At the “[Tiny] Spaces: From Square Metres to Shared Metres” special event in February 2020, ZOW will inspire new ideas among visitors from the worlds of industry, skilled trades, design and interiors and give rise to new product and service development concepts. The whole event will revolve around the question of how to solve the global megatrend for increasingly scarce living space and the trend towards shared spaces with multifunctional uses.
Across a spacious exhibition area, the special event will create three living concepts and take a solution-driven and pragmatic approach to bring them to life. The focus will be on ZOW’s exhibitors, who will present their skilfully staged ideas for products and solutions to visitors from Germany and neighbouring European countries.
- The first living concept will take up the idea of the younger generation living within a small footprint – best described by the term “student living”.
- The second living concept will be a study of tiny spaces for a somewhat older generation and is perhaps best summarised by the term “senior living”.
- The third “shared space” living concept is intended as a linking element. In the spirit of bringing people together, this space can have – and is intended to have – a connecting and communal function for the two separate living concepts described above.
As a result, the various functions of the furniture and of the space itself blend into one another. For example, the same tables can be used as dining tables in the morning, workbenches during the day and as a play area in the evening. Storage space and power points are integrated. Solutions for regulating acoustics are an important issue. Room dividers create zones and quieter corners. The colour scheme and lighting design adapt the atmosphere of the room to suit the time of day and the usage situation. Functions such as screens and kitchenettes can be added. The seating options are as diverse as the users themselves. Indoor and outdoor spaces merge, especially in the summer.
The special event aims to draw the visitors’ attention to the products and solutions offered by the exhibitors, so that only these will be physically on show and therefore available to be experienced. Everything else will be deliberately omitted and merely sketched in – quite literally.