Review of International furniture and interiors fair of cologne and Living Kitchen 2017

Imm Cologne, to find a unique variety of interior design ideas for every room, every style and every requirement, that will be shaping the furniture and interior design sector. Participants have the opportunity to encounter weather the basics, all the way to designer items and luxury furnishings. The event is a discovery of the global furniture market, in one place, all about diversity, quality and internationalism.

Imm Cologne, to meet the changing needs of consumers, who are witnessing momentous social, economic and cultural changes, which are inevitably also rapidly changing their way of experiencing the home and living area. The old concept of a living room is gradually being replaced by a new idea of a space that becomes a place of refuge, serenity and sharing, where technology is focused on comfort and design.

The international furniture and interiors fair imm cologne is the platform for interior design and interior business. Our array of exhibitors covers every category in the furniture and interiors industry, providing a market overview with a unique diversity of product worlds and furnishing styles.

From market-ready collections to the visions of premium designers, from big names to exciting newcomers, from basic to luxury: more than 1,200 exhibitors from 50 countries will be showing the new, the exciting, the practical, “never seen before designs” and the unprecedented. The best designers and international experts will provide insights into the developments of the industry.

Imm provides comprehensive, concise and clearly structured overview of the international world of interior design. From living rooms to bathrooms, from entry-level to high-end. With these changes, exhibitors will be able to generate high-quality contacts among their target groups and inform visitors efficiently.

Cologne is also an opportunity to present new tools dedicated to retail entrepreneurs, including the new retail gallery concept, an innovative in-store communicationand the 3D configurator. The new retail concept is one of the cornerstones of the Partnership Program Editions and focuses on the modularity of the exhibition, which allows you to adapt the format to the real needs of space and business.

Exhibitors will be offered the opportunity for product and market tests on the final consumer. The imm cologne is considered as an indispensable communication forum, an important impetus driver and creative center of ideas. Anyone who exhibits here reaches the decision-makers of the global furniture scene.

IMM Cologne 2017 centrepiece is its ’Das Haus’ exhibition, exploring new ideas for living and domestics interiors, while challenging traditional set-ups. This year, the project was created by US designer Todd Bracher who collated a plethora of objets trouvè inspired by different domestic environments.

One room of Bracher’s ’Das Haus’ exhibit presented a darker, more intimate living setting inspired by wellness traditions.Bracher devised a large, minimalist show space, enclosing his 200 sq m installation in a translucent pink mesh.Elsewhere at the fair, German furniture company E15 presented new pieces including seating by Philipp Mainzer and Farah Ebrahimi, shown in tandem with artworks by Michael Riedel. Highlighting the best of new designers’ works, the Pure Talents section featured these Terrazzo tables by Italian designer Alberto Bellamoli.

One of the big furniture design trends of 2017 is undoubtedly the way in which top manufacturers and designers have so whole heartedly embraced wood. In a world where organic finishes and natural materials are making a rapid comeback, wood is definitely the absolute king of 2017 and this trend is likely to continue to last beyond the year as well! The likes of WOUD and Indonesia have made a big impact at this year’s show with their unique creations even as Ercol once again showed that it stills is as classic and relevant as ever.

The sheer brilliance illumination or the excitement leads the way of seeing a whole new world of pendants and lamps at IMM Cologne 2017. Lighting fixtures have definitely become far bolder, quirky and one sees an underlying industrial theme almost everywhere. SkLO swept us off our feet with its fabulous pendants and lamps while Dizainar wowed with amazing use of both color and geometry.

Modern designers revival of Scandinavian style and design philosophy, sorts with some of the forgotten masters from the region being rediscovered and reinterpreted by. IMM Cologne 2017 epitomizes this trend with light tones of wood, flowing Scandinavian design and Nordic inspiration pretty much shaping every single detail of the event.

Office, Home and Organized Comfort is the focus on home office and office spaces in general and the way in which designers are making them far more efficient and organized. Modular cabinets, bespoke shelf designs, space-savvy desks and ergonomic chairs – the list of how you can upgrade your boring old office into an efficient and aesthetic space is almost endless.

Also part of Pure Talents were German duo Christoph Buomberger and Tobias Pfister whose ’Klappstuhl’ folding chair was developed during the final year at the Academy of Art and Design in Basel, and Enzo Zak Lux’s ’Pico Balla’ series, featuring identical shelves whose look changes dramatically depending on how they are hung.

Classicon’s booth featured Eileen Gray’s ’Centimetre Rug’ from 1926, presented among other reissues from the designer. Also at the fair, Cassina kickstarted the celebrations for its 90th anniversary, showing new seating that included a re-edition of Mario Bellini’s ’932’ armchair from the 1960s and the sublimely-coloured ’ZH-One’ by the late Zaha Hadid. Austrian furniture company Wittman worked with Spanish designer Jaime Hayon on a collection titled ’Wittman Hayon Workshop’ that merges the designer’s humorous shapes with the brand’s savoir faire

Elsewhere in Cologne, the Museum of Applied Arts paid tribute to German designer Stefan Diez with a solo exhibition. Titled ’Full House’, the show explores Diez’s experiments with technology and innovative manufacturing methods. The pieces on show included his ’New Order’ shelves for Hay, which were used as display elements throughout the exhibition.

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Koelnmesse – Global Competence in Furniture, Interiors and Design: Koelnmesse is the world’s top trade fair organiser for the areas of furnishing, living and lifestyle. At the trade fair hub of Cologne, the leading international fair imm cologne as well as the trade fair formats of LivingKitchen, ORGATEC, spoga+gafa, interzum and Kind + Jugend rank among the internationally renowned and established industry meeting places. These fairs comprehensively represent the upholstered and case furniture segment, the kitchen industry, the office furniture sector and outdoor living as well as the innovations of the furniture supply industry.

Over the last few years, Koelnmesse has specifically added international fairs in the most important fastexpanding markets to its portfolio. These include idd Shanghai, interzum guangzhou in Guangzhou and Pueri Expo in Sao Paulo. With ambista, the online portal for the interiors business, Koelnmesse offers direct access to products, contacts, expertise and events relevant to the industry all year round.