The new openness in living spaces
The boundaries between the different areas of the home have been eroding for some time. Many exhibitors at interzum 2019 presented systems, fittings and lighting solutions that serve as flexible design elements for a holistic home architecture. One example of this trend is the new Schüco Openstyle system, which allows spaces to be flexibly joined or subdivided in line with requirements and the current living situation. “OpenUp” was Vauth-Sagel’s slogan for its appearance at interzum. The storage specialist premiered solutions for all areas of the home at the fair. Highly flexible also summed up Hettich's presentation. The company presented multifunctional new products for different living situations in its product showcase.
Increasing flexibility and multifunctionality in furniture is going hand in hand with rising standards for technical solutions. This is one area in which interzum is known as a platform for innovations. Austrian manufacturer Grass presented a world first at the event – the thinnest and most efficient flap fitting that the company has ever developed. Kesseböhmer also presented a new flap fitting that is significantly different from the previous standard solutions on the market in its dimensions, design and functions. A profile in a minimalist design and various heights is the key feature of the multifunctional drawer concept by Italian exhibitor Salice, which won the interzum award.
German start-up ambigence, based in Herford near Bielefeld, took advantage of this year’s event to present a completely new product category. It starts from a simple principle: instead of seeing the furniture panel and fittings as two separate components, they are conceived as a single unit.
Tiny Spaces – Living in Compact Homes
A global mega-trend that many exhibitors addressed at interzum 2019 is increasing urbanisation. With growing numbers moving to cities, the cost of living space is rising, especially in major conurbations. This trend calls for optimal utilisation of the available floor space and components to provide more space per square metre. Among the latest examples of intelligent storage solutions is the urban smart kitchen by Kesseböhmer. Other exhibitors, including storage specialist Hettich, also unveiled new concepts for complete mini-apartments. A world first presented by raumvonwert was a folding staircase for small living spaces. Designed for modular use, the staircase can be individually customised for a variety of applications. A special event area at the trade fair highlighted the development potential that the intensifying shortage of living space presents: a number of exhibitors showcased new concepts and solutions in the Tiny Spaces – Living in Compact Homes Piazza.
The innovations presented at interzum determine the components and functions that will shape tomorrow’s interior design worlds. The list of exhibitors at the trade fair provides an overview of the exhibitors that appeared in the Functions & Component segment.