The Stage: The International Trend Forum at IMM Cologne
Every year in January, Hall 3.1 at Koelnmesse is transformed into a meeting place for experts and designers who gather to inform trade show visitors about the latest industry trends and give them insights into future developments in home living. Discover interior design ideas and the latest trends at IMM Cologne on between 14th – 20th January 2019.
With The Stage, IMM Cologne provides architects, planners, designers and journalists with an information and networking platform that offers them an overview of current interior design trends.
Alongside talks on trending topics in colours and materials, presentations on The Stage will also shine a light on the latest developments in interior design. A wide spectrum of issues is on the agenda, ranging from sustainability, business and functionality to room concepts and individualisation, but also covering specialised fields such as 3D printing or how to present an idea on online platforms.
But The Stage is not just a central hub for trend information for professionals and creative partners in the industry. The forum also has an exciting programme in store for the public days of the fair, when interior designers and design professionals will give end consumers useful tips on interior decor. They will also talk about the power of wall decoration and offer advice on healthy sleep. Other topics will include how to turn bathrooms into wellness oases, the impact of colours and the effect of artificial light on our well-being.
Design journalist and trends researcher Frank A. Reinhardt will kick off each day with “Keywords”, an overview of the current trends at imm cologne 2019. This year’s designers of “Das Haus” and guests of honour, Studio Truly Truly, and Swiss designer Alfredo Häberli will explain the ideas behind their living space installations. With their version of “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” at imm cologne, the Australian designer couple will be showcasing their concept of contemporary living, while Alfredo Häberli will present his vision for kitchens of the future with “FutureKitchen” at LivingKitchen.
The lectures on the first days of the trends forum at the upcoming imm cologne are due to feature a particularly international set of well-known speakers. For example, Cristian Zuzunaga (Spain), Marie Christine Dorner (France), Daniel Rybakken (Norway) and Eero Koivisto (Sweden) will talk about design, lighting, use of space and function in interior design. Karl Johan Bertilsson (Sweden) will inform the audience about the latest colour trends, and Morten Skjærpe Knarrum (Norway) will take a look at Scandinavian design from the perspective of his native country. Journalist Barbara Friedrich will welcome Italian designer Piero Lissoni as her guest at 2019’s Designer’s Talk.
Of course, the wide range of upcoming trends for the interiors industry will be a key point of discussion as usual. The contributions from experts Dr Hildegard Kalthegener and Professor Axel Venn on the subject of colour and Dr Sascha Peters on materials trends are again eagerly anticipated. Trends expert Gudy Herder will present the latest interiors trends, and Ursula Geismann will talk us through the findings of the Association of the German Furniture Industry’s (VDM) study into home living, “Wohnen in Deutschland”.
Martin Beeh will address the issue of design in his talks highlighting opportunities in the use of materials, digital production and 3D printing. People will be at the heart of Mara Michel’s lectures. She will focus on products designed to benefit people, artificial intelligence and smart technologies. Anna Dirfard (170qm) and Daniel Eichhorn (SoLebIch) will take a look at current marketing options in their report on the opportunities for furniture manufacturers offered by online activities and influencer marketing.
Koelnmesse – Global Competence in Furniture, Interiors and Design:
Koelnmesse is the world’s top trade fair organiser for the areas of furnishing, living and lifestyle. At the trade fair hub of Cologne, the leading international fair imm cologne as well as the trade fair formats of LivingKitchen, ORGATEC, spoga+gafa, interzum and Kind + Jugend rank among the internationally renowned and established industry meeting places. These fairs comprehensively represent the upholstered and case furniture segment, the kitchen industry, the office furniture sector and outdoor living as well as the innovations of the furniture supply industry.
Over the last few years, Koelnmesse has specifically added international fairs in the most important fast-expanding markets to its portfolio. These include CIKB in Shanghai, interzum guangzhou in Guangzhou and Pueri Expo in Sao Paulo. With ambista, the online portal for the interiors business, Koelnmesse offers direct access to products, contacts, expertise and events relevant to the industry all year round.
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