A look back at imm cologne 2020


Every year, shortly after we have celebrated the start of the new year full of euphoria, the first representatives of international furniture brands are already bustling in the exhibition halls. January is therefore all about new living ideas. Paris, Milano … and Cologne! And this is exactly where the international furniture trade fair imm cologne traditionally marks the start of the year and has now become indispensable. More than 1,200 exhibitors in 14 halls turn the tour into a discovery tour and deliver lots of innovative creations. We spent a day in the cathedral city and looked for the latest inspirations. Attention, spoiler alert: in 2020 we will finally break away from categorical pigeonholing.

Our interior design news: impressions of imm cologne 2020 / © imm cologne

Conclusion of the imm cologne: Bye bye, trends?


This year, furniture brands of different styles presented their innovations or showed classics in a new light. While the past year was drawn in the style of the 100th Bauhaus anniversary, imm cologne 2020 showed a new and exciting side of interior design. Well-known manufacturers now seem to be detaching from the categorization of styles and trends. Already last year, many of the exhibitors practiced light, trendy food and showed their innovations regardless of the usual categories. Shabby chic, country living, hygge or scandi? No longer relevant. And let’s be honest: do we really need a name for any overlap in shapes, materials and patterns, just to make them long forgotten next year?

Our favorite interior design news 2020

We agree. Therefore, in 2020 we will move away from the search for “simple” trends. Instead, we want to capture interior design in all its diversity – and thus detached from any drawers. Of course, we still don’t want to withhold our favorites from imm cologne. We will only place them in a larger context this time. Curtain up.

One Chair is Enough? Artek combines design and sustainability

Under the motto, the traditional house Artek presented four new chair designs: the Atelier Chair, Chair 611, Domus Chair and the new version of the Aslak Chair. What is special is the flexibility of the construction. The wooden chairs are not tied to specific functions or their surroundings. They are simple and yet complex; practical and universal use. The timeless designs can be easily moved between private and public spaces. For over 80 years, Artek has been creating high-quality design products that are more relevant than ever due to their authenticity, durability and responsible use of resources.

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DREAM BIG! Montana presents Montana Mini

With Montana Mini, the Danish family-owned company Montana Furniture presents a new series of uncomplicated and functional storage elements. The series comprises a module in three variants: open, closed and with shelves. The three variants can be used as independent shelves or can be combined with one another precisely tailored to individual requirements. The color selection from ten environmentally friendly paint colors ensures that Montana Mini can be integrated into any room and thus tell its own story.

With Montana Mini, we are making our design and craftsmanship accessible to a larger target group. 

— Montana

© Montana Furniture

Off to the museum: String becomes a work of art

As part of the renovation of the National Museum in Stockholm, String Furniture was commissioned to design a simple yet versatile console shelf. The result is not only suitable for elegantly staging works of art. We can also imagine the shelf as an excellent bedside table or functional storage space in the entrance area. The good piece is available in subtle tones such as white and beige. Unlike the latest design of the classic string shelf, which creates exciting color accents in a striking orange. We like!

© String Furniture

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Playful design meets handcrafted finesse

The Kink Vase is one of the first designs by Earnest Studio for Muuto. With its contemporary, playful design language, the vase provides a fresh and artistic sense of space. The simple shape and sophistication of the vase gives it a sculptural character and at the same time makes it an art object. The design is made of porcelain, which was glazed on the inside and is available in two pastel shades

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