What remains is how things look on the surface. ‘Material innovations’, as the fourth trend shows, are and will remain the drivers of design. They determine new forms, but also set standards in terms of greater resource conservation and a better climate balance. For example, the Peel lounge chair by Vank is made from veneer remnants, using innovative micro-slitting technology that makes it possible to create striking, wave-like curves. Polymer specialist Rehau, meanwhile, offers architects and planners high-quality surfaces, edgebanding, roller shutter systems and wall connection profiles from a single source and mould with its Edelmatt collection, so making material and colour discontinuities a thing of the past.