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.

Singapore Mozaic presents Singapore’s leading furniture players at imm cologne

As the leading trade fair for the furniture sector, imm cologne is “the” international business event par excellence. It is an indispensable communication forum, an important source of momentum, and a centre of creative ideas. Companies that exhibit at this event reach the decision-makers of the global furniture scene. imm cologne presents an overview of the entire furnishings and design market – and opens the doors of the global markets for you.

Singapore Mozaic Brand Amabssadors are located at Halls 2.2, 3.1, 3.2, 4.1, 6.1 & 11.1.

Interior innovation award 2009 winners honoured

A total of 1,057 companies from 49 countries are taking part in this year’s imm cologne, exhibiting the latest trends in the world of international furnishings including a multitude of new and potentially best-selling products. The “interior innovation award cologne”, which is a regular feature at imm cologne, honours the most outstanding innovations.

Our partner and organiser of this competition is the “Rat für Formgebung” (German Design Council), the German competence centre for design, which confers such prizes as the German Design Award. This year, about 250 companies submitted their innovations to compete for the interior innovation award. A jury of international experts chose the winners at the imm cologne.

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.

[d³] design talents catalogue: impulses for the interior design of tomorrow

For the fourth time creative newcomers will present their ideas and concepts as part of the [d³] design talents at imm cologne. Hall 3.1 will be the stage for the young and independent designers, whose inspiring and visionary creations of the designs of tomorrow will also fascinate the public in 2009.

The newcomers forum, which is made up of the three events [d³] contest, [d³] professionals and [d³] schools impressively demonstrates there is no lack of fresh and stimulating ideas in the area of furniture and interior design.

The [d³] design talents catalogue comprises all exhibitors in hall 3.1 – the designers exhibiting at [d³] design talents and the more than 50 international exhibitors presented by Designspotter.

You can download the d3 catalogue 2009 (PDF) free of charge.

hit guide 2009: overview of highlights, innovations and trends

Are you searching for spectacular products, a distinctive trend or a clever product idea at imm cologne? Then the hit guide 2009 is exactly what you are looking for. Once again in 2009 the imm cologne will publish the “hit guide” as a special offer for the members of the international press.

In its handy pocket size and with lots of color illustrations and short product descriptions, it provides an overview of all the big and small highlights at the fair.

The guide is compiled and selected by the “hit scouts” who based their selection on all the new products and innovations registered by the exhibitors in the run-up to the event.

For journalists: As of January 19, 2009 the hit guide will be available as print version.

Sustainability and healthy living included: solid wood furniture at imm solid

Ever since the awkward eco-fashion designer Miguel Adrover became the latest worldwide craze and insider tip and designed the autumn collection 2008 for the conventional German natural fashion mail-order company Hessnatur, it has been clear: Sustainability has developed into a boundless mega trend.

This is a fact that Vereinigte Möbeleinkaufs-GmbH & Co. KG is well aware of. With its new line “Woods & Trends” based on solid wood furniture, the industry player from Bielefeld is reacting to the fact that more and more consumers want ecologically manufactured lifestyle products. And these are already plentiful in the furnishings world – unlike in other industries. They can be seen at imm cologne from 19 to 25 January 2009.

Modern furniture de luxe – lounge and bedroom furniture at imm prime

The Japanese cultivate a delicate minimalism. The Americans like heavy furniture with a colonial look. The Italians love low horizontal lines and gleaming fronts. And the Germans insist on an abundance of ingenious storage space. Is this actually true? Are these style pigeonholes still applicable? This question is best answered at imm cologne from 19 to 25 January 2009. Renowned lounge and bedroom manufacturers from regions all over the world will exhibit their wares under the sub-brand imm prime and imm prime design in halls 2.2, 3.2, 4.2 and 3.1 of the international furniture trade fair held in 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.

Furniture industry sees an opportunity despite financial crisis

Despite the financial crisis and its current effects on the economy, the German furniture industry sees an opportunity to increase the status of homes and furnishings in these difficult times. Whenever people feel extremely insecure, their own home and the sense of security and safety connected with their own four walls assume a higher status. Only the furniture industry can satisfy this feeling now, and thereby bring furniture higher up the ranking list of personal desires. In addition, furniture as a valuable and life-long consumer item represents a long-lasting and reliable investment.

The figures and statistics seen since the summer provide evidence that this hope is not entirely without foundation. In the otherwise extremely different 3rd quarter of the year, in which almost no other industry branch escaped unscathed, growth of 1.5 percent was realised.