Invitation to a stopover: Combining Zeitraumâ€™s Morph Lounge cocktail armchair with its new Kontur Couch table collection gives rise to little islands that merge comfort with aesthetic qualities. The chair frame is made of American walnut and covered with a mix of leather and fabric. The matching occasional table by the name of Kontur Couch consists of a lacquered steel base and a solid American walnut top. The wood is treated with premium natural oils and waxes. The Read Noon lamp with a textile shade in warm grey puts the finishing touches to the ensemble.
Form goes freestyle on a slippery surface: An opulent sculpture with a delightful derriÃ¨re: rather like a leather ball, the slightly convex back of Walter Knollâ€™s Bao armchair consists of three cleverly cut strips of leather. The flowing lines thus created map out the lounge chairâ€™s spirited and elegant design. The swivel armchair is equipped with a heavy but invisible metal plate and features a combination of different materials: leather on the back, fabric on the seat. Everything has its place. In the office, several Baos can be combined to create a seating scenario that permits collaboration and communication on an equal, non-hierarchical basis.
Sultry sights in Rheinau Harbour: The name says it all: avec plaisir, the new two-seater sofa from BrÃ¼hl, doesnâ€™t just have charisma and the flair to become a classic, itâ€™s exceedingly comfortable as well. The sculptural, organic shape conveys a sense of security even before you take a seat. Whilst you could be forgiven for thinking that every conceivable sofa shape has already been produced, the experimental design of avec plaisir nevertheless manages to blend form and function into a veritable feel-good factor. The trendy sofa was created by young designer Kati Meyer-BrÃ¼hl. It is available in a choice of different fabrics and features the kind of top-quality craftsmanship its unusual shape requires.
With Christmas only just over, itâ€™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. Weâ€™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 Cologneâ€™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 BrÃ¼hl? 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 KÃ¶lsch pub?
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.”
A stool like a fibrous primeval mushroom, magnetically grown; a lamp made of folded concrete; furniture made of recycled plastic used like solid wood: materials that have undergone unusual processing and been put together or moulded in innovative ways. Visitors to the [DÂ³] Contest exhibition will look for conventional furniture in vain.
What they will see instead are new interpretations of familiar object typologies and experiments with new furniture concepts: industrial warehouse shelves in the most delicate of veneer thicknesses and drawers that only reveal their precious interior by means of a chain-operated opening mechanism. There is nothing incidental about any of the furniture, accessories, lamps or furnishing elements – everything has been thought through down to the last detail and deliberately discourages superficial contemplation.
No architecture, no interiors: time and time again, it is outstanding architectural works that have a decisive influence on innovative interior concepts. For as preferences with regard to contemporary buildings change, our interior design tastes naturally change as well. A look at building styles in the private sector shows that changes in certain conditions can result in entire room concepts changing.
Whereas there used to be a very clear separation between the living room, dining room and kitchen, for instance, the desire for spacious, loft-like layouts has led to the current “live-in kitchen” megatrend. As a global trend barometer for modern living, the imm cologne 2012 will therefore be offering visitors various “Architektouren” in and around Cologne in addition to the wide range of products on show in the halls of the exhibition centre.
Koelnmesse’s idea of organising excursions to the architectural masterpieces of various epochs all the way to the modern era got off to a very successful start at the imm cologne 2011. In fact, the concept was so successful that the tour programme for 2012 is even more extensive. For when it comes to internationally renowned architecture, Cologne certainly has plenty to offer.
How will we be furnishing our homes tomorrow? Will the bedroom still consist of a bed, bedside table and wardrobe, the office of a desk and filing shelves? And what will our furniture be like? Will we still have individual rooms at all, and always four walls? When it comes to furniture and interior design, being visionary is anything but easy.
And yet it is precisely these ideas about the future that ultimately spur the entire industry on to excel itself. When it comes to interior design, Koelnmesse has come up with a real sensation for the next imm cologne in January: its new “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” format.
Mid-January is nearly here again. Furniture manufacturers, designers and interior designers will once again be turning the halls of the imm cologne into a huge exhibition area. The D3 Talents design platform has long ceased to be an “inside tip” and is now widely regarded as a “must” for anyone with an interest in design. For at the D3 talent forum, visitors can discover products that are still waiting for their future: experimental designs, original creations and clever new construction principles developed by the most promising newcomers the design scene has to offer.
“With D3, we deliberately offer young designers a unique opportunity to present themselves to international experts, the media and companies,” says Gerald BÃ¶se, CEO of Koelnmesse. “Our commitment goes down well with the international design scene too. At the end of the day, it’s precisely this encounter between experimental design and the market-driven offerings of the furniture industry, the contrast between the commercial and the experimental, that makes the imm cologne so attractive to so many people,” adds the imm cologne’s Creative Director Dick Spierenburg.
First-class design and a successfully interwoven mix of innovative brand and product presentations in an interdisciplinary arrangement – that’s what the imm cologne‘s Pure Village exhibition stands for. Next year it will be the meeting point for more than 50 interior design brands.
Firms like Thonet, Gandia Blasco, Mocoba or E15 will rub shoulders with bathroom furnishers like Kaldewei, Burgbad and Grohe, textile brands like Creation Baumann, floor specialists like Parador and Carpet Concept and home entertainment pioneers like Loewe. Inspiration is guaranteed – en masse!
With Pure Village, imm cologne art director Dick Spierenburg has created a place for design and interior visions. Pure Village is different because, instead of unfurling a multitude of huge brand worlds hidden behind high walls, it presents the best ideas and visions from both big names and smaller labels in the intimacy of a village-like setting. “Our aim is to convey lots of impressions, lots of different approaches, lots of discussions and lots of juxtapositions between various areas of the home as well as between different products and thus generate a suspenseful atmosphere for visitors,” says the art director of his concept.