imm Cologne, held in January is one of the most important furnishing fairs in the global furnishing market. Right from the beginning of every year the trade fair presents the new international furniture trends and surprises with numerous marketable innovations.
From 18 to 24 January 2016 at imm Cologne and LivingInteriors, a total of 1,185 companies from 50 countries presented the trends in furniture and furnishings for the coming year. Buyers from the trade with decision-making authority made for a dynamic trade fair during the first five days. With around 80,000 trade visitors from 128 countries, the event recorded a slight increase (4.8 percent) in trade fair visitor numbers compared to 2014. The proportion of visitors from abroad was 46 %.
Some of the trends observed in the event were:
Homes are becoming homier once again
Cosiness and a feeling of security are increasingly important in the home. There is also a clear enthusiasm for new combinations. Along with furniture and decorations, accessories and home textiles that suit people’s preferences when used individually are combined freely. The result is homes that are as unique as their inhabitants.
Mid-century design is booming
Across all product sectors, a striking number of furniture designs are reminiscent of those from the 1940s through the 1960s. These designs make efficient use of materials, have delicate features and are lightweight and above all smaller. The trend can be explained by the smaller living spaces available in city homes, though also by a general sense of nostalgia. Like an old friend, sleek mid-century furniture proves its value in uncertain times.
Natural materials are on the rise
Wood, glass, stone and metal: natural materials are particularly popular. In addition to the large proportion of wood used, for example in tabletops, chair and table frames, valuable natural stone is an increasingly common material in tabletops. Popular varieties include the European classic “marble” as well as exotic South American stone with particularly unique veining. The use of tree bark in wall decoration is another trend on the horizon.
The next imm cologne will be held from 16 through 22 January 2017 in Cologne – together with LivingKitchen, the international event for all topics related to the kitchen.