Mobility and urbanity are two of the big issues of our century: Accelerated by the rapid development of mobile devices, we have to be mobile like never before. Nowadays we are able to work from virtually any location in the world; At the same time we migrate to the big cities, which causes narrowness and increasing costs in urban living. This development, in addition to the ever growing online business has a major impact on the market situation: Traditional voluminous furniture such as bookshelves or desks will disappear from the market and are replaced by new typologies adapted to our digital and nomadic life. In his lecture, the designer Michael Hilgers describes this trends and shown practicable solutions.
In 2014, too, the successful lecture forum will provide a wealth of informative lectures and interesting panel discussions on design-related themes, featuring renowned speakers and international participants. The program is particularly geared towards architects and interior decorators as well as journalists and it is suited to the Pure segment. At the international furnishing fair imm cologne, the supporting programme “The Stage” will be focusing on current trend developments in the furnishing and interior design sector. An overview of the programme for the imm cologne 2014 you can get here:
The contemporary bathroom is increasingly liberating itself from its sole function as a wet room and being transformed into living space, into a feel-good zone and relaxation area within one’s own four walls. In public areas too, the importance of the bathroom is steadily increasing â€“ along with its status within the architecture as a whole.
In 2014 too, the imm cologne’s lecture forum “The Stage” will give visitors to the international furnishing fair an overview of the latest trend developments. The imm cologne’s established event format will again be held in Pure Village â€“ although this time at the new location in Hall 2.2. Visitors can look forward to lectures from a broad spectrum of different sectors, as well as interesting panel discussions with renowned speakers and international participants. The programme is specially geared towards the Pure segment’s typical audience of architects, interior designers, product designers and journalists.
New trends and innovative interior concepts: Every January, Cologne becomes the glamorous design metropolis and hotspot of the interior design scene. Kick-off is on January 12. The evening before the international furnishing show, imm cologne and the magazine â€śArchitektur & Wohnenâ€ť announce the winners of the established Interior Innovation Award; followed by the great Opening Party. The exhibition of the works of the award winners is one of the highlights of the upcoming imm cologne. Another highlight: â€śDas Haus â€“ Interiors on Stageâ€ť â€“Â the inspiring living installation, which will stage the idea of a perfect home of the Dansk designer Louise Campbell.
Further highlights are going to be the new segment Pure Elegance â€“ a glamorous stage for luxurious high-end design â€“ as well as the LivingInteriors, the show for accessories, home textiles and everything that makes an apartment a home. With Pure One and the young talents competition [DÂł] Contest imm cologne also offers a great stage for young designers and future stars of the interior scene. Amongst the more than 1,100 exhibitors are many promising newcomers which deserve a closer look.
2000 years of architecture history
Visitors will not only find high-end design in the exhibition halls but also exciting architecture and top-notch events all over the city. Whoever leaves the imm cologne coming from the south entrance will pass by the great, transparent â€śgate to the worldâ€ť ofÂ koelnmesse. Driving downtown on the Hohenzollern Bridge the Cologne Cathedral is not the only outstanding attraction.
To cut long story short: Cologne is not a pretty city in the traditional sense. Many dirty places, empty sites and ugly concrete buildings shape the townscape, but make it interesting at the same time. What makes this metropolis at the Rhine so exciting is its casual mixture of opposites. TrĂ©s chic meets trash chic, sacred meets profane, art meets kitsch. Even though one cannot see it at first sight, this city is home of a rich heritage of architecture from its more than 2000 years of history: from Roman relicts and Romanesque churches, the Cologne Cathedral with its abstract window by Gerhard Richter, representative Gruenderzeit buildings from the years of rapid industrial growthÂ at the end of the 19th century in Germany to modern urban architecture â€“ such as the Kolumba museum by Peter Zumthor, which integrates the remains of a Gothic church in a simple modern building, or the new accommodations in the Rheinauhafen that adds some modern shapes to the skyline.
Vivid art and design scene
The Cologne art and design scene is just as multifaceted. Not one but two outstanding attractions are right at the Cologne Cathedral: Next to it the Museum Ludwig presents the most important facets of modern art. And not much further away the museum of applied art (Museum fuer Angewandte Kunst, MAK) shows European arts and crafts from the Middle Ages to today and thereby combines art and design in a unique way. Right downtown the new Rautenstrauch-Joest-Museum presents non-European art and cultural pieces.
Cologne is a city of over a million but its urban structure is still pretty rural. Each district, called â€śVeedelâ€ť by Cologne citizens, is a kind of a village in itself â€“ with its own center that hosts the main social activities. So it is logic that art and design not only takes place on shows like the imm cologne or art cologne, in the museums and well-known showrooms like the Design Post, but also at a great scale in each part of the town. One example is the former working-class district Ehrenfeld with its continuously growing scene of creative people, especially attracting young designers. The Design Quartier Ehrenfeld, which has the development of creative spaces in the city on its agenda, resides in old factory buildings and warehouses. During the imm cologne small ateliers, galleries and boutiques become the venues for the Design Parcour Ehrenfeld and the Designers Fair, an exhibition of young creative minds. Both events take place as part of the Passagen, a design show with exhibitions, events and parties in over 200 locations all over the city.
Other design districts are the new area at the Rheinauhafen right at the Rhine with the Kunsthaus Rhenania, galleries and showrooms as well as the popular district Belgisches Viertel that mainly young fashion designers call home. Right around the corner is the historic Spichern Hoefe, an event location worth seeing and one of the most important design spots of Cologne at the same time.
Design in Cologne: inspiration and economic factor
The inspiring environments as well as renowned educational institutions such as the Koeln International School of Design (KISD), the Cologne Design Academy (Koelner Design Akademie) or the art college for media (Kunsthochschule fĂĽr Medien) make Cologne the number one choice for young artists and designers. They add value to the Cologne scene with their unique profiles and thereby secure the future of the design metropolis. An example for those young talents is Jens Standke, award winner of the Cologne Design prize 2013. Already today the vivid design scene represents a relevant economic factor. Roundabout 2,700 companies and creative lone wolves cover all design facets: interior, industrial and product design, corporate, tradeshow and communications design, media and fashion design, movie and event design as well as architecture and photography. The industryÂ has beenÂ constantly growing since the nineties and has generated a revenue of over 1.1 billion Euro in total â€“ and counting.
imm cologne 2014 is getting closer. Time for a preview: Who is coming? Who will be new? What are going to be the highlights?
Registration numbers of more than 1,100 companies from 50 countries get the worldâ€™s leading furnishing show close to a record. Already in the beginning of November over 80 percent of all stand spaces were booked. Especially the great demand from foreign enterprises is a proof of the international mass appeal of the imm cologne.
â€žPureâ€ś: new formats for innovative design
Good news for trendsetter: The design area will be enlarged on a great scale with the new formats â€śPure Eleganceâ€ť and â€śPure One-Design Injectionâ€ť. The traditional core of â€śPureâ€ť and starting point of the Design Course is as usual hall 11. From there visitors are guided to hall 3.2, the home of the successful format â€śPure Editionsâ€ť with visionary furniture and interior design concepts. Next stop is â€śPure Villageâ€ť in hall 2.2 with unconventional brand and product stagings of design oriented premium exhibitors.
TheÂ new format â€śPure Eleganceâ€ť â€“ an exclusive range of luxury and high quality products – will be presented in hall 2.2Â as well.Â And as if that weren’t enough,Â it is also the location of the spectacular top design event â€śDas Haus â€“ Interiors on Stageâ€ť. Danish designer Louise Campbell, a leading personality in the new Scandinavian avant-garde, will present her dream of a perfect home.
Another new format with young design can be found in hall 1, â€žPureOne-Design Injectionâ€ś: Young talents and selected participants of the international design competition [D3] Contest present innovative ideas and interior design concepts â€“ and transform the hall into a creative idea laboratory.
LivingInteriors: â€žLiving Detailsâ€ś in the spotlight
Holistic living concepts become a more and more attractive sales catalyst. At â€śLivingInteriorsâ€ť, the event for bathrooms, flooring, wall coverings and lighting in hall 4.2, the focus is on the details, which really turn an apartment into a vivid home. Smart stagings show how light, effective wall and floor coverings, selected textiles and decorations bring furniture together to a harmonious interior design concept â€“ and offer various impulses.
More room for sleeping
Due to the high demand of innovative sleeping concepts, the segment â€śSleepâ€ť hosting modern sleeping comfort in hall 9 will be extended to hall 5.2. This allows the presentation of furniture and accessories, which transform bedrooms into recreation areas. From the bed to a multifunctional sofa: â€śComfortâ€ť, the world of upholstered furniture, invites to halls 6 and 10.2 to relax and test. Classic setups with modern stylish aesthetics and high quality are located in hall 5.1 and 10.1. â€śSmartâ€ť, the segment for young lifestyle, is in halls 7 and 8. â€śGlobal Lifestylesâ€ť â€“ another new segment â€“ will be launched at halls 2.1, 3.1 and 4.1: A wide range from furniture that the owner builds himself, accessories, lamps to eccentric sculptures let these halls become a place full of discoveries â€“ just as the whole imm cologne.
Which colour spaces are trending? What added value can new lighting systems provide and how can they be integrated? Which sustainability concepts have designers and companies got up their sleeves? At the international furnishing fair imm cologne, the supporting programme “The Stage” will be focusing on these and other current trend developments in the furnishing and interior design sector.
It was a design event of the quieter, more subtle kind. There was no proclamation of a new design philosophy to the accompaniment of spectacular gestures. Nor was a new collection presented in a typical trade fair scenography designed to show the product off to full advantage in a perfectly styled setting, as is the custom in the Pure segments of the international furniture and interior design show imm cologne. Instead “Das Haus â€“ Interiors on Stage” was a half realistic, half visionary depiction of a dream of what living space could be like â€“ in this particular case, of Luca Nichetto’s dream. The imm cologne’s new design format, which was introduced just last year, is not so much about individual products as about the interplay between all the various factors that constitute interior design. The individual pieces of furniture are important soloists within this ensemble but not, in this case, the superstars.
With the concept for “Das Haus” and its choice of designers so far â€“ Doshi Levien in 2012, Luca Nichetto in 2013 â€“ the imm cologne has underscored just how seriously it takes its goal of an “interior design” fair that depicts a wide range of different product lines. And Luca Nichetto’s interpretation of “Das Haus” was impressive proof that this is a format for the interior design discipline to take seriously â€“ perhaps the first of its kind at such a major furnishing fair.