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.

imm cologne 2010 with a new order and new opening times

On its way to becoming a holistic furnishings and interior design trade fair, imm cologne will continue its decisive development in the coming year – from a display of products to a forum at which the design worlds of tomorrow are displayed.

The framework for this development will be the new sequence of days from Tuesday, 19 January to Sunday, 24 January 2010 and the changed opening hours of 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The public days will remain Saturday and Sunday.

“imm cologne as a trade fair is subject to constant change and must reflect changes in the market – both from the point of view of offerings and in the manner of its presentation. We want to show visitors that in Cologne you can experience business anew”, says Udo Traeger, head of the Furniture, Interior Design and Textiles division at Koelnmesse.

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.