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imm cologne 2014: new formats, new concepts

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 world’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.


„Pure“: new formats for innovative design

Pure 2014
Pure 2014

Good news for trendsetter: The design area will be enlarged on a great scale with the new formats “Pure Elegance” and “Pure One-Design Injection”. The traditional core of “Pure” 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 “Pure Editions” with visionary furniture and interior design concepts. Next stop is “Pure Village” in hall 2.2 with unconventional brand and product stagings of design oriented premium exhibitors.

The new format “Pure Elegance” – an exclusive range of luxury and high quality products – will be presented in hall 2.2 as well. And as if that weren’t enough, it is also the location of the spectacular top design event “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”. Danish designer Louise Campbell, a leading personality in the new Scandinavian avant-garde, will present her dream of a perfect home.

Louise Campbell: Das Haus 2014 Photo: Koelnmesse; Andreas Körner
Louise Campbell: Das Haus 2014
Photo: Koelnmesse; Andreas Körner

Another new format with young design can be found in hall 1, „PureOne-Design Injection“: Young talents and selected participants of the international design competition [D3] Contest present innovative ideas and interior design concepts – and transform the hall into a creative idea laboratory.


LivingInteriors: „Living Details“ in the spotlight

Holistic living concepts become a more and more attractive sales catalyst. At “LivingInteriors”, 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 – and offer various impulses.


More room for sleeping

Due to the high demand of innovative sleeping concepts, the segment “Sleep” 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: “Comfort”, 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. “Smart”, the segment for young lifestyle, is in halls 7 and 8. “Global Lifestyles” – another new segment – 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 – just as the whole imm cologne.

eLumino: illuminating textiles by Création Baumann


When the two sensuous furnishing elements, fabric and light, are fused together the result is an exquisite work of art, a symbiosis of a soft fluid weave and atmospheric lighting. An ingenious light emitting curtain fabric which can be cut to size and processed into curtaining that is so much more than mere window dressing. The demanding project was by realised the Swiss textile company Création Baumann.

Carpet inspired by digital technology: Memory by Ruckstuhl

Pure61_2014_Ruckstuhl_Memory_Aufmacher1All photos: Ruckstuhl

Our society has long been digital, and our everyday life is penetrated through and through by information from the internet. A world without computers and mobile phones can hardly be imagined. Thousands of square kilometres of Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) are produced every year. The multilayered transistors, condensers, chips, connecting wires and soldered links which we practically forget about in our everyday use of the equipment look rather like the broad avenues and ranked buildings of a city – the ideal inspiration for Lukas Scherrer in his ‘Memory’ carpet, made by Ruckstuhl.

Fabric poetry in motion: the new Systems Collection by Création Baumann

Pure49_2014_Creation-Baumann_Systems_AufmacherAll photos: Création Baumann

The new Systems Collection has it all! Integrated engineering, battery operated motors and operation via iPhone-App: The diverse systems from Création Baumann for roller blinds, panel curtains, vertical blinds, Roman blinds and curtain tracks are becoming ever smarter and easier to operate; in fact they already virtually run by themselves.

The imm cologne offers young design talents a big stage again in 2014

Pure54_D3_AufmacherPhotos: Constantin Meyer; koelnmesse

At the imm cologne’s newcomer platform [D³] Design Talents, experimental design comes face to face with international trade professionals. The two formats that have been established here to promote young designers, the [D³] Contest competition and the [D³] Professionals forum, present visitors to the international furnishing fair with a selection of the best next-generation designers.

Gloster Bella Outdoor Collection – unlike anything

Pure07_Gloster_Bella_AufmacherPhoto: Gloster

Elegant, sleek powder coated aluminium frames are combined with shaped laminated teak slats to produce a unique form, pure in both its concept and its execution. This purity is more than just style, it’s a statement. It innovates, challenges and stays true to the designer’s vision. But this isn’t form over function. Exceptional materials, master craftsmanship and a dedication to comfort ensure that the Bella outdoor collection feels just as good as it looks.