The imm cologne is a business trade fair. Only that which is completely developed, sophisticated in terms of its production technology, tested and found to be ready for the market finds its way here. And that’s a quality criterion that has its own fascination. The Furnishing Cologne campaign, which is already in its fifth year, shows how inspiring the dichotomy of perfection and improvisation can be.
The photos show some of the first new products of imm cologne and LivingInteriors 2016, which have been made available by the exhibitors in advance for this purpose. The completely different objects were photographed in the city of Cologne at public and semi-public locations: at the new Rheinboulevard, in one of the largest unsupported historical halls in the world, in front of a wonderful 1950s mural by Ernst Wille, in the basement of Design Post, in Bio’s Bar, in a 1-room library in the middle of a green area and in front of a petrol station with cult charm. The campaign wants to carry the furniture into the middle of the city that is the scene of one of the largest furnishing trade fairs in the world.
The tubular steel classics of the Bauhaus are experiencing a second spring, as well as their summer, autumn and winter. This is because the selected designs from the outdoor collection ‚ÄúThonet All Seasons‚ÄĚ, including the cantilever chairs S 33 and S 34 by Mart Stam, are getting a new coat of paint and, thanks to a special treatment, are now also weather-resistant, elegant companions outdoors as well. The models being introduced for the first time at imm cologne 2016 allow versatile use, not least due to their broad range of frame and fabric colours. The furniture thus remains an eye-catcher for all seasons, indoors as well as outdoors.
After 20 years, the Italian upholstery specialist Verzelloni is re-launching the Divanitas programme, a collection of seating furniture distinguished by its curvy yet restrained, almost Northern European design. Divanitas was created as early as 1996 by Lievore Altherr Molina. The collection‚Äôs two-seat sofa, with its fashionable, black-and-white houndstooth check pattern, cuts a fine figure in the photo taken in the newly renovated director‚Äôs office in the Gerling quarter. It is accompanied by an armchair with a pouf in the trend colour of mustard yellow. Time seems to have stood still in the former director’s office of the insurance personality Hans Gerling, and yet the rebirth as a residential and business area is visible everywhere.
The ‚ÄúMinibib‚ÄĚ, located in the middle of the autumnal Stadtgarten (city park), is one of several ‚Äúmini libraries‚ÄĚ spread throughout various districts of Cologne to promote better accessibility to low level reading skills (especially for migrant children). The library serves as a venue for readings with an enchanting view. On the brand-new Mamlin carpet from Pure exhibitor Mischioff, Paul and Anne can listen to even the most exciting adventure stories and step into a dreamlike world of nature, without missing out on the feeling of security offered by the ‚ÄúMinibib‚ÄĚ.
With a surface of curved metal borne by a solid oak foot frame, the two side tables LO12 und LH12 from M√ľller M√∂belfabrikation are versatile in usage and are a living accessory that brings out the main points. They are a perfect companion either as a side table or as a night table, either alone or in combination. With their trend colour aqua, they lend the exclusive atmosphere of Bio‚Äôs Bar in the Hotel Stadtpalais, which they appear to suit so well, a fresh note.
At the urging of his father, the Cologne painter Ernst Wille (1916-2005) had to complete a painting apprenticeship before he received a scholarship for the K√∂lner Werkschulen (applied arts school) in 1936, where he studied until 1940. The freshly restored, heritage-protected wall fresco originated in 1952 as a commission of the city of Cologne for the former public library in Cologne-Deutz (today the Hotel Stadtpalais), and represents an important monument of the time. It was one of the first works of Wille, who became known due to his art on the building. The new Sol desk from 7 appears to have been made for this place, without having to dispense with the modern progress of our time.
The Candyofnie lamp from Fatboy looks like a mixture of colourful pearls and delicious sweets. The manufacturer promises more than three trillion combination possibilities. The colourful lamps also suit the new lighting concept of the city of Cologne and the energy supplier RheinEnergie. The railway underpasses in the Maybachstra√üe (near Hansaring) are part of the “light passages” concept meant to make the city more attractive and especially safer for visitors and residents with better lighting. Even children don’t need to be afraid here anymore.
The triangular Anker picnic table from Extremis, at which nine adventurous Cologne tourists from Spain find space, made an appearance as unexpected and coveted outdoor furniture at probably the most beautiful square in Cologne: the bridgehead of the Hohenzollern Bridge on the Deutz side with a view of the Cologne cathedral. Up until a few years ago, a road led to this romantic location, and one could enjoy the breathtaking view of the Rhine and the cathedral from the car with one’s sweetheart. Countless tourists today come by foot to the Deutz side over the Hohenzollern Bridge.
Both durable and variable ‚Äď that’s the concept of now! easy by H√ľlsta for modular living. The venue for this trend staging in white is a popular petrol station in the Agnes quarter of Cologne. As one of the few authentic low floor petrol stations, it has already been a location for many films and series. A real Cologne original. The Mini in stylish red also cuts a fine figure in this “red and white” atmosphere.
High quality international furnishing brands usually present their current trends in the historic halls of the former package post office in Cologne-Deutz. The underground garage has now been the venue for an exciting encounter of seemingly irreconcilable opposites: hot & cold, sports and art, sauna and wardrobe measurements. The key feature of the S1 sauna from Klafs is its minimal use of space, since it is essentially an extendible piece of folding furniture: in its fully retracted state, the S1 extends only 60 centimetres from the wall, like a conventional wardrobe. Nonetheless, the S1 is a full-fledged, attractive sauna with room for ice hockey players and ice princesses. At the touch of a button, the S1 expands into a sauna, ready to use, and nearly three times as deep as when retracted.
With new developments like the patented WhirlSpray shower technology and the TurboFlush flushing technology, Geberit presents the new shower-WC in Cologne at LivingInteriors. The first series production model has already found its way into the changing room of a hardly unknown football club. The chrome surface of the innovatively designed cover reinforces the floating impression of the WC with its play of reflections and cleverly brings the red and white colours of the young footballers into play. Of course the ergonomic miracle for the bathroom is well-received everywhere, from the kiddies’ to the old boys team.
The attachment washbasins of the new Artis series from Villeroy & Boch convince with their especially delicate ceramics. The washbasins with the fine and light impression are offered in four shapes: round, oval, rectangular and square. In addition to attractive visuals, the deep, functional sinks also offer the best usage comfort. Fruit and vegetables also look especially attractive and luxurious in the classic forms when one boldly places the bowl-shaped sinks in an appropriate context that is rich in contrast, like here in the Cologne Gro√ümarkthalle (large market hall), which has been in use since 1940.