The top 120 addresses + trends & new launches + a selection of the most beautiful styles
What do you need to create a proper feel-good oasis in your own four walls? Are laminate flooring, woodchip wallpaper and white half-curtains really the answer? Or are soft furnishings with different fabrics the solution, as seen in countries like England or France? This is the question Barbara Friedrich, editor-in-chief of Architektur & Wohnen magazine, asks herself in her new special on textile furnishings. “Could it be,” she speculates, “that our idea of modern living has always favoured practical aspects over decorative considerations – and that we are unconsciously continuing this ‘tradition’?” And yet just three or four decades ago, thick carpets, roomy sectional sofas with fabric covers and heavy curtains were still the epitome of German Gemütlichkeit. weiterlesen…
No architecture, no interiors: time and time again, it is outstanding architectural works that have a decisive influence on innovative interior concepts. For as preferences with regard to contemporary buildings change, our interior design tastes naturally change as well. A look at building styles in the private sector shows that changes in certain conditions can result in entire room concepts changing.
Whereas there used to be a very clear separation between the living room, dining room and kitchen, for instance, the desire for spacious, loft-like layouts has led to the current “live-in kitchen” megatrend. As a global trend barometer for modern living, the imm cologne 2012 will therefore be offering visitors various “Architektouren” in and around Cologne in addition to the wide range of products on show in the halls of the exhibition centre.
Koelnmesse’s idea of organising excursions to the architectural masterpieces of various epochs all the way to the modern era got off to a very successful start at the imm cologne 2011. In fact, the concept was so successful that the tour programme for 2012 is even more extensive. For when it comes to internationally renowned architecture, Cologne certainly has plenty to offer.
Starting in 2012, the international interior design fair imm cologne will again be hosting a major design event: “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”. The project focuses on the design of an artificial living situation within the trade fair – public and yet very personal living space designed by Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien. The London-based design team will be kicking off the new format in January 2012.
imm cologne will be live streaming the press conference and presentation of the project “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” by Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien on September 22nd, 2011 at 11.00 a.m. (London Time). The live stream can be viewed free of charge and will be available after the press conference for you to watch.
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A bulk order for high quality beech chairs? New business contacts with American wholesale traders? Trendy living accessories for the resale trade? These enquiries and offers have already found the matching business partner – online at www.BusinessEnergizer365.com. Every day, the innovative B2B online platform of Koelnmesse offers worldwide business contacts, new orders and increased turnover to the industries of imm cologne.
With a click only, the German mail order company finds a matching American business partner for children’s furniture – all without interminable research by the trader or expensive advertisement measures of the producer. BusinessEnergizer365 establishes the contact with a simple matching with eligible enquiries. This key to success is already established in the furniture and interior design industries. Numerous companies, purchasers and interested parties use the platform at www.BusinessEnergizer365.com in order to open up new sales countries and to find the matching business partner all around the world independent of the trade fair periods.
More than anything else, a trade fair is a communication platform. The international furniture and interior design show imm cologne is now expanding this platform with an application for the Apple iPhone that provides the user with news about developments in the furniture industry and interior design business even when he can’t get to his home computer or is stuck at the office. At the same time, the new app gives imm cologne fans a convenient way to keep up to date on activities in the imm cologne community.
The multifunctional application is designed not only for the Apple iPhone but for the iPad and iPod Touch as well and is available to users free of charge. With the new app, the imm cologne is adding an important component to its family of Web 2.0 tools. For Koelnmesse, mobile communication is just the next logical step for the imm cologne on its way to becoming the most modern furnishing fair in Europe. Once the imm cologne app is established, the possibilities for adding other service components are almost endless.
imm cologne presents the hit guide 2010 – including a wide range of innovative and new products presented in Cologne. Are you searching for spectacular products, a distinctive trend or a clever product idea at imm cologne? Then the hit guide 2010 is exactly what you are looking for.
Once again in 2010 the imm cologne will publish the “hit guide”, a special offer for the member of the international press. In its handy pocket size and with lots of color illustrations and short product descriptions, it provides an overview of all the big and small highlights at the fair.
The guide is compiled and selected by the “hit scouts” who based their selection on all the new products and innovations registered by the exhibitors in the run-up to the event.
For journalists: the hit guide will be available as print version.
hit guide 2010 – feel free to download it now!
You can download the latest hit guide here (pdf-file, 4 MB):
hit guide 2010, Part 1
hit guide 2010, Part 2
imm cologne is the central forum for the international furnishings industry, where exhibitors and decision-makers from all important markets meet.
Your individual business is the focus of our attention. We can support you in many ways: A new service is the Business Centre, which facilitates the work for visitors.
Fully equipped workstations put everything at your disposal to facilitate communication: free Internet access, telephone and fax. There is also an interpreter service available.
Lost your mobile phone? Forgotten your laptop? Need an interpreter? No problem. In the Business Centre located on the Boulevard between hall 6 and hall 9 you will find everything for your communication needs.
Buy your admission tickets in advance at a reduced price at your convenience in the Ticket Shop.
Everything you need to know about purchasing tickets in the Ticket Shop can be found at “Purchasing tickets – Here’s how“. What the e-ticket looks like.
Online Matchmaking, a feature of imm cologne 2010, will give trade visitors like yourself the possibility of contacting imm exhibitors even before the trade fair begins. More service + more communication = more success.
What is Online Matchmaking?
Online Matchmaking is an Internet-based contact centre. Using this tool, you can address questions in a simple and anonymous manner to all exhibitors in the product group that interests you. It offers you the following advantage: You need to ask only one question, but you’ll simultaneously reach more than one exhibitor. Because the exhibitors will answer your question via e-mail, you’ll have the opportunity to arrange personal meetings before the trade fair begins with exactly the exhibitors you’re interested in. It’s the ideal way to organize an efficient trade fair visit.
The subject of architecture has always played a leading role at imm cologne. The planning of buildings and the design of interior spaces show a considerable overlap, as evidenced by the ever-growing interest in the furniture fair. For those interested in the art of building and urban design, the Cologne Exhibition Centre will again be organising a number of exciting bilingual architecture tours in German and English.
Alongside bus tours of the highlights of Cologne’s 2000-year-old architectural history there will also be tours of the post-war reconstruction architecture of the 1950s, as well as tours covering architecture and lighting design. A walk through the newly designed Rheinauhafen will take in the most ambitious modern large-scale building project in Cologne.
An additional tour will also visit the spectacular, newly built Kolumba Art Museum as well as the monolithic chapel in the Eifel region, both important works of the Pritzker prizewinner Peter Zumthor. A tour of the galeries of this city of the arts, along with a gastronomic tour featuring some of the best of the local dishes and specialities, rounds off the program.