Selecta by Hansgrohe: A Classic Turns 50

1968: hansgrohe Selecta, Photo: hansgrohe

In 1901 master clothier Hans Grohe turned his back on weaving and established a metal pressing workshop. Although bathrooms in private houses were only just becoming fashionable at that time, he specialised in tin showers and become a pioneer of the sanitary sector, which was still in its early stages of development. Since then, the company has been characterised by an innovative spirit. that came up with the world’s first hand shower with adjustable spray types 50 years ago: the Selecta.

New Website: Expert knowledge about veneer in English by Initiative Furnier + Natur

The new website: www.veneer.eu. (Source: IFN)
The new website: www.veneer.eu. (Source: IFN)

Initiative Furnier und Natur (IFN) has published a website in English. The web presence under the address: www.veneer.eu provides expert knowledge about real wood veneer for an international public.

“Veneer is one of the most attractive products that can be made from wood. The new website is a comprehensive and reliable information source, with numerous examples of how veneer is used in design and interiors”, explains the Secretary of the IFN, Dirk-Uwe Klaas.

D3 Alumni: vivid designer network featuring former D3 Design talents participants

The assembled talent of the design scene at a glance: the Koelnmesse-sponsored website d3alumin.imm-cologne.de presents participants who have taken part in the D3 Design talents format between 2004 and 2011 – together with the product or installation they exhibited at imm cologne.

The D3 Alumni online platform offers a permanent update in young design and a staggering potential: so far 206 colleges and 390 designers and studios have taken part in the “D3 Professionals” forum and 335 graduates in the “D3 Contest”. Participants in the forerunner projects Future Point and inspired by cologne will of course be integrated as well. In compact form, the site presents all the products and faces that have featured in the imm cologne’s newcomer forum over the years.

Patricia Urquiola, Defne Koz, Harald GrĂĽndl, Martin Leuthold, Marco Velardi: Trend Board of imm cologne is full of new faces

What’s really new about the interior trends for 2011? What are the hidden similarities between the increasing number of diverging trends and new products? And what are the differences? What motivates designers? What do consumers find appealing about the designs?

The Trend Board of imm cologne, which this year is full of new faces, has the job of analysing current trends in the world of interior design and projecting them into the future. This year its discussion topics included phenomena such as individualization, sustainability, developments in style, materials, colours and shapes.

Innovations and new products at a glance: the imm cologne hit guide 2010

imm cologne presents the hit guide 2010 – including a wide range of innovative and new products presented in Cologne. Are you searching for spectacular products, a distinctive trend or a clever product idea at imm cologne? Then the hit guide 2010 is exactly what you are looking for.

Once again in 2010 the imm cologne will publish the “hit guide”, a special offer for the member of the international press. In its handy pocket size and with lots of color illustrations and short product descriptions, it provides an overview of all the big and small highlights at the fair.

The guide is compiled and selected by the “hit scouts” who based their selection on all the new products and innovations registered by the exhibitors in the run-up to the event.

For journalists: the hit guide will be available as print version.

hit guide 2010 – feel free to download it now!
You can download the latest hit guide here (pdf-file, 4 MB):
hit guide 2010, Part 1
hit guide 2010, Part 2

imm cologne is celebrating prize winning interior innovation

Best System, Foto: e15
interior innovation award, 2009: Best System, SH05 ARIE by Arik Levy, photo: e15

A joint project between imm cologne and the German Design Council, the eighth interior innovation award will be presented in 2010. This much sought-after award underlines the importance of innovation for imm cologne.

A jury of leading international design experts will award the prize for the most outstanding innovations in five categories: Best Item, Best System, Best Detail, Materials Innovation and Classic Innovation.

All businesses exhibiting at the fair are eligible to take part, either with products already on the market or those that are being exhibited for the first time.

The interior innovation award will be presented during the opening party on the night before the fair starts.

hit guide 2009: overview of highlights, innovations and trends

Are you searching for spectacular products, a distinctive trend or a clever product idea at imm cologne? Then the hit guide 2009 is exactly what you are looking for. Once again in 2009 the imm cologne will publish the “hit guide” as a special offer for the members of the international press.

In its handy pocket size and with lots of color illustrations and short product descriptions, it provides an overview of all the big and small highlights at the fair.

The guide is compiled and selected by the “hit scouts” who based their selection on all the new products and innovations registered by the exhibitors in the run-up to the event.

For journalists: As of January 19, 2009 the hit guide will be available as print version.

Furniture industry sees an opportunity despite financial crisis

Despite the financial crisis and its current effects on the economy, the German furniture industry sees an opportunity to increase the status of homes and furnishings in these difficult times. Whenever people feel extremely insecure, their own home and the sense of security and safety connected with their own four walls assume a higher status. Only the furniture industry can satisfy this feeling now, and thereby bring furniture higher up the ranking list of personal desires. In addition, furniture as a valuable and life-long consumer item represents a long-lasting and reliable investment.

The figures and statistics seen since the summer provide evidence that this hope is not entirely without foundation. In the otherwise extremely different 3rd quarter of the year, in which almost no other industry branch escaped unscathed, growth of 1.5 percent was realised.