ZOW_trend – 2016

Katrin de Louw to design the ZOW_trend exhibition space

Social trends and technical innovations have a key impact on the way in which we live and how we furnish our homes. Current trends such as digitalisation and interconnectivity are also reflected in the design of interiors and furniture as well as the corresponding materials and surfaces. As a trend scout and proprietor of the agency Trendfilter, Katrin de Louw has set herself the task of recognising these trends. The interior designer will be styling the special exhibition space in Hall 20 at ZOW 2016, where she will be showcasing social trends which are set to have a major influence on our lives in the coming years and which will thus also have an effect on furniture design. "In addition to innovative new products, inspiring ideas and projects from institutes of higher education will also be presented", states Katrin de Louw. "By doing so, we will provide visitors from industry, design and interior design with extensive information on sustainable product development as well as significant value added in keeping with the ZOW motto 'One idea ahead'."

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ZOW_trend to showcase the smart vision of tomorrow's kitchen

Rising processing power, increasing miniaturisation and new wireless technology standards - during the past few years, the continual progress has been laying the foundations for the Internet of Things, which is revolutionising the real world of manufacturing. In the past, our products consisted of mechanical and electrical components, but have now developed into complex systems with embedded computers, which communicate with each other online and receive commands via apps. Visitors to the 500 m² "trend" exhibition area in Hall 20 at the forthcoming ZOW will see how this technology is set to bring about changes to our everyday lives: A smart kitchen is to be showcased there in which all trades involved in the production will, for the first time ever, be connected to each other in a manufacturer-independent manner and joined together in one home automation system via a technological platform. All of the appliances in this kitchen can be universally controlled via one standard application. 

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