imm cologne/LivingKitchen 2013: Nolte Group banking on the dual event

Ralf Jourdan, Vorstand der Nolte Gruppe. (Foto: Nolte Gruppe)
Ralf Jourdan, CEO Nolte Group. (photo: Nolte Group)

From 14th to 20th January 2013, more than 1,100 companies from around 50 countries will be presenting over 100,000 pieces of furniture and even more related items at the imm cologne. About one third of the exhibits will be new launches. As the leading international fair, imm cologne showcases the enormous breadth and depth of products available for the furnishing sector and, thanks to concurrent LivingKitchen, everything to do with kitchens as well.

Just how perfectly the two international trade fairs complement one another is demonstrated by the registration of the Nolte Group, which will be bringing its key subsidiaries to Cologne for the first time. Nolte Möbel in the Smart segment (Hall 7.1), as well as CS Schmal and Express Möbel (Hall 8.1), will be renewing their presence. Following LivingKitchen’s successful premiere in 2011, Nolte will also be participating with its divisions Nolte Küchen (Hall 5.2) and, for the first time, Express Küchen (Hall 4.1).

Allure F-digital by Grohe: the digital water experience

Grohe Allure F-digital: the focal point of the digital collection are the two control elements with their universally comprehensible pictograms. (photo: Grohe)
Grohe Allure F-digital: the focal point of the digital collection are the two control elements with their universally comprehensible pictograms. (photo: Grohe)

With its digital products, Grohe is one of the pioneering forces in digital sanitaryware technology and has been continuously expanding this segment since Ondus was launched in 2008. As well as fittings for every kind of bathroom tap, the range also includes digital showers and kitchen fittings. Now Allure F-digital is set to become the new star of the technological bathroom.

When it comes to the design, the company has opted for understated simplicity and a mixture of cuboid and cylindrical shapes. Grohe sees the square base plates of the circular controllers as their style-defining feature. Sized to complement the square base plates of the bent, u-shaped spouts, they are intended to emphasise the harmonious combination of round and angular forms – a characteristic feature of Allure’s design vocabulary.

The focal point of the digital collection are the two control elements with their universally comprehensible pictograms. To start the water flowing, the user simply pushes the power button, tapping lightly on plus and minus to change the temperature. The illuminated LED ring provides visual feedback on the temperature setting. Turning the outer ring of the controller regulates the amount of water. Thanks to their textured surface, the controls are easy to operate even with wet and soapy hands.

Freistil, the new sofa brand from Rolf Benz: new sofa looks for freethinkers

Neue Sofalooks für Freigeister: neue Sofamarke freistil von Rolf Benz. (Foto: Rolf Benz)
The lounge sofa freistil 187: superbly comfortable and extremely deep seats. (photo: Rolf Benz)

In spring 2011, Rolf Benz AG launched its new sofa brand freistil Rolf Benz with a surprising claim: “If Berlin were a piece of furniture, it would be freistil.” Intelligent, confidently stylish furniture, lifelike communications and a “made in Germany” label are the key features of this distinctive collection, which is now being extended with a further sofa range and some colourful looks.

The newly designed, extremely roomy and low-slung lounge sofa freistil 187 features superbly comfortable and extremely deep seats. The freistil 183 sofa range, which featured in the lookbook berlin 2011/2012, has been decked out with some totally new and wonderfully colourful outfits. Its modularity and flexibility make it the ideal family sofa for a sense of cheerful but stylish chaos.

e15 presents a collection of re-editions of the renowned German architect and designer Ferdinand Kramer

Aus der „Knock-Down“ Möbelserie, entworfen 1951 während Ferdinand Kramers Zeit in Amerika, präsentiert e15 den quadratischen Couchtisch FK04 Calvert. (Foto: e15)
FK04 Calvert and FK05 Charlotte. (photo: e15)

In honour of Ferdinand Kramer e15 presents a collection of re-editions of the renowned German architect and designer. Working closely with Kramer’s family and the archives, e15 debuts eight iconic designs from various creative periods, beginning from 1925 to 1959. Ferdinand Kramer, born in 1998 in Frankfurt, Germany, was one of the famous functionalist designers.

Designed in 1925, the iconic daybed FK01 Theban is a good example of simplicity and grandeur in design. The reduced form features Ferdinand Kramer’s enduring and subtle aesthetic. Inspired by Egypt and hence the name, the daybed is notable with a calm and inviting appeal. Theban is available in waxed solid European oak or walnut and features a hand woven surface finished with textile band or vegetable tanned leather, which is very soft and will patinate over time.

The armchair Lemon by Brühl: a spring awakening in the living room

“Lemon”, a new armchair by Kati Meyer-Brühl, likewise has its roots in the natural world. (photo: Brühl)
“Lemon”, a new armchair by Kati Meyer-Brühl, likewise has its roots in the natural world. (photo: Brühl)

The return to nature is playing an ever-greater role in almost all areas of modern life. Today’s interior architecture, for instance, is increasingly coming to resemble landscape compositions: carpets are being laid out like fields, abstract pieces of furniture stand in the room as solid as rocks, and we are sleeping amidst gently rolling hills of cushions and covers.

But the design of the furniture itself is also increasingly taking its cues from nature. “Lemon”, a new armchair by Kati Meyer-Brühl, likewise has its roots in the natural world.

With its elegant, organic, leaf-like segments it forms a silhouette that resembles a blooming flower bud. The armchair fans out into five elongated leaf-shaped sections which taper towards the top, giving the piece a crown-like contour.

With Lemon the upholsterer Brühl wants to present a refreshingly vital, decorative and unique piece of furniture that combines elementariness with Mediterranean flair, adding an exuberant air to living rooms and lobbies. Arranged in a group, the armchairs invite companionship.

All in white – Jab Anstoetz presents its new collection

photo: Jab Anstoetz.
photo: Jab Anstoetz.

It continues to be a megatrend in the textile sector and a genuine all-rounder that can be combined with anything: the colour white. It stands for purity and weightlessness and adds a sense of freshness and light. But it is also multifaceted. Textile specialist Jab Anstoetz (hall 11.1, stand D021 C020) is even dedicating an entire collection for the spring/summer 2011 season to it: White Passion. 48 items are to be launched in 49 different nuances of white, sometimes presenting the colour as subtle, elegant or pure, sometimes as playful and nonchalant. A mix of different patterns, materials in various shades of white.

Jab Anstoetz describes its Rixa fabric as nothing short of spectacular. Closely spaced, embroidered semicircles on a background of Bobinet tulle are meant to evoke countless slats. The fabric with the lengthways design is only available in snow-white. Elvis, a decorative fabric featuring fine, irregular stripes with different thread counts, seems to fluctuate between transparency and opacity, conjuring up a play of dancing light and shadows in the room.

Themed children’s wallpapers from Esprit: dreams of pink ponies or astronauts in outer space

photo: A.S. Création.
photo: A.S. Création.

The new Esprit for kids collection is the fourth collaboration between wallpaper manufacturer A.S. Création (imm cologne, hall 3.2, stand D014) and fashion label Esprit. Besides a number of typical Esprit motifs like flowers and stripes, it also includes a variety of themed worlds for children.

Esprit for kids features a total of six richly detailed children’s worlds for boys and girls on non-woven wallpaper: the selected motifs are taken from nature (baby elephants, farm life and ponies), the world of fairy tales (princesses and dragons) or outer space (space ships, astronauts and stars). Highlights like pink metallic print and glitter or fluorescent stars and Esprit flags are designed to kindle the young target group’s enthusiasm. Plain wallpapers in matching colours are also available.

Award-winning: unlimited colour varieties for the creation of individual objects

photo: Kinnasand.
photo: Kinnasand.

imm cologne exhibitor Kinnasand (Hall/Booth: 11.1 C010 D011) has been awarded the prize Interior Innovation Award – Winner 2011 for the contract collection Colours Unlimited.

The Interior Innovation Award is an international acknowledgement for design, innovation and outstanding product concepts. A renowned jury of experts evaluate product innovation, observing new products and the application of novel materials as well as complex production techniques based on innovative design revelation.

Walter Knoll: Investment in the future

Walter Knoll is extending its production site in Mötzingen, Germany. The ground-breaking ceremony on 19 October 2010 signalled the start of the second phase of construction on the company premises.

The new multi-functional building for assembly and logistics, to be created over the coming months along the Walter-Knoll-Straße in Mötzingen, extends the existing production plant for pre-upholstery that came into operation in July 2001. With a surface area of 60 x 77 metres and usable space of over 8,000 square metres, the new building provides the perfect conditions for efficient production and logistics.

A minimalist flute of light: the LUM floor lamp by Thonet

Thanks to its chrome-plated tubular steel frame, LUM is the first of Thonet’s lamps to invoke the Bauhaus style and is thus a perfect fit with the company’s collections of classic furniture. The LUM floor lamp is the work of designer Ulf Möller and combines classic lines with state-of-the-art technology and a high level of energy efficiency. Its shape has been reduced to a minimum: the linear frame, shaped only by bending, fits in perfectly with Thonet’s collection of tubular steel furniture with models by designers from Marcel Breuer all the way to James Irvine.

In contrast to its simple appearance, the technology behind LUM features numerous sophisticated details. The lamp is switched on and off by lightly running your hand along the flute-like bar of light, which is equipped with automatic touch control and swivel-mounted. It also has an automatic sleep function and can bathe the frame in a gentle glow when used as a nightlight. A memory function selects the previously set, dimmed intensity next time the lamp is switched on.

Thonet will be presenting its latest products at the imm cologne from 17.01.2011 to 23.01.2011.