imm cologne presents “European Lifestyles”: more than an insider tip

The innovations at the coming imm cologne (14th to 20th January 2013) include the new trade fair theme “European Lifestyles” in Hall 1, where manufacturers from Rumania, Estonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia will be presenting themselves in attractive national pavilions.

There will also be a joint presentation by young, innovative companies from Germany, who will be presenting themselves to a broad audience here for the first time as part of a sponsorship project initiated by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. They will be joined by a number of strong individual exhibitors from various countries, including Germany, Portugal and Italy.

With the new “European Lifestyles” concept, the trade fair has created a new attraction in Hall 1 for all buyers who are just as interested in compelling quality and sales-boosting design as they are in a convincing price-performance ratio.

Countdown to the imm cologne: 11 new products

(Photo: FAR Consulting)

With Christmas only just over, it’s time to start opening little doors again in Cologne. For several weeks now, 11 selected new products for the imm cologne have been awaiting the pubic spotlight in this warehouse. We’ll be presenting one of them every day starting today. Watch this space!

What is the beautiful new Gandia Blasco sofa by Stefan Diez doing on the street outside Cologne’s Kolumba Museum? Are the people walking along the promenade of the Rheinau Harbour really allowed to settle down and make themselves comfortable on the latest upholstered furniture from Brühl? Have the little leaf-shaped tables on the riverbank always been there? And when did designer furniture like the FreiFrau barstools start hanging out in a Kölsch pub?

Creative screening from Création Baumann: Gecko in the Box

Gecko in the Box. (Photo: Création Baumann)
Gecko in the Box. (Photo: Création Baumann)

They can be used as screening, anti-glare protection or just for decoration. They adorn mirrors or windows and cast striking shadows on floors or walls – the self-adhesive Gecko in the Box textiles from Création Baumann. The decorative elements are simply stuck onto glass surfaces, no glue required. The uv-proof textiles stay in place thanks to an adhesive coating on the back: the gravitational pull of the molecules between the two materials provides sufficient traction.

As a result, the foils can be removed without leaving any residue and reused. The various designs are supplied in a gift box as a set of ready-cut components. A choice of different colours and shapes are available, from graphic figures all the way to silhouette-like flowers and leaves and colourful kids’ themes. An accompanying booklet provides suggestions for various creative possibilities.

interzum 2011 – voices from the sector

interzum 2011 has been a huge success – read what representatives of the sector say about it:

Hubert Schwarz, Managing Director, Blum GmbH
“The very good visitor rate and the huge potential in terms of international visitors from all over the world are confirmation of interzum’s status as a leading fair. interzum is the platform for presenting innovations, conducting market tests and showcasing the company’s capabilities. The very positive way the fair unfolded demonstrated the trade show’s huge importance for exhibitors, visitors and media from all over the world. It is proof of what a very good job Koelnmesse and the industry have done.”

Tobias Lorenz, Marketing Team Leader, Süddekor GmbH
“We’re very satisfied. The visitor response was much stronger than expected, the public was extremely international and the quality of the contacts was high as well. All in all, the mood was very positive. For us, coming to Cologne was definitely the right decision.”

Claus Sagel, Managing Director, VAUTH-SAGEL Holding GmbH & Co. KG
“Sensational. It was our best interzum ever. We were able to welcome decision-makers from all over the world to our booth. interzum 2011 is also a clear indication of the promising months that lie ahead of us.”

BusinessEnergizer365: supply meets demand – around the clock, 7 days a week

A bulk order for high quality beech chairs? New business contacts with American wholesale traders? Trendy living accessories for the resale trade? These enquiries and offers have already found the matching business partner – online at Every day, the innovative B2B online platform of Koelnmesse offers worldwide business contacts, new orders and increased turnover to the industries of imm cologne.

With a click only, the German mail order company finds a matching American business partner for children’s furniture – all without interminable research by the trader or expensive advertisement measures of the producer. BusinessEnergizer365 establishes the contact with a simple matching with eligible enquiries. This key to success is already established in the furniture and interior design industries. Numerous companies, purchasers and interested parties use the platform at in order to open up new sales countries and to find the matching business partner all around the world independent of the trade fair periods.

imm cologne set to be the furniture event of 2011

After a dynamic start to the 2010 furniture season, the imm cologne is heading for next January with a strong wind at its back. Whether at home in Germany or abroad, Cologne is a talking point in many companies right now.

“The current level of bookings looks very promising – we’ve got a lot more exhibitors and space under contract than at the same point in the run-up to the previous event. In some segments, the available space is pretty much sold out,” says Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse.

All in all, more than 70 percent of the scheduled space has already been booked. All the indicators suggest that the imm cologne 2011 will even surpass the successful 2010 fair. LivingKitchen is showing a similarly pleasing development.

imm cologne and LivingKitchen: monday is preview day for VIP visitors and the press

Eight months before the event kicks off, the trade fair duo imm cologne and LivingKitchen is on track for success and can already look forward to a strong exhibitor presence. By adapting the parameters to the sector’s requirements, the imm cologne and LivingKitchen are presenting the trade fair doubles as a bespoke event for the kitchen and furnishing sectors. The Monday has been designated Preview Day for exhibitors’ invitation-only guests and news media representatives.

“The aim of this Preview Day is to create better conditions for cultivating special and important business relationships,” says Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse. Among other things, the extra day gives exhibitors the opportunity to conduct intense talks with important export customers – an aspect that will make the imm cologne even more attractive, especially for trade visitors from neighbouring countries. The press can experience the new products in a relaxed atmosphere, whilst exhibitors will have the chance to present their innovations and interior design philosophies to the media in detail and hold their own press conferences. The Preview Day will be held for both the imm cologne and LivingKitchen.

imm cologne business centre: The market place for lucrative business

1business_centerimm cologne is the central forum for the international furnishings industry, where exhibitors and decision-makers from all important markets meet.

Your individual business is the focus of our attention. We can support you in many ways: A new service is the Business Centre, which facilitates the work for visitors.

Fully equipped workstations put everything at your disposal to facilitate communication: free Internet access, telephone and fax. There is also an interpreter service available.

Lost your mobile phone? Forgotten your laptop? Need an interpreter? No problem. In the Business Centre located on the Boulevard between hall 6 and hall 9 you will find everything for your communication needs.

imm cologne is celebrating prize winning interior innovation

Best System, Foto: e15
interior innovation award, 2009: Best System, SH05 ARIE by Arik Levy, photo: e15

A joint project between imm cologne and the German Design Council, the eighth interior innovation award will be presented in 2010. This much sought-after award underlines the importance of innovation for imm cologne.

A jury of leading international design experts will award the prize for the most outstanding innovations in five categories: Best Item, Best System, Best Detail, Materials Innovation and Classic Innovation.

All businesses exhibiting at the fair are eligible to take part, either with products already on the market or those that are being exhibited for the first time.

The interior innovation award will be presented during the opening party on the night before the fair starts.

Many good reasons for coming to imm cologne

imm_cologne_2009The 2010 year in furniture begins on January19 at imm cologne with an explosion of trends, new products and inspirational exhibition design all centred around the theme of living and interior design.

Here, you are directly in the centre of a thriving market, here, business is made. There are many good reasons why you should be there, when Cologne is again home to all things design, trends and business.