Discover interior ideas » interior design

Tiles in home-building:
functional, aesthetic and cost-efficient

Photo: 41zero42, Mate

The standards are high today when it comes to building new homes: in addition to being a profitable investment in the future, new buildings must remain aesthetically pleasing and functional for generations – cost-efficiency, accessibility and sustainability are the keywords here. In this ideal, stylish and functional design of the interior construction is possible with high-quality yet attractively priced construction materials.

Holistic design

French designer François Brument and Sonia Laugier intensively devotes themselves to the possibilities of 3D printing for the design of living spaces. Their design approach thereby aims at a holistic digital production process combining architecture and interior design. Together they developed the “Printed Habitat” – a real bedroom model with an integrated shower and a walk-in wardrobe representing the holistic production of living spaces on 15 square metres. In the following interview, François Brument and Sonia Laugier talk about their design approach and the potentials of 3D printing.

François Brument, Credit: Maria Spera
François Brument, Credit: Maria Spera
Sonia Laugier, Credit: In-Flexions
Sonia Laugier, Credit: In-Flexions

“Das Haus” 2013 by Luca Nichetto: a stage for visionary living concepts

Stand: Das Haus, Halle 3.1It 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 – Interiors on Stage” was a half realistic, half visionary depiction of a dream of what living space could be like – 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 – Doshi Levien in 2012, Luca Nichetto in 2013 – 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 – perhaps the first of its kind at such a major furnishing fair.

Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year 2013! See you soon in Cologne!

The imm cologne social media team wishes all our fans, followers and friends,  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!

imm cologne 2013: setting trends and presenting wide range of new products and innovations

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.

imm cologne 2013: high number of registrations and a strong demand for space from abroad

The imm cologne, the major worldwide event for the interior design sector, will open its gates in fewer than 200 days. Following the two successful events in 2011 and 2012, the 2013 trade fair is also right on track. With roughly 10 percent more exhibitors and 12 percent more exhibition space occupied, augmented by an increase in foreign participation and new product segments, there’s nothing standing in the way of a successful event.

“2013 is a very important year for us. With a strong German economy to bolster us while foreign markets are faltering, the imm cologne will assume a very special function as the central global business platform. The significant interest from strong Italian brands is a good example of this. For the first time in years we’ll be occupying the entire exhibition centre again, enabling our visitors to experience everything the international interior design sector has to offer in one location. In view of the huge interest from professional circles and the media, plus the fact that the number of exhibitors who have registered to take part exceeds all our expectations, we can already say that, more than ever before, Cologne is very much a talking point in the international interior design sector,” says Frank Haubold, Vice President Trade Fair Management.

COR Sitzmöbel on board the Europa 2: A ship will come

COR Sitzmöbel has contributed to this living culture at sea by outfitting 251 generously designed suites. (photo: COR Sitzmöbel)
COR Sitzmöbel has contributed to this living culture at sea by outfitting 251 generously designed suites. (photo: COR Sitzmöbel)

Starting in May 2013, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises is presenting an interior design (architects: psd Partner Ship Design) on board the “EUROPA 2” which interprets luxury requirements as a modern, casual lifestyle. COR Sitzmöbel has contributed to this living culture at sea by outfitting 251 generously designed suites.

“Home is always best. We are happy to settle for second place.” With this gracious understatement, Hapag-Lloyd Cruises expresses its central aspiration: To make breaks at sea feel like a second home on all programme and design levels. “Well-being can also be calculated in terms of square meters,” says Julian Pfitzner, Head of Product Management. “Our concept addresses modern cosmopolitans with a relaxed lifestyle through maximum individuality and comfort.” These criteria are also decisive when it comes to selecting partner firms such as COR.