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“We’re having to plan functions with greater complexity”

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Hadi Teherani’s designs are characterised by innovative ideas, emotional statements and a distinctive formal language. His work focuses on sustainability and lasting worth just as much as it does on the product’s added value. He develops his iconic creations from a synthesis of design and architecture – from details for the interior design to dynamic high-rises. We spoke with the renowned all-rounder about the latest developments in design and what he expects to see in the future.

Competition result for the residential tower at the Spreebogen in Berlin. (Source: Hadi Teherani Architects)

Developments in interior design

Mr Teherani, you don’t just design buildings, but also interiors together with their furnishings and everyday objects. What developments are you currently observing in interior design?

We’re having to plan functions with greater complexity and layer them flexibly. Too much is changing too fast. The demand for space has got to be curtailed overall.

What influence will the issue of sustainability have on architects’ and designers’ creative work, and how are our interiors changing as a result?

The long-term value of our ideas for interiors and the use of materials is the central focus. That’s an old thesis, but it’s still valid.

3D-printed stool

3D-printed "W3D" active stool for Wagner Living GmbH (Source: Hadi Teherani Architects)

Material innovations

Where are you seeing the most exciting innovations in the field of materials?

In 3D printing and cradle to cradle. In a sustainable cycle, materials have to be employed in such a way that they can be used in products for as long as possible and recovered for future production processes, minimising the loss as waste wherever possible. Products must be dismantled in innovative ways and put back together.

Hafenpark Quartier

Hafenpark Quartier, hotel and residential building, Frankfurt am Main, visualisations: XOIO on behalf of B & L Group (Source: Hadi Teherani Architects)

Impatcts of AI on design

Do you use augmented reality to plan and design interiors? What impact do you think such digital tools and AI will have on future design?

With AI, when you’re faced with any question, you can very quickly come up with new possibilities and ideas that you maybe wouldn’t have thought of so easily otherwise. But you’ve got to be able to assess and evaluate the computer’s rapid fire. On the other hand, when it comes to taking over tedious, labour-intensive processes, AI will be unbeatable. Some fields of human activity will very quickly fall by the wayside.

In the future, will automated functions be built into our interiors?

Robots? I don’t think so – it would be far too expensive.

Courtyard by Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott, Volksbank-Areal, Freiburg im Breisgau (Source: Courtyard Freiburg)

Future change of interior design

How do you think our living spaces and work environments and, as a result, the requirements for interior design will change in the future?

Functions will be intelligently and flexibly condensed and networked across an intelligently reduced overall area. We will no longer be able to realise the accustomed demand for space in office- and homebuilding for growing numbers of people. The intelligent approach will lie not in gaining more space for everyone, but in gaining more functions from flexible surfaces that offer more than a dining table or a bed.

Launch W3D with Hadi Teherani

Launch of the 3D-printed active stool "W3D" by Wagner Living GmbH, from left to right: Verus von Häften, Hadi Teherani, Elke Malek and Anja Sorger. (Source: Hadi Teherani Architects)

Elke Malek, Head of Design at Hadi Teherani Design Studio, will present its approach to design at interzum 2023. The talk will take place on the interzum Trend Stage on 9 May. You can find further information on this and other talks in the event search.