Two years ago when we were still living in Düsseldorf my boyfriend and I went the first time to the imm cologne. The imm is the biggest interior design fair in Germany which takes place every January in Cologne. Lucky for me the last weekend is always open for everyone. Quite spontaneously we decided to go again this year.
You can basically see everything related to interior design: lots of international brands showing their designs, new trends, new fabrics, new technology, holistic living ideas, new talents and design contests and a designer market where you can actually purchase design pieces.
Unsurprisingly my favourite stands where from my beloved Scandinavian brands: bolia, Muuto, Vita, …
I had the impression that Scandinavian simplicity and the focus on well-made furniture with an eye for detail is still the overall theme for all brands. Color-wise the main focus is still on soft, pastel colors with grey & black influences. Quite often highlights were set with red and green accents. A nice addition is the come back of velvet which usually comes in rather dark colors as green and blue. It automatically adds coziness to every room.
But please see for yourself what the brands came up with:
A combination of white and greyish accents with hints of blue and red. The adaptable shelving unit STACKED offers endless possibilities. Moreover I like the idea of mixing up different but somehow similar chairs.
muutos = new perspective in Finnish.
In case you are looking for a new sofa check out Bolia. You can choose between different styles, sizes, fabrics and add ons. What is possible was shown at their stand in Hall 2.2: Comfy brown leather sofa vs. a rose-colored velvet sofa. Obviously there was more to see than sofas:
Next to the brands I have already known I discovered some new design highlights which are definitely worth to mention. The Danish company Andersen had one of the most beautiful stands. The pictures below only capture a very small amount of the accessories and smaller furniture they presented. Especially the small tray table got my attention. As we don’t have enough space for a proper tea (“bar”) – cart this could be the perfect smaller alternative.
Well-made wooden furniture combined with leather and velvet sofas. The creators say they would like to radiate “love at first sight” – I can confirm that for some designs as the shelf Stedge this was my first thought.
Greenery is not only the Pantone color of the year 2017, it’s also one of the big interior design themes. Thanks to the Design House Stockholm you can now grow your own herbs in the flat.
As you can see there was so much to discover. It’s definitely a place-to-be for interior design lovers. I would definitely recommend to visit the imm cologne 2018 (15.01.-21.01.).