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Dialog issue 9/2015

>>Yes is more<<
The magazine entitled DIALOG #9 is being displayed in new attire. For the first time we are incorporating the topic of ‘augmented reality’: printed matter is being augmented via digital content.

At first the European Central Bank building was another project that existed solely in the form of digital visualisations. Now the new ECB headquarters has been inaugurated after a construction phase of only three years. In the interior the architects at COOP HIMMELB(L)AU generated a complex installation pattern consisting of freely shaped VORWERK “Forma Crystal” carpet tiles.
On the occasion of architect Bjarke Ingels’s 40th birthday we conducted an interview with one of his partners, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, and talked about the pioneering ideas at BIG, their bureau, as well as about Bjarke Ingels’s stellar career.
Tom Dixon is viewed as one of the most dependable originators of new trends in the field of design. In a talk with him we found out how he achieves this while retaining his identity as a brand and a person.
The works of art by Tobias Hantmann have an uncertain future: one sweep of a hand is enough to destroy these fragile creations. The documentation of the fascinating transformation of velours carpets forms a part of this issue.
The “Elementary Shapes” collection by Berlin designer Werner Aisslinger along with his new designs for “TEXtiles” are naturally also featured in this issue.

Dialog issue 8/2014

»Economy is ecology, too« Nathalie de Vries
It’s not only in the course of an interview with Nathalie de Vries, Dutch architect and co-founder of the architectural bureau MVRDV, that it becomes clear: sustainability is essential to modern spatial design. At Vorwerk this claim manifests itself in the further development of RE/COVER green, the new generation of elastic flooring launched in 2013. Once again in co-operation with Hadi Teherani’s bureau, the second collection follows up in 2014 and is being presented for the first time in this issue: PARTS creates a tiling inspired by nature that – just like RE/COVER green – unites aesthetics and ecology with each other and, as a result, makes yet another contribution to sustainable floor design.

DIALOG Issue 7/2012

»The high-rise as friendly neighbour« Christoph Ingenhoven
We are starting off in 2013 magnificently: Vorwerk is becoming greener all the time.
And more and more diverse. As an innovator for flooring culture, ecology and sustainability are enacted at Vorwerk – and manifested in the “Eco Balance” programme agenda – along the entire value chain in all products. With this issue Vorwerk is celebrating the launch of yet another green innovation: The “RE / COVER green” collection, a revolutionary new generation of ecological design flooring. RE / COVER green is manufactured on the basis of ecological elastomers – the design concept stems from the renowned bureau Hadi Teherani. RE / COVER green provides extensive offers for architects and planners with this new combination comprised of ecology, aesthetics and proven Vorwerk quality “Made in Germany”. Now Vorwerk is no longer solely a professional partner for textile floor coverings in terms of business-site planning for office, hotel and gastronomic applications: With RE / COVER green Vorwerk offers solutions for shop design, the demanding healthcare sector or buildings with public access as well. With RE / COVER green we are not only expanding our areas of competence.

DIALOG Issue 6/2012

Data storage media, customised production, building block, exhibit ... Floor architecture take s on many shapes and forms.

“A kind of primal soup, the beginning of a structure that evolves further and grows,” is how Jürgen Mayer H. describes the encryption patterns found in his design and architectural projects. One current example of this is the installation“RAPPORT” at the Berlinische Galerie museum, where a carpet printed with black & grey data backup patterns rises eight and a half metres into the air.

DIALOG Issue 5/2011

"The key point is the movement, the flow of things." (Zaha Hadid)

Digitisation. Complexity. Dynamics. When the point is to describe this day and age, sooner or later one of these terms is going to come up. But what does this new networked world we live in signify – beyond iPad, Facebook and the online check-in – when designing a real space, for architecture, for the design draft of a carpet?
The other themes taken up by this fifth issue of DIALOG are no less digital: We report on the new premises that Skype, the Voice-over-IP service, has moved into in Stockholm (p. 12), on an exhibit about our digital world at Haus Dacheröden in Erfurt, Germany (p. 14), and on the ‘experimental spatial structures’ created by the architectural bureau J. MAYER H.
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DIALOG Issue 4/2011

Possibilities for floor design.

Wolf D. Prix generate s it, we transform it, Heike Weber cuts it out:
The Carpet.

“If you have a person describe what they saw first in a room, you’ll see that their gaze is not directed a priori towards the ceiling but all the more so towards perceiving wall and floor as a unit or the contrast between wall, ceiling and floor.” That’s how Wolf D. Prix describes the perception of room architecture.
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DIALOG Issue 3/2010

Possibilities for floor design.

And a word that had to be explained to us: polydesign.

In response to our question as to what lies behind the term ‘polydesign’, Austrian artist Gilbert Bretterbauer (p. 10) replied: “Apply interest, joy and courage towards jumbling up a multitude of elements. Cut out individual sections which then crop up again in other segments (...), then see what emerges as a result.” In a certain sense his answer wonderfully describes what we would like to report on to you in this third issue of DIALOG: possibilities. Today more than ever, carpeting is a freely designable element of interior architecture. Not only for us as a manufacturer but also – and especially – for you as an architect or interior designer. That’s why we are commencing directly on the following page with the just-completed planning tool for the carpet-tile collections.
SCALE and FreeSCALE, which Hadi Teherani developed together with us.

The digital planning tool that you can activate via our website contains all of the available cuts, colours, patterns and materials from SCALE and enables you to enact your own ideas within a virtual space.

"The new edition of our Projection collection for business ‘objects’ deals with interiors, too: To enable us to depict the multitude of options for use we have divided the collection into four theme worlds: Styling, Working, Creating and Comfort reflect typical areas for deployment at a commercial ‘object’, although naturally it is left up to you and your creativity where you would like to utilise which carpets. A great deal is possible.
We look forward to your visit and – as always – to the dialogue with you."
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DIALOG Issue 2/2010

New news from floor architecture. And a topic that has always been on our minds: sustainability.

The term ‘sustainability’ is on everyone’s lips. And not just since yesterday. Some people have already heard enough about it. Others have taken their time but are now getting involved – or climbing aboard the ‘eco train’ because it might promise new sources of profit. One way or the other: In the end, the topic is too important to be ignored.
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DIALOG Issue 1/2010

We want to start a dialogue. About floor architecture today.

Architect Hadi Teherani recently said in an interview that the fifth façade of architecture is no longer the roof but – much closer to people – the floor. That puts what is happening right now concisely. The floor is being rediscovered as an important part of architecture. It’s receiving a new significance.
Vorwerk Carpets developed a programme of objectives from this. It’s called “Transflooring”.
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