Das Haus 2017: The essence of living

Photo: Koelnmesse, Constantin Meyer
Photo: Koelnmesse, Constantin Meyer

What do we need to live? The design by Todd Bracher, with which the US designer surprised the visitors of the imm cologne 2017 can be reduced down to this simple question. Especially since they still could recall last year’s “Das Haus” with its very different design that confused the senses – full of colours, scents, textile haptics, round in shape, transparent and open on all sides. Whereas Sebastian Herkner demonstrated sensual indulgence recently, Todd Bracher is limiting himself down to the essentials.

“Every space can be used in various ways”: a conversation with Patricia Urquiola

Patricia Urquiola, photo: Georg Jensen
Patricia Urquiola
Photo: Georg Jensen

Designing is not so much about making a table anymore, says Patricia Urquiola. It’s more about the way spaces evolve, how they are crossed by time. We talked with the Italy-based, Spanish designer and architect about what today’s changes in lifestyles mean for her work, and about her new task as art director of Italian top level product company Cassina.

And the winners are: imm cologne presented the awardees of the Pure Talents 2017

The three winners, Katharina C. Hamma of Koelnmesse and the members of the jury. Photo: Lutz Sternstein, Koelnmesse
The three winners, Katharina C. Hamma of Koelnmesse and the members of the jury.
Photo: Lutz Sternstein, Koelnmesse

On the first day of the international interiors show, the moment arrived once again: at imm cologne, the three winners of the 14th Pure Talents Contest were presented. From the 21 shortlisted entries, the jury awarded Bernhard Osann with his Neo lamp, Simon Diener with his Pong lamp and Christoph Hauf with his frameless mirror, Slanted Mirror.

“We try to cover as many disciplines as possible”: A conversation with Tom Dixon

Tom Dixon
Photo: Peer Lindgreen

From the beginning, Tom Dixon did not only design things – he actually made them. An approach which taught him everything about materials as well as manufacturing processes, about creativity as well as business. A conversation about the connection between all these aspects, and how they help to create quality in a time when living, working and leisure are more and more merging.

Versatile platform: imm cologne 2017 promotes contract business

Motorola Headquarters, Chicago/USA (architecture by Gensler), Scope Seating by COR
Foto: COR

Exhibitors and trade visitors appreciate imm cologne as a platform for contract business. The equipping of hotels, shops and other projects is of increasing importance for manufacturers from the furniture and interior design segments. In Cologne from 16 to 22 January 2017 they will present a diverse offering for these segments, from new products through individual consultation to tailored solutions.

The Stage: Pallets furniture, design hotels and furniture industry overview at Book Lounge 2017


Also returning to “The Stage” in 2017 is The Book Lounge, organised in collaboration with Westermann Kommunikation. This year, interior designer Sylvia Leydecker gets the programme underway with an overview of her work. With the theme “Alles Paletti” (It’s all made of pallets!), Claudia Guther presents furniture made of pallets, for indoor and outdoor use, whilst Serdar Kutucu discusses design hotels and Sabine Wöll presents the Red Dot Year Book 2016/2017.

The Stage: Sebastian Herkner, Marco Dessí and Harry Thaler about the Pure Talents contest and their career

Photo: Koelnmesse
Photo: Koelnmesse

Original designs, intelligent solutions and sustainable products from young designers will be the focus of the Pure Talents Contest since almost 14 years. In the course of the last 13 years, a total of 395 products from 494 designers from all over the world have been presented to the trade audience at imm cologne as part of the contest exhibitions – presented, above all, to the industry’s decision makers, for whom the contestants would love to design. Many of these products have found their way into the collections of well-known manufacturers following the fair.