Furnishing Cologne - Vitra, RAR Winter Special; Design: Charles & Ray Eames, 1950. Location: Altstadt Köln. (photo: Koelnmesse; Karsten Jipp)
Perched on the observation terrace at Cologne Airport, the new Ligne Roset sofa Nils by designer Didier Gomez seems to be waiting for the visitors who will soon be flocking to the city’s international furnishing show. The scenography is part of an imm cologne initiative that involved photographing newly rolled-out furniture in urban Cologne.
In the second year of the “Furnishing Cologne” initiative, the motto for the series of photographs was “Above the city’s rooftops”. And that’s how Artek’s “Stool 60″ stools (by Alvar Aalto, in the new Anniversary Edition) came to be standing on the roof of a factory building in the morning sun as if they were keeping a lookout or inviting guests to take a rest. The motifs range from Miele’s new wine cooler KWT 6832 SGS – an allusion to the LivingKitchen fair that takes place parallel to the imm cologne – all the way to Vitra’s re-edition of the Eames Rocking Chair, which was photographed from an unusual perspective above the roofs of Cologne city centre.
07. January 2013
Tags: Alvar Aalto, Didier Gomez, Eames Rocking Chair, Furnishing Cologne, imm cologne 2013, Ligne Roset, Miele, Nils, sofa, Vitra
The armchair Fifty by Ligne Roset. (photo: Ligne Roset)
As the transition from indoors to outdoors blurs, the distinction between winter garden and garden living room is becoming increasingly fluid. New furniture for the garden, patio or balcony seems to actively seek attention while at the same time providing a retreat inside the house where the occupants can still feel in touch with nature even during the winter months – and sometimes all year round. It is exactly this trend that the Outdoor collection from French furniture producer Ligne Roset is intended to address.
The collection includes an armchair by the name of Fifty, an interpretation of the wing chair that is just as much at home inside the house as it is out of doors. Its sculptural appearance allies the understated design of a black metal structure with the artisanship of 350 metres of hand-woven black or tobacco-coloured cord. The high backrest is ideal for resting or reading. A footstool enhances the relax factor while the “ears” reinforce the general feeling of security.
12. July 2012
Categories: Exhibitors, News
Tags: armchair, chair, design, Dögg Gudmunsdottir, Eleonore Nalet, Fifty, Flag Halyard Chair, Hans Wegner, Indoor Outdoor collection, Ligne Roset, Rikke Rutzou Arnved, Serpentine
Koelnmesse can look back on a very successful imm cologne 2012. In addition to the trade fair organizer’s well-rounded concept, this success was also due to other reasons, according to Dr. Lucas Heumann, Chief Executive of the Trade Associations of the Wood and Furniture Industry: “On the whole, Koelnmesse has understood the exhibitors’ wishes and implemented them in a series of flexible and customized offers. However, this success is also due to the overall economic situation. The market in the German-speaking countries, which is addressed by the core of the exhibitors in Cologne, is almost the only one in Europe in which consumers are currently showing an increasing tendency to buy.” As a result, a survey conducted by Koelnmesse GmbH shows that the exhibitors of imm cologne 2012 provided extremely positive feedback 100 days after the fair.
Many exhibitors have full order books more than three months after the end of the sector’s leading international trade fair, which focussed on the trends, designers and new products for furniture and interior design.
14. May 2012
Categories: Business, Exhibitors, News
Tags: Advisory Committee, Artanova, assessment, B&B Italia, Bretz, Cologne, de Sede Group, Dirk-Walter Frommholz, Draenert Studio GmbH, Elmar Duffner, Exhibitors, furniture fair, Geha Möbelwerke, Grohe, imm cologne 2012, imm cologne 2013, Kartell, Ligne Roset, Malchalke, MDF Italia, number of exhibitors, number of visitors, overall result, Parador, positive feedback, public days, W. Schillig
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
(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
photo: MDF Italia.
A meeting point for the international design world: from 18th to 23rd January, the imm cologne will again be drawing top brands from all over the world to Cologne. They include creative labels from Spain and Scandinavia, lifestyle firms from France, Austria and Germany as well as the old and new classics of Italian design. Together they will be proving that the first furnishing fair of the year is not just the ideal forum for staging premium interior design, it is also where the sector’s top innovations make their debut.
The Italian brands are one of the biggest groups of exhibitors. More than 60 prestigious firms will be flying the flag in Cologne, including MDF Italia, Kartell, Potocco, Bonaldo, Zeus Noto, Bensen, Softline and Matteograssi. Nor will companies like Riva, Minotti, Flexform, La Palma, Cassina, Cappellini, Poltrona Frau, Marac, Fiam, Cierre, Porada or Tonon be missing out on the chance to be part of the “imm cologne”. They will be providing some very special highlights in the Pure design hall with stylish dining rooms, expressive solid wood furniture and lavish upholstery.
23. December 2010
Categories: Exhibitors, imm pure, pure village, Trends
Tags: A.S. Création, Austria, Bensen, Bonaldo, brands, Cappellini, Cassina, Cassina I Maestri, Cierre, Claudio Luti, Cologne, creative labels, design, design brands, Exhibitors, Fiam, Flexform, France, Fritz Hansen, Furnism, Gandia Blasco, Gerald Böse, Germany, Hall 3.2, high-end brands, imm cologne 2011, italian design, Kartell, Koelnmesse, La Palma, Le Corbusier, Ligne Roset, Marac, Matteo Galimberti, Matteograssi, MDF Italia, Minotti, Nomaad, Parador, Pierre Roset, Poltrona Frau, Porada, Potocco, premium interior design, product innovations, Pure, pure village, Riva, Scandinavia, scandinavian design, Softline, Spain, Stringfurniture, Tonon, Zeus Noto, Zumtobel
photo: Pierre Roset, Antoine Roset, Michel Roset, Olivier Roset (from left to right).
From artisan to international guarantor for innovative furniture design: in 2010, family enterprise Ligne Roset is celebrating its 150th birthday and involving its fans in the celebrations with exhibitions and special offers, re-editions and limited editions, including a limited reissue of Pierre Paulin’s Pumpkin armchair from 1971.
Antoine Roset founded the company in Montagnieu in1860 and started out producing walking sticks and sunshades until changing demand led him to adapt the product range, initially from chair legs to chairs, then to wooden furniture and, in the second generation, upholstered and leather furniture. In the 1950s and 60s, the booming contract business enabled the company to expand considerably.
The integration of design resulted in icons such as the Togo floor cushion and established the cult image of the Ligne Roset brand, which was launched in 1973. Today the 5th generation of Rosets are active in the family company. Besides seating and storage furniture, the product repertoire also includes accessories, lighting and home textiles. The company enjoys international standing for its award-winning, functional design and is renowned not only for its classics but for promoting young designers, too.
Happy Birthday, Ligne Roset and see you at imm cologne 2011 (hall 11.3 stand O020 P021, hall 11.3 stand O023)!
12. November 2010
Tags: 150 years, accessories, design, family enterprise, furniture, hall 11.3 stand O020 P021, hall 11.3 stand O023, Happy Birthday, home textiles, imm cologne 2011, lighting, Ligne Roset, Montagnieu, Pierre Paulin, Pumpkin, Togo, young designers
After a dynamic start to the 2010 furniture season, the imm cologne is heading for next January with a strong wind at its back. Whether at home in Germany or abroad, Cologne is a talking point in many companies right now.
“The current level of bookings looks very promising – we’ve got a lot more exhibitors and space under contract than at the same point in the run-up to the previous event. In some segments, the available space is pretty much sold out,” says Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse.
All in all, more than 70 percent of the scheduled space has already been booked. All the indicators suggest that the imm cologne 2011 will even surpass the successful 2010 fair. LivingKitchen is showing a similarly pleasing development.
21. May 2010
Categories: Business, Exhibitors, LivingKitchen
Tags: ADA, architects, Business, Cassina, COR, de Sede, design, designers, Dietsch Polstermöbel, Driftmeier, Exhibitors, Flexform, Fraubrunnen, furniture, furniture event, Geha Möbelwerke, Gepade, Gerald Böse, H.E. Otten Matratzenfabrik, hall 10.2, hall 11, hall 3, hall 6, hall 7, hall 8, imm cologne 2011, interior designers, interlübke, Kettnaker, level of bookings, Ligne Roset, LivingKitchen, media event, Minotti, Möbelmeile, modern design, Nolte Polstermöbel, number of exhibitors, Oelsa, premium design, Press, preview day, product innovations, public days, Rietberger Möbelwerke, Röhr-Bush, Schröder Wohnmöbel, Sudbrock, Team 7, Team by Wellis, Thielemeyer, trade fair, trade show, Udo Traeger, Village Wohnkultur, Walter Knoll
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
Five months before the next event all indications are pointing to a successful imm cologne 2010. The current registration status looks good despite the difficult situation in the industry. “We are currently assuming that we will again have around 1,000 exhibitors from over 45 countries. It’s time to think ahead, and for me that means stating my commitment to the leading trade fair. Germany needs a strong leading trade fair and that is imm cologne,” says Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse.
In the coming years imm cologne is set to be Europe’s most cutting-edge furnishings and interior design trade fair. By fulfilling all market-oriented criteria, it is offering optimum prerequisites for business and networking on the international scale. In the modern design area – halls 10, 11 and 3 – visitors will be presented with a show of ideas for global design developments in a compact form. Over 300 companies will have stands there, including such brands as COR, interlübke, Ligne Roset, Walter Knoll, Domaniecki, de Sede, Kettnaker, Fraubrunnen, girsberger, Team 7, Riva, and Gervasoni, all with strong emotional appeal. “We are firmly convinced that in the coming weeks additional registrations will come from renowned companies, particularly from Italy,” says Udo Traeger, Head of the Furniture, Interior Design and Textiles division at Koelnmesse.
09. September 2009
Categories: Business, Design concepts, Exhibitors, imm comfort, imm prime, imm pure, imm sleep, imm smart, Living Bath Room, pure village, Service, top designers, Trends, [d3] design talents
Tags: bath segment, brands, Business, Business Centre, COR, CS Schmal, cutting-edge, de Sede, Dick Spierenburg, Domaniecki, Fraubrunnen, free WLAN, Gerald Böse, Gervasoni, girsberger, hall 10, hall 11, hall 3.1, Hall 3.2, hall 5, hall 6, hall 7, hall 8, hall 9, imm cologne 2010, innovation, interior design, interior design concepts, interlübke, international, international audience, international brands, international top design, Kettnaker, Ligne Roset, Living Bath Room, networking, Parisot, private spa, pure village, Riva, Smart, Steinhoff Group, Team 7, Trade Association of the Mattress Industry, trade fair, Tvilum-Scanbirk ApS, Udo Traeger, upholstered furniture, Walter Knoll, Welle Möbel, Wiemann, Young Living, [d3] design talents