ENTRY2006 will centre around the main exhibition, which will run from 26 August to 3 December 2006 in the Kohlenwäsche (former coal-washing plant) at Essen’s Zollverein. The exhibition concept starts with a look back at the pioneers of design and then passes through the history of today’s cult brands that have been conquering the consumer world since the 1950s. Finally, it previews the future and asks what possibilities will arise if design and science overcome the limits of what seems possible today.
New materials and technologies pave new ways for designers, with Mother Nature frequently playing a leading role. One example is the lotus effect, where scientists have researched the self-cleaning principle utilised by lotus flower leaves and translated it into technical applications. Products such as roof tiles, cars and bath-tubs with self-cleaning surfaces – the fruits of collaboration between designers and manufacturers – are now available and setting the standards for the future.