It was a design event of the quieter, more subtle kind. There was no proclamation of a new design philosophy to the accompaniment of spectacular gestures. Nor was a new collection presented in a typical trade fair scenography designed to show the product off to full advantage in a perfectly styled setting, as is the custom in the Pure segments of the international furniture and interior design show imm cologne. Instead “Das Haus â Interiors on Stage” was a half realistic, half visionary depiction of a dream of what living space could be like â in this particular case, of Luca Nichetto’s dream. The imm cologne’s new design format, which was introduced just last year, is not so much about individual products as about the interplay between all the various factors that constitute interior design. The individual pieces of furniture are important soloists within this ensemble but not, in this case, the superstars.
With the concept for “Das Haus” and its choice of designers so far â Doshi Levien in 2012, Luca Nichetto in 2013 â the imm cologne has underscored just how seriously it takes its goal of an “interior design” fair that depicts a wide range of different product lines. And Luca Nichetto’s interpretation of “Das Haus” was impressive proof that this is a format for the interior design discipline to take seriously â perhaps the first of its kind at such a major furnishing fair.
After seven intense days, the imm cologne closed its doors on Sunday with good to very good results. 1,250 companies from more than 50 countries showcased the latest trends for the coming year and – including estimates for the last day of the fair – attracted 142,000 visitors to Cologne.
This year, there was a 13 percent rise in the internationality of the visitor structure – a significant increase. The international furnishing fair was able to report particularly positive growth in the emerging markets of Eastern Europe and Asia that are so important for the sector. “This result is a great signal for the imm cologne and confirmation of a performance befitting a leading international fair,” said a visibly satisfied Gerald BĂ¶se, CEO of Koelnmesse. “With this trade fair duo, we have written the next chapter in the success story of the imm cologne and LivingKitchen. Cologne is the absolute focal point of the furniture and kitchen industry – especially when it comes to business,” continues the trade fair corporation’s chief executive officer.
Dirk-Uwe Klaas, Chief Executive of the Association of the German Furniture Industry (Verband der Deutschen MĂ¶belindustrie), came to a similarly positive conclusion: “The imm cologne 2013 was an outstanding trade fair – the German furniture industry is more than satisfied. Despite the wintery weather, visitors flocked to the exhibition centre in droves. We are delighted to report numerous new contacts and customers as well as a pleasing amount of ordering activity. The marked increase in the number of foreign trade visitors is another important component for the fair’s enduring and sustainable success.”
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.
Perched on the observation terrace at Cologne Airport, the new Ligne Roset sofa Nils by designer Didier Gomez seems to be waiting for the visitors who will soon be flocking to the city’s international furnishing show. The scenography is part of an imm cologne initiative that involved photographing newly rolled-out furniture in urban Cologne.
In the second year of the “Furnishing Cologne” initiative, the motto for the series of photographs was “Above the city’s rooftops”. And that’s how Artek’s “Stool 60” stools (by Alvar Aalto, in the new Anniversary Edition) came to be standing on the roof of a factory building in the morning sun as if they were keeping a lookout or inviting guests to take a rest. The motifs range from Miele’s new wine cooler KWT 6832 SGS – an allusion to the LivingKitchen fair that takes place parallel to the imm cologne – all the way to Vitra’s re-edition of the Eames Rocking Chair, which was photographed from an unusual perspective above the roofs of Cologne city centre.
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.
The imm cologne social media team wishes all our fans, followers and friends,Â Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. We had a lot of fun with you, enjoyed your feedback and all the creative ideas. More than ever before, Cologne will be the central meeting point for the suppliers and decision-makers from all over the world’s most important markets in January 2013.
imm cologne continues to build on its position as the sector’s central business platform. The outstanding infrastracture in the state-of-the-art fair halls and a broad range of services provide a good basis for your success at the fair. Take advantage of this opportunity for good discussions and concrete business deals.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR to all fans and friends of imm cologne. See you soon in Cologne!
In literature, music and art, the term âromanticismâ refers to an artistic era that reached from the late 18th far into the 19th century. Today we associate this term with attributes such as ârapturousâ, âdreamyâ, âimaginativeâ and âpoeticâ but also with âkitschâ and with being out of touch with reality. But what, then, does romanticism have to do with contemporary design?
The exhibition âIsnât it romantic? Contemporary Design between Poetry and Provocationâ attempts to address our current understanding of romanticism and to explore the new desire for romanticism.Â The longing for beauty and harmony and for a place of fulfilment can be understood as an alternative concept to modernism, which has predominantly shaped our current society. New values such as individuality, sensuousness, uniqueness and affinity with nature stand in opposition to increasing globalisation and mobility, against ubiquitous information overload, against alienation and against the absolute transparency of our private lives.
Against this backdrop, we can observe a shift in contemporary design that, in terms of motivation and goals, can be compared to the historic Romantic Movement. In contrast to the positions represented in the design of the 1960s and 1980s, this current movement is both less radical and less political. The focus is not so much on a radical rejection of the generally accepted understanding of design as related to the notions of perfection, functionality and a reduction of forms, rather it is about a synthesis of the romantic and the modern and about an amalgamation of rationality and irrationality, something which can be observed in current design.
imm cologne 2013 will host withÂ WE ARE SOCIAL an international bloggers meetup, organised by the blogging bestseller-author Holly Becker and social media expert Frank Huber. The keynote of the social media event will be held by Holly Becker (founder/editor of decor8 and author of international best seller).
WE ARE SOCIAL is a free and open event that brings international bloggers together at imm cologne, one of the largest interior design fairs of the world. imm cologne as a media platform presents with WE ARE SOCIAL some of the leading social media channels, movers and shakers.
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.
âWhat does water need?â â this question might seem unusual. People need water, yet what does the element of water need from us? In the search for âmethods of housekeeping appropriate for waterâ, Hansgrohe SE issued invitations to its Water Symposium in Schiltach, which was marking its fifth edition this year. Richard Grohe, deputy CEO of the globally active bathroom and sanitation specialist, and chairman of the Supervisory Board Klaus Grohe welcomed the numerous guests in the Hansgrohe Aquademie to an event focusing on innovative and promising concepts that could help to reduce pollution and the over-use of our water resources.Â