Domotex 2015 - The World of Flooring
André Schmidt – Impressions
André Schmidt was trained at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville and at the Technical University of Karlsruhe, KIT. Shortly after his graduation he first joined OMA Asia in 2000 in Hong Kong, where he worked on projects in Korea such as the SK-Telecom Headquarters building in Seoul. Back in Europe he gained further experience with the German-French firm Labfac on various projects in Germany before he joined OMA / Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam for the CCTV headquarters project in 2003. André started with the masterplanning and later joining the team for CCTV’s sibling TVCC. In 2005 he transferred to Beijing, where he acted as project architect for TVCC. During this pre-olympic period, he has published a book on Beijings rapid urban transformation. André successfully led the design competition for the Taipei Performing Arts Center, which is currently under construction. He stayed with OMA as Associate until January 2009, when he relocated to New York to take on a teaching assignment as visiting critic at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence. In 2010 André moved to Denmark to work with Bjarke Ingels Group, BIG. As project director and Associate he lead numerous large scale projects, including super-tall high rise projects, gaining further extensive international work experience within Europe and Asia. André stayed with BIG until end of 2013. Since 2014 André is the principal of MATTER, a practice for Architecture and Urbanism based in Berlin.
Roberto Palomba – Impressions
Ludovica+Roberto Palomba, architects and designers internationally renowned, live and work in Milan. In 1994 they founded Palomba Serafini Associati; the studio develops architecture and interior/industrial/exhibit design projects worldwide. They are strategic consultants and art directors for several historical design companies. They collaborate with leading international brands such as Boffi, Cappellini, Dornbracht, Driade, Bow, Elmar, Exteta, Flaminia, Foscarini, Kartell, Kos, Laufen Lema, Plank, Poltrona Frau, Sawaya & Moroni, Samsung, Tubes, Viccarbe, Zanotta, Zucchetti. They have been awarded with numerous international recognitions, such as Compasso D'Oro (Italy), Australian International Design Award (Australia), Good Design Award (USA), Interior Design's Best of the Year Award (USA), Icon Design Awards (Mexico), Wallpaper Design Award (UK), German Design Award (Germany), Red dot Award (Germany), Elle Decoration International Design Award.
Stefan Diez – Impressions
Stefan Diez introduction to furniture design started in 1991 when for three years he worked as a cabinet maker. Diez went on to study at Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Stuttgart in 1996 where he attained a Diploma in Industrial Design. He founded his studio in 2003 and since then has worked in various fields of design ranging from furniture and tableware to industrial design, as well as exhibition design for companies like Authentics, e15, Gandia Blasco, Hay, Moroso, Rosenthal, Thonet, Wilkhahn and others. Some of his products have received international design awards, among others the “Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland”, the “IF Gold award” and the “red dot best of the best award”. Since 2007 he is Professor for Industrial Design at the HFG Karlsruhe. Diez works intensively with materials, technology and is passionate in his quest to fathom out their limitations. Together with his office they develop products that are precise, yet simple and above all are meant to meet human needs.
Monika Lepel – Impressions
Since over 20 years Lepel & Lepel are designing workplaces, municipal and religious buildings. Here, Monika Lepel has dedicated as an interior designer — in the last years mainly the subject of offices and faith projects. As a passionate team of designer joins the company intelligence and inspiration for the space with the comprehensive interests of customers.
Susanne Brandherm – Impressions
brandherm + krumrey interior architecture is an internationally active studio comprising a team of interior designers, archtitects and graphic designers. With offices in Cologne and Hamburg, projects are planned and implemented under the direction of Susanne Brandherm + Sabine Krumrey. The range of services includes all work phases of project planning and processing and extends from the overall conceptual design of large properties to the implementation of detail orders.
Karsten Schmidt-Hoensdorf – Impressions
Karsten Schmidt-Hoensdorf was born in Munich in 1956. He studied history and political science in Toulouse and Munich before he turned to architecture. During his study of architecture, he was able to gain experience as the leading interior architect at a Zurich architectural office in implementing major projects. In 1993 he established his own architectural office with an emphasis on interior architecture and design. The focus in the industry is in gastronomy/the hotel business and in the art and culture area. Karsten Schmidt-Hoensdorf also works as a consultant in addition to implementing his own projects.
Sylvia Leydecker – Impressions
Sylvia Leydecker is a German leading interior architect and authoresse. She studied at University of Applied Sciences/Wiesbaden, Germany and University Trisakti/Jakarta/Indonesia – graduating in Wiesbaden, before setting up her studio 100% interior in Cologne/Germany. She’s working on corporate interiors such as offices, focussed on healthcare, creating wellbeing for patients and staff. Sylvia is an internationally well known authoresse beginning with her publication on Nanomaterials, in 2013 edited the internationally fundamental book on interiors „Designing Interior Architecture“ (both Birkhauser) and recently her publication on „Corporate Interiors“ (AV Edition) was published. Furthermore she’s vice president of BDIA (German Association of Interior Architects) and boardmember of IFI (International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers).
A Floor full of Ideas
The World of Flooring – Domotex 2015
Photo © Mathias Duerr / World-Architects
«There’s a lot happening on the floor!» was out title in the run-up to last year’s DOMOTEX – and the exhibitors did not let us down! The world of floor coverings presented itself with an amazing variety, which has long outgrown old conventions and square preconceptions. New, partly unexpected materials, re-interpretations of traditional designs, sophisticated techniques and sustainable approaches not only astonished us journalists but also the large number of professional visitors. Thomas GeuderDomotex 2015 | Preliminary Report
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