Issue 7/8.2022


Dear Readers,

Good news: for the first time since the pandemic, a “proper” Salone del Mobile was held again in Milan. Almost 270,000 visitors at the Rho exhibition centre and the Fuori Salone were eager to get back to the old normal. We also had a look around, and the trends and novelties that caught our eye have been compiled into a large follow-up report starting on page 30. The industry was able to counter the current threats posed by the climate crisis and military interventions with a colourfulness that exudes optimism, combined with the serious use of natural and recycled materials. Devising new concepts for old furniture was also a red-hot design topic at the HfT Stuttgart. We present three exemplary projects in the “Students Design” section. The question “How will we live in the future?” will occupy all of us more than ever, since it has been neglected politically for too long to ensure sufficient sustainable, affordable and environmentally sound housing. Architect Thomas Ferwagner reports on how this was already achieved in the past in his article “Wir im Asemwald”. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the gigantic housing estate on the outskirts of Stuttgart, we visited him in his top-floor flat and were able to see the recipe for success of the still popular complex. Social housing also deserves a new approach: intelligent refurbishments as in Mexico City or timber construction as in Spain result in exemplary economic and aesthetic solutions. It is no coincidence but a logical consequence of the positive development of housing that most of the projects selected for this issue on housing are small flats or refurbishments. As we went to press, we received the sad news that Johannes Berschneider had passed away. We had last met the charismatic (interior) architect at the award ceremony for the German Interior Design Prize in Berlin; he was unable to attend the presentation of the bdia honorary membership in autumn 2021 in person due to his illness. Together with his wife Gudrun and his office team, we mourn the loss of a great representative of our profession.

Best wishes
Petra Stephan, Dipl.-Ing.
Chief Editor

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