Fun for all ages at Heim+Handwerk

When Heim+Handwerk opens its doors in Munich from 29.11 to 7.12.2008, visitors will find some major changes. The basic idea behind Germany's biggest fair for building, furnishing and lifestyle, presenting high-quality craftsmanship, remains the same. What is new is how it is presented: all halls will have a slogan, so that exhibitors and visitors know right from the start what is awaiting them. The exhibition features everything from ingenious home accessories and stylish furnishings to façade insulation – as visitors pass through the halls they walk, as it were, through all the various parts of a house, from inside to outside.

This layout means that they can either plan their visit in detail from the start, or just wander through the lifestyles on show as the mood takes them. Heim+Handwerk 2008 also offers professional advice by independent experts. Whether visitors are interested in interior decoration and design or environmental concerns such as the energy-efficiency certificate or sustainable refurbishment, everyone will find something to meet their requirements in each of the six exhibition halls.

In Hall A2 the completely redesigned 'Exclusive Living Selection' is bound to draw the crowds. Whether looking at high-quality home furnishings or inspiring light and colour concepts, visitors will find individual room design coupled with comprehensive advice. Beautifully designed walk-in rooms showcase trends for kitchens, bathrooms, lounges and bedrooms. A varied programme of talks on lifestyle trends, furniture, light and colour design and a presentation of unusual building projects from Bavaria complete the 'Exclusive Living Selection'. Under the name PLANwerk, experts from the Coburg Designforum Oberfranken e.V. will talk and answer questions on the topic of planning and design. The interior designers will give their expert advice to visitors free of charge.

The spotlight will be on Hall A2 on the opening day, when a VIP evening for invited guests takes place from 6.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. A Munich salsa academy will set the mood with some performances of Caribbean dance. The high point of the evening will be the first presentation made by the artist Marco Mehn at Heim+Handwerk. He will be exhibiting to the public his latest luxury objet d'art – a Mini Cooper S car designed in 126 shades of red and set with over 35, 000 Swarovski stones – which took weeks of painstakingly detailed work. From Munich the car will set off on a European tour.

Hall A1 – Lifestyle Accessories and Arts and Crafts features exotic decorative exhibits from all over the world, lifestyle accessories and unusual arts and crafts. On display in the Arts and Crafts Special Exhibition is a life-size reproduction of a house with hand-made objects made from wood, ceramics, stainless steel, fabric, glass, felt and paper. While the adults are having a close look at the exhibits, a magician will make sure that the children are also kept entertained.

Another exhibit is the 'Hotel zum Bayerischen Mopserl', which is being 'opened' at this year's Heim+Handwerk for the first time. The hotel scenarios, designed and made by the textile artist Stefanie 'Alraune' Siebert, display craftsmanship at its very best. The whimsical, life-size fabric figures are arranged in various settings. The hotel accommodates prominent guests such as Angela Merkel, Salvador Dalí and Miss Marple, and other scenarios include a hotel kitchen with an extensive buffet, a scene featuring musicians and even a spa for relaxing. The main attraction is that all the accessories from the roast duck and butter torte to the instruments and candlesticks are hand-made from fabric.

Hall A3 – Kitchen + Co. contains a huge and fascinating range of kitchens and kitchen equipment, with the focus on comfort, modern technology and the environment. With their elegant lines, fronts without handles, glass, paint and real wood, these fully constructed kitchens demonstrate both impressive total solutions and sophisticated details for every taste. So that you can get cracking in your new kitchen right away, you will find all you need such as matching kitchen equipment, pots, pans and much more. Visitors can find inspiration for baking in the run-up to Christmas in the lively workshop being run next door by the Altbayern and Franken Patissier's Guild.

From classic furnishings to more specialised themes such as comfortable living to suit all generations: under the motto Furnishing and Lifestyle Hall B1 is displaying classic pieces, such as upholstered furniture, chairs, tables and cupboards. The great variety of skill involved is presented to visitors in lively workshops, for example the Bavarian Guild of Opticians is offering eye tests free of charge. The Bavarian Guild of Roofers is giving practical tips, showing people ways in which roofs can be used to generate energy. Other eye catchers will certainly include the 'Sex and the City' fashion show and the traditional costume show put on by the Guild of Bavarian Bespoke Tailors.

In Hall B2 exhibitors are presenting a wide range of products and systems for interior fittings and energy-efficient building. In a well-designed display, companies present floorings and wall coverings, tiles, bathroom components, tiled stoves and water and energy supply systems. A key element of Hall B2 is the Energy Saving Area. Experts from Bayernenergie e.V., the Upper Bavarian Guild of Chimney Sweeps and Bauzentrum München will be giving professional advice on remedial actions, how to reduce running costs, grants and much more. The comprehensive advice on offer is rounded off with talks on 'Biomass heating', 'Solar architecture', 'Thermographic imaging of older buildings' and on the energy-efficiency certificate.

The special exhibition in Hall B3 addresses 'Water as a resource' with three main focal themes, 'use, design and feel-good'. Under 'use' visitors are given valuable information on how to use this precious resource in their homes. Various companies are presenting current technologies, including using rain water, decalcifying and improving water and flood protection. The 'design' area explores the topic of water as a design element in our own four walls and in the garden. The whole family can take part in some simple experiments, approaching the element of water from the 'feel-good angle'. In addition Hall B3 will also contain exhibitors from the construction, fittings, renovation, refurbishment and modernisation sections.

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