Light + Building Frankfurt 2018

With the below photos, I’m going to provide an insight to the Frankfurt Light + Building Trade Fair.

Same as last year, there were plenty of visitors on the first day already.

Be prepared to the large amount of halls and long time you need to commute between them from A to B. Keep you wish-list on hand and do some research on the exhibitor before you want to approach them.

On my wish-list, there were only the new exhibitor’s award winning lighting fixtures since I was attending only the first day.  Here it is:

  1. Pong lamp ( by Nyta)
  2. COS (by Konead Weinhuber Design GmbH) : the staff was very friendly here and explained many things about their innovation and new lamp called COS. COS lamp’s position is adjustable vertically and horizontally  and even its color temperature can be changed to warmer or cooler. The price for the 3 lamps model around 2.200 Euro.
    Image source: http://www.komot-design.de

    The SPIN lamp by Konead Weinhuber Design GmbH

    Image source: http://architonic.com
  3. Lighting Passion 4 wood has the following solution for the shades made of wood veneer sheet. I’ve found it unique in a way and stylish too.

    Company website: http://www.passion4wood.be
  4. Mosaic LED pane (volatiles lighting GmbH) : This looked disappointing in real life since the LED lights were clearly visible which resulted to a ‘pixelated’ look
  5. Accidentally I came across with the booth of Patinas Lámpa Kft.  Their products have an art-deco style which goes well in theatres or restaurant. Interestingly all lamps have had the  ‘handmade’ label on it.

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Looking back at Light + Building Fair 2016

Since I will attend the Light + Building Fair Tomorrow in Frankfurt, now, I look back at the event I attanded in 2016.

The Light+Building 2016 trade fair in Frankfurt Messe was accompanied by the 8th Luminale Lighting Culture Biennale. This event is unique because it is organised for both experts and the non-professional public.

I’ve arrived at around 2 pm on 15th March to Messe Frankfurt. [I’ve spent there only a half a day only]. Since the building complex of the Messe is constituted of at least 11 large halls on a huge area, there was easier to stay in one conference room for the whole afternoon and not to spent much time with moving to different halls.

I attended on three presentations organised by the Federation of International Lighting Designers (FILD). This, one day event, titled by ‘Seeing light, Understanding light!’ , was about emotions, moods and wellbeing influenced by lighting. To understand the relationship between humans and the light, first of all, professionals need to understand how light works, then, this knowledge can be integrated into our design work.

First presentation was about ‘ Buildings and spaces defined by luminance’ and held by Frank Vetter from Munich.

About the second one: ‘Light and emotions’ , held by Reinhard Vedder.

Here are the design work of Mr. Vedder which was presented on the conference:

1 ) ALLIANZ Arena, Munich

Image source: https://allianzdeutschland.de

The arena facade is constructed of 2,874 ETFE-foil air panels… The panels are lit for each game with the colours of the respective home team—red for Bayern Munich, blue for TSV and white for the German national football team. White is also used when the stadium is a neutral venue, like the 2012 UEFA Champions League Final. Other colours or multicolour or interchanging lighting schemes are theoretically possible.

With electricity costs for the light of about 50 Euros (75 USD) per hour only, the construction evolved such luminosity that in clear nights the stadium can easily be spotted even from Austrian mountain tops, e.g. from a distance of 50 miles (80 km). (Source wikipedia)

2) Molecular Imaging center, Abu Dhabi:

Image source: https://www.clevelandclinicabudhabi.ae

 

Mr. Vedder was also speaking about the importance of the lighting quality. He also explained why online shopping is still not as popular. Consumers go into shops where they see products in natural like lighting. The most popular effect is the snow white with the warm touch of the morning sun.

The third presentation, titled: “Back to the Future” ,  was about lighting of public places in cities. Focused more on the incorrect lighting solution in Dresden.

As an example, Mr. O’Brien showed his design work for the market place in Freiberg:

Image source: http://www.ruairiobrien.de/

My photos from the 2016 event:

Spanish hospitality in French style – Bordeaux, France

Location: Downtown, Bordeaux, France 

The interior with the original wooden flooring, stove, the shutters and big windows introduced me to the ‘Bordelais’ style . The room was cozy due to the well-thought-out details: candles, paintings on the wall, the bed linen.

The hospitality of the Spanish owner was exceptional. Every morning she made the breakfast for me and talked a lot about interesting stories. She also gave good recommendation about what to visit in the area, so I was lucky to make it to Saint-Emilion vineyards before I moved on to Strasbourg.

Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13009290
Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13009290
Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13009290
Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/13009290
Staircase in the apartment block The house was built of large stone blocks which was left as a rough surface in the kitchen

BnB: French chic in Bel Aspect château

Location: Bel Aspect, 11410 Salles-sur-l’Hers, France

It’s easy to find this castle despite the remote location which is half an hour driving from Toulouse or Carcassonne. The place is just perfect for a laid-back getaway. There are no disturbing highway or any noise near this property.

+ The calm and relaxing atmosphere I like the most

+ the room and facilities are furnished according to the chic French-style what you would expect

+ there is plenty of space at the dining area and lounge of the orangerie, so you can freely decide to have the breakfast on your own or if you would like to have the company of other guests

+ the garden and surrounding nature is romantic also with chickens and there is also a pool at the backgraden

– on Sundays or on bank holidays the supermarket or restaurant is 20 minutes driving from this place. Plan your meal beforehand!

As a side note regarding the renovation work and interior: I was lucky to get some insight about the renewal work from the owner. There were still ongoing interior work last April. All new materials have high-end luxury quality selected with care. Muriel was talking about the new marble flooring in the dining hall and she has had a story about every new item, like the bath tub in the suite for honeymoon or the leather couch in one of the main rooms. My experience with the BnB is based on the wonderful long-weekend I spent in the orangerie room, I haven’t stayed in the castle though.

The orangerie is a smaller modern building attached to the castle. It has had several rooms on the ground floor with windows facing to the garden. I haven’t used the blinds in the en-suite bathroom when I was relaxing in a hot bath and it was still a private place where noone could see me.

Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3744802
Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3744802 En-suite in the orangerie
Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3744802
Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3744802 En-suite bathroom in the orangerie
Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3744802 Dining area in the orangerie
Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/3744802 The garden
Image source: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/11854575 Main en-suite room in the castle

Special guests in an artist’s home – Aix-en-Provence, France

Marielle and José live in a beautiful small mansion. I really loved my stay in Aix and José’s place could help me immerse into the atmosphere of this French town.

After arrival, the host served coffee and we were chatting about what to visit in the town and where to eat. José was telling everything about Aix. How the people live there and what main events they have at summer. Our conversation was mostly in French and I was happy to find someone who is patient enough to wait for me to refresh my French vocabulary 🙂

Until José’s wife, Marielle arrived and showed me the room, I was sitting on the antique coach in the dark living room. The curtain was not fully open, so it resulted to this gloomy atmosphere. The paintings and drawings laying around and hanged on the wall, looked dramatic in the darkness. Nevertheless, I found the place  peaceful and quiet. I could clearly hear the clock beating.

In half an hour, the lady came and I followed her to our room. The large key was telling something about the age of the house. The furniture looked antique and had good quality.

She assured that the whole bathroom is especially for us. Although it was not ensuite, we were and showed the towels. There were special soap from Marseille and scents from Provence in the bathroom.

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Heimtextil and interior design EXPO review

As I was visiting the Heimtextil 2018 expo at Frankfurt am Main, Messe I want to share my photos and notes to give some insight from the event.

There was a presentation held by Kate Franklin (from FranklinTill) at 2 pm on Wednesday titled: “The future is urban”.
Main topics: Soft Minimal, Perfect imperfection, Co-living & Co-working, Maker’s space like Opendesk, Biophilia, Re-made space (reuse of recycled materials)

A few examples grabbed from the presentation:
– 13 m2 Flat by Studio Mama

Image source: http://www.studiomama.com/13m2-house

Urban nomad furniture by Hannabi

Itaca furniture system for nomads by Elena Bompani

co-living in ‘Old Oak’ London by The Collective

co-working, a house for creatives: Alma in Stockholm

My personal opinion on this:

Digital nomads, tiny homes, co-living and co-working is clearly a trend which will dominate our industry. The main reason is the housing problem in big cities which provide the workplace but less and less available homes for rent.

In the video linked above, it was mentioned that “by the end of this century, almost all of us will live in cities”. I believe we won’t see this happening. First of all because as soon as I will have the possibility to work remotely, I will take this opportunity and move out to the country side. This is just my personal taste but I think I’m not the only one who likes calm atmosphere closer to the nature.

Co-living and workshops, maker space can be a good thing though. I love to see that there is market for unique (not mass produced) products and craftsmanship can raise again.

INTERIOR – HOSPITALITY EXPO at Frankfurt Messe

Today, I’m on vacation officially 🙂
I take a small break from daily madness and going to attend the INTERIOR.ARCHITECTURE.HOSPITALITY EXPO at Frankfurt Messe which will be also chaotic!

Pictures will follow!

Retrofit for B&B – Sète, France

Location: Sète, France

This newly refurbished house is the typical reason why I prefer staying in a B&B over booking a hotel room. Hotels can be also stylish but never so ‘personal’ experience than living in someone’s home for a few days.

Sète is a small touristic town on the Mediterranean cost in France. It can be reached by car easily and on the way from Arles, across the Camargue, the surrounding nature is beautiful.

It was not easy to find the house since it’s hidden in a junction of two small one-way road. I’ve had to call the host who navigated me to the back of the house. This small newly refurbished building is originally dated from 18th century. The walls were kept and new structure was built for the duplex apartment.

The host was telling stories about the construction and planning and also about her interesting life:

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The River Retreat – India

Location: Palace Road, Cheruthuruthy, Thrissur, Kerala

The River Retreat was probably the most peaceful place I’ve ever stayed till now. The facilities have had exceptional quality compared to the other Indian hotels I’ve been to. The staff was also very competent and the food was amazing. Being a guest in the River Retreat is a lifetime experience.

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One shared house 2030: Co-living by IKEA

I’ve completed this survey recently about people needs who are considering co-living.

I personally don’t want to do that type of co-living what the survey suggests but it was still interesting to learn from design perspective what other people found important for themselves. You will see the percentage for the already given answers from others after you give your take for the question.

The above image shows my vision about a suburban housing development. It would be ideal for couples and families with young children. It has shared common rooms, kitchens. The modular blocks can be added or removed to adjust to actual needs. When I was first thinking about the items or services I would share with others , these three came into my mind:
– shared child-care and,
– library (or public book shelves)
– appliances

Of course, there will be even more on my final list…