Apr 15 2019

interzum Future Lab: Looking to the future

In the run-up to the trade fair itself, interzum took a look at trailblazing trends. At a Future Lab, the industry examined and scrutinised the design of future living spaces.

Workshops with renowned experts

“The future starts here” – interzum keeps to its promise every two years. The products and services showcased in Cologne shape the living environments of the future, addressing questions that point the way ahead: What will our homes look like in 20 years’ time? How will we move in the future? Which materials and functions will shape tomorrow’s design and architecture? The interzum Future Lab shone a light on these and other key issues for the future in a range of workshops. In the creative atmosphere of the Kraftwerk co-working location in Zurich, participants considered global megatrends and their influence on the supplier and interior design sector.

Digitalisation and sustainable materials

Star architect Yasmine Mahmoudieh, whose work is known all around the world, opened the interzum Future Lab. In her keynote speech, she discussed pioneering living and working spaces with a focus on innovative materials. [View the presentation]
In the subsequent workshops, IT expert Dr Gerd Wolfram addressed the effects of digitalisation on the furniture industry. He focused on one central question: How can furniture manufacturers and retailers take advantage of digitalisation to satisfy customer trends? He mentioned three areas of particular importance: conscious and sustainable living, the individualisation of home environments and customisation of furnishings, and the digitalisation of the furnishings and accessories themselves. [Information about the Digitalisation piazza]

Instead of digitalisation and advanced technology, the workshop led by Dr Sascha Peters centred on traditional craftsmanship and locally available plants or leftover materials. The Berlin-based materials expert highlighted innovations in the field of “Disruptive Materials” – alongside bio-based products such as “home-grown” wooden chairs, other aspects of his presentation included materials for lightweight construction that exhibit extremely high levels of materials efficiency. [View the inspirational presentation]

Micro living and mobile spaces

The interzum Future Lab also featured a workshop devoted to the future topic of living in small spaces. Architects Dr Krista Blassy and Thiago Zaldini showcased examples of projects with flexible and compact floor plans. [See the case studies]Intelligent and modular systems for furniture and fittings help to increase living comfort. Designer Christian Harbeke was also at the event to present innovative examples of mobile spaces. His prestigious Nose Design Experience studio in Zurich designs interiors for state-of-the-art trains and seeks to develop new approaches in the field of transportation. [[See the examples]

A look ahead to the upcoming event

With this wide range of topics, interzum has once again succeeded in accentuating its claim to be an engine for future development and an incubator for innovation. "By engaging intensely with groundbreaking trends and offering our visitors solutions to questions that may not arise until a future date, we create a consistent brand experience or, as we like to call it, the interzum feeling,” says Matthias Pollmann, Vice President Trade Fair Management at Koelnmesse. At the same time, the interzum Future Lab has given a foretaste of the upcoming event from 21 to 24 May 2019. The trade fair will feature special exhibition areas devoted to the themes of Digitalization, Tiny Spaces, Disruptive Materials and Mobile Spaces.

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