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"It's time to get the engine running again."

How can we restart the engine under corona-era conditions? That’s the question an entire interior industry is asking itself right now. Take advantage of the opportunity imm cologne is offering you for a successful restart.

„Das Haus“ 2021: new location, concept and theme

„Das Haus“ 2021: new location, concept and theme

At the upcoming imm cologne, the successful design event series "Das Haus" will celebrate its 10th anniversary. And a lot will be different: Das Haus will become Das Apartment Haus and it will be designed by several former designers.

Carpets are the key to a cosy atmosphere

Carpets are the key to a cosy atmosphere

Warmth for the feet, mind and soul. Rugs aren’t just a nice touch haptically – they enhance a space visually. They set the tone for a personal interior design style and create special accents in the home.

Furniture as order keepers

Furniture as order keepers

Types of furniture offer totally different storage room solutions, depending on the requirement and style. Whether hidden behind doors or on a silver platter. We would like to present a few examples of storage furniture to you.

One hundred years of Bauhaus in colour

One hundred years of Bauhaus in colour

Colour played an important role in Bauhaus theory in general. It was firmly rooted in the classroom. A more wide-ranging look back makes it clear that the Bauhaus was an approach and not a style.

Final report imm cologne 2020

Final report imm cologne 2020

The imm cologne drew to a close on Sunday, 19 January 2020, with positive overall results. More than 128,000 visitors attended the event to find inspiration from the industry.

Trend 8: decorative living

Trend 8: decorative living

Trend eight wants to be pretty: After clothing, living is today the number one means of expression. We are not only what we wear, but how we live. This makes every decorative element a statement.

Trend 7: colourful living

Trend 7: colourful living

Trend seven shows its colours: Colours are a very powerful tool in both interior design and architecture; they also play a decisive in how we judge the aesthetic harmony and the quality of a room.

Trend 6: living without limits

Trend 6: living without limits

Trend 6 knows no limits: Instead of separate rooms, modern apartments present an open spatial structure, and compartmentalised apartments in old buildings are "aired out" through the removal of wall elements.

Trend 5: living more comfortably

Trend 5: living more comfortably

We are worth it! Comfort is written in capital letters in trend five, especially in the bedroom. However, investments are also being made in the bathroom and seating furniture.

Trend 4: more efficient living

Trend 4: more efficient living

Trend four is all about efficient living: rising rents and smaller homes will continue to drive the demand for space-saving furniture.

Trend 3: smarter living

Trend 3: smarter living

Trend three deals with smarter living: smart applications are becoming ever more diverse, reliable and easy to use and can be tailored increasingly precisely to the specific needs of residents.

Trend 2: greener living

Trend 2: greener living

The second trend is about the closeness to nature: no new apartments are being built without balconies; apartments and houses with access to gardens or patios are in high demand, especially in urban areas.

Trend 1: more natural living

Trend 1: more natural living

The first trend is about more naturalness. An ever increasing number of people are seriously attempting to change their consumer behaviour in order to initiate a trend turnaround toward a sustainable society.

Ready for better living

Ready for better living

We want to live better: more comfortably, more stylishly, using space more effectively, more colourfully, smarter and more sustainably. In the coming week, we introduce you to the eight most important living trends at imm cologne 2020.

20 ideas for the lifestyles of tomorrow

20 ideas for the lifestyles of tomorrow

The shortlist has been finalised – a total of 20 innovative products from the interiors world of 23 international designers will be on show at imm cologne 2020 as part of the Pure Talents Contest exhibition.

Das Haus 2020 turns home life inside out

Das Haus 2020 turns home life inside out

At imm cologne, the Spanish design team MUT Design creates Das Haus as a visionary living concept, in which the delimitation of interior spaces and their opening up to nature is discussed.

International design know how at The Stage

International design know how at The Stage

The trend forum The Stage of imm cologne 2020 will focus on sustainability and future ways of living. One-third of the speakers on the trade visitor days will be travelling from outside Germany.

Barbara Busse about Gen Z and their furniture

Barbara Busse about Gen Z and their furniture

Members of the coming generation live digitally, consume more spontaneously and furnish their homes differently. We find out what this scenario might look like in an interview with Barbara Busse.

Design history you can touch

Design history you can touch

The Germania settlement in Cologne's east combines different architectural styles from the Weimar Republic into one complete work. And it houses an apartment that is furnished in the style of the 1920s.

A sustainable encounter of design and culture

A sustainable encounter of design and culture

Ten leaders of London’s cultural institutions joined some of Europe’s most exciting designers to create a "legacy piece". The exhibition will make its debut in Germany at imm cologne 2020.

The living-bathroom

The living-bathroom

Bathroom users call for a similarly high living quality in the bathroom as in the entire home. But what does a living-bathroom look like?

Love your sleep

Love your sleep

When furnishing our homes, we don’t generally give our sleeping environment very much attention; yet, at an average of eight hours a day, we spend most of our time in the bedroom.

Cosiness meets minimalism

Cosiness meets minimalism

As 2020 gets underway, cosiness continues to be a top trend for the new interiors season. At the same time, however, our homes are starting to take on a more minimalist look again.

When inside and outside merge

When inside and outside merge

Not only "Das Haus" will blur the boundaries between inside and outside at imm cologne 2020. Numerous exhibitors will also present products that do well both in the living room and on the terrace.

How will we live in the future?

How will we live in the future?

A new awareness of the environment, advance of smart home developments and a shortage of living space will all have an influence on our future way of life. In this article, we examine these factors.

On the trail of the Bauhaus in Cologne

On the trail of the Bauhaus in Cologne

If Adenauer and Mr and Mrs Gropius had reached an agreement in 1924, Cologne could well have been in the running to become the second home of the Bauhaus.

Merging indoors and outdoors: Das Haus 2020

Merging indoors and outdoors: Das Haus 2020

With the interpretation of “Das Haus” by MUT Design, imm cologne is set to play host to a highly architectural creation. The Spanish creatives will present a visionary living concept in which the inside of the house is turned to face the outside.

Clearing out can be so easy

Clearing out can be so easy

Germans like to tidy up. At least according to a recent survey. In this article we reveal the methods with which tidying grouches can become real clear-out pros.

Students design table following Thonet’s example

Students design table following Thonet’s example

Students at Düsseldorf University of Applied Sciences (HSD) have developed a seminar table based on the Thonet S 43 cantilever chair. The winning design was by Zohair Zouirech, who took part in the Pure Talents Contest 2019.

Desks for eternity

Desks for eternity

Desks should be functional, robust and durable. Solid-wood furniture provides all these qualities. It is also a mark of an environmentally friendly and sustainable company policy.

Somnox: a robot as sleeping aid

Somnox: a robot as sleeping aid

The aim of the Somnox sleep robot, developed by robotics engineers, is to contribute to a restful night’s sleep thanks to artificial intelligence and effective, proven relaxation techniques.

A hotel made entirely of wood

A hotel made entirely of wood

The Tirol Lodge nestled in the idyllic mountain landscape of Austria’s Wilder Kaiser region has been constructed entirely of wood and in a modular design. The hotel’s creators have turned to Bette for moisture protection in the bathrooms.

The events of the interzum

The events of the interzum

The interzum delivers top-class event programmes on all four days. In our blog we present you the most interesting events.

Furniture like a fine wine

Furniture like a fine wine

Walter Amrhyn makes tables from old, discarded wine barrels. His unique creations not only have strong characters – they bear the patina, cracks and discolouration left behind by their former contents.

UMAR: Building in the sense of Cradle to Cradle

UMAR: Building in the sense of Cradle to Cradle

Conserving resources will become one of the central tasks of future construction projects. The UMAR experimental unit in Switzerland is testing residue-free construction based on a residential module. In addition, buildings will serve as material storage in the future.

New line-up at imm cologne 2020

New line-up at imm cologne 2020

With the two main areas Pure and Home, imm cologne wants to offer its exhibitors and visitors a simplified structure and thus even more orientation in 2020.

Convertible children’s furniture

Convertible children’s furniture

Children play like wild things; they love to climb and run about. The playroom quickly becomes an adventure playground, so parents should bear a few things in mind when furnishing it. As their child grows, so do the demands placed on children’s furniture.

A place to lay your head

A place to lay your head

Just as people’s needs vary widely, so too do beds themselves. From simple and purist to timelessly modern and elegantly curved – in our blog, we show you some interesting exemplares found at imm cologne 2019.

Comeback of a versatile piece of furniture

Comeback of a versatile piece of furniture

The sideboard is back. Highly practical and hugely decorative offers the sideboard storage space for books, multimedia devices and other objects. We will show you some of the novelties.

Trendy furniture types: The furniture season 2019

Trendy furniture types: The furniture season 2019

In addition to many cozy interior design ideas, the harbingers of a new, warm minimalism were already apparent at the imm cologne 2019. But also the sideboard and the dining table are at the top of the canon of furniture.

The imm cologne Smart Home now in 3D

The imm cologne Smart Home now in 3D

The innovation network “let’s be smart”, working with Koelnmesse, has presented a smart home once again at imm cologne. Now the installation can also be admired as a 3D animation.

Book launch: German Interior Designers

Book launch: German Interior Designers

This book unveils unique and trendsetting room concepts for living and working spaces, retail, gastronomy, trade fair construction, social facilities and the healthcare sector.

Defying moisture: Solid wood furniture in the bathroom

Defying moisture: Solid wood furniture in the bathroom

Solid wood furniture contributes to a comfortable and healthy living atmosphere - even in the bathroom. So that the typical room climate do not affect the natural wood furniture, they should be treated environmentally friendly.

A subtle colour concept for a design icon

A subtle colour concept for a design icon

At the occasion of the company’s 200th anniversary of Thonet, the designer duo Eva Marguerre and Marcel Besau created the famous Coffee House Chair 214 in four contemporary two-tone colour versions: in black, white, velvet red and sage.

Top trend: comeback of patterns and decors

Top trend: comeback of patterns and decors

Simple beauties writhe in front of the animated background: patterns and motifs alternate from the sofa to the wall and floor. Skillfully combined, the result is always a good motif.

Final report 2019

Final report 2019

The imm cologne 2019 achieved with 150,000 from 145 countries an even greater international reach than ever before. Also the LivingKitchen closes with good results.

The trends of the imm cologne 2019

The trends of the imm cologne 2019

At the imm cologne, trendsetters and creative newcomers will present the innovations of the coming year. The fair provides new impetus for the furniture market.

Welcome to imm cologne 2019

Welcome to imm cologne 2019

As a walk-in living magazine the imm cologne shows from 14th to 20th January how the world will be living tomorrow. From Friday, 18th to Sunday, 20th January the international interior fair is also open for private visitors.

100 years of Bauhaus at imm cologne

100 years of Bauhaus at imm cologne

What is the fascination with the Bauhaus style? Visitors to the special exhibition “100 years of Bauhaus – work in progress” at imm cologne 2019 can discover answers to this very question.

Launching Das Haus 2019 in Hall 3.1

Launching Das Haus 2019 in Hall 3.1

Building work has already begun on “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” and the organic yet modern living concept of the Truly Truly design studio is taking shape.

Birkenstock invites visitors to imm cologne for a lie down

Birkenstock invites visitors to imm cologne for a lie down

Birkenstock will whisk visitors away to a product world that makes the brand tangible across an exhibition space of more than 500 square metres. The beds will be staged in natural settings – in a forest, on water and in a green space.

Country House Style 2.0: a bit of nature in urban homes

Country House Style 2.0: a bit of nature in urban homes

Idyllic surroundings and being close to nature are also high on their must-haves, even in an urban environment. So it’s no wonder that the country house style is making inroads into our city homes again - but with elements for a modern take.

Rings of Fire: 25hours Hotel The Circle in Cologne

Rings of Fire: 25hours Hotel The Circle in Cologne

Originally the Gerling Insurance Group’s administration building, this spectacular circular construction in Cologne’s Friesen district now accommodates the guests of the 25hours Hotel Köln The Circle.

Heat by Northern: a lamp as a glowing social project

Heat by Northern: a lamp as a glowing social project

Heat is more than just a lamp – it is also a social project. Heat is produced in partnership with a development agency that gives asylum seekers and migrants the chance to gain training and find work by producing the lamps.

Giving light all by itself

Giving light all by itself

Can lights be turned on without flicking a switch? Nimbus shows how this can be done in a very smart way in the new building for the Neckar-Fils regional group of Südwestmetall in Esslingen, southern Germany. Throughout the building, lights are activated independently.

imm cologne 2019: a new atmosphere in hall 11

imm cologne 2019: a new atmosphere in hall 11

In 2019, hall 11 will be transformed into Pure Atmospheres as part of the development of the Pure design segment. The name underscores the nature of the presentations in Hall 11, which is shaped by holistic interior concepts.