Architonic Photo Tour ISH 2013 Frankfurt
The high-end segment of the construction sector seems to be standing its ground, in spite – or perhaps because – of the wobble that Europe is experiencing. There’s still a growing international market for high-quality spaces and buildings, in terms of design and fit-out, which is good news for designers and producers. Internationalisation was at the heart of developments at this year’s ISH in Frankfurt, too. More and more brands are crowding into the world’s leading fair for sanitary products and building technology. The fact that it’s located in a well-positioned country like Germany is undoubtedly a driving factor.
Another clear trend over the last ten years can be seen in the number of exhibitors from the high-end segment who display a growing awareness for the value of contract business – more and more companies are proving through architect- and planner-oriented solutions that they have recognised the potential in a constructive collaboration with designers and decision-makers.
Hall 9.2 at this year’s ISH was, for us, particularly inspiring and surprising; here, exponents from the wood-burning-stove branch demonstrated that they certainly haven’t missed the current sustainability trend – and the attendant fascination with self-sufficiency. The wood-burning stove, thanks to its clever combination with electrical components, is finding its way back into the kitchen of tomorrow. The marrying of age-old cast-iron tradition with high-tech is also providing refreshing design results.
Naturally, we’ve, once again, brought together our highlights from this year’s ISH in the form of an extensive photo tour.