It was a design event of the quieter, more subtle kind. There was no proclamation of a new design philosophy to the accompaniment of spectacular gestures. Nor was a new collection presented in a typical trade fair scenography designed to show the product off to full advantage in a perfectly styled setting, as is the custom in the Pure segments of the international furniture and interior design show imm cologne. Instead “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” was a half realistic, half visionary depiction of a dream of what living space could be like – in this particular case, of Luca Nichetto’s dream. The imm cologne’s new design format, which was introduced just last year, is not so much about individual products as about the interplay between all the various factors that constitute interior design. The individual pieces of furniture are important soloists within this ensemble but not, in this case, the superstars.
With the concept for “Das Haus” and its choice of designers so far – Doshi Levien in 2012, Luca Nichetto in 2013 – the imm cologne has underscored just how seriously it takes its goal of an “interior design” fair that depicts a wide range of different product lines. And Luca Nichetto’s interpretation of “Das Haus” was impressive proof that this is a format for the interior design discipline to take seriously – perhaps the first of its kind at such a major furnishing fair.
25. February 2013
Categories: Das Haus, Events, pure village
Tags: Cologne, Das Haus, Das Haus - Interiors on Stage, design, Dick Spierenburg, Doshi Levien, Events, imm cologne 2013, interior design, Luca Nichetto, pure village, Slow House, trade show
After seven intense days, the imm cologne closed its doors on Sunday with good to very good results. 1,250 companies from more than 50 countries showcased the latest trends for the coming year and – including estimates for the last day of the fair – attracted 142,000 visitors to Cologne.
This year, there was a 13 percent rise in the internationality of the visitor structure – a significant increase. The international furnishing fair was able to report particularly positive growth in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe and Asia that are so important for the sector. “This result is a great signal for the imm cologne and confirmation of a performance befitting a leading international fair,” said a visibly satisfied Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse. “With this trade fair duo, we have written the next chapter in the success story of the imm cologne and LivingKitchen. Cologne is the absolute focal point of the furniture and kitchen industry – especially when it comes to business,” continues the trade fair corporation’s chief executive officer.
Dirk-Uwe Klaas, Chief Executive of the Association of the German Furniture Industry (Verband der Deutschen Möbelindustrie), came to a similarly positive conclusion: “The imm cologne 2013 was an outstanding trade fair – the German furniture industry is more than satisfied. Despite the wintery weather, visitors flocked to the exhibition centre in droves. We are delighted to report numerous new contacts and customers as well as a pleasing amount of ordering activity. The marked increase in the number of foreign trade visitors is another important component for the fair’s enduring and sustainable success.”
22. January 2013
Categories: Business, Exhibitors, News, Trends
Tags: Asia, blue, box-spring beds, CEO, Cologne, countries, design, Dirk-Uwe Klaas, display cabinets, Eastern Europe, Europe, Exhibitors, final report, furniture business, Gerald Böse, grey, Heiner Goossens, highboards, Himolla, imm cologne, imm cologne 2013, international platform, internationality, Karl Sommermeyer, Koelnmesse, LED, LivingKitchen, LivingKitchen 2013, lowboards, nature theme, oak, Rolf Benz, strong plain colours, sustainability, trade show, Trends, visitors
The imm cologne social media team wishes all our fans, followers and friends, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. We had a lot of fun with you, enjoyed your feedback and all the creative ideas. More than ever before, Cologne will be the central meeting point for the suppliers and decision-makers from all over the world’s most important markets in January 2013.
imm cologne continues to build on its position as the sector’s central business platform. The outstanding infrastracture in the state-of-the-art fair halls and a broad range of services provide a good basis for your success at the fair. Take advantage of this opportunity for good discussions and concrete business deals.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR to all fans and friends of imm cologne. See you soon in Cologne!
24. December 2012
Tags: Cologne, design, Happy Holidays, Happy New Year, imm cologne 2013, interior design, trade fair
Studio Makkink & Bey, Birdwatch cabinet (for girl), 2006. (photo: © Studio Makkink & Bey)
In literature, music and art, the term ‘romanticism’ refers to an artistic era that reached from the late 18th far into the 19th century. Today we associate this term with attributes such as ‘rapturous’, ‘dreamy’, ‘imaginative’ and ‘poetic’ but also with ‘kitsch’ and with being out of touch with reality. But what, then, does romanticism have to do with contemporary design?
The exhibition ‘Isn’t it romantic? Contemporary Design between Poetry and Provocation’ attempts to address our current understanding of romanticism and to explore the new desire for romanticism. The longing for beauty and harmony and for a place of fulfilment can be understood as an alternative concept to modernism, which has predominantly shaped our current society. New values such as individuality, sensuousness, uniqueness and affinity with nature stand in opposition to increasing globalisation and mobility, against ubiquitous information overload, against alienation and against the absolute transparency of our private lives.
Against this backdrop, we can observe a shift in contemporary design that, in terms of motivation and goals, can be compared to the historic Romantic Movement. In contrast to the positions represented in the design of the 1960s and 1980s, this current movement is both less radical and less political. The focus is not so much on a radical rejection of the generally accepted understanding of design as related to the notions of perfection, functionality and a reduction of forms, rather it is about a synthesis of the romantic and the modern and about an amalgamation of rationality and irrationality, something which can be observed in current design.
21. December 2012
Categories: Events, News
Tags: Cologne, design, Doshi Levien, Formafantasma, Hella Jongerius, imm cologne 2013, Jaime Hayón, Julia Lohmann, Lidewij Edelkoort, MAKK, Makkink & Bey, Martino Gamper, Museum für Angewandte Kunst Köln, Patricia Urquiola, Philippe Starck, Pieke Bergmans, Robert Stadler, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Tord Boontje
Grohe Allure F-digital: the focal point of the digital collection are the two control elements with their universally comprehensible pictograms. (photo: Grohe)
With its digital products, Grohe is one of the pioneering forces in digital sanitaryware technology and has been continuously expanding this segment since Ondus was launched in 2008. As well as fittings for every kind of bathroom tap, the range also includes digital showers and kitchen fittings. Now Allure F-digital is set to become the new star of the technological bathroom.
When it comes to the design, the company has opted for understated simplicity and a mixture of cuboid and cylindrical shapes. Grohe sees the square base plates of the circular controllers as their style-defining feature. Sized to complement the square base plates of the bent, u-shaped spouts, they are intended to emphasise the harmonious combination of round and angular forms – a characteristic feature of Allure’s design vocabulary.
The focal point of the digital collection are the two control elements with their universally comprehensible pictograms. To start the water flowing, the user simply pushes the power button, tapping lightly on plus and minus to change the temperature. The illuminated LED ring provides visual feedback on the temperature setting. Turning the outer ring of the controller regulates the amount of water. Thanks to their textured surface, the controls are easy to operate even with wet and soapy hands.
26. October 2012
Categories: Exhibitors, News, Spa & Wellness
Tags: Allure F-digital, basin, bathroom, bidet, controller, design, digital showers, exhibitor, flow rate, Grohe, imm cologne 2013, kitchen fittings, LED, sanitaryware, shower, spa, tap, tub, water temperature
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.
05. October 2012
Categories: Awards, Interior Innovation Award, pure village, [d3] design talents
Tags: Andrej Kupetz, award, Barbara Friedrich, Best of Best, Carole Baijings, design, Gerhard Wolf, German Design Council, Giulio Ridolfo, imm cologne 2013, interior innovation award, kitchen show, LivingKitchen, LivingKitchen 2013, Sebastian Wrong, yearbook, young designers, [d3] contest, [d3] design talents
The new offering from the international interior design fair imm cologne is meeting with a very warm reception from many ambitious design providers: even though it’s by September, Pure Editions was already virtually booked out. In a compact space, the new format that has been launched within the pure segment provides exhibitors with an open stage for gallery-like presentations. The concept, location and limited capacity led to a run on the spaces in Hall 3.2.
One special element of Pure Editions are the “Featured Editions” – platforms spread throughout the room for additional installations devised by the exhibitors. The plans for this special attraction once again underline the high standards and innovative exhibition concept behind Pure Editions: the imm cologne’s creative team, headed by Creative Director Dick Spierenburg, has commissioned design platform Stylepark with its development.
05. October 2012
Categories: Innovation, News, Pure Editions
Tags: architect, architecture, artist, design, designer, Dick Spierenburg, Featured Editions, furnishing experiments, graphic designer, Hall 3.2, Koelnmesse, making-ofs, prototypes, Pure Editions, Stylepark
For all those who have to start thinking about Christmas at the beginning of autumn: so as to have the right decorations ready in time for the cold season, Création Baumann is now presenting three new Gecko in the Box sets as an X-MAS Edition with stylishly designed wintery motifs. The magnificent ice crystals, Christmas stars big and small and festive Christmas baubles are intended to conjure up cosy winter worlds on windows or mirrors. The special edition presents different-sized, classic star shapes combined with filigree snow crystals and various Christmas baubles with a sketchy, glittery surface.
The decorative elements are simply stuck onto glass surfaces, no glue required. The uv-proof textiles stay in place thanks to an adhesive coating on the back: the gravitational pull of the molecules between the two materials provides sufficient traction. As a result, the foils can be removed without leaving any residue and reused.
21. September 2012
Categories: Exhibitors, News
Tags: adhesive textile, Christmas, Création Baumann, deco, decorative elements, design, Gecko, wintery motifs, X-MAS Edition
The Bassino bathtub from Kaldewei is so big that you can actually float in the water. (photo: Kaldewei)
The days are gradually getting shorter and the Indian summer is just around the corner. Whereas summer is a time for active leisure pursuits, autumn is a good opportunity to withdraw to the cosy atmosphere of one’s own four walls again. Relaxation and regeneration are the order of the day.
Wellness enthusiasts, for instance, are often big fans of floating, an activity familiar from hotels and thermal spas. Anyone who wants to let his worries float away at home can now enjoy this particularly relaxing experience in his own bathroom: the Bassino bathtub from Kaldewei is so big that you can actually float in the water.
18. September 2012
Categories: News, Spa & Wellness
Tags: Bassino, bathroom, bathtub, comfort, design, floating, Kaldewei, regeneration, Relax Lounger, relaxation, spa, wellness
The atelier chair of Walter Knoll designed by EOOS. (photo: Walter Knoll)
The legendary slogan “Form follows function” has left its mark on generations of designers. The principle is that the shape of an object should be primarily based upon its intended function. Or shorter: Reduced form, visible function. EOOS has taken the idea of functional clarity and given it its own interpretation: the sensuousness of the minimalist.
The Atelier Chair by Walter Knoll wants to be a gentle ascetic. Leather and steel are the skin and bones. Taut but also elastic the leather stretches over the steel framework – just as you would expect of genuine tubular steel furniture. The visible construction reveals the function of the chair.
17. September 2012
Categories: Exhibitors, News
Tags: atelier chair, chair, design, EOOS, Form follows function, leather, minimalistic, tubular steel furniture, Walter Knoll