DOMOTEX 2018, 12 - 15 January


To add to the inspiration on offer, the upcoming show will feature a captivating program of speaking events – the DOMOTEX Talks – inspired by the “UNIQUE YOUNIVERSE” keynote theme.

Hall 9, Stand B36: Exclusive showcase for the future of flooring

Flooring Spaces
DOMOTEX Talks: blazing the individualization trail

UNIQUE YOUNIVERSE is about individualization, the strong and growing trend in which products and services are becoming increasingly personalized and tailored to customer needs. As this trend deepens, customers are seeking greater input into product development processes. Innovative new technologies are constantly emerging to meet this demand and provide ever more unique and personalized customer experiences.

These defining themes for the future of flooring will be presented and discussed in depth at the Talks on all four days of DOMOTEX. Each day's speaker lineup will include industry experts, founders of amazing startups and trailblazing next-generation designers. Each day, you will experience three speed presentations followed by a moderated discussion group featuring leading figures from the manufacturing and reseller sectors of the flooring industry.

Speakers & Moderation

Talks: Jürgen Mayer H. (Photo: Jospeh Wolfgang Ohlert)

Jürgen Mayer H. (Photo: Jospeh Wolfgang Ohlert)

Talks: Werner Aisslinger (Photo: Tom Nagy)

Werner Aisslinger (Photo: Tom Nagy)

Talks: Andreas Krawczyk (Photo: nkbak)

Andreas Krawczyk (Photo: NKBAK)

Talks: Chris Middleton (Photo: Kinzo)

Chris Middleton (Photo: Kinzo)

Talks: Jeanette Kunsmann

Jeanette Kunsmann Moderation

Talks: Stephan Burkoff

Stephan Burkoff Moderation

Guided Tours: Veronika Aumann (Photo © Lukas Fischer)

Veronika Aumann (Photo: Lukas Fischer)

Talks: Manuel Jimenez García - Gilles Retsin

Manuel Jimenez García, Gilles Retsin

Talks: Fabian Scheurer (Photo: designtoproduction)

Fabian Scheurer (Photo: Design-to-Production)

Talks: Theresa Schleicher (Photo: Zukunftsinstitut GmbH)

Theresa Schleicher (Photo: Zukunftsinstitut GmbH)

Talks: Sven Samplatzki (Photo: nation d GmbH)

Sven Samplatzki (Photo: nation d GmbH)

Talks: May-Britt Frank-Grosse

May-Britt Frank-Grosse Moderation

Talks: Jeanette Merker (Photo: Till Budde)

Jeanette Merker Moderation (Photo: Till Budde)

Guided Tours: NuThinkers



Modular design: individual versus mass-produced?

Friday, 12 January 2018 (1:00 to 3:00 p.m.)

Modular design enables a high degree of flexibility in terms of product and organization development and product use. Today’s lifestyle is all about putting the "living" back into our living spaces. These trends are opening up a whole new world of architecture and interior design in which modules are pre-fabricated en masse and can be assembled in all kinds of combinations.

In office environments, the result is a multiplicity of individualized working spaces fashioned using flexible interior design systems. Today’s office spaces are breaking the traditional mold and look more like co-working spaces for startups and digital nomads.

Lecture 1: "Experiment and making"
Time: 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.)
Speaker: Werner Aisslinger, Studio Aisslinger
Language: German
Werner Aisslinger is a designer with an enduring fascination for unusual materials and new technologies and their design applications. His innovative projects and visionary spaces resonate far beyond the world of design
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Lecture 2: "Modulares Bauen"
(Time: 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.)
Speaker: Andreas Krawczyk, NKBAK
Language: German
The multiple award-winning educational buildings designed by NKBAK are based on prefabricated modular systems that provide a high degree of flexibility and hence enable very contemporary, dynamic building processes. Most recent award: 2017 DAM architecture award for "The 24 Best Buildings in/from Germany"
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Lecture 3: "Flexible Working"
Time: 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.)
Speaker: Chris Middleton, Kinzo
Language: German
Kinzo is a Berlin-based interior architecture and design firm that crafts innovative work environments for clients of all kinds, from budding young enterprises to big names in business. These include: 50Hertz, Adidas, Axel Springer, Ernst & Young, Erste Group, Roland Berger, Tishman Speyer, SieMatic and SoundCloud.
Further information:
Round table talks with the three speakers: "Individuell versus seriell?"
(Time: 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.)
Language: German
Jeanette Kunsmann + Stephan Burkoff
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New one-off originals: handmade versus digital?


Saturday, 13 January 2018 (1:00 to 3:00 p.m.)

Hand craftsmanship is currently experiencing something of a renaissance. Traditional artisan techniques are being rediscovered and reinvented, factories are becoming manufactories, and craft is in – be it in the form of micro-breweries in New York and London or the one-of-a-kind creations gracing the fashion and design hotspots of Milan and Berlin. This demand for handmade, one-off originals is coming up against the increasingly automated and digital processes of everyday life and manufacturing. But the two are more compatible than you might think.

Additive manufacturing processes such as 3D printing and, on an even more modern note, 4D printing with its materials that reshape or re-assemble themselves over time, open up a whole range of new options for more individualized design and super-personalized products. The Talk on "New one-off originals: handmade vs. digital" explores the interplay between traditional craftsmanship, contemporary design and tomorrow’s technologies.

Lecture 1: "Experimental Material Research"
(Time: 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.)
Speaker: Veronika Aumann
Language: English
Aumann, a textile designer and researcher, divides her time between conceptual work at the interface between technology and textile in the human/machine/body context and designing classic textile collections and patterns for clothing and interiors.
Further information: and
Lecture 2: "Designing for robotic manufacturing"
(Time: 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.)
Speaker: Manuel Jimenez García, madMdesign + Gilles Retsin, Gilles Retsin Architecture
Language: English
Manuel Jimenez García and Gilles Retsin jointly teach and research at various institutions, they are co-founders of Design Computation Lab at The Bartlett School of Architecture, London, where they run the BPro Architectural Computation and Architectural Design programs. They are also co-founders of two architecture and design firms which apply architectural computation principles in their work.
Further information: , and
Lecture 3: "We master complexity"
(Time: 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.)
Speaker: Fabian Scheurer, Design-to-Production
Language: English
Fabian Scheurer is a co-founder of Design-to-Production, a firm that specializes in building data modeling and parameterization – a business model that fills the digital gap in the building process chain between initial design and production. By mastering complexity, the firm helps many of the world’s big names in architecture realize their projects.
Further information:
Round table talks with the four speakers: "Handmade versus digtal?"
(Time: 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.)
Language: English
May-Britt Frank-Grosse
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Retail: Virtual versus real?

Sunday, 14 January 2018 (1:00 to 3:00 p.m.)

How is our retail behavior changing, and what do virtual and augmented reality have to offer marketing and sales? The eCommerce market is booming, but customers want to be able to do more than just view before they buy. They want to try it, try it on and try it out. Retailers are responding to this trend in various ways. With virtual changing rooms, stores and showrooms, for example. But also with unique, real-world retail events. This trend towards individualized purchase journeys is further enhanced by customers’ ability to have some degree of active, creative input into the products they buy.

Lecture 1: "Retail goes Digital?"
(Time: 1:00 - 1:30 p.m.)
Speaker: Theresa Schleicher, communications expert at Zukunftsinstitut Frankfurt
Language: German
Theresa Schleicher has worked as a retail strategy advisor to major corporations for many years. Her clients market a diverse range of consumer products, from automobiles to FMCG. Ms. Schleicher is the author of the Retail Report 2020 published by Zukunftsinstitut Frankfurt.
Further information: Retail Report 2016 (PDF), and
Lecture 2: "AR / VR - Trend or hype?"
(Time: 1:30 - 2:00 p.m.)
Speaker: Sven Samplatzki, nation d GmbH
Language: German
Sven Samplatzki is the founder and managing director of nation d GmbH, a consulting firm and provider of digital technology services. Technology and digital innovation have been constants throughout Sven Samplatzki's illustrious career.
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Lecture 3: "Volt Berlin"
(Time: 2:00 - 2:30 p.m.)
Speaker: Jürgen Mayer H., J. MAYER H. and Partner
Language: German
The internationally renowned architectural firm works right at the interface of modern architecture, communication design and new technologies. Its award winning Volt Berlin concept for a multi-purpose experiential building complex in the heart of the German capital is emblematic of the firm’s innovative approach to design. Volt Berlin caters for the modern urban lifestyle. The building complex will comprise multi-brand retail stores, food services, entertainment and event venues and a hotel.
Further information:
Round table talks with the three speakers: "Virtual versus real?"
(Time: 2:30 - 3:00 p.m.)
Language: German
May-Britt Frank-Grosse
Further information:

NuThinker Stage

Monday, 15 January 2018 (1:00 to 3:00 p.m.)

Original designs and intelligent solutions: That’s the experience that awaits visitors to DOMOTEX 2018 when design students, young emerging designers and flooring-savvy startups get together to stage their innovative, visionary ideas inspired by the show’s "UNIQUE YOUNIVERSE" keynote theme. These "NuThinkers" will share their perspectives on the future of flooring at the Talks.

Lecture 1
Speaker: Suzanne Köchert and V-Prof André Nakonz + Students, Hochschule Hannover
Language: German
Further information: Suzanne Köchert , André Nakonz
Lecture 2
Speaker: Prof. Klaus Teltenkötter + Students, Hochschule Mainz
Language: German
Further information: Klaus Teltenkötter
Lecture 3
Speaker: Prof. Katrin Greiling + Students, Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar, HBKsaar
Language: German
Further information: Katrin Greiling and
Round table talks with the NuThinkers
Language: German
Jeannette Merker
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Keynote theme

Guided Tours: Peter Ippolito

Guided Tours featuring UNIQUE YOUNIVERSE

For visitors, the tours are a great way to gain deeper insights into the keynote theme and the products on display and, of course, to make contact with exhibitors. more



UNIQUE YOUNIVERSE represents a strong trend towards the individualization of products and services. In other words, customization in response to individual needs and wishes. more


"NuThinkers" at DOMOTEX

Original designs, amazing interior spaces and intelligent solutions: That's the experience that awaits visitors to DOMOTEX 2018 when design students, young emerging designers and flooring-savvy startups get together to stage their innovative, visionary ideas inspired by the show's " UNIQUE YOUNIVERSE " keynote theme. more


Bright ideas from budding designers

Hochschule Hannover set to wow with creative concepts and pioneering prototypes for tomorrow's floor coverings at the DOMOTEX NuThinkers showcase. more