All Koelnmesse’s events relating to Interiors and Furnishings enjoy great popularity around the world and attract large numbers of bookings with an excellent demand for space. The coming imm cologne, the international meeting place for the furnishing and interior design industry, is no exception. By the end of June 2013, booking status is already extraordinarily good: a great many exhibitors have taken advantage of the early bird period and confirmed their participation. In particular, the event’s popularity with foreign exhibitors continues unabated. In total, more than 60 percent of the planned space has already been allocated.
Following the good performance of the imm cologne 2013, the international furniture and interior design fair is creating space for its continued qualitative and quantitative development. The Pure segment plays a key role in this. With Pure Elegance, the new format for the luxurious high-end sector, and the stronger focus on young creative design in Hall 1, the trade fair is consistently continuing on its way towards an interiors show.
Every two years, Koelnmesse collaborates with red dot to host the interzum award. The competition awards the best designs in the international supplier industry for the furniture and interior decorating industries. With 200 registrations from 16 countries, the interzum award: intelligent material & design is once again underlining its function as a pool for new product ideas.
Last week interzum 2013 came to an end with very good results. The world’s biggest trade fair for suppliers to the furniture industry and interior finishing recorded a slight increase in visitor numbers compared to 2011 with around 53,000 visitors from 148 countries. The share of visitors from abroad was about 70 per cent. A clear rise in visitors from Asia, North America and Eastern Europe in particular was seen at interzum. “With the current growth in exhibitors and especially in international visitors, interzum again proved that it is the location worldwide that gives the market and thus the sector’s business its impetus”, was the summary from Katharina C. Hamma, Managing Director of Koelnmesse.
With furniture that oscillates between exotic charm and purist contours, Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien are bringing a new individuality to the world of interior design. â€śSome pieces are more Nipa, others are more me.â€ť Itâ€™s hard to think of a more apt description of the young designer coupleâ€™s work than this sentence from Jonathan Levien. And these â€śthingsâ€ť are often unusually colourful â€ścultural hybridsâ€ť with emotional appeal. Their clients include Moroso, Cappellini, Tefal, Richard Lampert, Glass and Authentics.
Luca Nichetto, whose choice of location well away from the Milan scene is not entirely coincidental, shows us his designs for â€śDas Haus â€“ Interiors on Stageâ€ť at his studio in Veniceâ€™s port district of Marghera. The large-scale installation of an artificial living situation is to be erected at the next imm cologne. In the studio beneath the roof of a renovated old commercial building, there are stacks of models and prototypes; every wall is full of drawings, photos and plans. Luca Nichetto doesnâ€™t leave anything to chance. With obvious passion and animated gestures, he talks of his idea for a form of living in which the coexistence of man and nature enriches peopleâ€™s lives.
Pop Art is widely regarded as the most significant artistic movement since 1945. Reflecting on the cult of celebrity, commodity fetishism and media reproduction that permeated everyday life in the postwar era, Pop Art continues to shape our societyâ€™s cultural self-understanding to this day. A central characteristic of Pop Art was the dialogue between design and art, which is now being explored in â€śPop Art Designâ€ť at the Vitra Design Museum as the first-ever comprehensive exhibition on the topic.
In days long gone, when people still wandered from one place to another, they simply took the few possessions they had with them. To begin with, they probably used bags or knapsacks to transport their belongings. But once people started settling down, they accumulated more and more possessions, with the result that these little pieces of luggage started turning into bigger transport containers and eventually into travel trunks, the predecessors of the modern suitcase.
Toilets in the bathroom and intercoms on the door were the innovations of yesteryear. In future, our houses will be equipped with a level of comfort that still seems like science fiction to many of us today. But even now, household appliances deploy a wealth of sophisticated technology to save energy and make our lives easier. This potential can be further increased with a central control system. Thanks to their cross-system usage possibilities that can be intuitively controlled via an iPhone, iPad or tablet PC, bus systems will in future automate a wide and diverse range of functions.
How can you eat healthily at work while taking as little time as possible? And how can you celebrate preparing and eating food in a hectic life in style? Ying Ying Ni, an up-and coming industrial designer from China, has investigated this question â€“ and has developed a new concept for a mobile steam cooking unit as part of the Phoenix Design Academy.