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FUTURE FORUM 2008 >> warm-up FUTURE FORUM 2010
April 23, 2010 06:47 AM PDT
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The Design Hotels™ Future Forum 2010 will focus on "Hybrid Thinking" in the context of hospitality. Hybrid thinking requires much more than a multidisciplinary team – it requires a team of multidisciplinary people. Hybrid thinkers blend different skills and fields of thought to develop innovative concepts. Their ideas have the ability to shape entire industries from automotive to hospitality. Like-minded, visionary hoteliers around the globe have started to create hybrid properties that go far beyond the original purpose of simply providing a bed.

Multidimensional hotel concepts focusing on authentic experiences are on the rise, combining elements from galleries, hospitals or film theatres with the classic idea of hospitality. Find out more at this year`s Design Hotels™ Future Forum.

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As part of the “Zentrum am Zoo” the Bikini House was built between 1955-57 by the architects Paul Schwebes and Hans Schoszberger. The name “Bikini” derives from its original structure: an office part at the top, a shopping part at the bottom and an “air-floor” stabilised through massive pillars in between.

Bikini House Berlin
Budapester Str. 42
D-10787 Berlin


Future Forum Welcome Lounge
TIME: 8pm - open end
LOCATION: Bikini House

Future Forum - The Symposium
TIME: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
LOCATION: Bikini House
Gala Dinner
TIME: 8:00 PM - open end


Purchase your tickets for the Future Forum 2010 in Berlin!

Future Forum Ticket:
Future Forum incl. Gala Dinner and Welcome Lounge
EUR 900 (excl. tax)

Spouse Ticket:
Gala Dinner and Welcome Lounge:
EUR 300 (excl. tax)

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations can be made without penalty up to 2 weeks prior to the Future Forum. Cancellations made thereafter are subject to a 25% cancellation fee.

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Moderation: Ralf Grauel

Ralf Grauel, 45, business journalist and consultant. From 1999 until 2009 Grauel was member of the editorial board of the renowned business magazine brand eins; he still consults brand eins Wissen, a brand-eins spin-off concentrating on events and corporate publishing. In 2009 he developed the „Wirtschaftsplattform Irak“ an internet-based business plattform to enhance German and Iraqi economic relations, funded by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He still publishes his stories and comments in brand eins magazine. Besides that he works for institutions and companies like Philipp Morris Stiftung, Gottlieb Duttweiler Institut (gdi) in Zürich, Design Hotels AG, Quirin Bank and Wempe.

Trend Brief: Christopher Sanderson

Christopher Sanderson is the Creative Director of Viewpoint. A co-founder of The Future Laboratory, his other recent projects include directing “Futurescape”, a series of short films about the future for Channel Four television in the UK. A regular writer on style and design for British and international publications, Sanderson was until recently a contributing style editor at British Esquire magazine. He has also worked as a freelance Creative Director on strategic planning for fashion brands. His current projects, in conjunction with the British Council, include setting up magazines in India and Estonia.

Trend Brief: Martin Raymond

Martin Raymond edits Viewpoint magazine and is also author of The Tomorrow People: Future Consumers and How to Read Them Today (Financial Times Prentice Hall). He is a regular contributor on trends and business to the BBC, and co-founder of The Future Laboratory. Born in 1961 in Ireland, he moved to the UK in 1984 to work as a journalist in the design, fashion, film and video sectors. He founded VideoGraphic, and later became an associate editor at Screen International.

Martin went on to edit and re-launch Fashion Weekly, the UK's fashion business bible. A return to his native Dublin to present RTE television's fashion magazine programme Head To Toe was followed by a four-year tenure at the London College of Fashion, as a senior lecturer in fashion journalism. A Fellow at Nottingham Trent University, he maintains a busy schedule of lecturing at over 12 colleges and universities throughout Great Britain and Ireland. Martin is currently working on his second book, The Hidden Life of the Consumer, which takes an ethnographic look at how and why people shop and how brands and retailers can plug into the process in a way that benefits consumers, as well as the organisations targeting them.

Robert Thiemann

Educated as a chemical engineer, Robert Thiemann soon became a copywriter and eventually journalist. He specialized in design, with a strong focus on interiors. In 1997 he co-founded Frame, The Great Indoors, an international bi-monthly magazine of interior design of which he still is editor in chief. He's share holder of Frame Publishers, which started to issue books on interior design in 2001. In 2005 he co-founded Mark, Another Architecture, a bimonthly magazine about architecture, of which he's also editor in chief.

Dr. David Bosshart

David Bosshart has been CEO of the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute for business and society since 1999. The Institute is an independent European think tank that focuses on the retail trade and the social environment in which this operates (the GDI was founded by the pioneering European retailer Gottlieb Duttweiler in 1962). David Bosshart has worked for trading companies and in management consulting, education and scientific research. His activities focus on the future of consumption and social change, management and culture, globalisation and political philosophy. As CEO of the GDI, he has authored numerous international publications and is a multilingual speaker who is much in demand in Europe, the USA and Asia as a keynote speaker. His analyses and lectures are commissioned by multinational and national enterprises in the trade, consumer goods and services sector and by federations and institutions in the fields of science and research.

Werner Aisslinger

The works of the designer Werner Aisslinger born 1964 cover the spectrum of experimental, artistic approaches, including industrial design and architecture. He delights in making use of the latest technologies and has helped introduce new materials and techniq ues to the world of product design like in his uniquegel furniture with the collection“soft cell“ and the chaise „soft“ for zanotta in 2000. The "Juli chair (cappellini)" was the first item of furniture to use a new type of foam called "polyurethane integral foam" and became the first German chair design to be selected as a permanent exhibit at the MoMA in New York since 1964. In the process he has created striking designs and received awards from all over the world — from Milan's Compasso d'Oro to the Design Prize of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Red Dot Award or FX Award in the UK. Werner Aisslinger´s „loftcube“–project became one of the most discussed modular and transportable housing projects within the last years.
His work is exhibited in the permanent collections of international museums such as the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the French Fonds National d´Art Contemporain in Paris, the Museum Neue Sammlung in Munich, and the Vitra Design Museum in Weil, Germany. Werner Aisslinger lives and works in Berlin.

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