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.”
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To the company website: designfunktion
Pictures: PIABO PR offices in Berlin
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.
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 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.
Images: 75 Café & Lounge in Ponte di Legno
Photo ©Thomas Pagani
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.
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
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?