The Imm Cologne 2017 lies behind us and just as last year, we are overwhelmed by the many exhibitors and their products. Whether it was a living room concept, bedroom furniture, dining room furniture, lighting designs, kitchens, home furnishings, office and children’s furniture, wallpaper and accessories, it was an incredible variety of products. Exhibitors, as well as visitors were satisfied and the trade fair was able to celebrate a new record with 150,000 visitors.
Two major themes were “individualization” and “modular systems”.
The current trend and urge of many customers to furnish personally and individually was adapted here at the Imm Cologne and reflected in the range of products of many manufacturers.
The trade visitor was able to choose from various chair frames and colors and then select the seat shell individually and let it be ordered with a desired reference material. This also minimizes the chance that the furniture business next door offers the same model and a competitive situation can be avoided. The individualization trend is thus positively for any business.
Among the exhibitors at the Imm Cologne 2017 there were a variety of living styles – for each living trend something suitable if you want.We noticed that especially with small furniture, dining tables and chairs the Scandinavian style was presented with primarily light woods like wild oak and ash. But also filigree chair models with metal bases in black and preformed – very often padded with lower seat shells were there. These often had a slight retro character but just as well suited for the Scandinavian style due to their light appearance. As a trend material, we can bring marble into the field. Marble was used for side tables, cabinet shelves and even as dining table tops. It was integrated in almost every style and even in accessories or lamps.
The sofas, armchairs and couch sets also featured a great variety of styles ranging from purist modern to the classic country house, to vintage look and extraordinary upholstery. Chesterfield and cassette upholstery were exhibited as well as sofas in crimson optics. A style that stood out was the classic retro style in trendy earth tones, especially a covered green, a subtle muted yellow in Pantone “Flame” or in the all-round color of the interior this year: a light to medium gray tone. Also leather, suede and a fine patterned but rougher upholstery material is becoming more popular. Matching the retro style, a cognac-colored leather was often used.
Even with the accessories, no wish remained unanswered. We were particularly impressed by the large acrylic glass pictures with high-resolution photographs, mirrors in organic and round shapes, accessories in stylized forms of small animal sculptures – usually made of white ceramics, as well as simple large hourglasses that fit very well with many styles.
The stand of Tapeten.de was an absolute highlight at the Cologne fair.
Under the slogan ‘Wallpaper seduces’, the German Wallpaper Institute at the Imm Cologne 2017 presented an imaginative garden out of wallpaper and visualized the urban jungle as one of the important trends of our time with flowering elements. In a speech in the name of Tapeten.de on the stage of Imm Cologne 2017 in Hall 3.2, the interested visitor was informed about the wallpaper trends that could develop in 2017/2018.
Nature was the main theme. Green wallpapers with photoreal digital prints but also stylized motifs, vines, flowers, rosettes and lines were propagated. In addition, the speaker also saw the soft Pantone colors Serenity and Rosé Quartz from the year 2016 as a present trend in combination with smoke-blue to discreetly patterned gray wallpapers. Floral patterns and plant motifs will play a vital role in this.
In addition to speeches on stage, Imm Cologne offered a big program and special areas again.
Under “Pure Talents”, young designers and design students were able to present their designs again. The winner of this year’s Pure Talents competition was the very puristic, simple wall light “Neo” by Bernhard Osann. Second place took Simon Diener with his lamp “Pong” and Christoph Hauf with his frameless mirror “Slanted Mirror” was the third. It is a pity that the extraordinary furniture of the Israeli designer Bar Gantz has not been among the first three places – her designs were our favorites.
We also looked at “Das Haus” designed by Todd Bracher at the furniture fair.
His concept had a completely different approach from the house concepts of previous years. His basic idea was to create spaces in the house that combine related activities in one space. Thus, the shower becomes a natural experience in the open air, the sleeping area simultaneously an area for daydreams and to relax and the large living room offered space for dining, consuming, knowledge and work. Todd Bracher also called the main room the “sustenance room”.
The basic idea of the architect Bracher was very poetic in nature: the walls half translucent, so that one can guess somebody is in, but not really see anything specific. The roof as a floating construction above it and the large light ball, like a full moon or a sun in between. The house was supposed to be just a light shell of what each and everyone makes of it: a place where we feel comfortable a lot of space for imagination and life.
Unfortunately “Das Haus” as such was not so easy to recognize for the visitor, which was mainly because the black roof construction under the black ceiling of the exhibition hall disappeared. The rooms themselves offered no great explanations. It was not so self-explanatory and comprehensible as the designs of the previous years of Sebastian Herkner (2016) and Neri & Hu (2015), which could lead to the fact that some visitors did not understand the meaning behind the seperate rooms.
All in all it was a very inspiring fair with countless ideas and innovations for a successful living space ambience. The coming weeks will be followed by more detailed articles on individual product groups and companies that we have seen at Imm Cologne 2017.