February 2017

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.

January 2017


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.

December 2016

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

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December 2016

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.*

November 2016

Bau 2017

Carpet Concept: The new generation of carpets, acoustics, spaces

Welcome to Bau 2017 Munich

16-21 January 2017, Hall A6; Stand 121 

November 2016

Bau 2017

Carpet Concept: The new generation of carpets, acoustics, spaces

Welcome to Bau 2017 Munich

16-21 January 2017, Hall A6; Stand 121 

November 2016

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 

Aedes Architekturforum
Christinenstr. 18-19
10119 Berlin 

Opening Hours: 
Tue-Fri 11am-6.30pm
Sun-Mon 1pm-5pm


Download the exhibition catalog here.

November 2016

Textile architectural concepts, perfectly tailored to dynamic working environments


At Orgatec 2016, Carpet Concept presented holistic textile architectural concepts with a focus on two world firsts under the motto of “Carpet Concept: The new generation of carpets, acoustics, spaces” – the innovative Eco Iqu S carpet and the new tile concept Mix – as well as the acoustically effective CAS Rooms Collection.


Our working world is undergoing a transformation process and is looking for solutions and possibilities to master the new demands on interiors. “The office is becoming more and more homely,” said Thomas Trenkamp, CEO of Carpet Concept, in the run-up to the trade fair – and thus anticipated one of the major trends at this year’s Orgatec. Textile and acoustically effective products play an increasingly important role in current open-space offices. This is a development Carpet Concept has been focusing on for a long time.

This year’s trade fair booth of Carpet Concept was a contemporary salon world, cosy and elegant, where the concept of floor, wall and acoustics was combined with a subtle colour scheme. In the setting of this sensuous trade fair architecture the modularly conceived Carpet Concept products could be holistically experienced.

So it was a perfect stage for the launch of the revolutionary new Eco Iqu S Collection, flat-woven carpets where the pile literally grows from the weave in the third dimension. Visitors repeatedly expressed their surprise: It’s not plush but a technoid textile which adds the new homeliness to the Office 4.0.


Another direct major success were the new tile collections Mix Geometric and Mix Organic, combining innovative tatami mat formats and free geometrical shapes in exquisite weaving quality, which have been developed in collaboration with the globally active architectural practice of Hadi Teherani. “With this tile collection planers can play with structures, colours and sizes and combine them with existing carpets by Carpet Concept in unprecedented dimensions,” explained Hadi Teherani. Mix is a modular system comprising more than 40 colours in four weave qualities. “This new generation of textile tiles provides architect fantastic options to approach floor design, room atmosphere and proportions on a new level,” commented Thomas Trenkamp on the great enthusiasm of trade fair visitors.

There has also been a lot of positive feedback for the initiative to collaborate with luminaire manufacturer Artemide and purposefully stage the interplay of light and textiles. The atmospheric design of interiors – in particular with CAS Rooms Evolution – could thus be explored and experienced even better.

The concept of the new motto “Carpet Concept: The new generation of carpets, acoustics, spaces” has proved to be very successful at Orgatec 2016. “Numerous large companies followed the motto and visited our booth. The responses were excellent,” reports Matthias Quinkert, CEO of Carpet Concept. “Orgatec has achieved a high level of quality and the visitors had a strong understanding of quality. Our message of the new textile architectural concept has been accepted and the topics of modularity and versatility were in great demand. Consequently, the Carpet Concept spirit is not only characterised by new contents but also by a high level of sensuousness.”

November 2016

New places for the working environment 

Carpet Concept currently supports “the smart coworking lobby” at Orgatec 2016


You don’t need a hotel to be given a great welcome. “The smart coworking lobby” at Orgatec in Cologne radiated the same atmosphere of intimacy and hospitality. The lounge, which is supported by Carpet Concept, is an inspiringly varied place – with office bikes, scented coffee bar, a relaxed lounge, and quiet retreats, for example using the Carpet Concept CAS Rooms system. Curator Michael O. Schmutzer, Design Offices, and interior design practice b-k-i created a smart environment, which takes into account the philosophy of co-working. We met Michael Schmutzer and Matthias Quinkert from Carpet Concept for a cup of coffee and to ask them three questions.


1. What developments have changed office work to a special degree?

Michael Schmutzer: In classic office work procedures, cooperation will be more marked. Hierarchies will flatten, instead of separation opening is the central theme. That means: being open for communicative thinking and working, for interdisciplinary approaches and fresh impulses, for inspiration and intuition. That’s exactly why you need different communication zones – for example for the routine work meeting, the confidential exchange, the creative get-together or the information meeting. Each of these places requires tailored preconditions to allow successful communication. In short: one office for everything does not exist anymore.

Matthias Quinkert: That’s true. In the future, rooms will be smarter, more intelligent. While it was still troublesome to control one’s office or home via the smartphone ten years ago, it is commonplace today. The office of the future is not happening in 2020 but today. This new thinking between team spirit and individuality, collective intelligence and community requires new spaces. Quick and individual spaces, which promote both digital and analogue working and allow flexible adaptation.


2. What is the impact of digitalisation on interior design?

Michael Schmutzer: Digitalisation mobilises and also provides the “mobile tool”, the tablet or smartphone. Two rooms stand for this topic – the “World room”, that is the internet, the accessibility of worldwide information. And also the second room, the personal one. Parallel to the virtual world, the real encounter is becoming more and more important. In a team it is important to build trust. Digitalisation is the catalyst for people to seek personal conversation. To do so they need suitable workspaces.

Matthias Quinkert: Indeed, digitalisation creates variability and complexity. It demands adaptation, creativity and, most importantly, mobility. Interior design in times of digitalisation is no rigid system, not a question of cell or open-space structure; just like the net, it is a question of verve. This requires quickly livable, different interior qualities. Answers to the complexity between short walking distances, retreat, balance, and community – and all that in one area. With our CAS system we have found an answer to these demands. It solves the fundamental question: What do you want? in immense combinations.


3. What are the factors contributing to a motivating office atmosphere and thus to the attractiveness of the employer?

Michael Schmutzer: People need an atmosphere of trust, a feelgood ambience and reliable service. Flexibility must ensure that both spontaneity and long-term planning are possible. It is important that people in the office meet at eye level – without hierarchical barriers. Openness is a basic requirement for creative work. The smart coworking lobby combines these demands in one concept. Employers want to positively exploit the potentials of their employees. The right working atmosphere thereby ensures common efficiency. For this purpose we have developed the model of the smart coworking lobby.

Matthias Quinkert: The “war for talents” has long been underway in Germany. The answers to this are diverse but all lead to a central thought: livable work groups instead of inflexible office worlds. Flexible, network-oriented teams, space, varied meeting points, WE rooms, ME rooms. ‘Less fitout and more fit-in’ – this applies to our room systems and is one of the central motives of new, attractive office environments and also the idea of the smart coworking lobby. It describes how the co-working philosophy can be introduced to existing buildings. It is an intelligent and indeed pioneering approach to quickly and cost-efficiently follow the co-working trend, a clever system for the working world of today and tomorrow.

November 2016

We are looking for...


...sales representative (m/f)


Sales Representative (m/f) marketing for the CAS Rooms in southern Germany. Trainees for our sales academy CAARDO in NRW and to other parts of germany.


Have we piqued your interest? Contact us!


Your contact person: Carpet Concept, Daniel Golz, Mobil +49 160 1858439,  Bunzlauer Str. 7, 33719 Bielefeld, Germany 

Oktober 2016

Orgatec 2016

Carpet Concept: The new generation of carpets, acoustics, spaces

Welcome to Orgatec 2016 Cologne

25-29 October 2016, Hall 10.2, Stand N010 M011

Download the invitation here


Visit us: Smart Working Space - the smart coworking lobby. Special show will take place in hall 9, stand B-010.

Oktober 2016

Orgatec 2016

Carpet Concept: The new generation of carpets, acoustics, spaces

Welcome to Orgatec 2016 Cologne

25-29 October 2016, Hall 10.2, Stand N010 M011

Download the invitation here


Visit us: Smart Working Space - the smart coworking lobby. Special show will take place in hall 9, stand B-010.

Oktober 2016


Carpet Concept supports exhibitions in Venice.

How do prospective architects envision our future? In Venice with its lagoons and islands, two exhibitions are addressing this topic until the end of November. The first overview presents a course of architectural teaching in five chapters. The second exhibition reflects on how students stage the architectural appearance of an intercultural European institution between tradition and modernism.

Under the motto of "future practice. practice future", the Academy for Architectural Culture (aac) addresses current issues of international architecture by letting students and young graduates work and do research together. The Academy presents this architectural teaching approach during an exhibition on the occasion of the 15th Architecture Biennale in Venice, which is supported by the Bielefeld-based company Carpet Concept. The results point out solutions for sustainability, modern town planning and the balancing act between modernism and tradition.

In a second exhibition, students dedicate themselves to the "House of Europe", which has different users, residents and owners whose demands are as differentiated as the residents themselves.

So what could designs for the architectural appearance of an institution dedicated to and reflecting the cultural identity of Europe look like? This is one of the questions which is addressed by the Academy for Architectural Culture (acc), which was established by architects von Gerkan, Marg und Partner with a far-reaching idea. In the hometown of Vivaldi, Casanova and against the backdrop of countless novels by Donna Leon, the architecture students and young graduates from Germany, Italy and China had to develop an exemplary model project for the increasing number of vacant houses in Venice. Establishing a dialogic design process between tradition and modernism, while creating modern and equally empathic interventions. Attempting an example for this at Palazzo Mora with rooms for exhibitions, conferences, a library, research archives, and a café. The surprising designs not only mark a wide field of possibilities but shall serve as a basis for potential implementations of the project.


The two exhibitions are part of the 15th International Architecture Biennale in Venice and will be open until 27 November 2016, each from Wednesday to Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The venue of the first exhibition, "future practice. practice future." is Palazzo Rossini, while the second exhibition, "European Culture Centre Venice", is presented at Palazzo Mora.



Future practice. practice future

Studying at the Academy for Architectural

Culture (aac) in Hamburg

Palazzo Rossini

4013 Campo Manin, 30124 Venice, Italy




European Culture Centre Venice

Dialogical Design

between Tradition and Modernism

Palazzo Mora

Strada Nuova 3659, 30124 Venice, Italy