Naturally Vivacious

Wood, leather, moss or bark – nowadays, there are virtually no limits when it comes to designing walls with natural materials.

As an elemental component of (interior) architecture, walls don't just play a supporting role: their design has a crucial impact on the character of buildings, improves both the room acoustics and the indoor climate and ensures a pleasant ambiance as well. Especially in contract projects such as hotels, spas, bars or restaurants, interior walls are increasingly being designed to attract attention. Thanks to the wealth of possibilities now available, individually designed wall surfaces can convey an atmosphere of aloof coolness, upmarket understatement or cosy warmth, depending on preferences and lifestyle. One of the major trends right now is to use natural products, ranging from traditional wall coverings such as stone or wood all the way to materials like moss or tree bark.

Broad spectrum
LivingInteriors, which takes place parallel to the imm cologne from 13 to 19 January 2014, will be showing a broad spectrum of premium design solutions. At the exhibition in Hall 4.2, numerous manufacturers will be presenting new materials and design developments for the creative and functional enhancement of interior walls. Suppliers of textile, wood, stone and other coverings and panels will be presenting their up-to-the-minute materials, innovative technologies and latest products.

Special ambiance
Natural and unprocessed materials play a crucial role when it comes to creating interior wall surfaces that are both decorative and vivacious. This can include elements made of split solid wood, which show both the natural growth patterns and the grain of the wood, or panels produced from reused vintage wood with an attractive patina. Bare masonry made of roughly hewn natural stone can also conjure up a special ambiance and wall surfaces covered with living moss, plants or grass are becoming increasingly popular too. As well as bringing nature inside the house, they have the added advantage of creating a pleasant indoor climate and improving the acoustic qualities of the space.

Sustainable solution
At LivingInteriors, there will be a particularly impressive demonstration of how walls can be enhanced with natural materials: German-African family enterprise Bark Cloth will be putting the finishing touches to the production of a large-scale wall covering. Under the patronage of the German Commission for UNESCO, a special show in Hall 4.2 will be presenting bark composites and furnishing trends based on them – including the large-scale natural wall covering that will be finished before visitors' eyes. Made from unprocessed African bark, this material is not just highly decorative but sustainable as well.

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