Mundo by Leolux (Photo: Mirjam Fruscella / koelnmesse)
Lounge club in Friedenspark: Tempting forms and timeless elements are the hallmarks of the work of Dutch designer Gerard Vollenbrock. His Mundo armchair for Leolux combines style, elegance and a compact charm with dynamism and character. The legs and compact shell are architectural stylistic elements that manage to trigger nostalgic sentiments whilst nevertheless being totally contemporary. Leolux has selected ten combinations of fabric and leather – some of them with jaunty piping – and named each of them after an exciting city. The legs of the armchair feature a “satin chrome” finish – a special process that gives the chrome a slightly matt appearance. Classy, subtle and modern.
Design: Gerard Vollenbrock
Booth: Hall 11.2 Booth H031
17. January 2012
Categories: Business, Exhibitors, News
Tags: armchair, character, charm, classy, contemporary, dynamism, elegance, fabric, Gerard Vollenbrock, Hall 11.2, imm cologne 2012, leather, Leolux, matt, modern, Mundo, style, subtle, timeless
Clamp by Janua (Photo: Mirjam Fruscella / koelnmesse)
Timeless modern aesthetics – 200-year-old oak and 2000 years of history: Designer and interior architect Bernd Benninghoff is rejuvenating Janua’s product range with a table that consists of nothing but two clamps and eight slats of wood. The two clamps are connected via a crossbar and are intended to impart a floating character to the solid wooden top. Because the individual slats of the tabletop aren’t glued together, it can be dismantled into its individual parts, is easy to transport and can be assembled by just one person. In order to ensure maximum stability, the slats of the tabletop are joined together with domino dowels. The two clamps are made of flat steel sections. Clamp is available in various types of wood, including one variant made of approx. 200-year-old oak. So as to preserve the authentic vintage look of the timber, little holes or irregularities are not corrected.
Design: Bernd Benninghoff
Booth: Hall 3.2 Booth C030
12. January 2012
Categories: Business, Exhibitors, News
Tags: aesthetics, Bernd Benninghoff, designer, Hall 3.2, interior architect, Janua, modern, stability, table, timeless, variant, wood
(Foto: Mirjam Fruscella / koelnmesse)
High noon at Päffgen: The Kya barstool from young furniture brand Frei Frau is more than just an innovative solution for a typical pub stool. According to its designers Eva Paster and Michael Geldmacher (Neuland), it looks just as much at home in the leather-dominated setting of a swish historic hotel bar as it does in the understated clarity of an urban bar or even a modern private interior. You can either sit on it the traditional way or as if it were a saddle. It invites the user to change position and play with the different possibilities. A hefty double seam holds the individual pieces of leather together. Kya is designed to age with dignity, acquiring a patina as the years pass. With increasing age, the stool is meant to tell of the thousands of miles its various riders have spent astride it at the bars of this world – hopefully in line with the motto: change your horse, not your saddle!
Design: Neuland Paster & Geldmacher
Booth: Hall 3.2 Booth D029
09. January 2012
Categories: Exhibitors, News
Tags: barstool, clarity, Eva Paster, Frei Frau, Hall 3.2, individual, innovative, Kya, leather, Michael Geldmacher, modern, Neuland Paster & Geldmacher, Päffgen, traditional
Nipa Doshi und Jonathan Levien gestalten eine große Wohn-Installation auf der imm cologne 2012.
Who says modern everyday life and sensuousness have to be at odds with one another? The “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” installation by Doshi Levien at the imm cologne 2012 aims to furnish evidence to the contrary. In an installation that is visionary not just at architectural level but in creative terms as well, the design experiment is developing into a fascinating study on modern ways of living.
“‘Das Haus’ combines the best of some very different worlds. It could be located anywhere on the planet.” Designer Nipa Doshi is alluding to an encounter between modern architecture and a world of contemporary forms on the one hand and the traditionally colourful aesthetics of Asia, the chaotic-seeming building tradition of Indian or Far Eastern megacities and the open, inward-facing interior culture of Morocco on the other. According to the plans of London design team Doshi Levien, many of these elements will be brought together in their installation in such a way that something totally new emerges: “It combines unconditional modernity with a sensuous lifestyle,” says Jonathan Levien of the blueprint for the imm cologne’s new design format: “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”. His wife Nipa Doshi adds: “That’s precisely why we designed ‘Das Haus’ this way – because it doesn’t exist in this form. Only parts of it do.” read more…
05. January 2012
Categories: Design concepts, Events, Exhibitors, News, Press, pure village, top designers
Tags: architecture, collection, Das Haus - Interiors on Stage, Doshi Levien, evidence, experiment, furniture, Hall 3.2, ideas, imm cologne 2012, Jonathan Levien, Katharina C. Hamma, kitchen design, Koelnmesse, London, modern, modern ways of living, Nipa Doshi, privacy, project, technology, three dimensions, transparent
Koelnmesse is reporting an extremely strong demand from exhibitors for space in the imm cologne
‘s prime segment. In contrast to the 2011 event, it won’t just be halls 4.1, 5.1 and 10.1 that are dedicated to top-quality living room and bedroom furniture, mainly from the high-end segment; in 2012, Hall 5.2 will be reserved for this prime-quality furniture as well. Whether they’re looking for a modern interior, tables and chairs or dining room furniture – visitors to the prime segment will go home with a comprehensive overview of what the international market has to offer. They can also look forward to some groundbreaking world firsts in terms of multifunctionality and technology. Some exhibitors – including a great many who will be taking part in the imm cologne for the first time – are revealing a few of their trump cards in the run-up to the fair.
Alu-Style is one of the new providers who will be joining the furniture fair for the first time; accordingly, the Hungarians are coming to Cologne with high expectations. Up until now, Alu-Style has been better known as a player from the supplier industry and has been attending the furniture for many years as a visitor. Now the company wants to establish itself in the international furniture industry with its tried and tested systems for sliding doors, shelving, tables and walls. The company’s trade fair presentation will focus on its sliding doors – including the new “Albatros” line. Alu-Style cites flexibility as the crucial trend of the future: the declared basis of all Alu-Style’s products. read more…
03. January 2012
Categories: Exhibitors, imm prime, News, Press
Tags: Alu-Style, bedroom furniture, Buroart Mobilya, comfort, debut, Dolmenler, eco-compatibility, Edelber, Elite Strom, Evergrowth, Fatmir Malagic, first-time exhibitors, flexibility, function, furniture fair, Geha Möbelwerke, Gerd Körber, interior, international, La Forme, Lenio, Lisa Krempel, Malagic & Divani, Möbelindustrie, Mobitec, modern, multifunctionality, Natisa, newcomers, Oliver Gutekunst, Paidi, Ralf Lötfering, Regina Spatz, Riviera Maison, Rus-Savitar, Simon Hatzing, technology, top-quality, Trüggelmann, value, Venjakob, VM-Möbel-Design, Wehrsdorfer, Wössner
Anybody coming to the imm cologne in search of top international brands and high-end design is certain to find what he’s looking for – especially in Hall 11. The “pure” segment covers modern furnishing styles with premium appeal and is where top-class exhibitors showcase complete interior philosophies. Relevant complementary ranges such as carpets put the finishing touches to this variety. In the run-up to the event, the imm cologne reveals some of the highlights many of its exhibitors will be presenting at the fair.
Functionality is the most important requirement of all modern furniture. As a result, most furnishing items are getting smaller again, enabling all sorts of things to be done with them. Easily adjustable sofas that conjure up a bigger seating area in the blink of an eye, tables that can be extended with just a few easy moves when friends come round for dinner, flatscreens that can be made to disappear into the sideboard via remote control. And as technology gets smaller and smaller, even desks don’t need such a big work surface any more. These are just a few of the latest trends that have already been revealed by exhibitors. read more…
22. December 2011
Categories: Design concepts, imm pure, Press
Tags: ABC Reoler, Artmodul, Bocci, Cappellini, Charlotte Perriand, de Sede Group, Dieter Stierli, Erba, Ethnicraft, Flux Furniture, Fraubrunnen, functionality, Gerrit T. Rietveld, girsberger, high-end design, Ilmari Tapiovaara, interior philosophies, international, Jochen Müller, Keilbach, Kurz Müller, Kymo, Le Corbusier, Leolux, Markus Biland, Markus Hintzen, Mirkku Kullberg, modern, Müller Möbelwerkstätten, Paschen, Pierre Jeanneret, Poltrona Frau Group, premium, Riva 1920, Sören Iversen, Team by Wellis, Tonon Italia, Weishäupl Möbelwerkstätten, Willisau Switzerland
The days when the bathroom was a separate space and spent its lonely existence in isolation from the rest of the home are long since gone. The bathroom has meanwhile become living space in its own right, a veritable wellness oasis – and thus an elementary component of modern architecture. Rather than ignoring the bathroom, interior decorators and architects are now incorporating it into their plans on an equal footing with the kitchen and living room. Bathroom furnishing concepts are becoming increasingly varied and individual: when it comes to our personal sense of well-being, we all have our own standards and expectations – which can vary considerably depending on our life stage and situation. There is a growing demand for consistent room concepts that go beyond the scope of individual products and pure functionality. read more…
21. December 2011
Categories: architecture, Design concepts, Exhibitors
Tags: aesthetic, Axor, bathroom, feel-good room, functionality, Hans Grohe, individual, Massaud, modern, Raum & Ruhe, sanitary, ShowerCollection, Starck, synergies
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
Layouts are loosening up, architecture is becoming more open, various areas of the home – like the bathroom and bedroom – are growing together. But bedrooms themselves are still dominated by massive, overpowering wardrobes that stifle any hint of lightness. Holzmanufaktur is trying to counteract this with a clear design vocabulary and subtle contours.
Holzmanufaktur’s Plan B is still pretty big – between 200 and 400 cm wide and 220 or 240 cm high. read more…
13. December 2011
Categories: architecture, Design concepts
Tags: asymmetrically, bathroom, bedroom, clear design vocabulary, colour contrast, glass, Holzmanufaktur, Jürgen Bauer-Loges, lightness, modern, open, Plan B, symmetrically, textures, wardrobes, wood, wood textures