Light + Building 2018 presents tomorrow’s trends in the home and, for six days, becomes a hotspot for design

Once again, all next season’s trends for our homes will be on display exclusively at Light + Building, the top international event of lighting and building services. Alongside the presentation of new design trends in the lighting market and the high levels of designer expertise demonstrated by the exhibitors, the Trend Forum will once again be an inspirational beacon and rallying point for the specialist retail trade, interior architects, designers and architects alike.

Forming the centrepiece of the Trend Forum, the trends in homes for the 2018/2019 season will be staged in four fascinating scenarios at Light + Building, to be held from 18th – 23rd March 2018. The focus will be on various different styles, which integrate the latest designs for the home with selected products to create unusual and original scenarios forliving spaces. New product developments, well-loved classics and innovative technology will all find themselves in the limelight, alongside one another.

The identification of the trends and the realisation of the Trend Forum have been the responsibility of the internationally acclaimed bora.herke.palmisano Trend Bureau of Frankfurt am Main and Berlin.

Evoke emotions

The ‘evoke emotions’ scenario is about the evocation of mood and a sense of well-being. It is about designs that sensitise us to our feelings, that are directly linked to emotions, that transform emotions into the language of design and integrate emotion into everyday life – with the help of ‘intelligent’ materials and product developments.

Imagine mutation

The focus of ‘image mutation’ falls upon the notion of divergence and modification. Here you find an emphasis on designs that create a striking, artistic impression and make an impact. What dominates here are designs that are far from the everyday; designs that make an impact, rather like creations of modern art. They unashamedly celebrate anomaly and diversity in an extrovert manner.

Revive homeliness

This trend is all about breathing life into simplicity. It involves designs that are honest, undemonstrative, clear, uncomplicated and simple. Lighting moods are inviting, warm, restrained and create a cosy,

harmonious atmosphere – using reverential, intimate illumination which includes areas of darkness in the overall ambience.

Create history

The ‘create history’ scenario has set itself the target of evoking a nostalgic past, a sense of the historical. On one hand, highly functional modern technology is embedded in a background of

decorative living space. The appeal of the design for the room lies in its elegant colouration, together with antique and rare items and collectables, which hark back to former times – all of which create a kind of Aladdin’s cave effect, full of wondrous things. On the other hand, technology has revolutionised the design: through the use of the latest technological developments, nostalgic reminiscences of history become something quite new, something almost mythological that has never before existed; full of historical allusion and future promise at one and the same time.

During Light + Building, the design consultants from the bora.herke.palmisano studio will be offering a series of daily lectures, with subsequent guided tours, in which they provide an opportunity to

deepen one’s impressions of the Trend Forum with additional detail and useful background information. Both the lectures and guided tours will be given in German, with simultaneous translation into English. The Trend Forum will be located in the entrance area in Hall 6.1. Illustrative material on this year’s trends can be found at:

To complement the Trend Forum, the ‘Trendspot Design’ in Hall 1 offers an excellent opportunity to get a targeted overview of technical, design-orientated lighting and luminaires.


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