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Czech Republic accounts for almost half of CEE real estate investment in first half of 2019

The Czech Republic accounted for almost half of real estate investment in Central and Eastern Europe in the first half of 2019, according to new figures from Cushman and Wakefield. The country attracted 1.9 billion euros in investment from January to June, 45 per cent of the 4.1 billion euros total.

Poland saw an investment volume of about 1.3 billion euros (31 per cent), followed by Romania (410 million euros, 10 per cent), Hungary (seven per cent), Slovakia (five per cent) and Bulgaria (two per cent).


Guardian Glass

Guardian Glass, a major business unit of Guardian Industries, is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of float, coated and fabricated glass products. At its 26 float lines around the globe, Guardian Glass produces high performance glass for use in exterior (both commercial and residential) and interior architectural applications, as well as transportation and technical products. Guardian glass can be found in homes, offices, cars and some of the world’s most iconic architectural landmarks. The Guardian Glass Science & Technology Center continuously works to create new glass products and solutions using the most advanced technology to help customers see what’s possible™.

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Over the last few decades, the brand name of WICONA has developed into a synonym for aluminium profile systems that meet the highest standards. Our high technological standards, rigorous system considerations, and quality processing of our products, as well as comprehensive services and consultation. WICONA is part of the Norwegian company Hydro, a fully integrated aluminium company with 35,000 employees in 40 countries on all continents. Hydro is pushing the boundaries for low carbon aluminium and use of post-consumer scrap to create recycled alloys and products. Hydro CIRCAL is a range of prime quality aluminium made with a minimum of 75% recycled, post-consumer scrap. Hydro CIRCAL has a carbon footprint among the lowest in the world: 2.3 kg CO2 per kilo of aluminium.


Kvadrat was established in Denmark in 1968 and has deep roots in Scandinavia’s world-famous design tradition. A leader in design innovation, Kvadrat produces high-performance, design textiles, rugs, window covering and acoustic solutions for both commercial and residential interiors.
Our products reflect our commitment to colour, quality, simplicity and innovation. We consistently push the aesthetic, technological and functional properties of textiles. In doing so, we collaborate with leading designers, architects and artists including: Patricia Urquiola, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Margrethe Odgaard, Alfredo Häberli, Doshi Levien, Giulio Ridolfo, Peter Saville, Pipilotti Rist, Thomas Demand and Olafur Eliasson.


HORNING was founded in 1929 and is based on fine craftsmanship which plays a vital role in the company’s values and business goals. We offer a wide range of solid floors in Oak, Ash, Douglas in a large variety of exotic wood species.
Quality and sustainability are defining characteristics of the company. We are driven by the values of UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. We are CE, FSC and have achieved Eurofins Gold Certification.
Among our many notable project references are the airports in Copenhagen, Stockholm, Bergen, Venice, Amman and the new airport in Olso, the National Museum of Oslo, the National Library in Madrid and not least the famous building of Arne Jacobsen – Aarhus City Hall – installed in 1939 and still in use.

Solid wood floors that last for generations is HORNINGs trademark.

“We are pleased sponsor the upcoming Architecture and Design Network Summit. It is a natural step stone of our global interaction with prominent peers in the business. We look forward to meet new contacts and to elaborate on design and sustainability elements of new projects.

Undoubtably this event will present an interesting platform to present the core competences of HORNING to relevant decision makers and influencers in the industry.

“It is essential for us to keep on informing about of our Floors for Generations concept as solid wood flooring in many aspects supports the sustainable drivers wihich are so important for future generations.” Peter Vissing, CEO and Partner of HORNING.


Kula has been distributing interior surfaces for over 50 years and has been involved with distributing solid surface materials for most of those years .

Today Kula is the exclusive distribution point for Meganite Solid Surface brand for all of Europe, with  a large range of over 70 Meganite decors stocked in our modern warehouse facillity situated in Ottersberg, Near Bremen , Germany.

Meganite has been a leading Acrylic solid surface brand in the USA for over 15 years, providing quality products and constant innovation to the industry.

Meganite always leads the way with innovative on trend decors , like the Movement Collection and recently launched  Terrazzo range. Combine this with Custom Colour program , Unique antimicrobial range , Meganite is at the forefront of Solid Surface Innovation.



“It is our pleasure to be a  sponsor of  the upcoming Architecture and Design Network Summit. I am excited about this opportunity to meet and discuss with senior level decision makers in the industry and discuss future  opportunities and trends that are shaping the architecture-design industry in Europe .This event will give us the chance to show our latest product innovations and new on trend decors and measure how this aligns with the design community and what is needed in the coming years in our industry. “ Glenn Shaw” European Manager Kula/Meganite.


Founded in 2007 as a start-up from RWTH Aachen University, LUCEM developed worldwide activities and provided customized artwork references with shining concrete.
Dr. Andreas Roye is the highly engaged founder of Lucem! He has a master’s and a Ph.D. degree from RWTH University in Aachen since 2007 and immediately founded his own company to design the world with stunning light solutions.
Today, 2021, LUCEM provides a full package for installations of high-class indoor and outdoor illumination.  We are passionate to provide premium full-service solutions and stunning light designs for the world.LUCEM produces translucent concrete for international design and architectural projects. In the spirit of a manufacturing company, we still produce by hand in small quantities or on request – all unique pieces, tailored to individual customers’ projects.

Driven by the need to offer the increasingly virtual and practical world a functional and atmospheric-aesthetic counterpart in which the appreciation of the work is visible in the results and project realized.

“It is our pleasure to sponsor the upcoming Architecture and Design Network Summit. We are excited about this opportunity to meet and discuss with prominent peers in the industry and discuss future business opportunities and trends that are shaping the architecture-design industry.

We have no doubt that this event will present a great platform to promote business relations for us. This aligns very well with our progressive vision in LUCEM GmbH, to bring innovation and technical excellence to the market and book our global presence as a powerhouse in serving the industry.”


EMKO’s furniture and interior accessories are defined by their smart functionality and creative flair allowing customers to enhance the positive and contemporary atmosphere of any interior. All items are designed to subtly display character while remaining highly versatile, encouraging customers to feel playful about arranging items and creating authentic spaces. Made of sustainable organic materials, EMKO products are tactile and pleasant to touch. The inherent quality together with high production standards assures the pieces are durable and long-lasting. The company’s collaborative, communal spirit coherently translates into its designs as they are intended to enhance a sense of belonging and light-hearted positivity in people inhabiting the environments where EMKO furniture exists.The company established in 2013, based in Vilnius, Lithuania.

TONALITY® – natural ceramic cladding for unique facades.

TONALITY GmbH is a German producer of ceramic façade cladding tiles, panels and formparts – usually used as rainscreen and sunscreen systems, but also more and more for internal applications like floors and ceilings. TONALITY® stands for sustainability and continuous innovation and investments, in all aspects of the company and product.

Highest possible raw material quality, purely from the Westerwald region of Germany, frost resistance and durability have been inherent characteristics of the non-combustible and maintenance free TONALITY® tiles for decades. The tiles stand out due to their unique colours – matt and glazed, range of textures and surfaces, attractive joint designs and most efficient installation and construction technology. In both, new-build and refurbishment projects, the TONALITY® tiles have proven to be a reliable system with outstanding physical properties and as a 100% natural product, they can be easily disassembled and recycled in the companies’ own facilities.


Light is omnipresent. It defines space, mood and adds value. Working in cooperation with architects, investors and operators since 1997, Lichtvision creates design-oriented lighting solutions which are innovative, sustainable and human-centred. We are an independent consultancy with a colourful and dedicated team of designers and engineers. With our collaborative approach we are known for our award-winning design, for smoothly blending technology and creativity, science with art. From our offices in Berlin, Hong Kong and London we work on a vast variety of projects across the globe, from small spatial gems to airports and stadiums. Partnering with research institutes and the lighting industry, we develop valuable lighting tools, hard- and software. We understand lighting design as an architectural integration of artificial light and daylight in the sense of a holistic approach. We permeate architectural spaces and compose spatial arrangements. We design places people remember.


Moroso has been working in close collaboration with some of the world’s most talented designers to produce luxury sofas and seating since 1952. The company has always been open to new ideas. Right from its origins in post-war Italy, where there was a culture of ‘doing things and doing them well’, Moroso has been farsighted, daring and certain of the advantage of combining craftsmanship and tailoring with industrial processing techniques to create unique products, and by drawing on the worlds of industrial design, contemporary art and fashion. Along with its product catalogue, which is a culmination of thirty years of work in design and expression, Moroso offers customers its design and production expertise in creating customised projects for the contract, luxury residential and hospitality sectors.

Manni Group

Manni Group is a well-established leading company in the international market of steel processing and metal insulating panels, playing a key role in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Manni Group promotes innovation in the processing and use of steel in all its applications, developing solutions and engineering services to meet structural, energy efficiency and sustainability requirements. Manni Group is committed to encouraging the dissemination of sustainable, safe and efficient construction practices through constant research and development endeavours relating to products, services and solutions for steel constructions, building renovation, consumption and emission reduction and the promotion of renewable energy sources. 75 years of committed and forward-looking efforts, during which the company has dealt with market changes with great dedication, adapting skilfully to the new situations during the business internationalisation process, while embracing the Circular Economy philosophy.


Fermob creates terraces, moves into squares, brings colour into gardens and enchants towns throughout the world.

As a designer and manufacturer of outdoor furniture in metal, Fermob is recognized in France and all over the world for its industrial know-how and its creations which come in 24 colours.

Our creations, designed in close collaboration with young talents and great names in the world of design, meet three requirements: they must be sturdy, attractive and practical.

From the iconic Bistro chair, Fermob has moved on to a catalogue featuring a wide range of furniture, accessories and lighting fittings to liven up your outdoor settings.

Some of our prestigious and symbolic references throughout the world:

Times Square, Tuileries Gardens, Intercontinental Carlton Cannes, Majorelle Gardens in Marrakesh, Harvard University, Nespresso headquarters, Sofitel Jumeirah Beach in Dubai, Plaza Cibeles in Mexico City, etc.


Triflex, a company in the construction chemicals industry, is the European leader in the development and application of high-quality waterproofing and coating systems based on liquid plastic. The high-quality system solutions, e.g. for flat roofs, balconies, parking decks and infrastructure as well as for marking roads and cycle paths, have been tried and tested in practice for 40 years. To ensure the best possible planning and processing reliability, Triflex offers its customers detailed advice and intensive support. The Minden-based manufacturer works exclusively through direct sales with specially trained craftsmen. Together with the specialist processing company, Triflex develops customised solutions for optimum project success. Triflex is a company in the Follmann Chemie Group. You can find further information at www.triflex.com.

Elval Colour. Your partner to unique façade creation

The manufacturing leader with coating solutions for building sustainability and green materials

In Elval Colour, we have developed a series of products that are committed to the improvement of the environmental performance of buildings, increase the sustainability of building facades and roofing, and reduce their impact on the environment by being fully recyclable at any production step and at the end of their life as well.

Elval Colour products, etalbond®, ENFTM and orofe®, can be coated in any colour together with special functional coatings, agraphon® and arypon®, each having an invaluable contribution to sustainable green building design.
With more than 40 years of experience in aluminium coating and colour matching, we can provide you with reliable advice in product specification and selection to match the needs of the project or application you undertake.
Our personnel are dedicated to seeing every step of the process through, from production to full delivery, and ready to contribute to the realisation of any architectural vision.

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Q.R.B.G. S.r.l., an Italian company, is the proud owner of the Quarella brand which has been a leader in the production and marketing of marble and quartz engineered stone since 1965. Innovators from the beginning, over the years Quarella has developed a technological capacity that makes our products a reference point for the whole market. In line with the latest design trends we offer a wide range of products, finishes and solutions for numerous applications including flooring, wall cladding, benchtops, interior design solutions and constructive elements. We are specialized both in large scale project and distribution segments where our extensive worldwide presence, long standing experience and dedicated technical support make us market leaders.

Schneider Electric

Schneider Electric is a European multinational company providing energy and automation digital solutions for efficiency and sustainability. It addresses homes, buildings, data centers, infrastructure and industries, by combining energy technologies, real-time automation, software and services


Fatra is Czech producer of homogeneous and heterogeneous PVC flooring in rolls and tiles. As a major plastics processing company founded in 1935, we export to more than 50 countries. Due to modern technologies and over 1200 qualified employees we bring high quality products on the market such as PVC rolls and tiles LINO Fatra, luxury vinyl tiles Thermofix, Imperio and floating vinyl floors with click system WELL-click, FatraClick and RS-click. Our products are designed for residential and commercial buildings, schools, hospitals and light industrial buildings. Our manufacturing processes are set for zero-waste production. With phthalates free production recipe we bring high quality and durable products with modern design.

‘ We look forward to attend at the upcoming Architecture and Design Network Summit. The future lies in seizing opportunities which this summit certainly is. Getting to know new potential future business partners is pleasant occasion. I consider every meeting as a opportunity to get quality and valuable feedback on our products and direction that our company is going in. I believe that this event will be beneficial for all visitors and create a lot of new business partnerships. The main reason why Fatra exists is to bring quality to human lives. So we do hope that the we will have opportunity to show or let others to experience the Czech quality of vinyl flooring.’


New buildings take up tradition and also respond to trends reflecting changes in society, people’s rising expectations and modern living standards. Striking, flexible and energy-efficient are key trends in contemporary construction and lifestyles. Kuraray makes sure it keeps up with such trends and offers an extensive portfolio off products which can be used to create architectural highlights.


Evonik is one of the world leaders in specialty chemicals. The company is active in more than 100 countries around the world. Evonik goes far beyond chemistry to create innovative, profitable and sustainable solutions for customers. More than 32,000 employees work together for a common purpose: We want to improve life today and tomorrow. CALOSTAT® is Evonik’s non-combustible high-performance thermal insulation material based on silicon dioxide. Purely mineral CALOSTAT® is a class A (non-combustible) building material. It has a remarkably low thermal conductivity λ of 0.019 W/(mK); the design value (λD) is 0.020 W/(mK). CALOSTAT® does not absorb liquid water but is permeable to water vapor. It contains no fungicides, algicides, pesticides, binding agents, or flame retardants. It does not react with other materials. It contains no ingredients that promote fogging and, in contrast to most commercially available fossil insulating materials, it can be recycled.


GranitiFiandre S.p.A., is a company belonging to Iris Ceramica Group, leading manufacturer of high range porcelain stoneware. GranitiFiandre has a presence in over 110 countries throughout the world with a wide choice of solutions for floors and coverings which range from the contract to the wellness and residential industry, and from the medical to the leisure industry, responding to all building and living requirements. GranitiFiandre, through the Fiandre Architectural Surfaces brand, continued with undeniable success along a path marked by new goals to reach, consolidating its business in all the markets acquired over the years. Its commitment is based on over 50 years’ history, during which quality, skill and innovation went hand in hand, bringing the company into a predominant market position. Constant updating of the technological tools available to the company is what enables it to best protect the environment from the harmful effects of industrialisation, always focusing on new opportunities.

König + Neurath: Shaping work cultures together

Working cultures change – and with them the requirements placed on the working environment: spatial, technical, organisational. König + Neurath offers answers: as one of the leading suppliers of office furniture and room solutions and supports its customers during the whole process of office furnishing – from requirements analysis, planning and production to long-term service. With its experience, wealth of ideas and its partnership approach, König + Neurath uncovers the potential and challenges of individual working cultures – and develops tailor-made solutions with differentiated styling, comprehensive product ranges and digital offerings. König + Neurath contribute significantly to an employer’s appeal by creating efficient, agile process flows within an organisation, thereby helping to see the changes taking place in the working environment as an opportunity.