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    IMM COLOGNE 2018

    At the first international interiors show of 2018, imm Cologne (15 to 21 January), around 1,200 top exhibitors, design stars and creative newcomers from 50 countries showcased new and reimagined designs as well as trends for the coming year.

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    News - 19.01.2018

    Living Edge is proud to have six brands exhibiting at imm Cologne this year; where for one week, the exhibition halls in the urban surroundings of this metropolis on the Rhine has become the largest showroom for the latest in interior design, experimental living concepts, trend-setting technologies, major brand concepts and the ideas of young designers.

    Scandinavian design is now on-trend like never-before. Scandinavian brands that regularly return to Cologne have achieved cult status within a very short period of time. Among them is Muuto, who introduced new editions of the Outline Sofa, Loft Chair and Fiber Armchair at imm, as well as new finishes to the classic Muuto Dots collection.

    Muuto also debuted its first design by French design duo Normal Studio. The duo strives to promote elementary design that goes beyond trends and fads to create objects that will maintain timeless expressions. Mimic Mirror is designed with a base pillar, sculpted in cement, on which the mirror is positioned and encased in coated plastic.

    Danish brand Artifort unveiled the renewed Mare sofa collection, expanding on the original design by René Holten which was released in 2006. Artifort also launched a new high-quality textile titled ‘Lana’ and debuted a versatile cushion series in the textile.

    Of course, many German design brands take imm cologne as an opportunity to present their new products to international buyers. This year Walter Knoll demonstrated the diversity of the German furnishing industry through their ranges. A favourite was the new Bundle Sofa designed by EOOS. The soft upholstery looks like a large folded blanket, a design idea supposedly as simple as it is ingenious. The end result is a sofa which unites all the sensorial qualities of a well-designed piece of upholstered furniture.

    This year German brand e15 introduced solid wood table ASHIDA and stackable chair HENNING by Philipp Mainzer. The company also celebrated what would be the 120th birthday of Ferdinand Kramer® with a special edition of the CALVERT coffee table.

    Consistent with e15’s simple and powerful presentation style, Phillipp Mainzer of Office for Architecture and Design, established a diagonal principal for this year’s fair stand, combining the concrete floor of the exhibition hall with skewed walls that open up to white spaces. Intriguing perspectives structured the visitor’s view on e15 furniture, lighting and accessories.

    Vitra’s stand showcased generous settings, including the Soft Modular Sofa by Jasper Morrison and Antonio Citterio’s Grand Sofa, as well as its growing portfolio of the Vitra Accessories Collection. The Collection encompasses the growing portfolio of design objects, accessories and textiles produced by the Swiss furniture company. The collection is based on classic patterns and objects conceived by designers such as Alexander Girard, George Nelson and Charles and Ray Eames.

    Vitra’s Panton chair was presented for the first time at imm Cologne 50 years ago and to celebrate this special anniversary, two special editions of the chair will be released this year; the Panton Chrome and the Panton Glow.

    This year Imm also welcomed many newcomers. Stellar Works, the global design brand from Asia exhibited for the first time, presenting new furniture by Neri&Hu and Yabu Pushelberg. The Bund furniture collection by Neri&Hu, creative directors of Stellar Works, is inspired by the Bund in central Shanghai. The soft curves and rich fabric finishes of the Bund pieces pay homage to the Art Deco style, which is permanently ingrained in the DNA of Shanghai.

    Stellar Works also showcased the Utility Sofa, which has been reimagined with a more refined silhouette, combining comfort with practicality and offering a sophisticated take on the enduringly popular industrial aesthetic. The Utility Sofa completes the set of elegant and versatile pieces that fit seamlessly and gracefully into any environment, from high-end hospitality to residential projects.

    Imm Cologne is both a reflection of our living environments and a source of inspiration for the design scene. The exhibitions and the content behind them are seen as a market trend barometer in the media and among furniture makers. This is where furniture meets business, designers meet manufacturers and the end customer finds inspiration.

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