International Furniture Fair “IMM” Cologne 2015 – Trend report

Izabela Ninic, Architect

January 25, 2015

Products & Materials

From 19th to 25th of January 2015 an International Furniture Fair “IMM” was held in Cologne, Germany that showed all the latest trends in interior design.

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Mixing styles, colors and materials is still in fashion, and it is dominated by retro 50s and 60s, industrial, rustic and minimalist style.

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The use of natural materials or their imitations, as well as the introduction of greenery are also still very present. Wood, stone, glass, brass, copper and stainless steel are combined, and matte versions of metals are also used.

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The colors are black, warm white, brown and dark brown, gray and bright colors such as yellow, light blue, pink. Popular all shades of blue, but also olive green and burgundy color. Patterns are dominated by ethnic motifs, geometric motifs, abstraction and patchwork.

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The general impression of all the spaces is comfort and warmth that is achieved by rounded, soft lines of the retro style and mixing with cold details of the industrial or minimalist style.

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Everything is enriched with decorative items, as well as with a large amount of greenery that is being taken of the walls or floors and moved into pieces of furniture.

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Sofas are very comfortable and in soft shapes, but also multifunctional. Materials are dominated by leather and plush, and there is also the chesterfield pattern and checkered and striped patterns, which are combined with one-color fabrics. LED lighting is being integrated into seating furniture.

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Coffee tables are of a large format, minimalist design, but in a combination of stone, wood, glass, metal or composition of several different elements that form a harmonious and creative whole.

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Rocking chair is also very popular. TV stands are very simple, almost invisible in space, because all the other elements are forming a stylistic complex whole.

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The carpets are made in a variety of patterns, dominated by ethnic, geometrical and abstract patterns.

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A must have element in the living room is a standing lamp of large dimensions. Workspace is a mandatory part of every home, and can be integrated into a living room or as a separate zone.

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The dining room is a space dominated by chairs. They are a combination of styles and colors. Table legs can be very expressive or neutral, and table tops are made of wood, stone or metal. A chandelier or a series of pendant lights above the dining room table are indispensable lighting elements.

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Kitchens are technologically more developed, both in the form of furniture pieces and appliances. In terms of design, a bar is still dominant, and represents an integration of space for socializing and work.

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Kitchens are well developed, combining open and closed elements, but also materials such as stone, wood, metal, glass, stainless steel and new materials that mimic copper, concrete, cement.

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They are very modern wall units with doors in painted glass, which gives the kitchen a distinct refinement.

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Elegance is combined with industrial or rustic details. The handles are back in the kitchen.

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Kitchen appliances communicate with smart phones and tablets, and induction cooking is still a hit. Taps are also become “smart” so that they regulate the temperature of water, the amount of detergent and the like.

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Bedrooms are very peaceful and visually pleasing. The beds are with low backrests, and besides wood or upholstered ones, there are also combinations. Bedside cabinets are stylistically diverse, often different from each other, which gives the room special charm. Closets are in very simple lines, in matt black, glass or wood structure.

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Children’s rooms are very imaginative. Yellow, blue, gray, white, pink and green are dominate colors. The beds are the most prominent part of the room, and represent a place for both play and sleep.

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Ergonomics of the workplace in the child’s room are also very important and the work desks are technologically very advanced.

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The combination of styles, practicality and ecology rules the world of interiors, which creates a wide range of possibilities for creative expression and new interpretation of all that the history interior design has so far shown us.

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Photo: IMM


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