April 17, at 2.30 pm. Inga Sempé will showcase her designs on Wednesday, April 18, at 11 am.

We are happy to arrange individual interview appointments with both designers.

Salone del Mobile, April 17 – 22 2018
Daily from 9:30 am to 6:30 pm
Fiera Milano, Rho-Pero
Pav. 20, stand E08

Presentation Leon Ransmeier, April 17, 2:30 pm
Presentation Inga Sempé, April 18, 11:00 am

We thank you in advance for your feedback at

Knoll celebrates its 80th anniversary at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2018

The design company Knoll celebrates 2018 its 80th anniversary. On the occasion of the Salone del Mobile, from April 17th to 22nd, new items by Piero Lissoni and Marc Newson and a selection of modern icons will be shown. For example, OMA’s stand design celebrates the great architect Marcel Breuer and his design of the Whitney Museum of Modern Art. As in previous years, the arc of classical modernism is drawn into the present in the settings of living and workspace.

For interview requests to Andrew Cogan, CEO and President Knoll, you can always contact us.

Visit Knoll in Milan:
Salone del Mobile
17th to 22nd April 2018
9.30am to 6.30pm
Hall 20, Stand D09 / E16

Ci vediamo a Milano! Milan Design Week // Salone del Mobile 2018

Dear Sir or Madam,

We are very pleased to invite you to the presentations of our clients during the Milan Design Week 2018. Visit us in Milan at Boffi, Bolon, De Padova, Knoll, Lissoni Associati, Mattiazzi, MA / U Studio, German Design Council and Schotten & Hansen.

RVSP to Many Thanks.

We are looking forward to seeing you!

Barbara Hickl and Nicole Vesting

Boffi Solferino
Via Solferino, 11
20121 Milan

Opening hours: April 17 – 21, 2018, 10 am – 7 pm, April 22, 2018, 10 am – 6 pm

DE PADOVA & MA / U Studio
De Padova showroom
Via Santa Cecilia, 7
20122 Milan

Opening hours: 17th – 21st April 2017, 10am – 9pm, 22nd April 2018, 10am – 6pm

Boffi, DE PADOVA & MA / U Studio
Rho Fiera
Pav. 20, Stand C11 – D12

Opening hours: 17th – 22nd April 2018, 9.30am – 6.30pm

Rho Fiera
Pav. 16, Booth B29

Opening hours: 17th – 22nd April 2018, 9.30am – 6.30pm
Press Lunch: Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 12 – 1.30 pm
Interview with Annica and Marie Eklund

This is Knoll
Rho Fiera
Pav. 20, Booth D09 – E16

Opening hours: 17th – 22nd April 2018, 9.30am – 6.30pm

Open Studio Café
Via Goito, 9
20121 Milan

Opening hours: 17th – 22nd April 2018, 11am – 5pm

Rho Fiera
Pav. 20, Stand E08

Opening hours: 17th – 22nd April 2018, 9.30am – 6.30pm
Press Event Book Launch & Exhibition: Wednesday, 18 April 2018, 3 – 6 pm
Launch Party: 7pm – late
Address: Galleria Gracis, Piazza Castello, 16, 20121 Milano

Via Tortona, 31
20144 Milan
Press Preview: Monday, April 16, 2018, 3 – 5 pm
Exhibition opening and award ceremony ein&zwanzig: from 5 pm

at Gaggenau
Rho Fiera
Pav. 09, Booths A05 – A09, B06 – B10

Opening hours: 17th – 22nd April 2018, 9.30am – 6.30pm

A visit in the carpet factory in Cogolin – md, Issue March 2018

The magazine md visited La Manufacture Cogolin in Southern France. Since 1924, carpets with elaborated patterns have been woven by hand in the manufacture there. The entire design and manufacturing process is handled in the carpet weaving mill in Cogolin. With their on-site production, the workmanship of La Manufacture Cogolin differs from other carpet labels. And handmade carpets are becoming popular again …

Mattiazzi engages hicklvesting for international press and PR work

hicklvesting is adding a new client, the furniture manufacturer Mattiazzi, to its wide-ranging customer portfolio. Domiciled near Udine, the top-class label engaged the agency in March 2018 to further its international positioning and communication strategy.

Barbara Hickl and Nicole Vesting agree: “Mattiazzi approaches the processing of wood with top precision and artistry and engages with renowned contemporary designers.”

The family-run manufacturer focuses on the production of solid wood furniture. In the context of different projects, the company develops selected designs and new typologies. Headed by the brothers Nevio and Fabiano Mattiazzi, the production team continuously refines its manufacturing processes with regard to energy efficiency and the use of sustainable raw materials. High-tech production facilities meet traditional craftsmanship and diligent wood selection. The factory near Udine produces designer collections of chairs, benches, tables and accessories in a wide range of shapes and forms.

Corporate philosophy focuses on the authorship of the renowned designers who work for Mattiazzi, among them Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec, Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison, Leon Ransmeier, Nitzan Cohen and Sam Hecht. The designers, in turn, appreciate the company’s great passion for wood and the diverse opportunities offered by its state-of-the-art production facilities.

At the Salone del Mobile, Mattiazzi will present new designs by Inga Sempé andLeon Ransmeier

Schotten & Hansen at the „Formdepot“ in Vienna – möbelfertigung, Issue 2/2018

In the “Formdepot” in Vienna, offices and showrooms converge and create a comfortable atmosphere with high-quality designs and custom-made materials. The interior design office M&G from Vienna has successfully implemented a creative project with 11 other partners. Schotten & Hansen, the Bavarian manufacturer of wood, was significantly involved in this project: the hand-crafted floorboards, door, wall and wardrobe claddings have combined traditional craftsmanship and innovative technology at the highest level.

International Young Talent Competition ein&zwanzig: Nina Bruun designs Milan exhibition on the occasion of the Salone del Mobile

Frankfurt, March 14, 2018 – The Danish design consultant and trend expert Nina Bruun develops the exhibition design for the international newcomer competition “ein & twenty” this year. Once again, the German Design Council honors 21 outstanding design talents. The innovative products will be on display at the Milan Design Week in the Tortona Design District from 17 to 22 April 2018. The Milan Design Week takes place on the occasion of the Salone del Mobile in Milan.
On Monday, April 16, 2018, you are invited to visit the exhibition in the Tortona Design District:
From 15 clock: Press Preview
5 – 9 pm: Exhibition opening and award ceremony
Address: Via Tortona, 31, 20144 Milan

Cusumano presents the Catarratto Sicilia DOC 2017 on the occasion of ProWein 2018

We are very pleased to invite you on behalf of the Sicilian winery Cusumano on the occasion of the ProWein from 18 to 20 March 2018 in Dusseldorf to the Smart Wines booth in Hall 16, J61.

As part of this year’s ProWein Cusumano presents the new white wines from 2017: Catarratto, Insolia, Angimé and Shamaris. A special feature is the Catarratto Sicilia DOC 2017 from the production area Castelluzzo in Calatafimi (TP), which is offered for tasting on the exhibition stand. In addition, the Primeur Etna Rosso from 2016 will also be presented. This wine from the Alta Mora line comes from the vineyards of the Etna growing area, whose unique volcanic soil gives the grape a special flavor.
We are happy to arrange an individual discussion with Diego Cusumano at the booth. Come along and enjoy the Sicilian wine and the Mediterranean flair. received three awards in the iF DESIGN AWARD 2018

Munich, March 9, 2018 | The brand and communication agency is again pleased about numerous awards this year with the iF DESIGN AWARD 2018. An expert jury, consisting of 60 international design experts, selected the winners in seven disciplines. Among the more than 6,400 submissions, the jury selected three projects in the Communication category: the 2016 annual reports from Fresenius Medical Care and The Linde Group, as well as the redesigned corporate website of the Jost Hurler Group. has received 72 of the coveted awards in the last 15 years and is now building on these successes. The award ceremony will take place today, March 9, 2018, as part of the iF design award night at the Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW) in the BMW Welt Munich.

Showroom opening of House of Tai Ping in Munich

Hamburg, 1 March 2018 – The luxury carpet manufacturer House of Tai Ping with the brands Tai Ping, Edward Fields and La Manufacture Cogolin opens its second showroom in Germany. From the beginning of March 2018 unique carpet designs will be on display in the showroom of the interior agency Dominique Fuchs in Munich. All exhibits were developed and hand-made for the showroom. They offer architects, fitters and journalists the opportunity to experience first-hand the complex interaction of material, texture and color. The showroom also exhibits furniture from the Italian furniture manufacturer Meridiani.

designfunktion: New website and online shop score points with numerous added value

Munich, 20 February 2018 – designfunktion, one of the leading furnishing and planning companies in Germany for working and living environments, has redesigned its website and its online shop. A modern, clear design and structure structure and a high level of user-friendliness characterize the new website. Customers also expect numerous optimizations in the new online shop of designfunktion. Among the highlights here is a live consultation for customers. The new design was designed by designfunktion in cooperation with the Munich-based network grafikcafé, the technical implementation was carried out by the creative agency 450 heartbeats. At you can get an idea of the new website.

KnollStudio-Catalog „New Collections 2017“

Berlin / Munich, February 14, 2018 | Knoll presents a new catalog of his current KnollStudio collection, including the new Piero Lissoni, the editions of Florence Knoll and the current marble tops of the tables from the Saarinen collection.

On 63 pages and in four languages, the publication illustrates the flexible use of Knoll’s studio collection in various settings that constantly create a new, individual and exclusive atmosphere.

Invitation to a Japanese tea ceremony with Camilla Fischbacher on the occasion of the Munich fabric spring

In the name of Camilla Fischbacher, we are pleased to welcome you to a Japanese tea ceremony with sweet treats on the occasion of the Munich Fabric Spring 2018 in the showroom of Christian Fischbacher.

Christian Fischbacher takes us on a trip to Japan with the novelties Kotori, Hana and Haiku of the Spring Collections 2018.

Why are Japanese design influences becoming increasingly visible and what impact do they have on the work of the Swiss textile design company? How do the years of the Fischbacher family in Japan shape the design process to this day?

Challenge wallpaper: A textile look on the wall needs clever materials and sophisticated printing techniques. How can fabric designs be translated into a particularly textile wallpaper? Which design elements are traditionally Japanese?

Thursday, March 15, 2018
13.30-15.00 clock
Christian Fischbacher Showroom
Ottostrasse 10
80331 Munich


designfunktion Group continues to grow together: Renaming of the Spielmann Officehouse locations

Munich, 08 February 2018 | In 2015, the design function group and the office and property experts from Spielmann Officehouse GmbH associated. Now the last step of the successful integration took place: The Spielmann Officehouse locations Kronberg, Koblenz, Mainz and Frankfurt, in the Rhine-Main area and Singen on Lake Constance, are rebranded as designfunktion. The Koblenz, Mainz and Singen sites, which used to operate as branches of the parent company in Kronberg, were newly founded. For the parent company in Kronberg, only the name of Spielmann Officehouse GmbH changed to designfunktion Kronberg GmbH. The designfunktion group is one of the leading planning and furnishing companies in Germany, which stands out above all for its expertise in the holistic conception and design of effective office and working environments. In the meantime, the designfunktion group has 16 locations and more than 350 employees in Germany.

Gold for at the German Design Award 2018

Frankfurt am Main, 9 February 2018 | receives the German Design Award 2018 in gold for excellent communication design. The design, brand and communication agency is honored in the Online Publications category for its design of the interactive BMW Group online reporting format “The 2016 financial year at a glance”. Since 2001, has been responsible for the further development of the corporate storytelling of the BMW Group.

The agency has already won over 60 design awards for its print and online solutions for optimizing corporate communications from the BMW Group.

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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 creates inspiring interiors 2018

St. Gallen, 8 January 2018 – Christian Fischbacher, the renowned Swiss textile design company, presented the collection novelties of 2018. The concept of holistic interior worlds, which Christian Fischbacher successfully established last year, will be continued in 2018 with a product premiere: for the first time modern non-woven wallpapers complete the portfolio of the supplier of the finest furnishing fabrics, carpets, bed linen and home accessories. For the new collections, Christian Fischbacher was inspired by Japanese flora and fauna and experimented with yarn blends and printing techniques.

New ready-to-use veneers from Schotten & Hansen refine interiors

Peiting, 13 December 2017 – The veneers of the internationally renowned manufactory Schotten & Hansen can be used for all the space in the room. The range of new veneers is modular and includes different sorting, processing and color shades, which can also be found in the manufacturer’s floor range. Haptics, texture and color are manufactured individually for the customers.

The numerous designs of Piero Lissoni – H.O.M.E., Issue Winter 17/18

The all-round designer, architect and art director Piero Lissoni has significantly influenced the looks and collections of well-known brands. He also works for Boffi, De Padova and Knoll as Art Director. His designs are clear and reduced, yet holistic and thoughtful. H.O.M.E. shows his highlights from the year 2017.

International conference in context of the ifa exhibition Pure Gold – Upcycled! Upgraded!

Stuttgart, 10 December 2017 | On 30 November and 1 December 2017, the ifa (Institute for Foreign Relations) organized the international conference Trash it? Burn It? Use It! Rubbish dump or workshop? Creative Approaches to Trash in cooperation with the Museum of Arts and Crafts Hamburg (MKG). The conference as part of the ifa exhibition Pure Gold – Upcycled! Upgraded!.

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.

nomad 4: How sustainability changes our world

Munich, November 29, 2017 | On 30 November 2017, the fourth edition of the award-winning design and society magazine nomad was published. The publisher is the well-known brand and design agency The current issue deals with the aspect of sustainability from different perspectives. Within their work, artists, designers, authors, architects, entrepreneurs, scientists and even start-ups seek new approaches to sustainability, in-depth authenticity and meaningful reflection.

UNESCO headquarters in Paris furnished by Knoll

Berlin / Munich, 28 September 2017 – Knoll International, one of the world’s leading design companies, is responsible for the new seating of the Auditorium of the UNESCO headquarters in Paris. The design team entrusted with the renovation of the historic building once again opted for the Conference Chairs designed by Eero Saarinen. The design from the years 1946-50, which is part of the Saarinen collection by Knoll, is one of the timeless design classics of the company. Already in 1958, Knoll had equipped the auditorium of the UNESCO headquarters in Paris on Place de Fontenoy 7 with conference chairs of this series. The new seating arrangement consists of 800 individual chairs with a base specially developed for the project.

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.

Knoll International presents collection novelties at the Salone del Mobile 2017


Knoll International presented the collection novelties of Piero Lissoni in combination with iconic design classics at the Salone del Mobile 2017. The stand concept “This is Knoll”, inspired by Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona pavilion, was designed by the studio OMA. Designer Sabine Marcelis created “Architectural Glass Panels” especially for the presentation at the Salone, which acted as a striking room divider and impressive backdrop.

designfunktion presents the nationwide congress series “Wirksame Büros”

Munich, July 2017 | In 2017 the congress series “Effective Offices” was taking place throughout Germany. The impulsive format is being implemented by designfunktion, Germany’s leading planning and furnishing company in holistic interior design of modern office and working environments. “Wirksame Büros” offers representatives of the economy, architecture, planning and press a discursive forum on the topic “Working Spaces of the Future”. The congresses provide information on current trends and developments as well as opportunities and potentials of the transformation of workplaces into effective offices, which strengthen the well-being of the employees and promote dynamic processes within the company.

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