Photos: Roland Borgmann, Constantin Meyer
This article appeared in Planquadrat 4/20
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Giving space and expression to one's own personality is a constant aspiration that goes beyond the definition of a brief trend. But right now in particular, the desire for innovation – to stand out from the crowd – is greater than ever. The need for naturalness and authenticity is just as strong. This is evident not only through new lifestyle trends such as Urban Matcha and Digital Creatives, but also in how your own living space is designed. The value of hand-crafted products, quality-oriented work processes as well as sustainability and returning to the essentials are considered decisive in this context. Nature itself and its structures are transformed into the focus and the end goal – nature always fascinates and inspires people with its inherent building blocks and its dose of pure perfection.
Our eyes are designed to see shapes under light. Lights and shadows reveal forms.
Nature's forms are often adapted, finding their way into interiors and their design. But actually separating interior and exterior spaces is becoming increasingly difficult. Generally speaking, facades pick up on natural settings. This is applied to the choice of material and continued inside. Good architecture shows a certain degree of duality. In most cases, there is a fusion of interior and exterior, old and new buildings, which from afar, give the sense of a protective shell. For construction jobs such as public baths and thermal spas, this transition often becomes more "fluid", and not just because of the focus on water as an element. Sandstone, granite or marble offer a pleasant feel here – cool and warm at the same time. Whether as tiles or flat wall coatings, the natural look conveys a sense of freedom and harmony with nature – creating a grounding, soothing atmosphere. The building shell and interior are also determined by openings, doorways and features to catch the eye, which also convey dynamism and liveliness.
Unlimited access to exceptional materials is a major factor in interior design. High-quality metals can be found in furniture, room separators and surfaces in kitchens, living rooms and bathrooms in many family homes and, when combined with materials such as marble, express personality. Creative techniques are also being used to expand this range, especially in the private and commercial sector. Comprehensive color ranges, special textures and imitation techniques as well as effective finishes can be combined with each other, almost without limit, and create exclusive wall and ceiling designs. Irrespective of the material, this creates efficient applications that look similar to the original while still remaining unique.
Exclusivity is the key word here! Metallic gloss walls and ceiling surfaces look sophisticated and shimmer mysteriously. The appearance of high-quality materials with their characteristic textures and associated haptic sensations conveys a feeling of authenticity and durability. A touch of art deco, combined with rough surfaces, gives each room a very individual look. Coatings that have texture and a metallic finish create a special depth effect that reinforces the impression of a solid wall and ceiling surface. The combination of color and filling creates unique color and direction gradients, which make every surface sophisticated and unique.
Natural raw materials have a positive influence on the indoor climate. This is why lime is becoming increasingly popular as a natural raw material for wall design. Its high alkalinity does not provide a breeding ground for mold spores, making it suitable for a wide range of different uses. Mineral wall designs offer a wide range of haptic surfaces. In addition to a classic exposed concrete look, individually textured surfaces create special finishes. Their puristic character provides a discreet yet meaningful setting.
Creative techniques open up a great deal of room for maneuver not only in terms of design, but also in terms of organization, time and commitment, thus adding to the number of advantages when compared to real materials.
Coordinating individual trades can be minimized by reducing the number of different processors. Even wall and floor designs can be implemented from a single source. It is also possible to implement entire lighting and room concepts with decorative profiles including integrated LED lighting technology.
By minimizing logistical agreements, schedules can be optimized. Even more complex processing can be calculated by means of detailed execution descriptions. This means that even very plastic, convincing effects with an impressive feeling of depth can be produced efficiently.
Thanks to creative techniques, it is possible to work on several levels in a very resource-saving manner. It is not only inexpensive real materials that find their way into the interior in the form of applications. The logistical effort can also be further reduced here. Creative wall designs are superior to originals made of metal or stone slabs, especially with regard to large-surface jointless workmanship.
The foundation of diversity is uniqueness.