Experience the future in the Smart Village at the international Interior Business Event in Cologne. The sharing economy, solar roof tiles, an electric DeLorean, multiroom audio, home care robots and a space-saving sauna are just some of the things to which the “Let’s be smart – Smart Village” in Hall 4.2 is dedicating its approximately 800 square metres of exhibition space. The fifth edition of the special exhibition is launching a new concept. In four individual ”homes”, visitors to the trade fair can discover smart living environments for families or generation-appropriate living, for urban loft apartments or sustainable micro living concepts.
What ideas do consumers associate with so-called “smart homes”? According to the results of a survey conducted last year by Interhyp AG, for the majority of people (55 per cent), smart home technologies are still of interest largely for security reasons. Just under half of respondents said they would also decide in favour of smart home solutions to manage heating (49 per cent) and lighting (46 per cent) to help them save energy. Issues like media and entertainment (33 per cent) and health/comfort/wellness (24 per cent) were much lower down the list. These findings show that consumers are still largely unaware of the full potential of smart home applications. The “Let’s be smart – Smart Village” special exhibition at the Interior Business Event imm cologne 2020 aims to use a range of living concepts to demonstrate what is possible and how effectively advanced technology and comfort can be combined.
Four homes, four living environments, multiple integrated applications
The four homes in the “Smart Village” each focus on different priorities and showcase examples of applications from different perspectives. The benefits for the residents are the primary consideration in each scenario. Designers and end consumers will discover a future-orientated, yet also contemporary and realistic implementation of smart applications for architecture and home furnishings.
While the classic Smart Home represents the living situation for a small family in the suburbs or in a small town, where smart solutions can help to manage family life, the Smart Loft with its added home office stands for an urban living environment where the focus is on the finer things in life. The Smart Residence, by contrast, seeks to simulate an example of a living situation on which old age places specific demands and where Ambient Assisted Living (AAL) can make everyday life significantly easier. The Tiny House centres on the theme of scaling back to the bare essentials and stands as an example of a systematically eco-friendly approach, symbolised through a garden. Here, new, smart technologies are presented with a focus on energy, the environment and a slower pace of life with the promise of a high degree of comfort in harmony with nature.
Smart solutions, yes – but not simply for the sake of it
The Let’s be smart – Smart Village special exhibition has been conceived as a laboratory in which smart interiors solutions are presented so that their potential for individual users or for society can be tested and scrutinised. The exhibition therefore showcases products and services from various sectors, manufacturers and trade disciplines, which are integrated into complete, user-orientated living environments. This way, the exhibition concept gives visitors the opportunity to engage constructively with the technology as it relates to their own everyday reality, represented in four contemporary living scenarios.
Matthias Pollmann, Vice President Trade Fair Management at Koelnmesse GmbH, is convinced of the Let’s be smart exhibition format’s added value for exhibitors and visitors alike: “As one of the world’s largest trade fair organisations, we put the subject of digitalisation on our agenda many years ago, and our event imm cologne was one of the first trade fairs to cover the issue of smart homes. Now taking place for the fifth time, our Let’s be smart exhibition offers industry players a highly attractive platform on which to present themselves in the innovative field of smart homes and engage in matchmaking across all sectors. And for visitors to imm cologne, we are portraying an exciting topic through this exhibition that we expect will have a not inconsiderable influence on the future of home living.”
Cross-sectoral smart initiative with future-orientated products
The Smart Home special exhibition, organised since 2015 in cooperation with the Let’s be smart initiative, is supported by international manufacturers and service providers from a broad range of sectors, including Basalte, Bega, Biffar, Ecap Mobility, ekey, imi, Floating Office, Interlübke, Klafs, Marburger, Miele, Naber, Oase, Medisana, Rotpunkt, Rheinenergie, Schaeffler, Schramm und XtoBOX. Accordingly, alongside smart solutions from the field of home automation systems in the form of active loudspeakers and other multiroom audio components, visitors will also discover various intelligent LED lighting systems for home furnishings in the bedroom, kitchen and garden, for example, as well as clever entry solutions for houses and flats to improve everyday security. E-mobility solutions for urban areas will also be featured. Space-saving solutions will be on display, such as a sauna that extends like a zoom lens from its original, retracted depth of just 60 cm, or a compact desk that can be lowered if needed – to name just a few of the integrated smart innovations in the smart home segment that can be seen in the Let’s be smart exhibition.
Visitors to the exhibition will have the chance to find out more details about the highlights among the solutions and application examples presented in the Smart Village in four daily guided tours (in German and English). At various points along the tour, they will learn about the background to the individual products in interviews with the respective manufacturers, and there will be an opportunity for visitors to speak to them.
With the "Let's be smart initiative", imm cologne is underlining its claim to represent the whole spectrum of interior design. This not only involves areas of application such as automated security, air conditioning or improved living comfort but also the general issue of digital networking of the home with the outside world. At the end of the day, the extent to which this takes place is, of course, a very personal decision.
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 idd Shanghai, interzum bogotá in Bogotá, 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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