Material technologies reimagined:
3D-printing inflatable materials

Photo: BMW

In collaboration with the Self-Assembly Lab at MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), the BMW Design Department has successfully developed 3D-printed inflatable material technologies. The materials can self-transform, adapt and morph from one state to another. A project that will certainly meet with great interest in the upholstery industry. The result is now on show for the first time at the exhibition The Future Starts Here at the V&A in London.

A tent is a tent – or is there more to it than that?

Photo: KarTent

Summertime is the time for festivals. In Europe alone, more than 500 multi-day music festivals take place each year between May and September, attracting millions of visitors. Most of them will camp on the festival site itself. But one in four simply leave their weekend accommodation behind at the end of the festival. Taking down the tent and packing it away seems like too much hard work after a weekend’s partying. Every year 25,000 tents are abandoned at festivals in the Netherlands alone. That’s a lot of rubbish. And that’s exactly what the Dutch design team Wout Kommer and Jan Portheine thought. In response, they came up with a 100% recyclable tent made from cardboard.

Innovative lighting solutions
(not just) for interior design

Photo: Artemide, Alphabet of Light

What does the future hold for LEDs? Are OLEDs already obsolete? And will new laser lighting technology be adopted? The lighting segment is always evolving, with innovations regularly being unveiled. And developments in the smart homes segment are certainly also making a contribution. But efficient use of light, intelligent controls and furniture combined with lighting are also causing a stir in the market. Glare-free, indirect or circadian lighting technology are all playing an increasingly important role. Here in the imm cologne news blog, we present some of the latest lighting innovations.

Selecta by Hansgrohe: A Classic Turns 50

1968: hansgrohe Selecta, Photo: hansgrohe

In 1901 master clothier Hans Grohe turned his back on weaving and established a metal pressing workshop. Although bathrooms in private houses were only just becoming fashionable at that time, he specialised in tin showers and become a pioneer of the sanitary sector, which was still in its early stages of development. Since then, the company has been characterised by an innovative spirit. that came up with the world’s first hand shower with adjustable spray types 50 years ago: the Selecta.

Hans J. Wegner exhibition at Vitra Schaudepot

Hans J. Wegner at his drawing board. Photo: Wilstrup

The Wishbone Chair, the Peacock Chair, the Round Chair: the names of the designs by Hans Jørgensen Wegner are simple but striking, the same as his works themselves. They unite an expressive aesthetic, practical functionalism and Danish craftsmanship. That’s why the Danish furniture designer is one of the most important Scandinavian representatives of post-war modernism.

Furnishing your home by app

Photo: Home Design 3D

Living without a smartphone or tablet? Unthinkable for many. After all, these talented little devices have long since become constant companions. Even for furnishing one’s home. However, they are not only a source of inspiration via blogs, chats or Instagram & Co. Many apps are also really helpful when it comes to furnishing your own home for the first time or when you want a makeover. We present some of the most helpful apps.

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.

The Stage at public days: Tips on interior decor – furnishing with colour, light and materials

Photo: Lutz Sternstein, Koelnmesse

With The Stage, the imm cologne is doing more than just providing a central rendezvous for professionals and creative partners in the industry; the forum also has an exciting programme lined up for the public days of the fair. At the weekend, interior designers and design professionals will give end consumers useful tips on interior decor. Some of the weekend’s topics are: interior colour trends (Axel Venn, Julia Hausmann), furniture hacking (Sigurd Larsen), interior decoration with light (Thorsten Moortz), eco-friendly room furnishing (Wibke Schaeffer and Moritz Zielke) and new bathroom materials (Martina Brüßel).