The Interior Innovation Award is one of the most prestigious design prizes in the international furnishing sector – companies from all product categories of the sector are now invited to enter the competition at www.interior-innovation-award.com. imm cologne is the conceptual sponsor of the competition, which is hosted by the German Design Council.
Companies with products listed in the categories Furniture, Outdoor Products, Bathroom/Wellness, Office/Workplace, Building Fixtures, Walls/Floors/Ceilings, Luminaires, Textiles and last but not least products for Kitchen/Household may register for the competition until 7 November 2012.
The Interior Innovation Award – Best of Best 2013 label will be bestowed to 15 products overall; as an additional highlight three up-and-coming designers will be selected for the Interior Innovation Award at the D3 Contest 2013 talent show. The prize winners will be announced at the imm cologne opening ceremony on 13 January 2013.
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Koelnmesse has commissioned the Rat für Formgebung/German Design Council to act as overseers and organizers of the young designers’ exhibition and prize at imm cologne 2012, the international furnishing show, which is named D3 Contest since five years and was formerly known as inspired by cologne.
Up to 30 new product designs, the work of design students and young designers from around the world, will be preselected and featured in a special exhibition for the ninth time. The jury for the design competition, the Interior Innovation Award 2012, (due to be held at imm cologne) will then choose the three most talented up-and-coming international designers for 2012 from these nominees.
“Sensational. It was our best interzum ever,” was the general consensus amongst exhibitors at the end of this year’s interzum. With 52,400 trade visitors from 147 countries, the leading international trade fair for the furniture supplier industry was able to announce growth of 13 percent as compared to the previous event in 2009. The internationality of the visitor structure, traditionally always high anyway, increased significantly this year with a plus of 24 percent.
“I’m absolutely thrilled. What’s been happening here over the last few days is incredible. For four days, the exhibitors have been showing what I can only describe as a firework display. The industry has been celebrating itself – with good reason,” concludes Frank Haubold, product manager of interzum and director of the imm cologne. “With this interzum, Koelnmesse has definitely underlined its position as a beacon for the furniture industry. I don’t believe there is any other trade fair venue in the world where three absolute leading events for the respective sectors take place so successfully, in such concentrated form and in such a brief space of time. We are creating precedents for an extremely promising future,” says a visibly satisfied Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse.
This year’s interzum was the international meeting point for the supplier industry. The mood was extremely good, exhibitors were able to make new contacts and boost business. And visitors had the opportunity to get a comprehensive overview of what the sector has to offer. There were sophisticated newly developed products on show in all segments.
Best of the Best: the material Naturalia by Arpa - one of the winners of the interzum award. (Foto: Arpa)
It’s time for round six: once again in 2011 the coveted “interzum award: intelligent material & design” will be presented at interzum. With submissions from a total of 19 countries, the design prize is more international than ever before, proving that this award now enjoys the highest recognition worldwide and acts as a reliable biennial way marker for extraordinary innovations.
For over 50 years the interzum trade fair has been a meeting place for the international supplier industry and, above all, a source of inspiration for industry, crafts and trade. Nowhere else in the world will you find such a wealth of innovations that have a decisive influence on the products of tomorrow. In keeping with this, ten years ago Koelnmesse launched the “interzum award: intelligent material & design” in cooperation with red dot projects.
Just a few weeks to go now until interzum 2011 opens its doors at Cologne Exhibition Centre from 25th to 28th May. Around 1,400 exhibitors will be presenting their latest innovations to visitors from all over the world. But interzum has far more to offer than the pure product exhibitions – a whole series of special presentations, piazzas and thematic focal points spread throughout the fair are guaranteed to make the trade show even more attractive and encourage a lively exchange of ideas.
Light and materials at the innovation of interior forum
For the second time, Hall 4.2 will be hosting the innovation of interior forum, the new attraction for architects, designers and product developers with a special focus on light and materials. In addition there is an information area, a lounge, speech and meeting zone and compact, pre-specified presentation spaces for prestigious companies that form a perfect unit both visually and thematically. The declared aim of innovation of interior is to encourage eye-level communication at state-of-the-art level with partners who share the same aims and values.
As part of the opening ceremony for imm cologne, the Best of Best in this year’s Interior Innovation Award were announced on 17 January 2011. In addition, the three best international up-and-coming designers were presented with the Interior Innovation Award. All award-winning products are being exhibited in special shows at imm cologne.
The large Boulevard of Innovations award exhibition along the northern boulevard presents the products that the jury awarded the “Winner 2011″ label as well as those from this preliminary selection proclaimed the 15 Best of Best 2011. The award-winning work of the three best newcomers together with around 30 prototypes from international up-and-coming designers can be seen in the [D3] Contest exhibition in Hall 3.2.
imm cologne exhibitor Kinnasand (Hall/Booth: 11.1 C010 D011) has been awarded the prize Interior Innovation Award – Winner 2011 for the contract collection Colours Unlimited.
The Interior Innovation Award is an international acknowledgement for design, innovation and outstanding product concepts. A renowned jury of experts evaluate product innovation, observing new products and the application of novel materials as well as complex production techniques based on innovative design revelation.
As of this year, participation in the Interior Innovation Award is no longer restricted to the imm cologne’s exhibitors. By opening the competition up, the award is intended to reflect the international furniture fair’s importance for the industry, the entire spectrum of which is represented at the Cologne show.
With its focus on innovative excellence in all product areas, the competition is a reflection of the industry’s huge inventiveness. “In future, we want the Interior Innovation Award to be an even stronger expression of the efficacy and innovative spirit of companies operating in the furniture and interior design market,” says CEO of Koelnmesse Gerald Böse in explanation of the modified concept. Limiting participation to exhibitors seemed to stand in the way of this aim. “That’s why we decided to abolish the official restriction on participation so as to better communicate the commendableness of the award-winning innovations. And since the imm cologne depicts the entire spectrum of this market, we’re expecting some top-class results from the Interior Innovation Award again.”
Photo: Koelnmesse International GmbH
Prized by the more than four million visitors during the 184 days of the EXPO 2010, the German Pavilion is now officially “prized” by the experts too. An international commission made up of representatives of the Bureau International des Expositions (B.I.E.), which awards the EXPOs, plus well-known architects and museum directors was so impressed by the concept that it recommended the Chinese organising body, the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination, bestow it with first prize in the “Theme Development” category. The pavilion, a demanding project, was organised and run by Koelnmesse International GmbH.
“The years of preparation and the attention to detail have paid off. What a way to finish! We’re over the moon“, said a delighted Dietmar Schmitz, the German Pavilion’s Commissioner General from the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, as he picked up the award. “I should like especially to thank the German Pavilion team, the masterminds behind the pavilion and everyone who brought it to life over the past six months as the face of the German Pavilion and ambassadors for Germany.” The exhibition was designed by Stuttgart-based agency Milla und Partner, the architecture was the work of Schmidhuber + Kaindl in Munich and the pavilion was built by Nussli (Germany).