We are starting the new year with a trend research at the Imm Cologne 2017. At the German furnishing fair in Cologne, new international furniture and furnishing trends will be presented at the beginning of the year. The unbelievable range of exhibitors, living room, bedroom and bathroom furniture, mattresses and sleeping systems, as well as suppliers of home textiles, wall coverings, floor coverings, lamp designs and accessories, find a suitable platform here.
The audience appreciates the professional atmosphere at Imm Cologne.
The public days offer the exhibitors an extensive opportunity for product and market tests and consumers find information and buying stimulation. As every year, Imm Cologne is directed at people and institutions from furniture and furnishing retailers, bed shops, home textiles and interior decorators such as interior designers, architects, designers, planners, carpenters and interior decorators. This is an absolute must for us as a trend search company in the interior sector.
We will not only look at the highlights of the Imm agenda, such as the annual installation “The House” and the “Pure Talents”, but also have an accurate look at this year’s shapes, colors and material trends in the industry.
This year’s interpretation of the Cologne design event “The House” is made by Todd Bracher, an American designer.Click to tweet
In an interview with the fair, Todd Bracher presented his design and the vision behind it.
For him, the house is more of a chance to understand the house as a design process without taking into consideration the usual construction and market solutions. Inspired by loft-like apartments, here as in the past year by Sebastian Herkner, he transforms the rooms in a transition-free fashion and forms an example of open living. The architect wants to see the model as a play area: to question what is important to us in a house and why – and then show ideas and possibilities of other ways of living. In doing so, he draws on the basic structure of the European cube – also from the background knowledge that many people live in old buildings.
With his model at the Imm Cologne 2017, he subdivides the house less into spaces but rather in 3 basic functions: supply, nutrition and relaxation, as well as hygiene. Then he connects them and imagines, for example, that knowledge can be consumed just as much as food – so a library is logically integrated into the dining area. Eating and reading, cooking and learning – all of this is no longer isolated and temporally separated, but exists side by side and fluent. We will give you more details about this after the show.
We will also take a look at this year’s Pure Talents Contest.
The Pure Talents Contest was exclusively created for designers who are still or just finished their studies. This year, the competition will take place for the 14th time. The internationally renowned design competition for young designers is jump-start for a successful designer career for many of the selected participants. We particularly interested in these announced designs:
“Flexit” by the Belgian designer Pieter Peulen
The sleeping-living-work concept in a compact model will surely find interested retailers and customers. He started the design project, because of the increasingly expensive rental prices and the small living spaces – especially in large cities.
The Belgian designer Pieter Peulen combined two vertical and one horizontal frame to create the basic design of Flexit. This frame can be set in three different ways to create a double bed, a desk or a bunk bed. Connected together, the elements allow even more variants.
The stylish lighting design “Focus” by Susanne Tesche from Germany
The table lamp invites you to play with light. An ingeniously positioned concave mirror reflects the light of the height-adjustable LED placed underneath. The light is concentrated or scattered, depending on the position at which the light source is adjusted. The lamp can be steplessly adjusted via an integrated sliding contact. For switching on and off, it must only be pushed upwards or downwards, since the contact is interrupted.
“Steam bending furniture” by the designer Bar Gantz from Israel
The industrial designer Bar Gantz shows impressively how even traditional production methods are still applyable today and enable aesthetically pleasing designs. By traditional bending with water vapor, wood is processed into various functional pieces of furniture. An intensive research on materials and technology made it possible to test the limits of the material wood and to make these inspiring pieces. We are eagerly awaiting the presentation at Imm Cologne 2017.
In addition, we will devote ourselves to the trend research and report on innovations and novelties in the furniture industry again.
We will also be portraying some notable companies and report on beautiful and impressive booths at Imm Cologne 2017. At the same time, we try to find labels and brands for our readers who present innovative, sustainable or just funny ideas.
The many speeches in hall 3.1 are also on our agenda. The fair has put together an interesting program again. We will of course also report on this.