Innovative lighting solutions
(not just) for interior design

Photo: Artemide, Alphabet of Light

What does the future hold for LEDs? Are OLEDs already obsolete? And will new laser lighting technology be adopted? The lighting segment is always evolving, with innovations regularly being unveiled. And developments in the smart homes segment are certainly also making a contribution. But efficient use of light, intelligent controls and furniture combined with lighting are also causing a stir in the market. Glare-free, indirect or circadian lighting technology are all playing an increasingly important role. Here in the imm cologne news blog, we present some of the latest lighting innovations.

A lamp that mimics daylight and a collapsible desk – Pure Talents Contest 2018

Photo: Ivo Hovsté

On the first 15th January 2018, the moment arrives one again: The imm cologne opens its doors and on that day the young talent competition Pure Talents Contest will take place for the 15th time. Young design talents from all over the world can present themselves and their prototypes on an exhibition at the Cologne interior fair. At the news blog, we introduce the products of this anniversary event and let the creatives themselves have their say. Let’s start with Sofia Souidi and her product Gradient and with the design trio Arends, Bucher, Kim and their table Fold It.

The Stage: Heinrich Remagen about light and its effects on our healt

Photo: Remagen
Photo: Remagen

In his lecture Heinrich Remagen talks about artificial lighting and its effects on health and well-being. Lighting is another area that is undergoing rapid technological change. LED technology, having been a part of general lighting for what is only 10 years now, has in this short time become the most cost-effective lighting technology, and is steadily replacing fluorescent lamps in the energy saving segment.

Skia by Ligne Roset: Playing with light


Designer, scenographer and lecturer (Camondo, Beaux-Arts), Vincent Tordjman devises his work in a global fashion, considering that each facet of his professional life is permeable to the others. The play of material and immaterial components against each other are all fields of research and innovation. In addition, light is the perfect playground for the material (the floor lamp) to interact with the material (its light). No question of Vincent Tordjman designing just another floor lamp or limiting himself to an exploration of shapes, whether attractive or new.

Bordbar lifts off with Airberlin in 2011 – Airline to use light trolleys by Cologne-based company

Bordbar are deploying their products in their natural habitat – the air. 350 trolleys designed and produced by Bordbar will take off in cooperation with Germany’s second largest airline company Airberlin over the next few weeks.

Two classic Bordbar designs will be on board of the Airberlin planes, the “airports black” and the “worldmap black”. Both types will be brand-new and like all other Bordbar trolleys meet all standards and requirements for use in the sky. “Compared to other manufacturers our models are somewhat lighter and have the distinctive Bordbar design”, managing director Stephan Boltz explains. The company was founded in 2006 and already has a global network of over 220 trade partners. Boltz’s co-founder Valentin Hartmann adds: “Five years ago we started revamping disused airplane trolleys and transforming them into design objects for private use. Now we’re making a U-turn and finding our way back into the skies. Hence, we are about to reach one of our greatest business objectives.”

Exceptional design paired with high functionality and environmental friendliness: These were the criteria which convinced Airberlin to take the Bordbar trolleys on board. “The trolley as a commodity is transformed into an exceptional design object by Bordbar while conforming to our high quality standards. The trolleys are made of a very light material and therefore positively influence fuel consumption. This way we can maintain our reputation as an environmentally conscious airline”, Thomas Ney, Chief Product Officer Airberlin explains.

The Bordbar trolleys will be travelling around the planet until the end of October. After that they will touch-down in the Cologne-based Bordbar workshop where they will be given a face-lift and furnished individually before going on sale as used collector’s items just in time for Christmas.

imm cologne 2012 with high number of registrations: strong demand for space from Italy

Following the end of the early booking period, Koelnmesse is looking ahead to imm cologne 2012 with optimism. Already, more than 200 days before the event, the rental situation is 18 percent above the figures for the same period for the last imm cologne. Overall, over 70 percent of the hall space has been hired out.

“This result marks a seamless transition from the outstanding imm cologne 2011”, remarks Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse, with regard to the registration figures. “Developments in relation to international participation are particularly pleasing. As well as huge demand from Germany, we have seen increased desire for space from Italy, France and Spain”, continues the CEO.

Frank Haubold, director of imm cologne, had the following to say: “The current developments confirm imm cologne as an important international business event. Anyone wanting to earn money through furniture turns to Germany and thus to imm cologne as the biggest event in this market.” LivingInteriors, the new trade fair format for halls 4 and 5, is also awaited with great excitement. Here, everything will revolve around the topics of bathrooms, floors, walls and light.

interzum 2011 (25.-28.5.2011): innovations for architects, craftsmen, designers and product developers

Just a few weeks to go now until interzum 2011 opens its doors at Cologne Exhibition Centre from 25th to 28th May. Around 1,400 exhibitors will be presenting their latest innovations to visitors from all over the world. But interzum has far more to offer than the pure product exhibitions – a whole series of special presentations, piazzas and thematic focal points spread throughout the fair are guaranteed to make the trade show even more attractive and encourage a lively exchange of ideas.

Light and materials at the innovation of interior forum
For the second time, Hall 4.2 will be hosting the innovation of interior forum, the new attraction for architects, designers and product developers with a special focus on light and materials. In addition there is an information area, a lounge, speech and meeting zone and compact, pre-specified presentation spaces for prestigious companies that form a perfect unit both visually and thematically. The declared aim of innovation of interior is to encourage eye-level communication at state-of-the-art level with partners who share the same aims and values.