Last week the focus of the furniture world was returned to Cologne for one of the world’s largest interior design shows, the annual IMM Cologne furniture fair – more than a just a product showcase, also a platform for new interiors concepts and a compass for trend directions, launched back in 1949. GIR team spent a busy few days exploring the vast halls of IMM Cologne in Germany looking for new trends, product launches and exiting inspirations that we can filter into our Store.
Such a major furniture fair as IMM Cologne acts as a way of measuring our changing lifestyles and illustrates our fantasies and ideals. This year’s trend seems to include warm and earthy colors, rattan rope, synthetic weaves and so much more upholstered and outdoor furniture then previous years.
Armchairs for dining tables are a case in point. For a long time, such items have led a shadowy existence – admittedly they have been available from various different manufacturers of upholstered furniture, but they have always had very few takers. Until recently it has obviously been the unanimous opinion among designers and manufacturers alike that voluminous upholstery is detrimental to the design of a chair – after all, it makes the product both heavy and renders elegant lines an impossibility. Fun fact: One of our favorite Danish brand Menu had all the upholstered chairs at this year’s booth!
As always the Menu stand was one of the highlights of IMM and this year we could wander through a small home, inspired by the Audo – Menu’s creative space in Copenhagen. A space that breathed the feeling you have when you are at home. Different rooms painted in the beautiful St. Leo colors offered the perfect backdrop for some old and new favorites of the Menu collection.
This year, more then ever outdoor furniture became part of the interior. The challenge of designing outdoor furniture is major: combining technical performance and aesthetic rendering. This is why this sector has long remained in the shadow of interior design, less subject to the constraints of resistance. At IMM Cologne, Fatboy launched a new outdoor collection called Palleti and Toni. They stayed consistent with their distinctive style.
We especially loved Ferm Living‘s approach to low living, a laid back style in earthy colors and a sofa to never get out while being surrounded by countless new design objects at IMM this year! It was a real feast for the eyes old design in new colors and many new additions to the ever-expanding Ferm Living collection.
They launched the first bed in the collection – Kona bed. Inspired by traditional Japanese furniture with a very low height, Kona bed is used as a daybed or single bed for overnight guests. With a name derived from the Japanese word for corner, the bed is made from sturdy oak veneer a features perfect for resting against a low headboard and raised back panel.
Ethnicraft focus at this fair was a workplace. They presented us with a few office setups with their iconic pieces such as Bok Table and Mikado Table, with wireless charging and wire management as an ultimate improvement to simplify the flow of your office. Also, this was their first appearance after officially merging with longtime partner and lifestyle brand Notre Monde.
Alongside their presence at the trade fair, many leading manufacturers showcase their novelties at the Design Post showroom, right across the Cologne Fair, where guests can examine the products within dedicated spaces styled to reflect each brand’s particular identity. Newcomers at this year Design Post were our Muuto and Kvadrat.
German designer Stefan Diez has created an installation for Danish textiles specialist Kvadrat that was inspired by childhood memories of creating fortresses out of umbrellas. The installation was transformed the company’s space at Design Post, where Kvadrat presented a new knitted textile Airfield by Alfredo Häberli.
Muuto’s debut appearance at Design Post was marked by their exciting launches and presentations of key products such as new lighting collection Post by Studio Earnest, a new addition to Cover family – Cover Side table and the new home accessories – Kink Vase. The combination of their talent and passion for design makes this brand one of the most impressive in the design industry. Furthermore, every season novelties are somehow very minimalist and versatile with the advanced and trendy color palette.
Highlight from Ligne Roset booth was definitely the Asmara modular sofa. French designer Bernard Govin has been working with Ligne Roset since the 1960s. His design style features curved and fluid forms with futuristic aesthetics and this was the perfect moment to come back in our lives.
Normann Copenhagen had slightly fewer new things than there were in previous years. Hyg collection of chairs was the main impression at their booth. Is this the fair’s fault, after all, there is fierce competition between IMM, Maison et Objet, which takes place simultaneously in Paris, and the Salone del Mobile in Milan in April in terms of which fair is going to be the first to present any novelties. Anyway, we are looking forward to seeing what they have in store for us in the next period!
And in the end, IMM Cologne was definitely a breath of the fresh air in the world of furniture and interior design. We can’t wait to see what else will 2020 bring us!