Nov 21 2019

imm cologne 2020: How is home living changing?

The major challenges facing our society, such as the climate crisis, urbanisation, digitalisation, demography and work–life balance, are always reflected in the world of real things – in the organisation of everyday life, consumer behaviour in supermarkets and in the design of our most intimate environment: the home. Whether it be sustainability, a longing for nature or a desire to optimise the use of space – at the first industry event of the year, imm cologne, such trends are reflected in the living concepts exhibited by the international interiors scene. 

How eco-friendly can furniture be? How are the demands placed on furniture changing – and is this resulting in entirely new types of furniture? What new parameters will define the work of companies as well as interiors professionals like designers and architects in the future? And last but not least, which colours, materials and design developments will be must-haves in the year ahead?

To find answers to these questions and get a preview of the latest trends, look no further than imm cologne 2020, which will take place from 13 to 19 January 2020. Market participants from the international interiors sector are eagerly awaiting the designers’ visions, the manufacturers’ innovations and the trade fair’s trends. 

Discover something new – the trends at imm cologne 2020

Growing environmental awareness and the changing demands on our living spaces are having a direct impact on the furnishings market. For many years now, trends experts have been observing a steady increase in product design quality right across the board at imm cologne, but especially in the Home interior world.

In addition to sustainable production, unprocessed products have also become popular. The use of natural materials like wood or textiles alongside sustainable high-tech fabrics and zero-waste collections will dominate innovative design.

There will also be alternative, bio-based materials on show at imm cologne 2020, which have not previously found an application in the furnishings field. The Pure Talents Contest exhibition, showcasing entries to imm cologne’s competition for young design talent, will be one of the areas in which to find examples.

imm cologne 2020 will showcase solutions including both affordable system furniture and compact individual items, which are scalable, variable (pull-out technology, etc.) and versatile. In view of the wide range of applications for such furniture systems – from mini apartments to loft conversions – suppliers are placing great value on modern aesthetics in urban living style that are far removed from the disordered atmosphere of a teenager’s bedroom.

imm cologne 2020 will showcase solutions including affordable system furniture and compact individual items. © Müller Möbelwerkstätten

The boundaries between the indoors and the outdoors are blurring

In a bid to find additional living space and more generosity, the terrace and garden are becoming more and more important and are being converted into the second living room. Here, not only the spatial boundaries are becoming blurred. In the wake of the "Indoor – Outdoor" trend, today weatherproof outdoor furniture not only looks like it comes from the living room - it is used there too!

And elegant materials and high-tech textiles make it possible for them to be used indoors as well. An aesthetic difference is hardly recognisable in the upper price segment and in the case of the new indoor/outdoor furniture the comfort of use is also more and more frequently reaching similar levels.

In recent years, growing numbers of designers have enjoyed inventing and styling original, on-trend outdoor products. Consequently, countless outdoor suppliers are appearing in the Pure interior world at imm cologne. And the Spanish design team MUT will be offering a new impulse for the top trend "Indoor – Outdoor" with their visionary design "A la Fresca" for the 2020 edition of "Das Haus" in Hall 3.1.

Indoor | Outdoor: with the interpretation of the “Das Haus” design event by MUT Design, the international Interior Business Event imm cologne is set to play host to a highly architectural creation once again in 2020. © Mut Design; Koelnmesse

Smart, architectural and innovative: Pure Architects

There are still more venues at imm cologne that may become the talking point of the trade fair. Organised into four categories, the special exhibition Let’s be smart – Smart Village in Hall 4.2 will present a future-oriented yet contemporary and realistic response to smart products that takes the need for a delicate balance between new technologies and realistic added values into account: each showcase from a different perspective and with a different emphasis.

In addition, Hall 4.2 at imm cologne 2020 will host products installed in the architecture of the building’s floors, ceilings and walls, including collections by Laminam, Mafi, Project Floors, Porcelanosa, Vives, Graniti Fiandre, Tecnografica and Neolith. Pure Architects is also the platform for architecturally installed building technologies. Exhibitors such as Gira, Jung, Comelit, Bachmann, Biffar, Miele and Bega will be showing their innovations.

Pure Architects will also once again in 2020 be a creative toolbox for architects, bathroom and light planners, interior designers and buyers: countless samples of carpets, fabrics, flooring materials, wallpapers and paints will be there to be discovered, offering a host of inspiration for the creative work of planners and making Pure Architects the walk-in design catalogue for the creative industry.

How is smart home technology changing our lives?  Presented in four living environments, the special exhibition Let’s be smart - Smart Village (Hall 4.2) features a future-oriented yet contemporary and realistic way approach to smart technologies. © Constantin Meyer; Koelnmesse

The Pure interior world

In the Pure interior world at imm cologne, stand-alone pieces of furniture in particular will be on display alongside customisable system furniture, with the range of products on offer taking account of varying degrees of available space and including everything from expansive to space-optimised designs.

Compact, design-oriented seating, such as two-seater sofas or armchairs, is the latest trend in the upper product segment. It began with stools, and now bench seats – with and without backrests – have also been given soft upholstery to add a comfortable highlight to the kitchen and dining area.

While the overall interior design trend is toward dark colours – from dark greens and blues to black – the colour white has a special role to play in the light of the Bauhaus anniversary. Plus, the interiors scene as a whole is becoming more colourful through the intensive use of colour schemes. Monochromaticity is also being increasingly abandoned in favour of patterns.

Smart, architectural and innovative: Pure Architects in Hall 4.2 is the walk-in design catalogue for the creative industry at imm cologne 2020. © Constantin Meyer; Koelnmesse

Home – the new living worlds at imm cologne 2020

Under the name “Home”, the northern area of the international Interior Business Event imm cologne 2020 has been restructured around experiences and will comprise three themed areas: Home Scenes, Home Settings, and Home Sleep will showcase holistic living concepts, with each area having a different focus.

An additional highlight in the northern area – in the centre of Hall 10.2, to be precise – is the special event “Future Interiors – designed in Germany!”. The curated exhibition will showcase the entire spectrum of German interior design brands in the context of interior trends and megatrends.

Whereas many items of furniture have been taking up an increasing amount of space in recent years, this small armchair – seley – shows that size doesn’t matter when it comes to comfortable seating. © horgenglarus

imm cologne 2020: discover interiors ideas

In addition to the hottest trends in interior design – which are presented, above all, by the international designer labels represented in the Pure segment – the Home interior world will also play host to intensive discussions about furniture systems for compact urban living spaces and viable sustainability solutions. From indoors to outdoors, from lounge suites to combined kitchen/living rooms and from black to white: the world of interiors is in motion.

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