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If you want to know what's going on in the world of interiors, it is a not to be missed event: imm cologne, the annual interiors show, is a true highlight in the furnishing industry. An impressive 80,000 visiting professionals from 128 countries, around half of whom were from European countries and overseas, flocked to the cathedral city on the Rhine from 18 to 24 January 2016. We also made the trip to attend this year's duo of trade fairs, imm cologne and LivingInteriors, so that we could gain some impressions of the latest materials, surfaces, shapes, colours and trends.
Types of wood
When it comes to types of wood, everything is possible. Oak in light colours and walnut in dark shades are strongly represented. However, the natural and rustic overall look of furniture is becoming increasingly dominant: creative surface finishes achieve a natural look regardless of the original type of wood used.
imm cologne confirmed the colour trends that Interprint has already presented in its décor book 2016/2017. These include all shades of green and natural earth tones as base colours. When it comes to accent colours, yellow - signalling warmth and optimism - scores highly. The Pantone "colours of the year" rose and blue are also continuing to impress. Powder matt is still the look for plain colours. Those who like a pattern can look forward to geometric shapes, amongst others.
Surfaces and materials
Furniture designs that combine easily: the beauty of stone, marble or purist concrete is making an impression used in combination with all varieties of wood. Copper and brass elements bring tradition back to life and represent a high regard for materials.
Trend statement for naturalness: materials such as cork, leather and even tree bark are increasingly finding their way into living interiors. As a counterpart to our accelerated, digital lifestyles, they satisfy our growing desire for nature.
Trends at imm cologne
Natural: Out and about in nature and letting nature into our four walls. Digital trends for the future such as smart home, experimental 3D printing and laser technology are all moving forward in harmony and at the same time.
Nostalgic: Our longing for the "good old days" is typical in times of uncertainty. Representing this trend is mid-century modern furniture based on designs from the 1940s to 1960s. Light and delicate, they are also finding pride of place in small urban living spaces. Retro versus rapid.
Individual: Individuality is taking off as a megatrend. Furnishings follow the motto "combine as you like." The focus is on cosy and comfort.
To sum up, the message from imm cologne was a strong start to 2016 for the world of furniture. The industry is looking optimistically towards the future. Make a note now: the next imm cologne will take place from 16 to 22 January 2017 alongside LivingKitchen.