For us, spring is every year dominated by a large number of trade fair visits. In the first few weeks of the year, one invitation after the other has probably arrived on your desk or in your e-mail inbox, too. In retrospect, however, one thing is for sure: So many direct contacts with friends, colleagues and business partners are only possible during an active trade fair visit, not to mention three-dimensional experiences on and around welldesigned trade fair stands – like at the Quadroskop (picture left) by Schmidhuber from Munich for Carpet Concept on the occasion of the Domotex trade fair! It goes without saying that we have returned home packed full of information about fair novelties to filter and process them for you. In this AIT issue you will find our furniture highlights
from imm cologne starting on page 28, everything about carpet innovations presented at Domotex starts on page 66 and textile discoveries from Heimtextil are featured from page 72 onwards. When selecting projects for the topic our current issue, Living, we once again found that there is an incredible number of outstanding examples for this. Whether it’s new buildings, conversions or extensions in Ljubljana, Turin, Zurich, Berlin, Stuttgart or Stockholm – the respectful and skilful use of materials and colours, the intelligent ideas for space-saving housing or careful considerations for the renovation of
historical monuments were the decisive factors for our selection (from page 84 on). The fact that Stuttgart is so strongly represented in this context surprised us only briefly, as we personally experience the density of construction sites in the capital of the “Häuslebauer” (home builders) every day on our way to the editorial office. In our new “Photo and Space” series (p. 130), we highlight completely different forms of living and show utopian examples from the 1960s and 1970s, photographed by Johanna Diehl. Of course, our columnists Dominik and Benjamin Reding have come up with something quite extraordinary (p. 56) on the subject of living – as always brilliant, but read for yourself!
Petra Stephan, Dipl.-Ing.