Trade fair design: IMM as a source of inspiration
When in January the design scene is on a pilgrimage to Cologne for the International Furniture Fair IMM, we will of course take part in the pilgrimage with the greatest pleasure.
After overcoming the usual orientation difficulties on our way to the Cologne Trade Fair Centre, we drive for the first time through the newly built multi-storey car park on the Zoo Bridge. We already like this very much and the transfer to the fairground works perfectly.
We stroll through the largely darkened exhibition halls with great interest and curiosity. The "dress code" of the booths is also dark - the exhibits can thus become the luminous stars of the staging. Of course, the exhibitors who present luminaires will be particularly effective in staging this event. Interesting in this context is the fact that the legendary design icon, the pendant luminaire "Flower-Pot", designed by Verner Panton in the 1960s, is still cutting-edge today and will be exhibited in a sumptuous grape hanging on the stand of &Tradition. This luminaire is just one example of the fact that classics and classic forms are currently in vogue. There is also a trend towards simple geographical models for shelving and undercarriages. In the upholstered furniture, gently rounded shapes lie far ahead. We have also seen that natural materials are often used. We also saw a lot of marble and copper on processed material. The colour trends are subtle: lots of soft green, calm water blue and soft pastel shades. In this way, the modern living person can celebrate his or her cosy hygge privately, away from digitization and constant availability. And us? Thanks to IMM, we will return to our upcoming booth designs with fresh inspiration.
Text + Foto: Petra Hallmann