As we already reported in our lighting highlights article, the subject of “lighting” had a high priority at this year’s Imm Cologne. Now we would like to take a look at the current furniture trends from Imm Cologne 2018. Since it’s difficult to analyze such a large fair with its many exhibitors, different target groups, countless products and special events such as Das Haus by Lucie Koldova in a single article, we will deal with two essential furniture styles from the Cologne fair. The respective furniture style is differentiated by the target group and the available budget.
The trend towards urbanization is increasing and has already been picked up by trade fairs such as Heimtextil 2018 under the slogan “The Future is Urban”.
Apartment space in large cities is coveted, but also limited. In order to market furniture and furnishing concepts for these living space situations, this trend must be taken into consideration as well as the fact that a young person today not only moves once or twice, but also up to five times in the course of professional or personal developments within 10 years. Furniture for these clients must be either affordable, flexible and yet robust, or very cheap and modern.
So it is not surprising that the manufacturers of cheaper furniture concepts and contract traders still presented the Nordic style and furniture with a slight retro character.
Couches, landscaped interior and armchairs are still reduced in design, but in terms of color scheme the interested trade visitor had a lot to see at Imm Cologne 2018.
For one, there was a focus on medium to light furniture. Oak, wild oak, acacia and mango were clearly preferred wood types. As for home textile and cover colors also lighter colors prevailed such as pastel earthy nuances by the names of Saffron, Azalea, Curry, India, Sea green, Spa, Autumn Maple or the matching gray and blue shades, such as Rock, Navy Peony or Serenity. Colors you might remember from our forecast for the interior color trends 2018.
This can also be explained relatively easily, because in small city apartments or rooms, light and slightly curved furniture is less heavy and gives the room more lightness. Large, dark and edgy furniture, on the other hand, would visually overwhelm small rooms. Another reason for us why the focus is on visually lighter couches and furniture in the mid to low price segment.
There were also dealers who presented the courage for extraordinary decors.
Decorated furniture fronts or cabinet doors with elaborate carvings, laser treatments, with stone decors or prints and varnishes could be seen in all furniture halls – whether with designers or price entry dealers. Nothing new for us as we already discovered and reported on this trend at the previous Imm Cologne fair with the Portuguese company Temahome. But this year we want to put it on our list of furniture trends from Imm Cologne 2018 again.
GAMI, or the Gautier group from France, presented an overwhelmingly wide range of designs and motifs for furniture fronts. The company produces furniture in France for small apartments and with a lot of youthful spirit. They staged their pieces, especially prints and laser treatments on cabinets and tables, in a surprisingly beautiful combination.
The subject of urbanization and living space limitation was also on the agenda of Umage from Denmark when designing their trade fair collection.
Umage (f.k.a. Vita Copenhagen) is originally a lamp design company, which, however, presented its first furniture collection this year. These were of course Nordic inspired. Umage advertises that their furniture has been created in terms of aesthetics, clarity and functionality. With environmentally-friendly packaging and clever concepts, they also relieve the logistics chain.
The sofa “Lounge Around” is multifunctional and flexible thanks to simple handling, even with an attachable table. The raised armchair “The Reader” and the lounge chair “A Conversation Piece” are available in 10 wood upholstery options. Also the mirror “One More Look”, whose refined and practical drawers are also available in different colors. All the items in the series are ideal for smaller apartments thanks to their versatility.
Zuiver from Holland showed traditional Nordic furniture, lighting and accessories.
Since Zuiver operates in the mid-price segment, their designs are more clearly structured and muted by the color scheme, so that they fit well in many furnishing styles, such as Scandinavian, Industrial, as well as in Retro and modern styles. The new designs are also reduced and compact with a twist. The lounge armchair “Adwin” from the Zuiver range was particularly appealing to us, as well as their great carpets with graphic patterns called “Mars” and “Miller”.
In contrast, luxury furniture is dominated by expansive furniture.
Here, the focus was clearly on the design, production at best in Europe and good quality workmanship. There was a great variety in the novelties presented, but we did see a lot of retro-style furniture, but stylistically, they are now more in the style of the 40-50s and are often called “Midcentury Style”. Another very much sought-after style element were patterns, materials and fabrics, as they were often used in Art Deco. Each manufacturer called it something different for their marketing campaign: but all were equal to impressions and references to the features of Art Deco.
It was about a creative combination of form-elegance, high quality of materials and bold colors, as well as sensuality. Much of it comes from the Art Nouveau style, but has been implemented even more stylized and striking in Art Deco. Velvet and leather are the number one cover fabrics for sofas among the manufacturers and also part of the furniture trends from Imm Cologne 2018. Whether Bretz, Paolo Castelli, Pedrali, Minotti, Walter Knoll and many others had beautiful design pieces in their range.
We especially liked the booth of the Italian design label Paolo Castelli.
It amazed us with a perfectly coordinated selection of furniture, lighting, home textiles and accessories in Art Deco to Midcentury style. A flair like “The Great Gatsby“ or Agatha Christie’s novel characters, such as “Poirot“, who was often in the British high society of England from the 1920s to the 1930s. If you love luxury, you will love designs by Castelli.
They impress with quality workmanship, opulence and a design language that acts both slightly nostalgic, and very modern. A special gadget was the mobile cabinet in an opulent suitcase look, sometimes as a wardrobe, sometimes as a bookcase. Paolo Castelli operates largely in the luxury property business.
But Christine Kröncke’s collection was also impressive with furniture, lighting and accessories.
In addition to well-known designs such as the coffee table “Midas”, which Christine Kröncke presented at the last Imm Cologne, she showed her new sofa design “Maxwell” in muted green, the elegant armchair “Lilou” and the new, elegant table lamp “Ping”. We were instantly blown away by the designs and the harmonious interior of the booth was skilfully implemented.
Pedrali and Minotti from Italy showed several color and design options for sofas.
In terms of color, velvet covers in almost all variations of blue, shades of green and red nuances were the favorites at the fair. Gold and brass were popular partners when it comes to lights, fittings and furniture feet. All in all, the furniture of the high-value companies were often made of oak, but also dark walnut or woods with intense grains.
For tables, side tables and console tables, high-quality materials and looks are still in demand in 2018: marble, glass, wood, anodized metal, oxidized surfaces – the designer’s imagination seemed to have no limits. We saw many examples of this at numberous booths of the fair.
These are our furniture trends from Imm Cologne 2018. But it goes even further.
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