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18. – 24.01.2016

imm cologne

A Multitude of Possibilities

A preview of the international exhibitors and the latest products for the contract business at imm cologne 2015.

The Mashup Artotel Amsterdam © Kymo

The Mashup Artotel Amsterdam © Kymo

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Creating Distinction

An interview with Gunter Fleitz and Peter Ippolito of the Ippolito Fleitz Group, Stuttgart, about brand architecture, identity and merging lifeworlds

Walter Knoll imm cologne 2014 Exhibition stand by Ippolito Fleitz Group

Walter Knoll imm cologne 2014 Exhibition stand by Ippolito Fleitz Group

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New Impulses for Contract Business

Exhibitors from the Contract Business value the imm cologne as an international platform for an exchange with architects, interior and other designers.

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A certain clarity

An interview with the French design stars Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec about the fair as a meeting place, right answers and the challenges of the contract sector

Bouroullec Vitra Alcoveplume © Studio Bouroullec

Bouroullec Vitra Alcoveplume © Studio Bouroullec

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Textile Landscapes – in Conversation with Ben van Berkel/UNStudio

UNStudio: Dance Palace, St. Petersburg © UNStudio

UNStudio: Dance Palace, St. Petersburg
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The new Hem collection of Carpet Concept by Ben van Berkel/UNStudio is inspired by lively landscapes. Numerous colour variations offer a wide range of design options. The design of Hem was already awarded with the label Winner at the Interior Innovation Award 2015. The imm cologne is the ideal sponsor of the competition, whose organization is the responsibility of the German Design Council. 
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Difference and diversity

An interview with Peter Tonkin and Tim Greer of Sydney-based architecture practice Tonkin Zulaikha Greer about culture, urbanity, tradition and the future.

TZG: Virgin Lounge Melbourne, Melbourne Airport, 2012 Copyright: TZG

TZG: Virgin Lounge Melbourne, Melbourne Airport, 2012
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Unique and narrative

An interview with Jeffrey Kovel of Skylab Architecture in Portland, Oregon, about changing lifestyles in the U.S. and the balance between mass production and individuality.

Skylab Architecture: Hoke Residence, Portland, Oregon, 2007 + 2012 Copyright: Courtesy of Boone Speed

Skylab Architecture: Hoke Residence, Portland, Oregon, 2007 + 2012
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Hungry for innovation

An interview with H. Koon Wee, Eunice Seng and Darren Zhou of SKEW Collaborative, Shanghai and Hong Kong, on life and architecture in China.

SKEW Collaborative: Chinese Academy of Sciences IOT Center and Labs, Shanghai, 2013 Copyright: Alvaro Quintanilla

SKEW Collaborative: Chinese Academy of Sciences IOT Center and Labs, Shanghai, 2013
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A Changing Attitude – In conversation with Winy Maas

Winy Maas is one of the directors of the globally operating architecture and urban planning firm MVRDV, which was founded in 1993 by Maas, Jacob van Rijs and Nathalie de Vries in Rotterdam. The products of MVRDV’s unique approach to design vary, ranging from buildings of all types and sizes, to urban plans and visions, numerous publications, installations and exhibitions. In the interview, Winy Maas speaks about the transformation of the former Serp & Molot factory area in Moscow and the importance of developing new typologies.

Winy Maas © Boudewijn Bollmann

Winy Maas © Boudewijn Bollmann

Mr. Maas, MVRDV has won the competition for the transformation of the former Serp & Molot factory area in Moscow into a new neighbourhood. How would you describe the task and the concept?

It’s the monumental task to transform 58 hectare inner city brown lands into a lively neighbourhood for 19,000 inhabitants and 16,000 workers. Our concept respects the past, we decided against a ‘tabula rasa’. MVRDV’s winning scheme builds upon the current layout and identity of the site. By taking the characteristic factory streets, buildings and objects as starting points, a new layer is added to the neighbourhood. Historical structures such as large chimneys and pipes are preserved and other structures are integrated into new buildings. Large factory halls are replaced by urban blocks that follow the footprint of the old factory with additional green courtyards. By partitioning the blocks further into segments and applying different densities the plan diversifies the area. Ground floor spaces are reserved for public facilities and retail. This leads to a vivid, green, complex and highly dense urban plan which strongly respects the character of the site. An existing factory transport ring will be repaired and become part of a park that will form a threedimensional spine for the new neighbourhood. This public urban space will house playgrounds, sports facilities, open air markets and pavilions. Schools and day care centres are connected to
this ring park. On top of the transport ring a sky walk can be made in between the tops of the trees, overlooking the surrounding neighbourhood. read more…

All lights are green for imm cologne 2015

Stylish, modern and inspiring: in January 2015, imm Cologne will once again be the trendsetter for the interior design industry and the place to be for visitors from around the world. As the year’s first trade show for interior design, imm cologne showcases contemporary and future trends for the next season and inspires with high-class exhibitors and events.

A highlight of the fair is the project “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”. By means of a simulation of a house with a living space of 240 square meters (2,500 square feet) which is furnished and decorated by a renowned interior designer each year, imm cologne provides new stimuli for the world of lifestyle. For 2015, the influential designer duo Lyndon Neri und Rossana Hu, who have been sparking excitement all over the world with their mixture of western design and Chinese varieties of forms and shapes, could be won over to take on the project.

Renowned brands such as Vitra, Thonet, Walter Knoll, B&B Italia, Ligne Roset and De Sede as well as prominent new exhibitors Fendi/Trussardi, Hülsta and outdoor furniture manufacturer Dedon will provide for high-class design and abundant inspiration for the visitors. Already this year, imm cologne could look back on a gratifyingly high number of international exhibitors; for 2015, the trade show expects it to increase even more. “More than ever, this makes imm cologne the epitome of worldwide furniture trends, and it enables purchasers to select from a broad range of products from different countries and of different styles”, says Gerald Böse, chairman of management of Koelnmesse GmbH.

vitra at imm cologne 2014

vitra at imm cologne 2014

For more information, see www.imm-cologne.de.

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