in recent months, the subject of housing has taken on a whole new dimension worldwide. In the weeks of the lockdown, all family members had to come to terms with what their domestic environment had to offer. All sorts of things in need of improvement have caught the eye, and it is not without reason that DIY stores were attested systemic relevance. Besides home office and child care, the optimisation of one’s house and garden, apartment and balcony (picture above) gained undreamt-of importance. It would be positive if it were to become generally accepted that experts, i.e. architects and interior designers, should be engaged for the design of one’s home. Reality shows, that the average family of four can no longer serve as a blueprint for residential buildings. The demands on accommodation have changed in terms of both the number of residents and diversity. Selected projects starting on page 60 demonstrate that unusual ways of living require tailored living environments. Russian interior designer Harry Nuriev and his partner Tyler Billinger have their own special way of living in New York (p. 90), and London-based architect Alex Scott-Whitby had to tackle a very special commission for a triangular relationship (p. 104). The latest furniture designs that would have been exhibited at the Salone del Mobile in Milan — if it had taken place — are also nowhere near off-the-peg. We will nevertheless show you our Salone Highlights (p. 28). The first appointment after the lockdown took us to Bad Liebenzell, where Ippolito Fleitz Group had developed an impressive installation for Object Carpet with their carpets (picture on the right), planned for the Milan Design Week.
Petra Stephan, Dipl.-Ing.