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Barbara Busse about Gen Z and their furniture: “We’re going to see a lot of market fragmentation.”

Photo: Future+You

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.

Survey: How Germany sleeps

Photo: Karsten Jipp, Koelnmesse

Today everyone knows just how important good sleep is. And we’re prepared to invest some money when buying a new bed. But it’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 night’s sleep – 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.

Textile columns with holograms, pavilions made of table frames and a road show

Illustration: Stylepark

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.

Das Haus 2018: Everything is going according to plan

Photo: far.consulting, Koelnmesse

In just over a week, it is time at last – imm cologne opens its doors again. Guest of honor of “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” will then be Lucie Koldova. “In my ‘Haus’, light will play the main role,” explains the young Czech designer from Prague, who is well known for her extraordinary flair in designing lighting fixtures and lighting effects.

The Stage on Monday:
International designers are lining up

Photo: Koelnmesse, Lutz Sternstein

The imm cologne trends forum “The Stage” will again be the home for discussions and responses to current issues in the world of interior design this coming January. Here, experts talk about trends in home living, designers shed light on their concepts and industry insiders discuss future developments. In 2018, the established lecture forum in Hall 3.1 of Koelnmesse will once more be offering an overview of current trends in interior design. On Monday, the first day of Cologne’s fair, will have a particularly international flavour. In addition to the designer of “Das Haus”, Lucie Koldova (Czech Republic), Cristian Zuzunaga (Spain), Jason Danziger (USA), Poonam Choudhry (India) as well as Stefan Scholten (The Netherlands) will be on “The Stage”.

Giving light all by itself:
Smart lighting control from Nimbus

Photo: Dieter Blum

Can lights be turned on without flicking a switch? Nimbus shows how this can be done in a very smart way in the new building for the Neckar-Fils regional group of Südwestmetall in Esslingen, southern Germany. Throughout the building, lights are activated independently – and only when they are needed. This is made possible by a wireless network of LED lights with innovative lighting control.

Tiles in home-building:
functional, aesthetic and cost-efficient

Photo: 41zero42, Mate

The standards are high today when it comes to building new homes: in addition to being a profitable investment in the future, new buildings must remain aesthetically pleasing and functional for generations – cost-efficiency, accessibility and sustainability are the keywords here. In this ideal, stylish and functional design of the interior construction is possible with high-quality yet attractively priced construction materials.

Veneer: versatile appearance – versatile applications

Poto: IFN, Roser AG, Gehri AG

Veneer is one of the oldest means of decoration for high-quality surfaces. In ancient Egypt, inexpensive substrate timbers were covered with thin layers of select high-grade wood; at that time, particularly bird’s eye maple. The various tree species produce highly differentiated veneer patterns, which sometimes even vary greatly within one species. And they even have stories to tell.

Not off the peg: custom-made sofas by
Sophisticated Living

Graphic: Sophisticated Living

In the living room the sofa is the eye-catcher and the place where we spend the most time. But often the design of this room is more individual than the products offered by upholstered furniture manufacturers. Niches, projecting walls or ledges, pitched roofs, ovens or doors can thwart plans to buy the sofa of your dreams. It’s a centimetre too wide here, or the backrests don’t fit there, or maybe the whole sofa is a bit too deep. That’s why we compromise on our couch purchases and buy an off-the-peg model – even though the trend for personalisation is making inroads into interior design in a growing number of areas.

Designed by Nature:
Furniture made of natural materials

Photo: Danielle Trofe

Nature is extravagant, it produces everything in excess. But it also thoroughly reuses all this excess production. Man too produces things on an abundant scale. However, much of that cannot be reused and is often also difficult to dispose of. This is just as true of the interior design industry as of any other, and yet there is a growing number of designers who are making use of the cycle of nature.