Cologne IMM 2015 – A Bold Future
As expected our trip to Cologne to visit IMM, Europe’s largest interiors and kitchen show, was inspirational. It’s a wonderful opportunity to understand what colours, finishes and materials are attracting the eye of some of the world’s most influential interior designers. It’s also a great way to understand what trends are emerging as all the major manufacturers come together.
In kitchens we were interested to note a lot of emphasis on textures. Stone worktops were still very popular but we could see a move away from the gloss of polished stone towards textured and honed stone. This has a more tactile feel and we saw thinner surfaces –between 10 – 16mm – and thicker ones at up to 60mm embracing this style. It was also evident that manufacturers are realising that people are utilising the kitchen as an extended living space and it’s returning to being the hub of the home.
We saw a wonderful ‘hideaway’ kitchen for those who really don’t want everything on show and the good news is there were plenty of systems to choose from.
In furniture we noticed two clear trends; an emphasis on natural wood and wood finishes with brighter accents and fabrics with vibrant colours, some with very bold splashes. This was interesting, muted colours have dominated fabrics in recent years but there is a feeling in Europe that after years of recession renewed optimism is seeing a preference for brighter fabrics and colours. Certainly we saw some really eye-catching pieces and collections.
Novamobili, one of our Italian collections, have brought out a fantastic high ladder system for shelving or bookcases and also had a new system of 12mm shelves that gives a much more delicate look. It used very clever concealed fittings and they’ve also added some LED dividers to their range.
Lastly, if you’re ever in Cologne we’d recommend a meal at Il Carpaccio. We enjoyed a wonderful evening there with the team from In House, a great way to unwind after a long, long day at the exhibition.
If you’ve any questions about our trip or would like to know a little more about the coming trends in interiors feel free to get in touch, we’d be happy to chat with you. We’ve also added some videos and photographs we took at IMM to our Facebook page, feel free to have a look – https://www.facebook.com/GideonRobinsonHome/photos_stream?tab=photos_albums