An inspiring Imm Cologne is over and these are our first impressions.
Amongst the many well-designed fair stands we noticed that companies have changed their marketing strategy from focusing at one single product, to presenting a whole concept with many aspects. This way the customer can better imagine how the piece of furniture could work in the apartment and with which combination of items it is particularly effective.
On the one hand, we are particularly struck by two furniture trends.
The European retro trend, from the 1940s and 1950s, which is mainly reflected in dining and living room furniture, and a minimalistic furniture style that is highly oriented towards individuality and function.
In the home textile and upholstery area, the color focus in 2016 is heavily based on colors from the retro era. And further we see a trend towards intense blue tones, accentuated or presented with the new metal color brass or gold with dark wood tones.
The typical rattan and teak furniture style changes in the outdoor segment to create complete residential landscapes that look as sophisticated as indoor furniture. The living room is stylistically brought outside to the terrace.
In the wall and carpet segment many have a clear focus on ecology and sustainability. In addition, the 3D trend which we have already described is also emerging: Living Space Trends 2016: It’s getting three-dimensional.
Last but not least, we also looked at the presentation of the project “Das Haus” by Sebastian Herkner.
As the previously published descriptions of Imm Cologne have already revealed, it was a round, transparent and an open-ended version of an apartment which does not have a fixed wall. The 200 m² house was located in the middle of the exhibition hall. The living room was the center of the action in the middle of the house. The adjoining rooms were only separated by various slightly permeable curtains and other almost transparent room dividers such as a vang of ceramic balls. Like a spiral or snail, the other rooms lined the center and ultimately led to the dining area and the wardrobe.
There were not many new innovations in terms of lighting at the Imm Cologne but light was presented in a classical round shape or in organic forms. On all the above topics and more, we will report in detail in the coming weeks.