A rechargeable lamp for absolute flexibility: Ingo Maurer presents the mobile design classic “b.bulb”

Flashback to the year 1966: the career of lighting designer Ingo Maurer began with the “Bulb” – a homage to the light bulb. Now the company presents a contemporary version of the design classic — the „b.bulb“. The rechargeable lamp corresponds to the mega trend of flexibility and is a battery version of the iconic lamp.

A dimmable LED lamp to go

Whether from the bedroom to the living room or from the terrace to a picnic in the countryside. The mobile Ingo Maurer luminaire follows its owner to any place. Not only its rechargeable battery, but also the unbreakable glass head and the splash protection make the lamp flexible. Like the original from 1966, the 20 cm high “b.bulb” is made of precious materials such as a chrome-plated aluminium base and a glass body. In contrast to the “Bulb”, the glass body is matt and thus provides a warm, soft light. With the “Dimm to warm” technology, the rechargeable lamp adapts to any lighting situation. Thanks to efficient LED technology, the battery lasts up to 10 hours at full power.

During production, Ingo Maurer’s team also takes the environmental aspect into account. “We attach great importance to sustainability in our new products. Recycling and varietal purity therefore play an increasingly important role,” explains Claude Maurer, Managing Director of Ingo Maurer. Thus, the rechargeable lamp can be almost completely dismantled into its components and recycled.

Timeless design classic lamp — Over 50 years of “Bulb”

It all started with the “Bulb” from 1966. It was the starting signal for Ingo Maurer’s work as a product designer. The oversized homage to the light bulb was created in Venice. “My father liked to tell about this moment of inspiration: After a fantastic meal and a bottle of red wine he lay on the bed in his cheap hotel room. Above him hovered a naked 15-watt light bulb. Its beauty touched him. He immediately fell in love with this mixture of poetry and technology – a love that would stay with him all his life,” Claude Maurer describes the magical moment. He developed the idea of elevating the light bulb, went to Murano and had a glass and a base made there. The result was an icon of the Pop Art era.

Already in 1969 the oversized light bulb was included in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Time and again different glasses, sizes and colours as well as special editions with handmade insect models completed the series. The Giant Bulb, which also came onto the market in the 1960s, was also particularly popular. The original “Bulb” table lamp from 1966 is still produced with mouth blown Murano crystal glass.

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Company website of Ingo Maurer GmbH.
Photo © Constantin Mirbach


Iris Ceramica Group Foundation supports the 9th Next Landmark international design contest “AN EDUCATIONAL GARDEN IN FIORANO MODENESE”

Iris Ceramica Group Foundation announces a last call for submissions to the 9th international online design contest Next Landmark, promoted by Floornature architecture and design portal.

The 2020 international design contest invites young architects and designers to reflect on how a closer relationship between individuals, the community and natural space, can be a means of urban redevelopment, while driving social cohesion and well-being: Take on the challenge and submit to the free-to-enter 2020 contest “An Educational Garden in Fiorano Modenese” if you are part of a new generation of architects who graduated between 2010 and today.

The design contest comprises redesigning external areas adjacent to “Casa Coccapani” nursery school in the province of Modena (IT). The project is part of a larger building renovation and seismic upgrading works, recently carried out on the building.  The “Casa Coccapani” outdoors should be designed as a welcoming play area for learning, exploring and discovering the surrounding world, while ensuring beauty, accessibility, sharing and inclusion for its young guests.

The idea behind the contest is to seek innovative solutions which take into account various aspects relating to mindful and sustainable design. Designing areas for growth and learning is a feat of immense social responsibility. It is in this nursery that future generations are educated and where their behavior and attitude to shaping a better future are nurtured.

The final deadline for submitting entries for the design contest is set on May 30th, 2020.

The winner will be announced on June 12th, 2020 and awarded a scholarship for a Master’s Degree in Sustainable Design at SOS – School of Sustainability, Bologna, Italy.

The jury panel for the 2020 Next Landmark contest comprises Federica Minozzi, CEO of the multinational Iris Ceramica Group, architect Mario Cucinella, Founder of MCA Architects, Massimo Imparato, Director of SOS School of Sustainability, Paolo Schianchi, lecturer in Visual Communication and Interaction Design at the Istituto Universitario Pontificio Salesiano, Venice, Francesco Tosi, Mayor of Fiorano Modenese and Don Antonio Lumare, Parish Priest in Fiorano Modenese and President of Foundation Coccapani.

More information on FAB at hicklvesting.
To enter the contest: Floornature Next Landmark contest 2020
More information on Floornature on their company website.
More information on the Iris Ceramica Group Foundation on their website.

Photo ©irisceramicagroup and ©floornature

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
Photo ©designfunktion

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 www.ein-und-zwanzig.com, on social media (#einundzwanzigcompetition) and at www.ndion.de.“

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.

ein&zwanzig awards

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

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.

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

New textile collection for spring 2020: Textile editeur Christian Fischbacher at the PARIS DÉCO OFF

Swiss textile editeur Christian Fischbacher will present its new textile collection for spring 2020 at PARIS DÉCO OFF from 16.01 to 20.01.20 with new carpets as well as decorative and upholstery fabrics.

Deco Collection 2020: A journey through Latin America

Inspired by the work of the painter Frida Kahlo and the naive style of Mexican craftsmanship, rich designs and colour compositions unfold. The motifs of the decoration and upholstery fabrics are extroverted. Thus the design studio translates the luxuriant flora of the rainforest into abstract flowers and leaves, combined with a vivid colourfulness. A poetic mood is created by the skilful arrangement and superimposition of the motifs painted by hand in watercolours. Fabrics with finely nuanced surfaces and structures touch with their handcrafted and yet noble character. They tell of deserts, landscape formations and the warm shades of burnt earth. Unbleached linen lies rough in the hand. Christian Fischbacher celebrates its character by using the material unmixed. From the beauty of natural materials also derives the colourfulness: red earth, clay and desert colours as well as soft natural tones.

Another theme of the collection is to recognise the beauty of the old and interpret it in a new way. Whether antique arch forms, statues of gods with their floor-length robes or sun-bleached surfaces – origins and quotations blend into a modern fabric melange. The softly flowing, velvety and finely shining fabrics appear both sophisticated and minimalistic. The colour palette includes subdued moods ranging from off-white, beige, stone, gold and silver tones to sage and blue variations. Typical for Christian Fischbacher is the wide range of innovative yarn blends and weaving techniques. They create patterns with great expressiveness, which at the same time convince through functionality such as flame retardancy and biodegradability.

Carpet Collection 2020: Craftsmanship and Modernity Merge

With his new carpet collection 2020 Christian Fischbacher lets handicraft and modernism melt together. The new flat-woven carpets are an expression of experience and skill. Ready-made statement pieces divide the room. Their soft pile gives warmth and well-being. Modernity meets craftsmanship: chenille and fancy yarns in an elaborate jacquard weave provide plasticity and a blaze of colour. To achieve this, the studio uses exclusively single-coloured cotton chenille yarns and yarn blends, whose construction allows for amazing plastic designs. Some carpets are refined by transfer printing. Classics of the fabric collection and new designs lay the expressive design signature of Christian Fischbacher at the feet of the viewer.

PARIS DÉCO OFF16.01. – 20.01.2020
Christian Fischbacher Showroom
20 Rue du Mail
75002 Paris

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Images: Spring collection Christian Fischbacher.

Photo ©Christian Fischbacher

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

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.

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

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?


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”.

For more information, go to: www.ein-und-zwanzig.de

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 www.mcbw.de 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.
For further information visit www.ein-und-zwanzig.de.
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 munich@hicklvesting.com.

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 munich@hicklvesting.com.

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 berlin@hicklvesting.com. 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.

hw.design received three awards in the iF DESIGN AWARD 2018

Munich, March 9, 2018 | The brand and communication agency hw.design 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 hw.design 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. hw.design 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 www.designfunktion.de 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 hw.design at the German Design Award 2018

Frankfurt am Main, 9 February 2018 | hw.design 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, hw.design 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.

BWM Geschäftsbericht: Link to the 90-seconds-Intro


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 hw.design. 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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