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.