Nils Holger Moormann to give design a new home

moormann_bergeAs of late, Nils Holger Moormann is not just a designer and furniture maker but also a hostel operator. In Aschau, Bavaria, he has converted a heritage-protected building from the 17th century, which formerly served as bakery, Russian restaurant and most recently as a holiday home for pupils, into a hostel in Moormannic style.

“berge” is the name of this project, which comprises 13 individually designed apartments and is planned to establish itself as an unusual meeting point. “When we love mountains, we have to accept all their rules.” Nils Holger Moorman had good reasons to choose this wisdom uttered by French alpinist Jean-Christophe Lafaille for his berge project.

Giulio Ridolfo: The man who fashions furniture

giulio_ridolfoGiulio Ridolfo is no designer. But his creative contribution to the world of interior design is highly treasured. The graduate in fashion design, who once worked for Gianfranco Ferré and Tods & Hogan, is currently said to be the most sought-after career changer in the field of textile design.

Giulio Ridolfo’s patterns embellish the upholstery of Italian’s famous furniture producer Moroso; for Vitra the material expert composed a color system, he is the first Italian to join the design team of the renowned Danish textile manufacturer Kvadrat and member of last year’s trendboard summoned by the imm cologne.

It’s only due to Patrizia Moroso that the former fashion designer actually came into contact with the furniture industry and finally started to work in the field. The businesswoman from Udine was looking for talents when she came across Ridolfo and finally engaged him as advisor. Since that time he is involved in the creation of textile collections, runs workshops for interior professionals on the launch of new collections, and in close cooperation with designers he develops the outer mantle – the “skin” – of their products.

Philipp Mainzer, e15: “The kitchen is finally being perceived as the social centre of the home”

e15_kuecheE15 is an international furniture label in the high-end segment. Modern and timeless design, choice materials and exquisite workmanship are the brand‘s key features. The company was founded in London by architect Philipp Mainzer and designer Florian Asche in 1995. Today its headquarters are in Germany, in Oberursel near Frankfurt am Main.

The furniture is largely manufactured in the Rhine-Main region and distributed all over the world via more than 500 partners in the important markets of Europe, the USA, Asia and Australia. Besides producing its furniture collection, e15 is also active in the fields of design services and architecture, mainly executing projects in Europe and Asia.

Trade associations speak for a strong imm cologne

On 18 May 2009, the renowned trade associations Alliance, EMV, Garant, A-plus, ProÖko, Union and VME met with Koelnmesse for an exchange of ideas about the advancements of imm cologne. At the end of a very constructive exchange of opinions and ideas, the participants agreed upon a joint declaration, which confirms imm cologne in its function as a leading trade fair.

“We are extremely pleased that this common activity with the trade associations took place, which in times of general uncertainty sends positive signals for the industry and for a strong imm cologne. As the organiser of imm cologne, we will do our utmost to offer the entire industry a productive forum with prospects for the future,” Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse GmbH, annotated the result.

Home Office: When work gets cosy on the couch

Privacy is the luxury of the 21st century. The apartment is increasingly opening up to the outside world, becoming both a stage and a place of work. And as the walls of the cocoon get thinner and the boundaries blur, the once separate formal canons of private and public aesthetics are merging too.

Man is a nomad by nature. Actually. For thousands of years, his nesting instinct was confined to caves and what we today would call “temporary architecture” – more or less provisional shelters. You stepped in or out, inside was inside and outside was outside. Window holes were barricaded up and the room with a view is a romantic invention. The dwelling as the focal point of life, with individual aesthetics and a private character, is not just a phenomenon of the modern age: it is little short of avantgarde. Well into the 20th century, having a room of one’s own was the exception rather than the rule.

imm cologne 2010 – Remarks by Gerald Böse, Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH, at the European Press Conference on imm cologne 2010, in Cologne on 13th May 2009

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

imm cologne 2010 – Remarks by Gerald Böse, Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH, at the European Press Conference on imm cologne 2010, in Cologne on 13th May 2009

Ladies and gentlemen,

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you today to Cologne for our press conference on imm cologne. Thank you for taking the time to find out what’s new at imm cologne.

Ladies and gentlemen, this year’s imm cologne has had a polarizing effect. There have been many positive comments about it, but I won’t hide the fact that there has also been criticism. It was therefore all the more important to reflect on various issues after the fair was over. Specifically, this means we must ask ourselves what the imm cologne of the future has to look like in order to retain and enhance its value for customers. What kinds of activities will be in tune with the times? In short, we have to let the exhibitors and visitors know just why imm cologne is the best option.

Plan your imm cologne booth quickly and easily online: six steps to success

Plan your booth at imm cologne 2010 (19.-24.01.2010) quickly and easily online. Our online service makes it as comfortable as possible for you to take part in the fair. You can immediately plan and order your basic stand construction online.

The easy-to-use Online Booth Planner guides you through 6 clearly arranged steps. In the first step, you will also find all details you need to be informed about the various stand models.

You can also save your personal stand construction configuration without ordering. For this purpose, you will receive a user name and a password enabling you to fall back on the login area at any time.

You can get an idea of what a prefabricated trade fair stand can look like in the gallery. There, you will find photos of our stand models in the context of individual fairs. If you have any questions, please contact us: We are glad to help.

The imm cologne team will gladly answer your questions and assist you with your trade fair presentation any time.

Interview with Harald Gründl (EOOS): “We’re on the threshold of a paradigm shift.”

EOOS: Gernot Bohmann, Harald Gründl (Mitte) und Martin Bergman. Foto: Udo Titz
EOOS: Gernot Bohmann, Harald Gründl (Mitte) and Martin Bergman. Photo: Udo Titz

EOOS consists of Martin Bergmann (*1963 in Lienz/East Tyrol), Gernot Bohmann (*1968, Krieglach/Steiermark) and Harald Gründl (*1967, Vienna). After graduating from the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, they founded their joint firm EOOS in 1995. Besides furniture and product design, EOOS also does shop design for clients like Giorgio Armani, Adidas, Alessi, Bulthaup, Bene, Duravit, Walter Knoll, Keilhauer, Matteograssi and Zumtobel.

For EOOS, design is a poetic discipline and a cultural service to society. EOOS Basic Research investigates rituals, myths and intuitive images as part of its “poetic analysis”. The company’s first books, “The Death of Fashion” and ”The Cooked Kitchen”, are available from publishers SpringerWienNewYork. EOOS has won more than 40 international awards to date, including the 2004 Italian design prize Compasso d’Oro for Kube, produced by Matteograssi. In 2007, Austrian Broadcasting Corporation ORF and daily newspaper Die Presse voted EOOS ”Austrians of the Year“ in the Creative Industries category.

Trade fair preparation and registration: getting ready for imm cologne 2010

We have prepared helpfull documents to make your participation at imm cologne 2010 (January 19-24, 2010) successful. All documents are ready for download as pdf files.

In order to be optimally strategically prepared for a trade fair, first of all you must define your trade fair objectives taking special account of the selected target groups.

As the trade fair budget is the basis of the subsequent monitoring trade fair success, careful planning is necessary.

A key element in strategic preparations is also the follow-up to the fair, preparations for which should have already been made before a fair.

Feel free to register here, so that we can send you the application documents by mail.

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.