The imm cologne ended on Sunday, 24th January 2010 with a positive closing balance. Despite being shortened by a day, the fair managed to equal the previous year’s result with around 100,000 visitors. The number of exhibitors even slightly exceeded last year’s level. From Koelnmesse’s perspective, the high expectations of the imm cologne as one of the most important fairs for the international furniture and interior design sector have thus been met.
“The exhibitors have used their innovativeness to brave the crisis and been rewarded by doing good business,” says Koelnmesse’s CEO Gerald Böse. “Cologne is the business forum for the industry,” concludes the head of the trade fair company. The positive mood that prevailed in the halls for the entire duration of the fair was also emphasised by Dirk-Uwe Klaas: “This was by far the most successful furniture show for years. In the midst of the crisis, trade visitors and end consumers alike have given us impressive confirmation that the imm cologne has regained its former strength,” says the chief executive of the Association of the German Furniture Industry (Verband der Deutschen Möbelindustrie, VDM). As announced last Friday, Koelnmesse and the VDM as non-material sponsor of the imm cologne have extended their contract long-term to continue this successful collaboration beyond the scope of the imm cologne 2010.
Construction work in major cities is by no means unusual. Roads are repaired, squares remodelled and new apartment blocks erected. It’s no different in Cologne. But even though the cathedral city isn’t exactly lacking in curiosities, building an entire village in its midst certainly qualifies as a special event.
And yet the construction noise doesn’t bother a single resident; nor does the traffic have to be diverted. Because Pure Village, the township that will be built here in just a few weeks, will be constructed in the middle of Cologne Exhibition Centre, beneath the roof of Hall 3. Which explains why no doors will be hung and the big windows will remain unglazed – nobody is planning to move in permanently. On the other hand, there’s no need for visitors to this idyllic spot to do without a street café, ample entertainment, the services of a “doctor” or childcare facilities. Pure Village is the artificial but far from virtual venue where the design-savvy world will be gathering from 19th to 24th January 2010.
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.
imm cologne is the central meeting place for suppliers and decision-makers from all the world’s important markets. Find out what customers will be demanding in 2010 at the year’s first furnishing fair.
Home trends at the beginning of 2010: At home indoors and out. (photo: Flötotto; Regalsystem 355)
Homing is experiencing a boom. Despite or perhaps precisely because of the financial crisis, people are quite happy to spend their time at home, where they have the freedom to design their surroundings however they like and are master of all they survey.
Living means spending an average of 340 days a year in one and the same place: home. People are spending substantial amounts of time in their eat-in kitchens, home cinemas and private spas. On top of that, the latest interior design and furniture trends promise to bring new impetus and a new sense of fun to the way we furnish, design and live in our homes. And the individualisation trend that has been holding its own for years continues unbroken.
As a result, people are attaching growing importance to original, perhaps even unique furnishings – not only in their indoor living space, but in the way they design their garden, balcony or terrace as well. The last season saw above-average investments in this segment. And – especially if predictions of a sunny 2010 prove true – it seems more than likely that sales of garden furniture will continue to grow.
The talent forum [D3] Design talents shows which way the wind is blowing. At the imm cologne, young designers get the chance to present their original product ideas alongside the established stars of the furniture industry.
Design lives from a constant stream of new ideas. And sometimes from the reinvention of old ones. What’s crucial is a constant change of perspectives that questions what has already been achieved, penetrates beyond established aesthetics and ventures to suggest new approaches. Experimental design thus fulfils an important function for the entire discipline – by ensuring continuous input.
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.
A jury of leading international design experts will award the prize for the most outstanding innovations in five categories: Best Item, Best System, Best Detail, Materials Innovation and Classic Innovation.
All businesses exhibiting at the fair are eligible to take part, either with products already on the market or those that are being exhibited for the first time.
The interior innovation award will be presented during the opening party on the night before the fair starts.
Why is imm cologne a top event for exhibitors and trade visitors that you definitely must attend? We asked manufacturers, designers, retailers, commercial agents and architects.
Jens Wolff, CEO of CDH | For us this is the most important tradeshow for the furniture industry, where we can help exhibitors and visitors find distributors in Germany thus providing our members with an important and valuable service. Nowhere else is the support from the exhibition organisers as extensive as it is at imm cologne. But most importantly, the exhibition’s enormous importance and its excellent promotion in terms of attracting visitors helps us to get in touch with many sales representatives who are not yet members of CDH.
Claus Anstoetz, CEO, BW Bielefelder Werkstätten and Interprofil | We present almost all of the innovations from BW Bielefelder Werkstätten and Interprofil at imm cologne, because it gives us the best environment for displaying our products. It is always a pleasant start to the current business year.
Markus Benz, CEO Walter Knoll AG & Co. KG | imm cologne ranks among the most important furniture fairs worldwide. For manufacturers from Northern Europe it is the most important platform to present their novelties. It, thus, holds a strong attractiveness for retailers, architects and end customers.