A group of enterprising young interior design students from Hochschule Hannover (Hannover University of Applied Sciences and Arts) has come up with a stunning array of out-of-the box concepts for tomorrow's floor coverings. The 14 students were asked to develop concepts that embody the DOMOTEX keynote theme of UNIQUE YOUNIVERSE , aka the trend towards product individualization. The ideas they have come up with fall into two broad categories: inspired by nature and modeled on high-efficiency natural processes and structures. Working in teams or on their own, they have developed prototypes that will go on display in the "NuThinkers" section of the "Framing Trends" showcase in Hall 9 at DOMOTEX 2018, which runs from 12 to 15 January.
Some of the prototypes being presented are experimental and visionary, while others are more focused on practical, real-world solutions. Among them are a carpet that purifies the air, a floor tile that changes color depending on the viewing angle, a floor surface made of beeswax, and a type of flooring that – thanks to an instantaneous chemical reaction – can be sprayed on and then "cooked" to return it to its original state.
Beyond this, the following four projects will be featured: