Maximal reduced forms and fragrant lucky charms: Pure Talent’s Contest 2018

Photo: Marcel Pasternak

In terms of entrants to the Pure Talents Contest, the field has rarely been as international as it is this year, featuring 671 designers from 53 countries. Many entries were submitted by students and young graduates from every major university, including the RCA London, Design Academy Eindhoven, LASALLE Singapore, ECAL, Aalto University, Konstfack Stockholm, Pratt Institute NY, ArtCenter Pasadena and many others.

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)

Das Haus 2018: Everything is going according to plan

Photo: far.consulting, Koelnmesse

In just over a week, it is time at last – imm cologne opens its doors again. Guest of honor of “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” will then be Lucie Koldova. “In my ‘Haus’, light will play the main role,” explains the young Czech designer from Prague, who is well known for her extraordinary flair in designing lighting fixtures and lighting effects.

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:

Flexibility for eyes and back:
Pure Talents Contest 2018

Photo: Hiroyuki Morita

The special exhibition “Pure Talents Contest” at imm cologne (Hall 3.1) will show smart product concepts, offbeat ideas and solid craftsmanship in a tremendous diversity encompassing everything within the world of interior design, from ultra-simple furniture and textile works to home accessories and lamps through to conceptual design. Today we present the lamp 60° of Svenja Katharina Jakobs and Jonas Wansing and the two seating furniture Cellastic and Temi of Hiroyuki Morita.

The Stage on Tuesday: Studies about furniture bying, living in old age and Scandinavian design

Photo: Lutz Sternstein, Koelnmesse

The imm cologne’s information and networking platform for architects, planners and designers offers a professional overview of interior design trends. On Tuesday, amongst others, the following issues will be dealt with: Furniture buying in Germany (Nicole Schostak and Sebastian Klein), action and reaction in Scandinavian design today (Monica Förster), innovative ideas for living in old age (Michael Schlenke) and contemporary colour trends (Karl Johan Bertilsson).

Draenert celebrates 50th anniversary with a stone chaise longue by Hadi Teherani

For several decades Draenert has been producing limited editions for museums: Art furniture designed by very renowned architects. These series combine old traditions from the history of furniture with the contemporary spirit and modern standards – thus daring into border areas, creating a fusion of the issues of architecture, literature and fine arts. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Draenert, Hadi Teherani designed the Marble Wing for the Art Edition.

The Stage on Monday:
International designers are lining up

Photo: Koelnmesse, Lutz Sternstein

The imm cologne trends forum “The Stage” will again be the home for discussions and responses to current issues in the world of interior design this coming January. Here, experts talk about trends in home living, designers shed light on their concepts and industry insiders discuss future developments. In 2018, the established lecture forum in Hall 3.1 of Koelnmesse will once more be offering an overview of current trends in interior design. On Monday, the first day of Cologne’s fair, will have a particularly international flavour. In addition to the designer of “Das Haus”, Lucie Koldova (Czech Republic), Cristian Zuzunaga (Spain), Jason Danziger (USA), Poonam Choudhry (India) as well as Stefan Scholten (The Netherlands) will be on “The Stage”.