String Furniture:
From bookshelves to all-round furniture

© String Furniture
© String Furniture

At this year’s imm cologne, Swedish manufacturer String Furniture has showcased its design classic String System, created some 67 years ago, and the String Works range, launched in 2015. With more colours and formats as well as new accessories for the shelving system, String had once again expanded its portfolio. Swedish architect Nils Strinning had originally designed the String System in 1949 as bookshelves for the living room. Today, the timeless shelves can be used for any purpose – in all rooms and in all parts of the home.

Re-Editions: The rediscovery of Classics

The Prouvé Raw Office Edition. © G-Star RAW Amsterdam / Vitra, Prouvé RAW Office Edition
The Prouvé Raw Office Edition. © G-Star RAW Amsterdam / Vitra, Prouvé RAW Office Edition

There they are again: the old furniture classics from the Bauhaus, from Eileen Gray and Ray Eames. And the “usual suspects” among the furniture éditeurs are not the only ones referring to old designs. Names like Vitra, Classicon or Thonet – which once rose above trendy product ranges like islands above the sea – are associated more and more with furniture and accessories that either owe their forms to design precedents. The trend towards re-releasing vintage and new modern classics has become a well-established one within the furniture sector.

Great collaboration:
imm cologne at Dwell on Design Los Angeles

Arne Petersen, Vice President of Trade Fair Management Koelnmesse GmbH, Dana Teague, Vice President Informa Global Exhibitions, Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer Koelnmesse GmbH and Amanda Dameron, chief editor Dwell - © Koelnmesse
Arne Petersen, Vice President of Trade Fair Management Koelnmesse GmbH, Dana Teague, Vice President Informa Global Exhibitions, Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer Koelnmesse GmbH and Amanda Dameron, Chief Editor Dwell – © Koelnmesse

With its top-quality product ranges, the European (and especially German) furniture and interiors industry can find particularly good growth opportunities in exports right now. The USA is one of the biggest sales markets of all – and one which has not yet been fully tapped by the European interiors industry. As its economy stabilises and key interest rates begin to rise again, we can expect to see sustainable growth momentum in this huge market over the next few years.

imm cologne 2016:
A successful start to the new year for the industry

© Koelnmesse, Constantin Meyer
© Koelnmesse, Constantin Meyer

From 18 to 24 January 2016 at imm cologne and LivingInteriors, a total of 1,185 companies from 50 countries presented the trends in furniture and furnishings for the coming year. Buyers from the trade with decision-making authority made for a dynamic trade fair during the first five days. With around 80,000 trade visitors from 128 countries, the event recorded a slight increase (4.8 percent) in trade fair visitor numbers compared to 2014.

Lecture by Meinolf Heim at The Stage:
“Let’s be Smart” – When lighting goes online

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The market is flooded with terms like “smart home”, “intelligent living” and “eHomes”. In the meantime we hear promising advertising slogans like “Your entire house in one app!” every day. But what does “everything” include? Here one quickly thinks of devices like washing machines or dishwashers, heating and blinds. Meinolf Heim concerns himself with intelligent lighting, its components and its functionality. Which lighting is “intelligent” and compatible with the home control system? How is it integrated into the home control system? What can intelligent ligthing even actually do? Meinolf Heim presents examples and provides answers to the most frequently asked questions.

Lecture at The Stage by Jens J. Wischmann about
Trends in the Bathroom

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Has the topic cosiness in the bathroom evolved into a megatrend? What about the “Healthyness in the Bathroom” trend and life-stage-friendly bathroom design? How important is the theme of hygiene in the bathroom? Jens J. Wischmann, Managing Director of for the VDS (German Sanitary Industry Association), presents these trends and other innovations and developments in his lecture.