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Trend scouting at imm cologne 2013 – part one

Past Monday and Wednesday I visited the annual international furnishing show imm cologne in Cologne, Germany. I had a lot of fun walking around the huge exhibition halls, talking to the designers, searching for inspirations and getting to know new brands and their products. It is always fun to discover an interesting piece of furniture or accessory in the Internet, but it is an amazing experience to be able to see it live and be able to talk to the person who actually designed it.

These two days of imm cologne gave me great possibility to observe trends. I took enormous amount of pictures, which I am still sorting out! But since I do not want to keep you waiting for the news any longer, today I am presenting  the first part of imm cologne post series with trends that I spotted.

  • Industrial vintage – this might not be entirely new trend, as vintage has been popular over several seasons already. I noticed that a lot of companies offer furniture and accessories made out of metal with the flea-market look. Even the big brands, like Riva1920, was accessioning its exhibition stand with vintage metal boxes and typography. I definitely like this trend, especially when industrial vintage meets modern design.

1.Trade Point,  2. Riva1920, 4. Lio Design, 3. & 5.Wellemöbel, 6. SIT4young

  • Patchwork – I saw a lot of patchwork, too! There were patchwork pillows, patchwork furniture, patchwork carpets! The mixture of patterns was often surprising, which confirms the fact that these days anything goes when it comes to dressing your house.

1. & 3. KARE Design, 2.Trade Point, 4. Spizy Denmark

  • Jeans – this is a perfect trend for those, who do not want to part with their favorite pair of worn out jeans. At imm cologne, I saw jeans being used as upholstery fabric, on pillows or even rugs made out of jeans tags!

1., 4. & 6. KARE Design, 2., 3. & 5. Trade Point

These three trends that I presented you today could be grouped under one bigger trend: reuse and recycle. The pictures presented above are a proof that there are many creative ways to express this development in design. I am really curious to hear your opinion about these trends!

//photo credits: Magda for nice&nicer//

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    • I will be posting more finds in the next few days. I had the opportunity to go again to imm on Wednesday, so I have tons and tons of photos! Have fun at M&O, I’m totally jealous!

  1. Och…i się doczekałam :) Ciekawa jestem ogromnie co jeszcze widziałaś :) Czekam z niecierpliwością, aż posortujesz wszystkie zdjecia.
    Ściskam, Wiola

  2. Alonso Leon

    21/01/2013 @ 14:06

    Loved this group of trends!!;) The industrial vintage gives a great sense of modernity and it really cool for moden and a bit minimal houses. Talking about vintage, i found this brand in imm that have the most amazing vintage lamps maybe you can check it out!;) Thanks for this post!!

    • Thank you, Alonso. I know Delightfull very well, in fact, I visited their stand at imm and talked to the marketing manager. Great products, indeed!


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