Members of the coming generation live digitally, consume more spontaneously and furnish their homes differently. Individualisation means smaller batches, many products will be self-designed, brand lifespans will be shorter, and unknown start-ups are feted like stars. For established companies, the future scenario could be bleak if they do not adapt to changing market conditions. We find out what this scenario might look like in an interview with Barbara Busse, proprietor of Future+You.
Today everyone knows just how important good sleep is. And weâ€™re prepared to invest some money when buying a new bed. But itâ€™s not just our bed, mattress, duvet and pillows that determine how well we sleep. A survey by the health insurer Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) examined the internal and external factors that contribute to a restful nightâ€™s sleep â€“ or otherwise. The results provide some food for thought for the specialised trade as there are growing numbers of holistic systems available on the market.
Even if woodchip is still the most frequently used type of wallpaper, growing numbers of people have a new look and a change of scene in mind when they redecorate. And with an abundance of alternatives to choose from, why not give at least one wall a completely new covering?
After many years of joint development work, Verner Panton and Vitraâ€™s Panton Chair â€“ the first cantilever chair manufactured from a single piece of plastic â€“ was finally ready for series production in 1967. The chair, which was a revolutionary piece both in terms of design and manufacture, was first presented to the public at the imm international interiors show in Cologne in 1968. Fifty years after the originalâ€™s presentation, Vitra is issuing two limited editions of the iconic classic in 2018: the Panton Chrome and the Panton Glow.
As a platform for young design, the Pure Talents exhibition format draws together imm cologneâ€™s activities in support of the next generation of international designers. Its highlight is the Pure Talents Contest, which is entirely financed by the trade fair and looking forward to celebrating its fifteenth birthday at imm cologne 2018. Participants of this anniversary issue are Pia Regenbrecht with her collection Hyperreal and Julien Manaira with his plastic shelf The once liquid plastic.
On the occasion of the imm cologne, a special exhibition on the subject of interior design will again be held this year at the Museum of Applied Art Cologne (MAKK). This time, it will be the lavishly designed staging “Stylepark Selected imm cologne 2018”. After months of intensive planning, an exhibition has been created that probably never existed in this form before.
In the Pure Talents Contest, students and graduates who have recently completed their education, can apply with designs and prototypes that are not yet in production from different fields of interior design and smart home. Just like Anton Hendrik Denys with his Foam Fence and Anne Schmiederer with her Blue Ruffle Chair did. And now we will see them with their products at imm cologne.
With The Stage, the imm cologne is doing more than just providing a central rendezvous for professionals and creative partners in the industry; the forum also has an exciting programme lined up for the public days of the fair. At the weekend, interior designers and design professionals will give end consumers useful tips on interior decor. Some of the weekend’s topics are: interior colour trends (Axel Venn, Julia Hausmann), furniture hacking (Sigurd Larsen), interior decoration with light (Thorsten Moortz), eco-friendly room furnishing (Wibke Schaeffer and Moritz Zielke) and new bathroom materials (Martina BrĂĽĂźel).
In terms of entrants to the Pure Talents Contest, the field has rarely been as international as it is this year, featuring 671 designers from 53 countries. Many entries were submitted by students and young graduates from every major university, including the RCA London, Design Academy Eindhoven, LASALLE Singapore, ECAL, Aalto University, Konstfack Stockholm, Pratt Institute NY, ArtCenter Pasadena and many others.
For many visitors, the prestigious programme of talks offered by The Stage is the starting point for their visit to the international interiors show imm cologne. Designers, creative talent and interiors professionals inform the audience about current developments in interior design. The lecture forum offers with 55 lectures on 7 days a very strong programme. Today the speakers will talk about natural materials in sustainable construction (Susanne Brandherm and Sabine Krumrey), DIY from a new perspective (Sigurd Larsen), living happily with Hygge (Barbara Delius) and colour for body, mind and soul (Axel Venn)