PHOTOGRAPHY ALAÏA FONK
An interiors show never remains static. Just as furnishing styles, trends, fashionable colours, lifestyle habits and cherished rituals change, so do the segments, halls and events at an interiors show. The yearly IMM Cologne held beginning of the third week in January 2015 was all about the latest trends and innovations in interior design and kitchens. Also the sleep, lights, and textiles categories were expanded. About 1300 companies and brands from over 50 countries attended the yearly international interior show.
Exhibitors at the IMM Cologne and LivingInteriors interpreted the megatrend in all its many facets: cuddly accessories that transform huge beds into snug expanses, warm colours and soft textiles that bring a sensuous atmosphere to clear-cut interiors, and lots of wood, which continues to dominate the trend towards snug materials.
All in all, sofas and armchairs are a lot less angular than they have been in recent years. Light-footed, sometimes even dainty, they vary the traditional typologies of the ’50s and ’60s with sweeping forms and rounded silhouettes.
Design and a comfortable home have never really been a contradiction. Nevertheless, the ideals represented by designers and design brands were often characterized by a puristic severity of form that made them seem cold and aloof in the eyes of many consumers. But the trend towards a new kind of cosiness seems to indicate a reorientation, as the last IMM Cologne showed: even in apartments and lofts furnished with designer items, life can be decidedly peaceful.