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 Flatmate: thanks to its compact dimensions, this new interpretation of the bureau is also ideal for users with a mobile lifestyle – a bureau to go, as it were. (photo: Müller Möbelwerkstätten)
Like a real buddy or a good fellow lodger in a student flatshare, the Flatmate bureau from Müller Möbelwerkstätten makes itself scarce when it isn’t needed. When closed, it has a footprint of just 0.09 m² and is thus a likely contender for the title of smallest fully equipped bureau on the market.
Thanks to its shallow depth and simple, inconspicuous design, it can even turn long hallways in older buildings into a home office if required, provide a private place for writing letters in the bedroom or serve as a temporary workstation in a weekend home. Flatmate thus manages to make sensible use of leftover spaces and unused corners that are not suitable for more conventional furnishings. Thanks to its compact dimensions, this new interpretation of the bureau is also ideal for users with a mobile lifestyle – a bureau to go, as it were.
The integrated and flexible interior features provide storage space for both traditional writing instruments and a tablet PC & Co. and combine the characteristics of a classic type of furniture with the new forms of networked life and work. With the addition of a Bluetooth keyboard (not included), a mobile tablet PC can thus be transformed into a stationary and ergonomic workstation with an integrated power supply; the mobile phone can be discreetly charged behind the closed desktop.
07. August 2012
Categories: Exhibitors, News
Tags: bureau, bureau to go, Flatmate, glare-free lighting, home office, imm cologne, imm cologne 2012, imm cologne 2013, iPad, Müller Möbelwerkstätten, power socket, tablet PC
Gerald Böse, CEO of the Koelnmesse Executive Board. (photo: Koelnmesse)
On 15 May 2012 Media Globe Krokus (MGK), as organiser of the Moscow International Furniture Show, and Koelnmesse signed a letter of intent. The joint aim is to establish a furniture trade fair with an international format in Moscow from 2013.
“For Koelnmesse this collaboration will be of great mutual benefit and represents an important step forward in internationalisation”, explains Gerald Böse, CEO at Koelnmesse. “Under the name ‘Rooms Moscow’ we will create a trade fair format aimed at the Russian market within the Moscow International Furniture Show. In doing so, we will bring in all the relevant furnishing areas of our globally leading trade fairs imm cologne, LivingKitchen, ORGATEC, spoga+gafa and interzum”, Böse continues. The range on show will span upholstery, storage furniture and office furniture, as well as furniture for contract business, for the outdoor area and for the kitchen.
Rooms Moscow should provide visitors with an overview of designs for rooms, including interior fittings, floors, walls, ceilings, lighting and bath and spa solutions. This new trade fair provides a platform for companies across the world seeking access to the Russian market.
16. May 2012
Categories: News, Rooms Moscow
Tags: furniture show, Gerald Böse, imm cologne, interzum, Koelnmesse, LivingKitchen, Marc Zöllig, Media Globe Krokus, MGK, Moscow, Moscow International Furniture Show, Orgatec, overseas business, Rooms Moscow, Russia, Russian Federation, spoga+gafa
On 22nd January 2012, the imm cologne and LivingInteriors drew to a close in Cologne with a very good result. For seven days, 1,157 companies from 54 countries showed the interior design trends of the coming year. Including estimates for the last day of the show, the trade fair duo lured 115,000 visitors to Cologne. “Cologne is the key business platform for the global furniture economy – as this trade fair has once again impressively demonstrated,” sums up Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse. “This year we were bang on course. We had more exhibitors, were more international – the Italian contingent was stronger than it had been for a long time – and visitors got to see lots of genuinely new products. All in all, a result like this means we are again playing at the very top of the furniture sector’s premier league,” continues Böse.
With his statement “This year’s furniture fair exceeded our expectations yet again,” Dirk Uwe Klaas, Chief Executive of the Association of the German Furniture Industry (Verband der Deutschen Möbelindustrie), came to a similar conclusion. “With this kind of momentum, 2012 may well be a very good year for furniture- and as far as Germany is concerned, our furniture industry may well become the engine that drives consumption,” adds the Chief Executive.
A total of 115,000 visitors came to the metropolis on the Rhine – 14 percent more than at the last comparable event in 2010, even without LivingKitchen. With foreign visitors accounting for 42 percent (based on the trade visitor days), the imm cologne was once again a very international trade fair. Firstly, there were far more buyers from Europe, especially from the Russian Federation and Italy, and secondly, there was a slight increase in the number of visitors from North America and Asia. The Public Days were also very well attended. Around 40,000 consumers came to seek inspiration from the interior worlds on show. “We see this result as proof that our many and varied activities, aimed not only at national and international trade visitors but at consumers as well, have been successful,” says Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse. “The imm cologne 2012 has thus established itself as an order-writing and information platform,” continues the COO.
23. January 2012
Categories: Business, Exhibitors, LivingInteriors, LivingKitchen, News
Tags: Andreas Haumesser, Andreas William, Association of the German Furniture Industry, B&B Italia, Bauwerk Parkett GmbH, Christian Neubert, Claudia Rethmann, Cologne, Das Haus - Interiors on Stage, DESALTO SPA, Dirk-Uwe Klaas, Exhibitors, Express-Möbel and CS-Schmalmöbel, foreign visitors, Gerald Böse, Guido Reibel, Henning Axel Kantner, Hukla Matratzen GmbH, imm cologne, imm cologne 2012, interlübke, Katharina C. Hamma, Koelnmesse, Ligne Roset, LivingInteriors, LivingKitchen, Nolte Delbrück, Sabine Böhm, Ulrich Gaupp, visitors, Walter Orsenego, Wöstmann
The countdown has started: in just a little more than a month from now, the next imm cologne will be opening its doors. From 16th to 22nd January 2012, everybody who’s anybody will be presenting themselves in Cologne again. From international basics in living room and bedroom furniture to young lifestyles and the self-assembly segment, mattresses and sleeping systems, upholstered furniture, modern living-room, bathroom and solid wood furniture, furniture for kids and sophisticated interior design concepts, all the way to the premium and high-end segment – all of it will be on show in Cologne. For the first time, the extensive range of products covered by the “biggest furniture store in the world” will be extended even further, thanks to the numerous providers from the bathroom, flooring, wall coverings and lighting segments who will be exhibiting at the new parallel event LivingInteriors. read more…
15. December 2011
Categories: Events, imm comfort, imm prime, imm pure, imm sleep, imm smart, LivingInteriors, Press
Tags: bedroom furniture, Cologne, high-end segment, imm cologne, living room furniture, modern, premium segment, upholstered furniture
Retro is a trend – there’s nothing new about that. For some years now, the aesthetics of fashion, design and architecture have been turning to the shapes and styles of past eras. Even so, new variations on this trend are evolving all the time: wallpaper manufacturers have realised the appeal of retro motifs and are integrating them into their collections.
Big lines and circles in loud colours are typical of retro wallpapers. Several vibrant shades are often used together in one motif to create striking colour combinations. But there are also wallpapers on the market for amateur decorators who are less keen to experiment. Single-colour motifs on a light background, for instance, are a good start for retro novices. read more…
09. December 2011
Categories: LivingInteriors, News, Trends
Tags: 50s-style, 60s-look, aesthetics, attention, attractive, collections, German Wallpaper Institute, imm cologne, retro, retro trend, versatility, wallpaper
(Photo: Koelnmesse GmbH)
300 designer brands, a fifth of them from Italy, meet their business partners at the imm cologne fair. These range from interior designers to architects as well as a critical trade audience from all over the world. Here in Cologne cameras are as important as order books, as tomorrow’s trends are discussed and today’s winning trends are decided. Italy, the design nation with its leading lifestyle brands, is once again present in full force at the imm cologne. More than 60 Italian exhibitors, including top brands such as B&B Italia, Cassina, Poltrona Frau and Capellini, Cierre, Desalto, Driade, Kartell, Living Divani, MDF Italia, Poliform and Porro will present their ranges and innovations at the fair in January. read more…
26. October 2011
Categories: Events, Exhibitors
Tags: Artek, B&B Italia, brands, Capellini & Poltrona Frau, Cassina, Cierre, Cologne, COR, de Sede, Desalto, design, design capital, Driade, imm cologne, interior concepts, interlübke, Kartell, Kettal, lifestyle, Ligne Roset, Living Divani, luxurious, MDF Italia, news, Poliform, Porro, sophisticated, sustainability, trade fair, trade visitor, Vintage, Walter Knoll
On 03 September 2010, textile specialist Nya Nordiska celebrated the completion of a new extension to its company headquarters in Dannenberg, Lower Saxony. read more…
21. September 2010
Categories: pure textile
Tags: Heinz Röntgen, imm cologne, imm cologne 2011, Koelnmesse, Köln, Nya Nordiska, pure textile, textile design, Udo Traeger
What’s really new about the interior trends for 2011? What are the hidden similarities between the increasing number of diverging trends and new products? And what are the differences? What motivates designers? What do consumers find appealing about the designs?
The Trend Board of imm cologne, which this year is full of new faces, has the job of analysing current trends in the world of interior design and projecting them into the future. This year its discussion topics included phenomena such as individualization, sustainability, developments in style, materials, colours and shapes.
18. August 2010
Categories: Interior Trends 2011, top designers, Trends
Tags: apartamento, colours, Defne Koz, developments in style, EOOS, furniture, Harald Gründl, imm cologne, imm cologne 2011, individualization, interior design, Interior Trends 2011, Jakob Schlaepfer, Marco Velardi, Martin Leuthold, materials, Patricia Urquiola, products, shapes, sustainability, Trend Board, Trends
Israeli designer Arik Levy is one of the most sought-after masters of his trade, whereas the sphere of his activities, which every now and then even cross the boundary to art, seems nearly unlimited. Kristina Raderschad visited the successful designer in the new studio in Paris he recently moved in and gained insights into his working methods.
Opening the heavy iron door to Ldesign’s new studio in an ancient industrial building amidst the hip Parisian quarter Bellville, which Levy moved in together with his business partner Pippo Lionni, one is greeted by the concentrated atmosphere of a design factory. Here, a team of currently 20 creative professionals is working on about 200 projects – in an all-white loft-like room with a large ribbon glazing pointing to the street, which several low shelves subdivide into different departments. A meeting is taking place at the back of the office, a project team is discussing ongoing tasks at the conference table, telephones are ringing, conversations and a big hustle and bustle are filling the room. In one niche material samples, models, prototypes and custom-built products accumulate. Next to this spot one of the Fractal Cloud lamps is being assembled: Step by step the small, delicate neon tubes are being wired and stuck together to form a Gesamtkunstwerk.
28. April 2010
Categories: Designers in Dialogue, top designers, visions
Tags: Arik Lévy, Baccarat, Bellville, Christofle, Desalto, e15, EMU, Fractal Cloud lamps, imm cologne, imm cologne 2009, imm cologne 2011, industrial design, industrial designer, interior innovation award 2009, Köln, Ldesign, Ligne Roset, Living Divani, Maxit, Molteni, Paris, Philipp Mainzer, photography, Pippo Lionni, Svedese, video art, Vitra, Zanotta