Global demand for furniture made in Germany is continuing to grow. The European market remains its main destination. But with growth of more than 25 per cent, China may soon catch up with the top destinations for German furniture exports.
Stylish, modern and inspiring: in January 2015, imm Cologne will once again be the trendsetter for the interior design industry and the place to be for visitors from around the world. As the yearâ€™s first trade show for interior design, imm cologne showcases contemporary and future trends for the next season and inspires with high-class exhibitors and events.
The imm cologne‘s talent show D3 Design talents is a constant for trade visitors and anyone with an interest in design. The exhibition of winning entries from the international newcomer competition D3 Contest is particularly popular. Thanks to the good framework conditions, the professional execution and the sophisticated presentation of the winners at the heart of the imm cologne, the D3 Contest is highly regarded amongst established designers as well. In particular, the trade fair’s commitment to supporting the participants and the selective presentation guarantee a first-class exhibition. At the coming furnishing fair, the platform for young designers will be celebrating its first two-digit anniversary.
For ten years now, the imm cologne has been providing young designers with a forum where they can present their ideas for furniture, home accessories, lighting, floor coverings, wallpapers, textiles and other forward-looking furnishing items to an international public: the D3 Contest. For the coming imm cologne, 671 products were entered from more than 40 countries – convincing evidence of the competition’s international standing.
It doesn’t get any better than this: full halls, the most important players from Germany and abroad and a cornucopia of ideas across all the different segments for furniture buyers from all over the world to pick and choose from – that’s the imm cologne. Some of the more than 1,000 exhibitors are already speaking very openly about their expectations of the international furniture and interior design event in January 2013, as well as about the new products they will be showing there for the first time.
Koelnmesse is looking forward to a very successful imm cologne 2013: a total of 1,050 exhibitors from more than 50 countries have confirmed their attendance, 625 of them from abroad. Together with the international kitchen event LivingKitchen, the trade fair will be filling the 280,000 square metres of gross floor space in halls 1 to 11 to capacity.
With â€śplotâ€ť Brunner presents a modular piece of seating furniture for a relaxed way of sitting. The young Berlin design studio osko+deichmann created the space-creating, modular piece of seating furniture for various sitting positions, which can be integrated into offices, foyers or lounges like a natural â€śloungescapeâ€ť.
The open concept of use, which is based on a square module, fits in well with those who do not only want to sit but lean against, move, interact and communicate in a relaxed way. â€śWe wanted to create a product which the user handles in a different way. You should feel free and mobile â€“ this releases productive energy and promotes creativity,â€ť Dr. Marc Brunner, Managing Director of the family business, is convinced. The concept of plot offers seats adjustable on three levels and is about to interpret the function of arm and back rest in a new way.
â€śHow do we sit, when we are on the road? Do we wait or do we work? Do we meet and interact? Or do we rest?â€ť These questions led osko+deichmann to the unconventional design of plot. On the basis of a square module, six combinations of seats and rests can be realised. The middle level â€“ the arm rest â€“ was designed in a flexible way and can be repositioned without the use of tools.
In several respects, Germany can be described as the country for furniture – as is also reflected in the development of the imm cologne. The event has returned to its former strength and has been reporting a steady increase in attendance figures since 2009. This is due on the one hand to a trade fair platform that has proved its worth and on the other to the stable economic situation and high demand for furnishings within the Federal Republic.
“For many years now, this trade fair has been an absolute must, even if there are a few weaker years behind us,” explains Frank Haubold, Vice President Trade Fair Management at Koelnmesse. “In 2012, we were once again able to welcome a lot of first-time exhibitors to the imm cologne – young, up-and-coming companies who saw their presence at the trade fair as a way of gaining a stronger foothold in Germany and Europe. But it wasn’t only new providers who came to Cologne: a lot of firmly established manufacturers returned as well – precisely because the German furniture show enjoys such a good reputation and, in recent years, has been able to improve its standing even further.”
Translated into figures, this means an increase from 948 exhibiting companies in 2009 to no fewer than 1,159 this year. In addition, the number of visitors grew by 15% to approx. 115,000 in the same period.
In spring 2011, Rolf Benz AG launched its new sofa brand freistil Rolf Benz with a surprising claim: â€śIf Berlin were a piece of furniture, it would be freistil.â€ť Intelligent, confidently stylish furniture, lifelike communications and a â€śmade in Germanyâ€ť 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.
Travelling companions en route to other worlds: The service trolley has been a permanent fixture in the airplanes of this world for decades. bordbar transforms the trolleys into extraordinary, timeless pieces of furniture for a wide variety of different purposes. The form is reduced to the essentials: pure function in the tightest of spaces and in indestructible quality â€“ this is the basis for the genuine one-offs produced by the Cologne-based company. The trolleys are available in a multitude of colours and with a multitude of functions that leave nothing to be desired. Having won a red dot product design award in 2011, bordbar will be appearing at the 2012 furniture fair with new variants (Silver Edition), new finishes and a shorter delivery time (within 48 hours).
Design: Valentin Hartmann und Stephan Boltz
Booth: Hall 11.1 Booth C051
Dialogue between design and architecture: The outdoor sofa Tropez by Spanish furniture manufacturer Gandia Blasco takes the comfort of living room furniture out into the open. Tropez attracts attention precisely because of its unpretentious appearance and lightness â€“ rather like a quietly exhilarated butterfly landing in the garden. Designer Stefan Diez looked to the world of sport in the 20s and 30s for ideas, citing the language of elegant sailing boats and hand-crafted tennis racquets. The sofa is based on an aluminium frame structure and can be equipped with various leg elements. The informal character of this outdoor furniture aims to impart a special identity to architectural and non-architectural landscapes alike.
Design: Stefan Diez
Booth: Hall 3.2 Booth C033
Who says modern everyday life and sensuousness have to be at odds with one another? The “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” installation by Doshi Levien at the imm cologne 2012 aims to furnish evidence to the contrary. In an installation that is visionary not just at architectural level but in creative terms as well, the design experiment is developing into a fascinating study on modern ways of living.
“‘Das Haus’ combines the best of some very different worlds. It could be located anywhere on the planet.” Designer Nipa Doshi is alluding to an encounter between modern architecture and a world of contemporary forms on the one hand and the traditionally colourful aesthetics of Asia, the chaotic-seeming building tradition of Indian or Far Eastern megacities and the open, inward-facing interior culture of Morocco on the other. According to the plans of London design team Doshi Levien, many of these elements will be brought together in their installation in such a way that something totally new emerges: “It combines unconditional modernity with a sensuous lifestyle,” says Jonathan Levien of the blueprint for the imm cologne’s new design format: “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”. His wife Nipa Doshi adds: “That’s precisely why we designed ‘Das Haus’ this way – because it doesn’t exist in this form. Only parts of it do.”