The Stage on Friday: About soul-colours, new DIY-perspectives and building with natural materials

Photo: Lutz Sternstein, Koelnmesse

For many visitors, the prestigious programme of talks offered by The Stage is the starting point for their visit to the international interiors show imm cologne. Designers, creative talent and interiors professionals inform the audience about current developments in interior design. The lecture forum offers with 55 lectures on 7 days a very strong programme. Today the speakers will talk about natural materials in sustainable construction (Susanne Brandherm and Sabine Krumrey), DIY from a new perspective (Sigurd Larsen), living happily with Hygge (Barbara Delius) and colour for body, mind and soul (Axel Venn)

The Stage on Thursday:
Insights in the fringe areas of interior design

Photo: Lutz Sternstein, Koelnmesse

The trends forum at the largest interiors show of the year cannot fail to shine a light on the fringe areas of interior design. Robert Müller-Grünow (Scentcommunication) will be explaining the important role fragrances can play in interior design. Virtual worlds are also playing an increasingly important role in the furnishings sector. Picking up on this field in the lecture programme, Mara Michel (.futurize dietrendagentur) will be offering an insight into “analogue virtuality”, while Michael Gairing (Blanx) will address the issue of augmented reality. And Barbara Busse (Future+You) will give an insight in the ideas about design and marketing of the Generation Z.

The Stage on Wednesday:
The day of colours and materials

Photo: Lutz Sternstein, Koelnmesse

The colour trends for the new interiors season are of particular interest, and will again be presented by Karl Johann Bertilsson (NCS Colour Academy) in 2018. As the flipside to trends in interior colour design, Dr. Hildegard Kalthegener will also have the appropriate anti-trends to hand. But materials will also get their fair share of attention in the lecture forum of The Stage. Hannes Bäuerle (raumPROBE) will highlight the importance of the combination of materials and sound; Dr. Sascha Peters (Haute Innovation) will be giving a presentation about materials for a decarbonised society. Of course, there is more to come on Wednesday:

Mini Living: A building for urban house-share in Shanghai

This is what the Mini Living Complex is about to look like. Photo: BMW Group

As urbanisation continues to gather pace, attractive living spaces in large cities are becoming increasingly sparse. Indeed, more people than ever are living within a shrinking footprint. With Mini Living, Mini is addressing these developments and creating the first co-living project in China. Together with Chinese project developer Nova Property Investment Co., Mini is about to transform a former industrial complex in Shanghai into a multi-layered co-living initiative made up of apartments, working spaces and cultural/leisure offerings. The conversion work is slated to begin before the end of this year.

Deluxe camping in harmony with nature

Glamping Resorts – Biosphäre Bliesgau, Rilchingen-Hanweiler Photo: Glamping GmbH

Glamping is a new trend that has set out to take camping to new heights with its equation “glamour” + “camping”. And it has nothing to do with sleeping in damp, uncomfortable places, wearing soggy clothes and getting wet feet. Glamping accommodation simply cannot be compared to conventional tents. Comfortable beds with sprung mattresses, proper furniture, stoves for welcoming warmth – the interior can even include a bathroom complete with bathtub.

OMLED Round: when the square becomes a circle

© OMLED, David Mertl

OLEDs are a relatively recently developed illuminant. The technology is predominantly used in TVs, smartphones and tablets. But OMLED luminaires also employ OLEDs. Their new lamps go by the name of OMLED Round and transform glare-free light from the light-emitting diodes – which are in fact square – to give the light source a circular appearance.

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.

Interview with Tom Dixon: “We try to cover as many disciplines as possible.”

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Tom Dixon
Photo: Peer Lindgreen

From the beginning, Tom Dixon did not only design things – he actually made them. An approach which taught him everything about materials as well as manufacturing processes, about creativity as well as business. A conversation about the connection between all these aspects, and how they help to create quality in a time when living, working and leisure are more and more merging.

Versatile platform: imm cologne 2017 promotes contract business

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Motorola Headquarters, Chicago/USA (architecture by Gensler), Scope Seating by COR
Foto: COR

Exhibitors and trade visitors appreciate imm cologne as a platform for contract business. The equipping of hotels, shops and other projects is of increasing importance for manufacturers from the furniture and interior design segments. In Cologne from 16 to 22 January 2017 they will present a diverse offering for these segments, from new products through individual consultation to tailored solutions.