Green Design: The designer’s ecological footprint

The print our feet leave on our planet should be as light as possible – that is the aim of Green Design. Product designers are no longer content with making a purely aesthetic mark. Instead, with unconventional ideas and sustainable product concepts, they are committed to making our lifestyle more compatible with the environment.

Green Design is the dream of “good” design, of things that don’t hurt anybody – not nature, who the material is taken from and is left to deal with the remains, not the planet, who the energy is extracted from and whose atmosphere it is emitted into, nor the people who make or use the object.

imm cologne has the industry looking optimistically to the future

Gerald Böse, CEO of the Koelnmesse Executive Board
Gerald Böse, CEO of the Koelnmesse Executive Board

Concentrated business at a high level delivered a positive overall outcome at imm cologne 2009. Last week around 100,000 visitors came to find out what 1,057 companies from 49 countries had to offer. The emotionalised settings in the exhibition halls of Koelnmesse aroused plenty of interest in the visitors on the topic of furnishings, providing some lasting economic stimuli in the industry.

The exhibitors accordingly declared themselves to be “satisfied to very satisfied” with the sales that they achieved. “I am convinced that under the prevailing circumstances we have had a good furniture trade fair. For seven days, the realistic optimism of the industry was reflected in the exhibition halls,” said Gerald Böse, CEO of the Koelnmesse Executive Board.

Rustic natural look and colourful megamix – imm cologne showcases interior trends for 2009

Warm shades of red, modernised classic forms and colourful ensembles of solid wood, plastic, leather and metal are soon to enter into the living rooms of fashion-conscious interior design fans. This is the prophecy of the Trend Board at imm cologne, which, from 19 to 25 January 2009, will become the Mecca of the international furnishing world.

Five famous creative individuals – Eero Koivisto from Sweden, Markus Fairs from England, Arik Lévy from Israel, Stephen Burks from the USA and Giulio Ridolfo from Italy – have carried out research into how interior trends will look in 2009 on behalf of the furniture trade fair from Cologne. They were able to sift out four general directions in terms of tastes. An employee from the Ludwigsburg-based furnishing store Uhl Schöner Leben, which is always keen to promote innovation, commented on them for imm cologne.

The trend homing: leisurely at the push of a button

The Cologne furnishing fair imm cologne 2009 (19 to 25 January 2009) reflects the furnishing trends of tomorrow. It isn’t just furniture and interior design concepts that tell of a change in our everyday life, the structures of our homes do too.

“Trends are like waves in the ocean…they advance slowly and retreat slowly, and move on a different level as they do so,” says Eero Koivisto, the Swedish architect and designer who is analysing the future style developments in interior design as a Trendboard member on behalf of koelnmesse. The simile is all the more fitting as many trends return after a period of time in a slightly different form – after all, waves too are nothing more than new forms of one substance that is in constant flux.

informed by cologne: trend show and lecture forum about Interior trends for 2009

What interior trends will be dominant in 2009? Answers are provided by the trend forum “informed by cologne”.

In various lectures on color & light, form, function, pattern and material, participants can take a glance at the future of interior design. Moreover, an exhibition on the fair’s Boulevard introduces the four megatrends:

· Extra Much: Ardor and extremes are popular here. Searching for limits with regard to materials, shapes and construction is a dominant feature.

· Near and Far: Nature with its complex and interrelated macro- and microstructure acts as ideal example. Seemingly opposite features are combined.

· Tepee Culture: The nomad roots of mankind and being close to nature are central features. Direct, unmediated experiences, of which cracks and scratches give evidence, are highly valued.

· Re-Run Time: Matters of course are more important than originality. Well-known objects are re-valued. Traditional shapes are refined by reducing them to their essence so that the basic idea shines through again.

“Interior Trends 2009” – the cutting-edge benchmark for the interior design sector

In this time of major change, the Trendboard at the imm cologne compiles stunning examples of designers’ attempts to create a space which helps people reconnect with the world. These latest trends in interior design are featured in the book “Interior Trends 2009”.

According to the trend analysis conducted by the imm cologne Trendboard, the realities of the world around us are effectively reflected in both people and the latest designs. We are increasingly aware of the perceived and real changes in our lives, which directly impact our lifestyles and home furnishings.

Today’s design expresses social transformations, the shifting balance of nature, changes in our day-to-day lives and our sense of personal responsibility. People are looking at old, familiar things in new ways – and combining them to create innovative designs. Values are being challenged and new rules for aesthetics established.