IMM Cologne 2019: young furniture and interior design trends

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This year’s IMM Cologne 2019 is bigger and more exciting than last year‘s and collocated with Living Kitchen. More than 1,200 exhibitors show their market-ready innovations on 240,000 square meters at the Koeln Messe from January 14 to 20 January 2019.

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The latest and newest international furniture trends are presented and shown. Architects, designers, specifiers, suppliers and more update their thinking on interiors and anything related to furniture here.

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Particularly interesting is the Pure Talent Contest that takes place for the 16th time in 2019. The young designer competition at IMM Cologne 2019 prompted tons of creative people to submit the 926 products. These designers and their products come from 69 countries around the world.

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The distinguished jury selected 26 products for the shortlist and exhibition during the show days in Koeln. The competition is aimed at students and recent graduates and a wonderful platform for them to display their work. For the industry, it is a great way to feel the pulse of new trends from the younger generation and all corners of the globe.

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Overall, as we have also seen at Heimtextil and Domotex, the trend for sustainable design is thriving. Young designers also favor subtle colors and the use and mix of familiar and uncommon materials in the production of furniture, flooring, wall coverings, textiles, light etc. From waste timber to paper tiles, table tops or non-toxic salt batteries, visitors will see the inventiveness and creativity right in the center of the trade show.

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The Pure Talent Contest is a popular challenge during IMM Cologne 2019. It attracted 11% more entries than the previous year. 20 of the shortlisted prototypes are displayed in Hall 3.1. One of the judges mentioned that the ‘trend is away from consumption towards usefulness’.

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Collocated with IMM Cologne 2019 is Living Kitchen which is not a trade show for large dream kitchens, but rather for new kitchen functions. Six of the Pure Talent Contest products that are kitchen accessories, appliances, and concepts are shown here and have a chance to receive a separate prize. In general, the kitchen space is getting smaller, designers have to become more inventive to accommodate all that is needed. According to Rianne Makkink, one of the judges, in 2019 design enthusiasts look more for ‘who we are rather than who we want to be’ designs.

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In total four prizes will be given to the up and coming designers on January 14, 2019, on ‘The Stage’ in hall 3.1. These accolades can serve as a springboard for their careers in the interior design industry. The winners and their prototypes are promoted during the entire IMM Cologne 2019 trade show on the exhibition floor.

Source: pictures are courtesy of v2com and IMM Cologne 2019

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