Held annually in Germany, IMM Cologne is an international furniture fair that showcases the latest global furniture and interior design trends for the coming season, inspiring year on year with the newest innovations.
From 14-20 January, Cologne became an epicentre of international furnishing and design, and here we provide a snapshot of the latest news and novelties seen during the fair from some of our favourite brands.
IMM Cologne was the first to see Fritz Hansen’s new identity, after their very recent rebrand. We saw new colours, new fabrics and a completely new era for the iconic Danish design brand. 'Republic of Fritz Hansen' has become 'Fritz Hansen', paying homage to its 147 year heritage yet looking forward. Showcased at the stand was a new textile - Christianshavn, four stunning new coloured Drop™ chairs by Arne Jacobsen and the recently launched N01 wooden chair by Nendo.
Designed by Studio David Thulstrup, the &tradition stand at IMM saw seven new releases across furniture, lighting and accessories. Highlights include new dining and sofa versions of the elegant Loafer armchair by Space Copenhagen, Betty - a stackable wooden chair by Thau & Kallio, the Art Deco Sillon mirror family by Sebastian Herkner, Column shelving by John Astbury, Blown table lamp - a new addition to the Blown pendant series by Samuel Wilkinson and lastly the P376 pendant by Kastholm & Fabricius, a relaunch of the iconic 1963 design.
Softline revealed several pieces from their new furniture collection including the minimalistic Picolo armchair, the modular Cape sofa, and the Orlando Wood chair that has a contemporary, light aesthetic and a softly rounded back.
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Carl Hansen & Son presented the reintroduced Huntsman Chair by Børge Mogensen – to complement the recently launched Hunting Table by the same designer. The rugged elegance of the Huntsman Chair, which helped to define Mogensen’s distinctive style, works in a variety of spaces and interiors, as well as an attractive lounge chair in its own right.
Amongst an array of classics, Poltrona Frau presented five new varieties of the Ilary coffee table by Jean-Marie Massaud, which is now available in new shapes and materials. Also showcased was the recently released wood and saddle leather Isadora chair by Roberto Lazzeroni, the Vertigo daybed by EOOS and the limited-edition San Luca armchair by Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, upholstered in a special fabric made on a Jacquard loom according to an original 1968 design by graphic designer Max Huber. This limited edition piece will arrive in Cult showrooms in March 2019.
IMM saw two new product launches from Zanotta: Echino coffee table by Sebastian Herkner - a playful expression of the strength and durability of glass, and Tusa armchair by Rodolfo Dordoni, which features a simple yet sophisticated design in low or high backrest options.
The Panton One series by Verner Panton was designed in 1955 and reintroduced by Montana in 2003. Montana presented new variations of colour and material giving the classic design a fresh expression. The Panton One is now available in a paper string version and a new set of colours spanning from light to dark and from dusty to fresh. The frame comes in Beige, Black Red, Black, Silk Grey, Chrome and, as usual, in stainless steel, offering numerous colour combinations in true Montana style.
Novelties showcased at IMM Cologne are available to order from Cult showrooms.