Cologne: 25.–29.10.2022 #ORGATEC

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Special Events


Inspired Hybrid Office

As a follow-on to the successful special event Inspired Collaboration, ORGATEC is co-operating with zgoll:GmbH to introduce the Inspired Hybrid Office project, pointing the way to a new world of work. Inspired Hybrid Office provides fascinating insights into how a hybrid working world can inspire people, empower employees to work together from wherever they are and bring teams back together again. At the same time, the special event gives an overview of opportunities for the organisation and coordination of hybrid office worlds.


Materials4Future - Special area for sustainable material innovations for the future of work

Under the title “Materials4Future”, the future agency Haute Innovation is implementing a special area for the transformation towards sustainable materials at Orgatec 2022 and is presenting some of the latest innovations.

Whether digital surfaces made of transparent wood or textiles with integrated solar modules, whether upholstery fabrics made from hemp leftovers or with silverskin of roasted coffee beans, whether acoustic modules made from fire-resistant mushroom material or carpets using CO2 as a new resource: Sustainable solutions for interior design, for design and architecture have been around since several years in development.

Materials for sustainable interiors

The increasing pressure for climate-friendly materials is now flushing the results of many years of research onto the market. A new industry is emerging with offers that fit perfectly into the concept of a circular economy. The biological cycle offers the greatest potential for innovation.

With all the protests for a climate-friendly policy in the context of the federal election in 2021, the “Fridays for Future” movement has reached its preliminary peak in Germany. And among designers and architects, too, there is a desire for a functioning circular economy and for products with reduced CO2 emissions and climate-neutral processes.

The young generation of designers in particular is looking for a new culture of materials and technologies for interior design and furniture manufacturing. If no product is available on the market for a specific problem, creative people become more and more proactive in developing their own solutions.

In the future, material technologies with positive effects on climate protection, supplemented by solutions with smart functions and in combination with digital applications, can enormously increase resource efficiency in design and architecture. Innovations are the focus of many users, who at the same time address sustainability dimensions and the perspective of increasing digitization. They thus have a decisive influence on the future of interior design. This applies to the design of modern working environments as well as to the object and hotel sectors.

material selection and didactics: Hon.-Prof. Dr. Sascha Peters

exhibition design: Diana Drewes


AIT Innovation Award

In collaboration with Koelnmesse GmbH, the architectural trade journal AIT will present the Innovation Award Architecture+Office for the twelfth time at ORGATEC. The award is aimed at manufacturers of innovative products for use in office buildings – including office furniture, accessories, equipment and furnishings, lighting, flooring and further products – and at architects, interior architects and designers who have developed products for this field. Participation is open to all ORGATEC exhibitors who enter their products for the Architecture + Office Innovation Prize by 23 September 2022.

The Architecture and Design Competition was initiated with the aim of selecting, from among the numerous products and solutions launched on the market, those which measure up to the demands of architects particularly well, in order to honour them with an award. The jury will pay particular attention to functional and design quality, intelligent solutions and a wide range of potential uses.

On 25 October 2022, the opening date of ORGATEC, a five-member jury comprised of prestigious architects, interior architects and planners, will decide who the prize-winners are.

The award ceremony will take place on the Innovation Prize stand at ORGATEC on Tuesday, 25 October 2022 at 5.00 p.m.

All the entries will be on display throughout the trade fair in a special exhibition.