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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Design Guide 2016

Ground-breaking images This German label has rethought everything we know about carpets and rugs. Since 2014 it has designed fascinating, artful carpet images for both private and professional use. TEXT: THOMAS SCHROERS I PHOTOS: SABRINA KOSTON I LUDOLF DAHMEN

When product designer Sascha Schiller first toyed with the idea of a different carpeting experience, it was out of necessity. For a product presentation he needed an individual floor cover. Schiller commissioned a carpet and fell in love with the possibilities that new technologies created. FLAT’N is based on these possibilities, as it is not about following trends, but nurturing new ideas and sustainable innovation. In that regard, one of the most exciting facets of the brand is the use of the chromojet printing method. Using this technique FLAT’N is not just printing motives on the surface, but infusing the colour deeper into the fabric to achieve longterm colouring. To accomplish this, the Cologne-based company is using a small,

all German supply chain. Additionally, all rugs have a wool tufting velour, which on its own weighs around three kilogrammes per square metre Furthermore, the company’s greatest asset is its creative working process. All aspects of the final rug are dictated by an initial idea. In the extensive collection one will not find simple carpets, but endless unique designs. Through continuous dialogue, the brand invites its audience to take part in the creation of these designs and to experience the quality first hand. In 2016, FLAT’N will extend its online distribution channels and also grow its in-store business through placements in Germany’s largest cities. www.flatn.de

Top: This design is called SHAMROCK. Photo: Sabrina Koston Middle: Sascha Schiller working on PERSIA. Photo: Ludolf Dahmen Bottom: SLICES. Photo: Sabrina Koston

The active oyo seat from aeris Design that moves Winner of the Benelux Office Product Award 2015, Iconic Awards 2016, universal design consumer favourite 2016 and iF DESIGN AWARD 2016 – oyo, the new chair creation from aeris, has everything it takes to be the ‘favourite place’ and not only with design award juries. TEXT & PHOTOS: AERIS GMBH

rocks and lets you sit however you want. You can also put it wherever you need it: a stylish addition to the office conference table just as well as in the lounge, round the dining table, in your favourite reading place or in front of the open fire. For 20 years the Munich company aeris has specialised in innovative active-sitting furniture. With the oyo the company is making a clear statement as to where interior furnishing is going in the years to come. The oyo is an aesthetically appealing combination of a rocker, shell chair and saddle seat with backrest. oyo swings and 24 | Issue 37 | April 2016

aeris executive vice president Susanna Kindler: “We see an increasing trend to-

wards urban nomadism. Important here is furniture that can fit in perfectly in every environment whilst maintaining its function and simplicity. Where the classic study is becoming obsolete, the oyo rocks in with a perfect state-of-the-art solution: new, daring and out of the ordinary - you can take it anywhere.” oyo is the result of creative cooperation between aeris and the multiple award-winning designer Martin Ballendat. www.aeris.de

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Discover Germany, Issue 37, April 2016  

Discover Germany promotes German, Swiss & Austrian Design, Tourism, Food, Culture and Business.

Discover Germany, Issue 37, April 2016  

Discover Germany promotes German, Swiss & Austrian Design, Tourism, Food, Culture and Business.

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