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.

Online accreditation for journalists open round the clock

Journalists can obtain accreditation round the clock online up to two weeks prior to the event. We will send you your press ticket and parking permit by mail. You will receive the catalogue at the Press Centre. Please note the accreditation guidelines of Koelnmesse.

Accreditation guidelines

All you have to do is provide us with some details about yourself and your activities as a journalist. You can attach this accreditation to the form as a file upload.

interior innovation award honors top class innovative achievements

The top class innovative achievements of the exhibitors at the imm cologne 2009 will again be honored with the famous interior innovation award.

The prize will be awarded to the most prominent innovations in the following categories:

· Best Item
· Best System
· Best Detail
· Material Innovation
· Classic Innovation

As in previous years, the imm cologne has invited internationally well-known design experts to join the jury of the interior innovation award, in particular

Contract Business Guide 2009: efficient planning for contract business professionals

At imm cologne 2009 planners of big projects find the suitable offers of the exhibitors, listed in the Contract business guide.

Pointing the way: For projects ranging from hotel complexes and administration buildings to sports arenas, hospitals and luxury apartment houses — major projects of every kind that require comprehensive supply services are one of today’s hot trends. That’s true not only in Asia and the USA, but also increasingly in Europe. And the trend shows no signs of slowing down.

Discerning: Supply and demand have increased to unexpected levels in this dynamically growing market. To make it easier for professionals to orient themselves under these conditions, this year we have once again compiled the Contract Business Guide with the support of the most renowned and interesting partners in the field of contract business.