The Hansgrohe Aquademie staged an exhibition earlier this year “Home of the Future” by the product designer Werner Aisslinger from Berlin Designer Werner Aisslinger, who lives in Berlin, unveiled his ‘Home of the Future’ exhibition in the visitors’ centre of bathroom specialist, Hansgrohe, in Schiltach, Germany earlier this year. This vision of how we will live, cook, sleep, think and take a bath in the future was expressed in a recreated residential house complete with experiments with materials, examples for living and combinations of both old and new.Werner Aisslinger, who was born and grew up in the Allgäu, today lives and works in Berlin and Singapore. The impact of his urban environment and the related experiences of everyday life have influenced the work of the designer. In the exhibition “Home of the Future”, Werner Aisslinger picks up on fundamental trends of urban life. In the not too distant future more people will live in cities than in the countryside. Living space and natural resources will become increasingly scarce. Due to changes in working and living conditions the number of so-called patchwork families will rise. This change in circumstances demands more flexible, open-floor plans for our flats and houses. Self-sufficiency, conservation of resources based on natural cycles and upcycling will become central issues. This exhibition aims to foster ideas, suggestions and inspiration for a better quality of life. “As a designer you are not only a creative service provider, but you can also produce culture,” says Werner Aisslinger. Food production in the kitchen In the main, experimental arrangements are presented in the exhibition, such as, for example, a “kitchen farm”: one method of food production is the so-called aquaponic system, a highly efficient cycle of plants and fish. The fish fertilise the plants, the plants clean the water and enrich it with nutrients. This system has already been introduced in so-called “urban farming” on a somewhat larger scale — in New York, London, Berlin, but also relatively close to the Black Forest: Basel and Zurich. Apart from a living room for “story telling” and a bedroom with a holiday feel to it, the bathroom is also a key part of the exhibition — soft forms, humidity, absorbent material and edible plants characterise this design, which was created in conjunction with Axor, the designer brand of Hansgrohe SE. The “chair farm” shows a utopian design where chairs grow from willows in the garden with the initial help of a supporting structure. Werner Aisslinger’s car is shown as an example of upcycling. He gets around Berlin in this car which is now 28 years old. Technically it’s still in perfect working order, even if the exterior is showing signs of wear and tear. With a new surface in the form of a cloth cover, the car stays attractive and interesting — and thus extends its useful life. “We are delighted that Werner Aisslinger has created a concrete realisation of his vision of future living in the Hansgrohe Aqademie,” says Roman Passarge, Head of the Hansgrohe Aquademie. “Here our visitors discover concepts which help to conserve resources based on upcycling and the use of natural cycles.” The exhibition is accompanied by a linked programme of guided tours, lectures, discussions and film evenings.
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