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
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
It doesn’t get any better than this: full halls, the most important players from Germany and abroad and a cornucopia of ideas across all the different segments for furniture buyers from all over the world to pick and choose from – that’s the imm cologne. Some of the more than 1,000 exhibitors are already speaking very openly about their expectations of the international furniture and interior design event in January 2013, as well as about the new products they will be showing there for the first time.
Koelnmesse is looking forward to a very successful imm cologne 2013: a total of 1,050 exhibitors from more than 50 countries have confirmed their attendance, 625 of them from abroad. Together with the international kitchen event LivingKitchen, the trade fair will be filling the 280,000 square metres of gross floor space in halls 1 to 11 to capacity.
07. December 2012
Categories: Exhibitors, imm comfort, imm prime, imm pure, imm sleep, imm smart, LivingKitchen, News, Pure Editions, pure textile, pure village, Trends
Tags: Andreas Lechner, B&B Italia, Bretz, Création Baumann, Exhibitors, furniture, Hilding Anders, imm cologne 2013, innovations, interior design, international, Jeannick Breine, Jori, Koziol, Machalke, Martin Frutig, Maxalto, MDF Italia, Minotiitalia, new products, Norbert Bretz, Nya Nordiska Textiles, outdoor, RAL, Ramón Esteve, Rolf Benz, Stefan Heiliger, Umberto Cassina, Zeitraum
The imm cologne, the major worldwide event for the interior design sector, will open its gates in fewer than 200 days. Following the two successful events in 2011 and 2012, the 2013 trade fair is also right on track. With roughly 10 percent more exhibitors and 12 percent more exhibition space occupied, augmented by an increase in foreign participation and new product segments, there’s nothing standing in the way of a successful event.
“2013 is a very important year for us. With a strong German economy to bolster us while foreign markets are faltering, the imm cologne will assume a very special function as the central global business platform. The significant interest from strong Italian brands is a good example of this. For the first time in years we’ll be occupying the entire exhibition centre again, enabling our visitors to experience everything the international interior design sector has to offer in one location. In view of the huge interest from professional circles and the media, plus the fact that the number of exhibitors who have registered to take part exceeds all our expectations, we can already say that, more than ever before, Cologne is very much a talking point in the international interior design sector,” says Frank Haubold, Vice President Trade Fair Management.
09. July 2012
Categories: Business, Events, Exhibitors, LivingKitchen, pure textile, pure village
Tags: Austria, Brazil, Cologne, comfort, Das Haus - Interiors on Stage, design, Exhibitors, Frank Haubold, imm cologne 2013, interior design, international, Italy, kitchen, LivingKitchen, Prime, Pure, pure textile, pure village, sleep, Smart, Spain, trade fair, Turkey
COR Sitzmöbel has contributed to this living culture at sea by outfitting 251 generously designed suites. (photo: COR Sitzmöbel)
Starting in May 2013, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is presenting an interior design (architects: psd Partner Ship Design) on board the “EUROPA 2″ which interprets luxury requirements as a modern, casual lifestyle. COR Sitzmöbel has contributed to this living culture at sea by outfitting 251 generously designed suites.
“Home is always best. We are happy to settle for second place.” With this gracious understatement, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises expresses its central aspiration: To make breaks at sea feel like a second home on all programme and design levels. “Well-being can also be calculated in terms of square meters,” says Julian Pfitzner, Head of Product Management. “Our concept addresses modern cosmopolitans with a relaxed lifestyle through maximum individuality and comfort.” These criteria are also decisive when it comes to selecting partner firms such as COR.
03. July 2012
Categories: Exhibitors, News
Tags: Austria, benches, chairs, Chanel, CONSETA, COR, COR Sitzmöbel, design, Dibbern, easy chairs, Europa 2, Germany, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises, interior design, JAB Anstoetz, Julian Pfitzner, Kai Bunge, Miele, Partner Ship Design, QUANT, Schott Zwiesel, SHRIMP, Siegfried Schindler, sofas, special edition, Switzerland
Pure Editions now offers exhibitors a third dimension for presenting themselves. Here too, the architecture is consistently designed but in this case also totally open, providing a stage for a strong statement by visionary brands. (photo: Koelnmesse GmbH)
At the international interior design show in Cologne, exclusive design brands have always been keen on coming together to form inspiring clusters. As a result, during the last imm cologne, some exhibitors had to move their style icons a little closer together in the legendary design stronghold of the No. 11 halls. The Cologne fair therefore wants to set aside even more space for this segment in future – with a new level in Hall 3, a new format and new exhibition concepts. Because for both the trade fair organisers and their exhibitors, it isn’t just the quantity of space that counts, but the quality of that space as well.
The design brands’ presentations also attract a great deal of attention from visitors. This is where they can find concentrated clusters of innovations, unusual product displays and lifestyle. It was precisely because of this group of exhibitors’ uncompromising design orientation that the organisers decided to name the segment “Pure”. Since the show moved into the new exhibition halls, anybody who wants to get an idea of the latest original interior design ideas and avant-garde designs from the wide spectrum on offer at the imm cologne has been able to find what he is looking for under this name in the three halls 11.1, 11.2 and 11.3.
01. June 2012
Categories: Pure Editions, pure textile, pure village, [d3] design talents
Tags: avant-garde design, Chivasso, Christian Fischbacher, Création Baumann, creative brands, design, Dick Spierenburg, hall 11, Hall 11.1, Hall 11.2, hall 11.3, hall 3, Hall 3.2, imm cologne 2013, innovations, interior design, JAB Anstoetz, Kinnasand, Nya Nordiska, Pure, Pure Editions, pure village, Sahco, textile specialists, top brands, Wellmann, Zimmer + Rohde, [d³] design talents
The young Berlin design studio osko+deichmann created the space-creating, modular piece of seating furniture for various sitting positions. (photo: Brunner)
With “plot” Brunner presents a modular piece of seating furniture for a relaxed way of sitting. The young Berlin design studio osko+deichmann created the space-creating, modular piece of seating furniture for various sitting positions, which can be integrated into offices, foyers or lounges like a natural “loungescape”.
The open concept of use, which is based on a square module, fits in well with those who do not only want to sit but lean against, move, interact and communicate in a relaxed way. “We wanted to create a product which the user handles in a different way. You should feel free and mobile – this releases productive energy and promotes creativity,” Dr. Marc Brunner, Managing Director of the family business, is convinced. The concept of plot offers seats adjustable on three levels and is about to interpret the function of arm and back rest in a new way.
“How do we sit, when we are on the road? Do we wait or do we work? Do we meet and interact? Or do we rest?” These questions led osko+deichmann to the unconventional design of plot. On the basis of a square module, six combinations of seats and rests can be realised. The middle level – the arm rest – was designed in a flexible way and can be repositioned without the use of tools.
01. June 2012
Tags: Brunner, design, furniture, interior design, Marc Brunner, osko+deichmann, plot, seating furniture, sitting positions, sofa
With its own show at the imm cologne, Pure Textile once again promises to provide a compelling, decorative highlight at the international furnishing fair. (photo: Création Baumann)
Pure Textile, the platform for top brands of innovative fabrics and textiles for interior design, is a special format for a special range of products. With its own show at the imm cologne, Pure Textile once again promises to provide a compelling, decorative highlight at the international furnishing fair.
After its extremely successful premiere in 2011, the biennial event is scheduled to become an integral part of the imm cologne and will in future find a permanent home in Hall 3.2. These products play an important complementary role for the furniture industry; with the new Pure Editions format and their close proximity to the Pure show in Hall 11, they will form part of precisely the kind of exclusive neighbourhood that the fabric brands are looking for.
“Today textiles are part of any integral interior design and fit in perfectly with the kind of upscale, design-oriented environment provided by the Cologne trade fair and the new direction it has taken,” says Christoph Häußler, Managing Director of Sahco, of his company’s decision to attend the Cologne event. After the good performance of 2011 Christian Hofmann, Sales Director of Kinnasand, has high hopes of the show’s new home as well: “Pure Textile 2011 was a new format at the imm cologne and far exceeded the expectations of both the textile brands and the trade fair itself. We’re expecting the response to the new location in Hall 3.2 to be at least equally good.”
01. June 2012
Categories: pure textile
Tags: Andreas Zimmer, Chivasso, Chris Jacob Schminnes, Christian Fischbacher, Christian Hofmann, Christoph Häußler, Claus Anstoetz, colour trends, colours, Création Baumann, design trends, fabrics, imm cologne 2013, interior design, JAB Anstoetz, JAB Anstoetz Group, Kinnasand, LivingKitchen, material, Nya Nordiska, Philippe Baumann, pure textile, Sahco, textiles, top brands, Wellmann, Zimmer + Rohde
Frank Haubold, Vice President Trade Fair Management at Koelnmesse. (photo: Koelnmesse)
In several respects, Germany can be described as the country for furniture – as is also reflected in the development of the imm cologne. The event has returned to its former strength and has been reporting a steady increase in attendance figures since 2009. This is due on the one hand to a trade fair platform that has proved its worth and on the other to the stable economic situation and high demand for furnishings within the Federal Republic.
“For many years now, this trade fair has been an absolute must, even if there are a few weaker years behind us,” explains Frank Haubold, Vice President Trade Fair Management at Koelnmesse. “In 2012, we were once again able to welcome a lot of first-time exhibitors to the imm cologne – young, up-and-coming companies who saw their presence at the trade fair as a way of gaining a stronger foothold in Germany and Europe. But it wasn’t only new providers who came to Cologne: a lot of firmly established manufacturers returned as well – precisely because the German furniture show enjoys such a good reputation and, in recent years, has been able to improve its standing even further.”
Translated into figures, this means an increase from 948 exhibiting companies in 2009 to no fewer than 1,159 this year. In addition, the number of visitors grew by 15% to approx. 115,000 in the same period.
15. May 2012
Categories: Business, Exhibitors, News
Tags: BVDM, Cologne, consumer spendings, Dirk-Uwe Klaas, Exhibitors, foreign brands, Frank Haubold, furniture, furniture fair, furniture show, high-quality brands, imm cologne 2012, imm cologne 2013, interior design, Koelnmesse, number of exhibitors, number of visitors, VDM, visitors
Zones instead of rooms: The elimination of room boundaries and walls is giving rise to a host of new possibilities for interior design.
The reason modernist architecture is so topical again today is that – perhaps for the first time ever – it is compatible with many people’s desire for open living spaces, a more flexible organisation of their lives and aesthetics with a bearing on the present. Today we want to live the way Mies van der Rohe and Le Corbusier proposed.
But also the way Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien depict in their installation for “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” at imm cologne 2012 (16.-22.01.2012) in Cologne: in an individual, lively home with cultural echoes. In a house that permits privacy and publicness, that connects the kitchen, eating and working zones, family and friends, areas of retreat and shared wellness experiences in an individual way.
The conventions that shape the way we live are changing along with our lifestyles, and architecture is enabling a growing number of people to try out new ways of living. The elimination of room boundaries and walls, the new desire for cosiness and the longing for more nature in the house are giving rise to a host of new possibilities for interior design. Today, anybody that wants to build a house for contemporary living needs more than a floor plan – he needs a concept.
06. October 2011
Categories: architecture, Design concepts, top designers
Tags: architecture, Cologne, Das Haus - Interiors on Stage, floor plan, imm cologne 2012, interior design, interior trends, Jonathan Levien, Le Corbusier, LivingKitchen, Mies van der Rohe, Nipa Doshi, top designers, Trends