The year 2019 started off with the most beautiful new trends in interior design: During the multi-faceted social programme “Design at the Art Society” (Design im Kunstverein) many exciting design events took place at the Kölnischer Kunstverein from 13 to 20 January. On the occasion of imm cologne 2019, Cologne became a magnet for professionals and design fans.

Two winning exhibitions focused on interior and product design. The winners’ exhibition of the ICONIC AWARDS 2019: Innovative Interior was setting the trends of tomorrow: bold colours and opulent materials such as gold, silver, and marble are in demand with the Jewel trend. The Summer Party trend transforms the outdoors into a place of cosy togetherness. Finally, the Genuine trend heralds a return to original materials and craftsmanship. The Kunstverein also presented the concepts of the prizewinners of the “ein&zwanzig 2018” newcomers competition.

The ICONIC AWARDS 2019: Innovative Interior winners’ exhibition

ein&zwanzig 2018 winners

From Milan to Cologne: The exhibition of the ein&zwanzig winners 2018

Panel discussion on sustainability

The focus was also on content: At the ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Interior awards ceremony on 13 January in Cologne, designreport editor-in-chief Wiebke Lang met with designers and materials experts to discuss the subject of  “Sustainability in Design – Chances. Limits. Practice”. The audience listened with interest to Florian Pachaly (RECUP), Karsten Bleymehl (MRC – Materials Research & Consulting), Werner Aisslinger, Eckart Maise (Vitra) and Prof. Markus Frenzl.

Workshops and guided tours

The German Design Museum Foundation has supported the teaching of design for many years with initiatives and workshops. At “Design at the Art Society”‘ it offered a creative exercise in design known as the ‘Ten-minute Chair’, which focuses on the exploration of working with limited materials. Guided tours of the winners’ exhibition of the ICONIC AWARDS 2019: Innovative Interior rounded off the diverse design programme.

Workshops by the German Design Museum Foundation: the 10 minute chair


Pictures © Daniel Banner. Source: German Design Council

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