As passionate lighting fans we were also looking for the lighting trends at the Imm Cologne 2017. And what should we say? There were quite a few showing their new lamps. Including top design companies like Louis Poulsen, but also newcomers like Neo/Craft or Schneid.
Generally we noticed that many manufacturers at the Imm Cologne focused on high-quality craftsmanship “made in Europe”, such as the young designer Niklas Jessen of Schneid, but also Neo/Craft, Delightfull or the designers of Ebb & Flow and Less’n`more. There were also many Danish labels among the lighting manufacturers.
The label “Vita” also showed some innovations at Imm Cologne 2017.
Highlights of their collection were the lamps “Acorn”, which they presented last year, but now available in black, white and with various metallic finishes. In addition, the “Sine” design, a felt optic lamp which is striking with its unusual shape. The bulb can be exchanged with an integrated zipper and the very diffuse light of the lamp creates an incomparably comfortable ambience.
We also noticed an update of the “Silvia” design: the lamp was presented in soap bubble colors at the stand of Vita. An absolute eyecatcher. The small black table lamp “Shade” has cult character. With an adjustable “hat” also in felt optics, the light of the lamp can be directed and varied.
At “Le Klint” the extraordinary design of Markus Johannson immediately catched our eye.
The light series “Carronade” convinces with its simple retro design combined with LED technology and functionality. For us it is not surprising that this lighting series was also nominated as the best lighting design at the Danish Design Awards 2016. At the fair these lamps magically invited the visitors to the booth.
But also the geometric paper folding lamps with LED technology in various color constellations still have potential. It was Le Klint‘s first lamp design with a major impact.
The glass lamps by Ebb & Flow fascinated us with their high processing quality.
Above all, the many combinations of the various textile cables, glass colors and patterns make the lighting series particularly attractive for individual requirements.
The new table lights “Speak up”, “Glow in a dome” and “Lean on me”, a table light, which also acts as a bookend were particularly funny. The optics of the “Crystal” series remind us of champagne glasses, wine glasses and brandy baloons from empire times. They perfectly fit in any vintage style.
A highlight of Imm Cologne 2017 in lighting trends was the booth of the label Delightfull.
With their clear commitment to high-quality retro-lamps, they amazed many trade visitors. Gold as a new surface color was something they already showed at the Light+Building fair in Frankfurt last year.
That’s why this time they focused on the great “Graphics”, which was much sought after in Germany this year. These oversized letters and numbers can be ordered in a variety of color combinations and in two sizes. They come with LED technology or standard sockets and can be used in bars, restaurants, shops and trendy shops.
The Italian designer Martinelli Luce was also showing its latest lighting designs.
They showed almost all their creations from more than 50 years of company history. Many experts equal Italian lighting design with high quality manufacturing, high-quality materials and extraordinary product solutions. Just as with Martinelli Luce. The “Pipistrello” by Gae Aulenti from the year 1965 was a special highlight. Just like the “Serpente Gold” by Elio Martinelli made of gold and high-quality opal glass, the “Pipistrello” was featured with new LED technology on the occasion of the company’s 50th anniversary.
A table lamp which we particularly liked was the “Cobra” in black and white – also from the late 60s. The foot was designed in such a way that the lampshade can be turned up to 360 degrees. Now also available with LED technology. Martinelli Luce also presented the modern designs by Emiliana Martinelli, such as “Ciulifruli”, “Maggiolone” and “Lunaop”, as well as many other well-known designers who have already worked with Martinelli Luce. Among them were the “Cyborg” table lamp by Karim Rahid from the year 2015 and the “Fluida” by the Design Studio Natural from the year 2013. This design also received a mention at the Designaward compasso d`oro 2016.
Among the German designers, Less’n’more was particularly interesting, attracting a lot of visitors with their individual and funny lighting and furniture creations.
Regardless of whether it was a shelf with an integrated reading light, or a floor lamp with an integrated bookcase – the modern reading lights with their slightly retro-shaped pieces of furniture made us smile. For this, the witty and striking names such as “Wattson”, for a wall shelf light with a secret compartment was totally fitting.
Brilliant. Designer and managing director Kai Steffens always follows his intuition. The result is solution-oriented designs, with innovative technology and manufactured in loving quality work. Design, which is not non-compliant, but highly functional, is the guiding principle behind Less’n’more.
Neo/Craft presented its furniture and lighting designs at the Imm Cologne 2017.
The fascination that the “Iris” lamp already triggered in 2016 was also shown at this year’s Cologne fair. It is an incredibly beautiful soap bubble-like lighting design with very flat LED technology.
The pendant lamp “Diamond” with its clean lines and hexagonal geometric shape was also presented back at the booth – but with a few changes. The lamp made of powder-coated aluminum was also equipped with a new canopy in hexagonal form. In this way, beautiful groups of the Diamond can be presented. The lamp is currently available in 14 different colors.
The love for geometric forms is a constant in the designs of Sebastian Scherer: table legs in triangular basic construction, tables in rhombic and hexagonal optics, clocks in polygonal shape and stools with a square seat and triangular chair legs.
Ambitious and multi-faceted were the lamp designs by newcomer Schneid.
They create aesthetic lights and furniture that have a high demand for ecology and fairness towards people and the environment. With a keen sense of form and material, they develop intelligent, innovative and ecologically sustainable designs. Schneid stands for a rather Scandinavian approach. Maybe because of their hometown Lübeck. “Zappy” was one of the first lighting designs. You might say this is a already well-known conical shape, but the designers continued with their development of the design and set up the wooden panels not only downwards but also upwards in the same product, which gives it a different look and makes the light more translucent.
Eikon, on the other hand, impresses with its refined design. The metallic lampshade (or also a silicone lampshade) is held by simple magnets on the wooden frame part. Changing to a different color or shape is therefore easier than ever before.
The new “Kaskad” lamp inspires with its cascades falling waves. This lampshade was created out of porcelain. Despite the heavy material, it appears to be very light. We also liked the unconventional suspension solution. Instead of a screw thread on the outside, a wooden plateau was installed inside the shade, through which cable and shade are brought together. This increases the cascade effect and it now looks as if the waves bubbled from a source.
Louis Poulsen presented two new products to the audience at the Cologne fair.
The new pendant lamp “Above” by the Danish designer Mads Odgård was hanging all over the stand of the design company Louis Poulsen. Its silhouette is visually a kind of triangle and has an arcuate opening at the top, through which the cable leads upwards. The open top gave the lantern its name and concealed the light source, giving the pendulum a refined aspect.
The original VL38 table lamp by Vilhelm Lauritzen has been supplemented by a floor and wall lamp with current LED technology to match the current retro trend. The simple and functional design reminds us of the Njp lamp design from Light+Building, which we also liked very much. The VL38 will undoubtedly be another classic in the product portfolio of the Danish company with its original design.
So as an international furniture fair, the Imm Cologne 2017 also offered many interesting lighting trends from the industry. We will report in detail about one or the other company. If you liked the article about the lighting trends at the Cologne fair, you can register for our newsletter. We write not only about trends in the light industry but also about the furniture sector and other topics in the interior area.