DOMOTEX 2017 in Hannover, Germany
From January 14 to 17, 2017 DOMOTEX 2017 – The world of Flooring – is scheduled in Hannover. You can look forward to the entire world of carpets and floor coverings: The most important market leaders will be in Hannover. Get ready for the latest products, collections, trends and materials
Plus, the best innovations in textiles and resilient floor coverings, laminate and parquet flooring, application and installation technology, along with modern hand-made carpet and rugs will be presented at Innovations@DOMOTEX Areas.
Our special guest for 2017 is the Swiss designer star Alfredo Häberli. In his keynote speech at Innovations@DOMOTEX Dialogues he will address current issues and discuss trends and developments in the floor coverings sector with international designers, architects and interior designers.
Häberli, whose work has gained him various international design awards, will be appearing at DOMOTEX, the world’s leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings, in Hannover, Germany, on 14 January 2017. He is one of many internationally acclaimed designers, architects and interior designers scheduled to deliver keynote speeches and discuss trends and developments relevant to the flooring sector.
Working from his studio in Zurich, Argentine-born Häberli creates furniture, lighting and home accessories for a large clientele that includes companies such as Alias, Camper, Georg Jensen, Kvadrat, Iittala, Moroso, Ruckstuhl, Vitra, BMW, Fürstenberg and Parador. His products are characteristically minimalist and demonstrate a responsible, sensitive use of materials and an intuitive understanding of contemporary form and function.
Häberli has also made a name for himself with his imaginative interiors for shops, restaurants and hotels. He created more than 60 products ranging from bathroom hooks to carpets for the interior of the design hotel 25hours in Zurich West. In every room he has placed an object that is linked to the city of Zurich.
Häberli’s extensive experience in product design and the scope of his projects and assignments, including floor coverings for various clients, make him the ideal ambassador for DOMOTEX.
“Flooring needs to be an integral part of room design while still making an individual statement. It can be designed in such a way that only a second glance reveals surprising patterns and textures. The impact is the important thing. Design should evoke emotions and reinforce the character of the room” , says Häberli.
New insipiration for architects, planners and designers
Häberli’s presence at DOMOTEX will be a major attraction, especially for architects, designers and planners. In his keynote speech at the Innovations@DOMOTEX Dialogues in Hall 6 on 14 January 2017 he will outline some of the elements of effective design and the ideas and inspiration that render his work fresh, surprising and original. The exchange between the top designer and his audience will prove fruitful, informative and exciting.
Guided tours geared to practical aspects of the keynote themes of the Innovations@ DOMOTEX Dialogues program and featuring selected innovations will provide creative professionals with a wealth of information and ideas for the contracting sector. Headed by some big names in architecture, design and journalism, the tours will offer an insight into the most exciting innovations of the sector. A selection of new products and developments in the floor coverings industry can also be viewed in the Innovations@DOMOTEX areas in halls 6, 9 and 17.
The Young Designer Trendtable points the way to the future: Together with their mentor Stefan Diez five young international designers are tasked with developing and designing trendsetting floor coverings that will be showcased at the trade show.
Creative thinkers from five countries, brought together with designer Stefan Diez at a workshop in his Munich studio, make up a dream team destined to pioneer the latest trends.
The group of experimental designers was invited by organizers Deutsche Messe and Stefan Diez to attend the workshop in Munich on 6 July to help realize the new DOMOTEX venture “Young Designer Trendtable”. A multinational lineup comprising Turkish-born Bilge Nur Saltik (now based in England), Jane Briggs and Christy Cole (Scotland), Klaas Kuiken (Netherlands), Hanne Willmann (Germany) and Victoria Wilmotte (France) now face the challenge of brewing up with something special for DOMOTEX, the world‘s leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings.
In the coming months these young designers are tasked with developing some trendsetting flooring concepts and designs which will take the trade by storm when they are showcased at DOMOTEX 2017.
Innovative materials, surprisingly novel techniques
The first task of the workshop was to define the issues and keynote themes that the designers should address over the next few weeks. It was agreed that special attention should be paid to innovative materials, design authenticity and the kind of print systems required in the production of flooring materials of different designs and textures. Project mentor Stefan Diez enthused: “I immediately warmed to the participants, who quickly began teaming up to make innovation – which can be an abstract concept – accessible and tangible to all. In my opinion this marks a big step forward for Innovations@DOMOTEX . The workshop is moving in the right direction – it brings designers from different countries and design traditions together within the international trade fair DOMOTEX. It is great and very inspirational to see how this taking shape.”
The new concept Young Designer Trendtable is part of Innovations@DOMOTEX, which will be staged for the fourth time in 2017. Exhibitors can submit their product innovations, which will be assessed on the basis of their originality and groundbreaking qualities by a jury chaired by Stefan Diez. The most imaginative and visionary products will then be exhibited at DOMOTEX 2017. The introduction of the Young Designer Trendtable concept will underline the commitment to progress and design for the future.
Designers have time until September 2016 to research and experiment, draw, design and develop trendsetting ideas. In January 2017 trade visitors at DOMOTEX will be able to review the efforts of aspiring international designers in a special exhibition and engage in a roundtable discussion involving the designers. A desire to research, develop and experiment with materials, creative ideas and new design concepts is the common denominator shared by each of the five designers, despite their diverse cultural backgrounds and career paths.