Press trip to Münchenbernsdorf:
Where Carpet Concept’s textile soul is at home
Carpet Concept invited to a great press trip to its weaving mill in Münchenbernsdorf, Thuringia. The reason: the increasing significance of workmanship quality in the time of digitalisation
The Carpet Concept weaving mill in the carefully renovated Bauhaus ensemble is a modern factory. “Technologically sophisticated and sensually decelerated,” says CEO Thomas Trenkamp. At this factory, Carpet Concept combines high- and low-tech. How the company transfers old techniques to the new era was to be conveyed to 16 journalists from renowned home interiors and design magazines from all over Germany.
The land of wool
Why is a manufactory in Germany worthwhile? What are the latest manufacturing, material and design trends for textile floor coverings by Carpet Concept?
Carpet Concept started its tour of the factory and weaving mill with a journey to the past. “The history illustrates why we are where we are today.”
Münchenbernsdorf once belonged to the heartland of weaving. There is a reason for this: intensive sheep farming was conducted in the lush, hilly landscape of Thuringia. CEO Axel Hücker: “In those days, people already thought in a sustainable way: what was produced in one place should also be processed there.” The industry quickly developed: around 1850, the first Wilton carpet weaving machine was put into operation. Everything was used for weaving: wool, hair and paper yarns. The business flourished. New factories were built; 12 plants with more than 1,300 employees covered the demand for carpets, rugs and bed surrounds in those days. This changed in the course of the Second World War and subsequently in the German Democratic Republic. The heyday was followed by closures and expropriations. Ultimately, the factories were merged into a nationally owned enterprise. Only one factory remained. The one from which the Carpet Concept Teppichwerke emerged many decades later.
Weaving, tufting, weaving
Actually, Carpet Concept did not intend to produce made-to-measure rugs since it is not profitable due to high production costs. Axel Hücker: “However, then the idea eveolved to focus on broadloom for the contract segment.” Tufting machines were purchased. But the anticipated success did not materialise. In 2000, Carpet Concept made a major cut. All tufting machines were sold to solely invest in high-quality weaving technology. “This was a big step in the right direction. Back to the roots. We have focused on weaving since.” In 2006, Carpet Concept made another significant step and banked on flat-weaving, a technology which had completely fallen into oblivion. Since then, the topic of manufactory has again come into play because the high-tech flat-weaving machines accommodate the current demand for individuality, variability and flexibility. “Simply the replacement of tools in a machine allows the production of any surface texture and structure. In combination with the Jacquard technique and punch cards, each requested pattern can be produced additionally, including, for example, company logos. Moreover, our in-house dye works enables us to create every colour, any ever so subtle nuance the customer request. These are craftsmanship qualities,” explains Axel Hücker.
The sound of weaving
The tour of the factory leads through huge halls and past high-tech looms as tall as houses. Each one rattles its special sound with a regular rhythm. Metre-high frameworks hold hundreds of yarn reels. In-between, the textile machine operators, professionals who perfectly know their weaving looms, adjust, maintain and cherish them. This is precision work, everything has to be 100% correct, because most carpets are commissioned pieces. “They have to be fitted in the building on time,” says Hücker, “here, mistakes are not allowed.” Otherwise, a whole carpet needs to be woven again. Small mistakes occur, for example a thread standing out. This is why we have the blowroom: This is where the carpet is checked centimetre by centimetre, mended and perfected by hand. It becomes clear: here, tradition and quality come together, plain craftsmanship quality.
Another highlight of the guided tour of the factory: the training and seminar room, where the acoustically effective from the CAS collection as well as latest carpet creations, such as the ECO IQU S, are presented and tested. Shortly, a symbologist will hold a seminar on the meaning of space. – We speak about design: when is it certain that a carpet pattern, that a design is ready, that it works as a pattern repeat? “One has to be very careful that a pattern does not form images and stripes become visible when it is applied on large areas. Areas can be well presented and pattern repeats can be tested with computer plotters and animations,” explains CEO Mathias Quinkert. “Furthermore, we weave up to 100 sq m of a new carpet in three different colours. We test everything very thoroughly. A product development generally takes about 2 years. This is very demanding,” adds Thomas Trenkamp.
Carpet Concept attaches utmost importance to the experiment. “For us product development already starts with the creation of the suitable yarn. ECO IQU S is a mix of 4-6 filaments, which have in this combination never been used for any other carpet before,” says Thomas Trenkamp. Currently, technical textiles are also developed further. Materials, which so far only exist in liquid form, shall be spun into yarns. Moreover, Carpet Concept does research into the optimisation of the recyclability of carpets: the upper side and the backing could then, for example, be made of the same material, polyamide.
Cooking event with a star
A whole afternoon goes by while walking through the different departments of the Carpet Concept Teppichwerke. Plenty of input works up an appetite. Hence the culmination of the programme: dinner in the factory kitchen at the weaving museum. Carpet Concept established its own museum, where the weaving looms from the very first minute are presented together with historic documents relating to weaving. The exhibition also includes tapestries from GDR times, which Thomas Trenkamp recently discovered at the factory by coincidence. He had all of them exhibited at Galerie Aedes in Berlin. In this unique ambience, Carpet Concept had a modern and open-plan kitchen installed, where people can dine together at a long table. For this evening, which was intended to discuss various topics in greater detail in a relaxed atmosphere, Trenkamp had come up with something special: he invited sous-chef Nico Maslo from the starred restaurant “Am Kamin” in Mühlheim to create a four-course menu together with the journalists. High-quality art of cooking was celebrated while enjoying crémant, red and white wine by young German labels. That way, the soul of Carpet Concept became clear once again: design, craftsmanship, quality, and enjoyment are closely interwoven. Technologically sophisticated, sensually decelerated. This is how manufactory is actively practiced at Carpet Concept.
Future format with Carpet Concept
Speed dating for interior designers: in search of creative talents
Awards were presented during the innovative recruitment event for interior designers, the INpuls KICK OFF 2017 in Munich, which Carpet Concept supported for the second time.
This year, the INpuls Career Speed Dating once again networked young talents, who presented themselves to an expert jury of interior designers, designers, scenographers, architects, and industry representatives.
From 18 newcomers the jury selected three young talents. The winner, Louise von Stromberg is given the opportunity to participate in the “Forum für aktuelle Architekturthemen 2018” and present herself to industry and media representatives. Benedikt Huber came second and Nina Nöth won third place.
“The response to last year’s kick-off event was very positive,” said Réka Visnyei, owner of INpuls. “This convinced us to further develop this format and organise it again this year. Within a few hours, numerous contacts are established, networks are expanded and even jobs are offered. A new element this year was the possibility to intensify the talks after the event during the get-together. Now we are looking forward to the INpuls KICK OFF 2018”.
The INpuls KICK OFF event was funded by the Bavarian State Ministry of Economics and Media, Energy and Technology as a future-oriented format and took place in the context of the Munich creative Business Week 2017. The sponsors once again included Carpet Concept as well as Vitra store M, Muuto, GRID, and Kvadrat.
1. Place // LOUISE VON STROMBERG
2. Place // BENEDIKT HUBER
3. Place // NINA NÖTH
Picture: Julia Bergmeister
Cologne, March 2017
PRESENTATION OF THE NINTH INSIDER AWARD TO BETTINA GETTO
Carpet Concept confers the coveted interior award in Cologne and says farewell to Professor Klaus Schmidhuber, the longstanding patron.
“The INsider Award has evolved into one of the most renowned prizes in interior design,” reported Thomas Trenkamp at the award ceremony of the 9th INsider Award on 9 March in Cologne.
About 120 interior designers started out to participate in the coveted INsider Award. The prize, whose jurors come from among the participants’ own ranks, has been awarded since 2008. In other words: the award is conferred from colleagues to colleagues.
This year’s winner of the first prize, interior designer Bettina Getto, also thought that the election by her colleagues was something special, a distinction but simultaneously involved a “high level of tension”.
Bettina Getto was honoured for her holistic design and exact analytic skills. “Due to my mechanical engineering studies and the subsequent studies of interior design I create concepts combining emotion and love for detail,” explains Bettina Getto. The other two award winners, Alexander Fehre and Tim Lessmann, were also given prominence. The two interior designers share a good eye for details and the capability to let rooms communicate, mentioned Professor Klaus Schmidhuber in his laudatory speech. They were both awarded second place; accordingly, there was no third prize this year.
There also was a changeover in the patronage of the award, which had been successfully held by Professor Klaus Schmidhuber for more than ten years. “Without our patron, our award would not have its quality,” summarised Carpet Concept CEO, Thomas Trenkamp, the exceptional commitment of the architect in his speech of thanks addressed to Klaus Schmidhuber. The baton and the patronage were passed on to Robert Piotrowski who, based loosely on Kennedy, remarked: “Ich bin auch ein Insider” (I am an insider, too). Moreover, Piotrowski and his office Ecker Architekten came first in the INsider Award 2015.
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DO., 30. MÄRZ 2017, 19 UHR
DISKURS BAUEN: WERKBUNDSTADT BERLIN
Seit seiner Gründung am 6. Oktober 1907 hat sich der Deutsche Werkbund mit zentralen Fragen des Wohnungsbaus auseinandergesetzt. Rund 90 Jahre später beteiligt sich der Werkbund Berlin erneut am städtebaulichen Diskurs.
Am Berliner-Spreebord soll unter der Leitung des Werkbundes in Berlin ein 2,8 Hektar großes Tanklager neu bebaut und so ein ganzes Viertel in Charlottenburg-Nord wieder an die Stadt angebunden werden. Die Erwartungen an die Struktur der Bebauung und Nutzung sind auf Seiten aller Beteiligter hoch. Für das durchaus kontrovers diskutierte Projekt liegen inzwischen die Entwürfe von 33 ausgewählten Architekten vor. Dabei geht es ua. um die Frage, welche Impulse die Leitgedanken des Werkbundes für das heutige Bauen in der Metropole Berlin noch liefern können. Wir haben drei beteiligte Architekten, einschließlich der treibenden Kraft des Projektes, Paul Kahlfeldt, ins MAKK nach Köln eingeladen, um das Vorhaben in Köln vorzustellen und miteinander zu diskutieren.
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Let’s go North: Carpet Concept in Stockholm
From 7 - 11 February 2017 it’s time again for a new edition of the Stockholm Furniture Fair (SFF) – and Carpet Concept will participate in this premium event! With a focus on the world first Eco Iqu S, which received the Iconic Award 2017, as well as two products which won the German Design Award 2017 - Eco Iqu, a flat woven carpet, and CAS Rooms, the textile room system - Carpet Concept will present itself at this fine and top-class trade fair.
The Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, which is at the moment probably the most popular design fair amongst connoisseurs, attracts more than 40,000 visitors every year. About 700 manufacturers, 300 of them being international exhibitors, present the latest furniture, textiles, accessories, and luminaires on an exhibition space of approximately 70,000 sq m. About 80 percent of the exhibitors come from Scandinavia.
Textile architecture concept
For the SFF, Carpet Concept brings the trend towards a new homeliness in the office to the trade fair stage and transforms the booth into a contemporary, elegant lounge: the dark chocolate-coloured textile walls present product collages on the topic of crafts and weaving competence – everything is characterised by the exquisite workmanship that Carpet Concept represents. The floor, on the other hand, features a customised carpet product: specifically for the trade fair appearance, Carpet Concept created an individual sample of Eco Iqu S, the novel product with the characteristically twisted pile, and the Eco Iqu carpet tiles “Mix”.
Modular, versatile, sensual
It is due to a new laser processing technique that all Carpet Concept carpets are now also available in the two tile formats of Mix Organic and Mix Geometric: even complex woven edges can now be welded precisely. The new shapes by Carpet Concept add an atmosphere and character to contract interiors which were previously never attained with carpet tiles, but can now be experienced in the Carpet Concept Lounge at the SFF.
The exquisite Eco Iqu range with its exciting weaving structures and the latest, highly textile Eco Iqu S collection are now available in novel shapes and formats. “This generation of textile tiles provides architects excellent options to approach floor design, room atmosphere and proportions on a new level. Our current presentations want to inspire such processes,” says Carpet Concept CEO, Thomas Trenkamp.
Iconic Award 2017 for Eco Iqu S
Eco Iqu S is a carpet which thoroughly rethinks the topic of surface structure. It was only launched a few months ago on the occasion of Orgatec 2016 and immediately received the Iconic Award 2017. The innovation: a minimal, two-dimensional flat-woven fabric from which loop piles literally grow in the third dimension. The yarn structure consists of matt and shiny threads, while the depth effect is created by the visible woven subsurface. Not plush but a technoid textile adds a new homeliness to the office.
Additional task special prize:
Acclaimed! INsider Award 2016
Carpet Concept promotes young interior design talents with an additional award: the winner of the special prize is allowed to participate in the renowned INsider Award.
Will the future still happen in the cities – or will we live as self-supporters in the countryside? Will people in offices become superfluous and will robots do their work on request? Will companies establish not just child care but also care of the elderly? Will households continue to shrink, while the living space continues to increase? The key issue is: How will we live and work in 2025?
Answers Tare provided by trend researchers as well as future institutes, media and headlines – and by you. Think about the future of work. Your task: don’t solve this topic, don’t answer individual questions – take the liberty to arrive at visionary thoughts, be open towards all sides. Fresh approaches, creative considerations, a new way of thinking.
As a participant you can determine a medium of your choice for the visualisation of your idea: whether illustration, video, design, mood board – the only restriction – it must be in DIN A4 format; except videos, of course.
Set forth on a journey to the year 2025. The winner will get a unique privilege: a trip to the future already in 2017 – participation in the renowned INsider Award, which is initiated by Carpet Concept and will be open to young talents for the first time this year.
Thinking is fun – we are looking forward to your participation.
ECO CUT BOOMS AT THE BAU TRADE FAIR
International attention: Carpet Concept presents new carpet at the world’s leading trade fair BAU 2017 in Munich
How are carpets produced which are technologically sophisticated and simultaneously easily compatible with all laying situations? The new Eco Cut carpet by Carpet Concept, which was developed in collaboration with the renowned practice KSP Jürgen Engel Architekten, provides the answer and was one of the product highlights at BAU in Munich, the world’s leading trade fair for architecture, materials and systems.
The latest products by Carpet Concept presented at BAU – the tile mix by Hadi Teherani, the new ECO Iqu S loop-pile carpet – and the enormous variation possibilities of the acoustic system CAS Rooms clearly demonstrated that Carpet Concept has successfully developed from a carpet manufacturer to a system provider. The company’s flagship products quickly became the focus of interest at the trade fair, which set a new record this year – with more than 250,000 visitors and about 2,120 exhibitors from 45 countries. Austria, Switzerland and Italy were at the top of the BAU visitor ranking. The fact that BAU is continually gaining in importance outside Europe is illustrated by the list of countries showing the strongest increases, among them South Korea, the USA and India.
“Internationality, quality and diversity of professional visitors and the strong demand are the reasons why BAU has become an important trade fair for us in 2017,” summarises Carpet Concept CEO, Thomas Trenkamp. “The number of international contacts has again noticeably increased this year.” A highlight in the scope of BAU was once again the Long Night of Architecture. More than 35,000 visitors wanted to experience 70 buildings, architectural highlights of the City of Munich ablaze with light on Friday night.
Young talents for the supreme discipline: the INsider Award
In 2017, Carpet Concept once again supports the INpuls KICK OFF events and offers a special prize for young interior design talents.
Finding the right talents in interior design is a tightrope act for both large companies and small offices. Two years ago, Réka Visnyei developed an ingenious solution which is based on the speed dating concept. She brought together jurors from all over Germany as well as about thirty handpicked talents to have the best young professionals for interior design filtered out from them. Carpet Concept supports this successful concept for the second time, which will in 2017 once again bring top-class jurors and talents into contact with each other. Meanwhile, the INpuls KICK OFF is so coveted that Carpet Concept fuels the promotion of young talents with an additional prize in 2017: the winner of the special prize gets the opportunity to participate in the INsider Award. The most renowned interior design award has been initiated by Carpet Concept for ten years. The application deadline for the INpuls KICK OFF is in mid-February. The event takes place in Munich in mid-March.
INpuls KICKOFF – The recruitment event in interior design
Acclaimed! INsider Award 2016
The most significant interior design award in the industry has been initiated by Carpet Concept for ten years. Just recently, the jury comprising interior design experts determined the new INsider Award winner for 2016. The first prize goes to Bettina Getto.
Against the backdrop of the Dolomites, the Schlern and Rittnerhorn mountains, ten nominated interior design experts came together to decide on the INsider Award 2016 for the best interior design achievement. In the vote for the INsider 2016, which was accompanied by the patrons, Professor Klaus Schmidhuber and Robert Piotrowski, as well as initiator Carpet Concept, Betina Getto came out as winner of the first prize. The interior designer from Wiesbaden manages the office Bettina Getto – Design und Innenarchitektur and has implemented interiors and stores with a sure touch and high design standards since 1995.
Alexander Fehre (Studio Alexander Fehre, Stuttgart) and Tim Lessmann (Ippolito Fleitz Group, Stuttgart) share second place. The nominees: Ulrike Behr (Behr Raumkonzepte, Darmstadt), Isabell Ehring (Freie Innenarchitektin, Stuttgart), Sophie Green (sophie green interior architecture, Munich / Brussels), Lena Heiß (Kinzo Berlin), Manuela Huss (hell und freundlich architekten I innenarchitekten, Cologne), Christina Sellmeijer (Landau + Kindelbacher Architekten-Innenarchitekten, Munich), Birgit Stiletto (Stiletto Innenarchitektur, Freudenstadt).
Carpet Concept congratulates all nominated participants and winners. The INsider Award is accompanied by AIT as an event partner.*
Carpet Concept: The new generation of carpets, acoustics, spaces
Welcome to Bau 2017 Munich
16-21 January 2017, Hall A6; Stand 121
Carpet Concept: The new generation of carpets, acoustics, spaces
Welcome to Bau 2017 Munich
16-21 January 2017, Hall A6; Stand 121
Between art and politics
The aedes - exhibition focuses on the political statements and the craftsmanship of these tapestries from the GDR, which depict scenes from political and proletariat life, as well as important sporting events and national heroes.
8 December 2016 - 19 January 2017
Download the exhibition catalog here.