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.

Design as an Economic Factor: Design de Cologne

Once a year, Cologne becomes a talking-point as the design capital of Germany. During the international furniture and interior design fair imm cologne, trade visitors from all over the world experience a city that is vibrant with design, installations and design VIPs despite the January weather.

Cologne is largely associated with design because of the furniture fair. Apart from that, little is known about Cologne in the design world, apart from the obvious, that is: the Gothic cathedral and other architectural treasures, museums of modern art and Cologne’s residential charm. And more than anything else, of course, the Rhine city is known for its almost rustic charm, its brewery taverns and Kölsch pubs.

At the same time, in view of the imm cologne‘s communicative and commercial importance for the international design world, it is hardly surprising that, over the years, a creative scene has developed in the city which, thanks to its institutions, educational establishments, studios, galleries, various event formats and retailers, constitutes an impressive and unusually diverse economic force for the region. Here in Cologne, the sector is represented by industrial and product design, corporate and communication design, media and fashion design, event design, architecture and interior design.

[d³] design talents at imm cologne spread spirit of optimism

“A new spirit predominates among young designers”, recently reported Swedish architect Eero Koivisto with satisfaction during a presentation on the imm trendbook 2009. “They no longer dream of designing glorious star objects, but are concerned with the thing itself. They often work in teams and strive to create objects of lasting value.” Anyone who wants to get a sense of this spirit of optimism should come to imm cologne in the period between 19 and 25 January, 2009.

In Hall 3.1, a whole floor is dedicated to young creative individuals under the name [d³] design talents. Visionaries and newcomers will introduce themselves and their designs in three areas: [d³] contest, [d³] professionals and [d³] schools.

imm cologne Exhibitor Search: how to find exhibitors and brands quickly

imm cologne offers a quick and easy online search to find online information about exhibitors and brands represented at the the world’s leading furnishing fair.

imm cologne Exhibitor Advanced Search offers detailed information about the exhibitors including a convenient planning tool. Just add exhibitors to your favorites and put them on your list for your visit of the imm cologne.

The Exhibitor Express Search offers quick information about the exhibitors of imm 2009 presented in alphabetical order. Just browse through the list to get an impression of the wide variety of exhibitors from all over the world.

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What is German Design? Up-to-date design concepts beyond the right angle!

Furniture design from Germany is not only comfortable to sit on, it is also uncomfortably provocative. Whilst it generally sticks to the straight and narrow, it is sometimes blatantly off-centre. And though its aesthetics might not always be accessible at first glance, they are made to last a lifetime. A look beneath the surface reveals why.

Design legends of the Bauhaus movement like Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius and Mies van der Rohe would find today‘s world a perplexing place. German design is running out of steam. Shelves are losing their structure, sofas have to be stuffed post-purchase, strangely bent legs appear to keep the tabletop horizontal purely by chance and lamps look like wire skeletons held together with strips of fabric.

German Ministry of Trade and Commerce helps young innovative exhibitors

Each year, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) determines which leading trade fairs can be supported through involvement in shared stands. The aim of this promotion programme is to support young entrepreneurs in the marketing of innovative products.

Through this, the BMWi aims to strengthen both Germany as a centre of innovation and the export of new products and processes. For 2009, imm cologne, which will take place from 19 to 25 January 2009, has been included in the promotion programme alongside other leading Koelnmesse trade fairs.

First european DesignCamp welcomes international attendees in Cologne

„Encourage, enable, empower“ – this is the motto of the first DesignCamp in Europe. The DesignCamp Cologne will be held at imm cologne 2009 (international furnishing show) and is organized by a team of volunteers. The international event is free of charge for participating designers who are welcome to come to Cologne at the weekend of January 24th and 25th, 2009 to present their visionary, creative and innovative design ideas.

„Let a thousand flowers bloom“ – diversity of topics and participants foster a creative ecosphere
“User-generated“ sessions help the participants of the DesignCamp Cologne to exchange new ideas and concepts, to get informed about the latest trends, to get inspired and to present their own projects.

To transcend barriers, the DesignCamp Cologne is open for all disciplines of design. Architects, web designer, interior designer, product designer, 3D designer, industrial designer, photo designer, graphic designer and multimedia designer – everybody is welcome and encouraged to present his session and his favorite topic. In this creative ecosphere new interdisciplinary ideas can evolve and lead to unique concepts and solutions never seen before.