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From banana bike to stairlift

14:00 - 14:30
11:30 - 12:00
Design, Trends, Architektur, Neuheiten
Koelnmesse GmbH
Messeplatz 1
50679 Köln

Here, the event will take place:
The Stage: Hall 3.1, Booth A 040/ B 040


In the 1970s, Michael Schlenke, owner of the consultation firm The Caretakers and member of the baby boomer generation, dreamt of a wheelie bike.
It represented freedom, mobility and a very special attitude towards life. Today he develops innovative ideas for living in old age and dreams that even stair lifts will have just as cool a design in future. This is because the demographic change can no longer be stopped. In Germany, 17 million people already belong to the generation aged 65 and older. In his lecture, the universal design expert will speak about future trends for companies of the furniture industry, interior designers and architects. Attractively, and on the basis of many practical examples, he provides concrete insights into the principles of universal design, as well as an overview of the potential for growth and designing developments. From his consultation clients, the speaker is aware of the difficulties found at the interfaces between so-called age-suitable products without any sex appeal whatsoever and the design ambitions of the creative economy.