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
Ashlar-like towers in dark wood, rather like a living-room unit that can be accessed from all sides. A footprint of one square-metre stretches towards the ceiling, accompanied by an elongated matt-silver table with wooden drawers – apart from the telltale tap peeking over the surface, it’s actually more reminiscent of a dining table or worktop.
The “Warendorf Towers” kitchen is the French designer’s latest line for the Starck by Warendorf Collection. The modular system consists of three main elements – two towers and a long multifunctional table – and integrates the kitchen with the living area so harmoniously that you have to look twice to make out the cooker and refrigerator. The spectrum of functions is roughly divided into a “cold tower” with a dishwasher and fridge-freezer and a “hot tower” with the oven or steam oven. Three sides are closed by drawers, the fourth can be designed individually – with a slate panel or mirror, for instance.
14. September 2010
Categories: Design concepts, LivingKitchen, Trends
Tags: Cologne, design, homing, innovation, kitchen, kitchen tower, LivingKitchen, Philippe Starck, Starck by Warendorf Collection, top designers, tower, trend, Trumpet Table, Warendorf Towers
»Swan« is a combination of shower and bathtub. (Photo: Hasenkopf)
With its Design Characters series, the Hasenkopf company – a manufacturing specialist that produces both on industrial-scale and a one-off basis – is deliberately pushing the envelope of what is feasible when it comes to the processing and deformation of such vastly different materials as Corian, Parapan or acrylic. Hasenkopf’s aim in producing the series is not to develop prototypes for future lines but to experiment with forms, materials and processing techniques that point to unusual individual solutions and are intended to encourage architects and designers to rethink the limits.
Well-known designers and architects are asked to develop their own interpretation of new living environments for the kitchen, bathroom and workstation. The first sequence has already been produced and includes objects by Stuart A. Veech, Paul Flowers, Titus Bernhard and Peter Martin.
31. August 2010
Categories: Design concepts, Innovation, Trends
Tags: acrylic, bathroom, Corian, design, Design Characters, experiments, Hasenkopf, Hydra XXL, innovation, interior design, kitchen, new concepts, Parapan, Paul Flowers, Peter Martin, Stuart A. Veech, Swan, Titus Bernhard, trend, Twister, Workflow, workstation
Kitchen manufacturer Poggenpohl and Porsche Design have extended their licence partnership to 2014. The licence agreement has been in existence between the two premium brands since the Porsche Design P´7340 luxury kitchen was developed and launched in 2005. Both companies have also agreed on an option to develop and produce a new kitchen with a starting price to remain below that of the present P´7340 luxury model.
26. August 2010
Tags: clean, cooperation, design, Elmar Duffner, imm cologne 2011, Jürgen Geßler, kitchen, Köln, LivingKitchen, luxury, Poggenpohl, Porsche, Porsche Design, premium brands, purist design, P´7340, sleek lines
The new kitchen trade fair LivingKitchen, which will celebrate its premiere in January 2011 in parallel to imm cologne, has acquired a top-level exhibitor: Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH. “After a very good start to our exhibitor acquisition, we have reached a further milestone by receiving this confirmation,” said Gerald Böse, Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse. “Our strategy is a resounding success. The numerous open and constructive discussions with the entire sector helped to pave the way to achieve this result,” the Chief Executive Officer concluded.
With the brands Siemens, Bosch, Neff and Gaggenau, the world’s leading company for household appliances will be participating in the premiere event in January 2011 and will also attract many other exhibitors from the household appliances sector to take part. The decision made by this global player to participate is a logical conclusion that was reached as a result of the promising developments of the past few months: “We always emphasized that Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH would be open to good trade fair initiatives,” said Ditmar Krusenbaum, Member of the Board of Management at BSH. “This is why we welcome this initiative of the kitchen furniture industry and are certain that this trade fair will once again live up to the importance of the German household and built-in appliance industry,” Krusenbaum added.
18. March 2010
Categories: Exhibitors, LivingKitchen
Tags: Bosch, Bosch und Siemens Hausgeräte GmbH, brands, BSH, Ditmar Krusenbaum, exhibitor, Gaggenau, Gerald Böse, household appliances, imm cologne 2011, kitchen, kitchen fair, kitchen furniture industry, Koelnmesse, LivingKitchen, Neff, Siemens
Dr. Lucas Heumann, Trade Associations of the Wood and Furniture Industry, Herford
I am extremely pleased to be in a position today to announce to the international public that “living kitchen” will be held in Cologne as an international kitchen trade fair concurrent with the International Furniture Fair in 2011. A major strategic aim of the German kitchen furniture sector is to present the full scope of its capabilities to an international public. The partnership that we had been seeking for a number of years is now in place, and for that I would also like to congratulate Koelnmesse and in particular the team headed by Mr. Haubold, which I feel did some tremendous work. If we work as well together next year on the marketing of the trade fair, I am confident that LivingKitchen 2011 will be a success from start to finish for the entire international public and the German kitchen furniture sector, in particular.
Dr. Günter Scheipermeier, nobilia-Werke, Verl
My hope for January 2011 in Cologne is that the theme of kitchens can be re-established at the trade fair and reinvigorated with new life through the collaboration between Koelnmesse and the leading companies in the industry. Various things must happen if this is to succeed: Firstly, a number of the leading kitchen furniture makers must become enthusiastic about this trade fair; secondly, the electric appliances industry must be brought on board; and thirdly, foreign visitors, specifically a large number of foreign trade visitors and also foreign exhibitors must be attracted. Those are the aims. They can be achieved if Koelnmesse, on the one hand, and the major players in the industry, on the other hand, can get in step on this.
24. February 2010
Categories: Exhibitors, LivingKitchen
Tags: Arbeitsgemeinschaft Die Moderne Küche e.V., Ballerina Küchen, Cologne, Der Kreis, Dr. Günter Scheipermeier, Dr. Lucas Heumann, Edgar Inhofer, Ernst Martin Schaible, foreign exhibitors, foreign trade visitors, Frank Haubold, Frank Hüther, Heinz-Erwin Ellersiek, imm cologne 2011, international kitchen trade fair, Jochen Kuhlmann, kitchen, kitchen appliances, kitchen dealers, kitchen furniture, kitchen trade fair, Koelnmesse, LivingKitchen, Made in Germany, Möbel Inhofer, nobilia, RWK Einbauküchen, statements
From 18th to 23rd January 2011 – parallel to the imm cologne – the international kitchen trade fair LivingKitchen® will be held in Cologne for the first time. The international kitchen show will be an independent event that takes place every two years in Halls 4.2 and 5.2 of Koelnmesse Exhibition Centre.
The show will have three Public Days and bring together national and international exhibitors from the entire kitchen industry. Even now, one year before the event, numerous leading companies have registered to take part. The complete list can be viewed at www.livingkitchen-cologne.com.
Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse, commented on this extremely pleasing booking status at a press conference in Cologne: “What makes us strong is our solidarity with the industry, the retail sector and the associations. The common ground between us isn’t just restricted to our goals, it extends to our approach for achieving those goals as well.”
25. January 2010
Tags: appliances, Association of Kitchen, Association of the German Furniture Industry, BVDM, Cologne, cooking shows, design, Elmar Duffner, exhibitions, fitted appliances, furniture, Furniture and Furnishing Retailers, Gerald Böse, hall 4.2, hall 5.2, Hans Strothoff, image campaign, infotainment, interior design, kids' kitchen, kitchen, kitchen accessories, kitchen cinema, kitchen furniture, kitchen sales, kitchen-related services, leading companies, lighting, LivingKitchen, media presence, new business, press conferences, show, sinks, sophisticated kitchen worktops, tap fittings, VDM
Gerald Böse, Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH
Ladies and gentlemen,
thank you for coming to this press conference in order to find out at first hand about the current status of our initiative to create a new international kitchen trade fair.
I would also like to thank Mr. Hans Strothoff for giving us the opportunity to present our results to date here at the MHK Forum in Enger. We purposely chose this location in order to save you a long trip.
After extensive and intense talks with companies in the sector, we’ve received numerous expressions of interest from renowned German manufacturers of kitchen furniture who support the concept of holding an international kitchen trade fair in 2011. That’s why it’s my pleasure to announce to you today that the first part of our mission is accomplished. There will be a kitchen trade fair in Cologne in January 2011!
14. October 2009
Tags: architects, attractive offers, built-in appliances, capital of design, celebrities, designers, Elmar Duffner, end consumers, fittings, Frank Haubold, Frank Hüther, furniture design, Gerald Böse, Gerd Strobel, Gourmets Cooking for Gourmets, Hans Joachim Adler, Hans Strothoff, high-quality worktops, imm cologne, imm cologne 2011, interior decorators, interior design, international kitchen trade fair, interzum, journalists, Kind + Jugend, kitchen, kitchen accessories, kitchen furniture, lifestyle event, Lukas Heumann, manufacturers, media event, media interest, MHK Forum, new kitchen show, Orgatec, service packages, sinks, spoga, supporting programme, synergy effects, Trends
Dirk-Uwe Klaas, CEO of the Association of the German Furniture Industry (VDM)
For Dirk-Uwe Klaas, CEO of the Association of the German Furniture Industry (VDM) in Bad Honnef, it’s obvious why home styling has finally been discovered as the latest hot topic: “People spend approx. 340 days a year in their own home. That’s why an increasing number of people are coming to see home as a place for self-fulfilment. Nowhere else can you indulge your own tastes as freely as in your own four walls.”
Cars instead of sofas – a lean period for German furniture manufacturers
But even if home styling has become a cult – is it actually still possible to make money with furniture in the face of shrinking private budgets and the massively subsidised bargains available on the automotive market right now? At first glance, the German furniture industry’s half-yearly figures indicate a resounding “no”. With sales of 7.6 billion euros, German furniture manufacturers were an alarming 13.8 percent or 1.2 billion euros down on the previous year’s figure.
However, in view of the unique economic situation right now, any serious answer to the profitability question must take account of figures from earlier years as well. Back in 2008, for instance, the results painted a very different picture: furniture producers ended the year with growth of 1.6 percent. Although there was a slight decline in domestic sales, this was more than offset by export growth of 4.3 percent as compared to the previous year.
07. October 2009
Categories: Business, Interior Trends 2010, Trends
Tags: Andreas Bogdanski, BBE, BVDM, CSIL, Dirk-Uwe Klaas, discount furniture retailers, domestic sales, export, furniture industry, furniture market, Hans Strothoff, Höffner, home styling, Ikea, Interior Trends 2010, kitchen, Made in Germany, market data, MHK, profitability, retail sector, sales volume, specialist retailers, statistics, Steinhoff Europe Upholstery Group, Trend Book, trend colors, Trendboard, Trends, VDM, world imports, XXXLutz
Floor plan templates are out. Flexibility and individuality are the distinguishing features of up-to-date domestic architecture and furnishings. Or is it just that there are new templates? At the very least, it is possible to outline general structures that will determine the layout of our future homes.
It seems as if action is called for – especially when it comes to standard housing.Your own four walls, a house in the countryside: a place to live out your twilight years and something to leave to the kids. But even without a deed of ownership, the “Ikea nesting instinct” (Chuck Palahniuk: Fight Club) is more widespread than ever before.
27. July 2009
Categories: architecture, Design concepts, Trends
Tags: architects, architecture, balcony, bathroom, bedroom, design, Design concepts, flexible systems, floor plans, furnishings, future homes, garden, habitat, housing market, kitchen, living room, mobility, new buildings, patchwork family, singles, Trends