HBL Tradeshows: Live from IMM Cologne

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Jan Kurtz Mobel at IMM Cologne 2012

2012 sees IMM Cologne return bigger and better than ever, with high-profile new exhibitors including B&B Italia, and a rounded-out focus on interiors as well as furniture. Building on last year's direction, extreme comfort is the priority, with plump inviting forms and super-easy modularity on show across the fair.

Candy at IMM Cologne 2012

Contemporary comfort: Sofas incorporate generous proportions, physically cocoon the user, and are full of ingenious options for customisation - from adjustable back rests and side tables to sofas that split into two halves.

Minotti at IMM Cologne 2012

Skins and furs: Animal pelts adorn everything from flooring to seating, used as whole skins, fur coverings and accents to offer cosy and luxurious upholstery options for autumn/winter 2012-13.

B&B Italia at IMM Cologne 2012

Geometrics: An interesting new use of geometrics is emerging at the fair. Brands use the angular pattern to highlight design details and features, from Loehr's interlocking triangular tables to B&B Italia's 3D diamond-effect upholstery.

Top three exhibitors

Kvadra at IMM Cologne 2012

Croation design brand Kvadra makes its debut appearance at IMM this year after launching in late 2011. This first global appearance of the brand sees seven new collections launched, designed by both the in-house design team and specially invited studios.

Revolve by Numen/For Use for Kvadra at IMM Cologne 2012

Key direction: Contemporary, versatile upholstered seating which places the comfort of the user first and foremost.

Revolve by Numen/For Use for Kvadra at IMM Cologne 2012

Key item: Revolve, a sofa designed by Numen/For Use which converts into a daybed in one quick, easy motion.

Bullfrog at IMM Cologne 2012

German furniture brand Bullfrog designs and manufactures a wide range of upholstered furniture, from sofas and dining seating to rocking chairs.

Bullfrog at IMM Cologne 2012

Key direction: The company's stand at IMM demonstrates its specialism clearly and convincingly, showcasing a range of seating with innovative built-in functions to adapt to different scenarios and uses.

Bullfrog at IMM Cologne 2012
Key detail: Bullfrog's loose seat pads, which can be used to add backrests to bench seating or to enhance sofas.

Skitsch at IMM Cologne 2012

Italian design brand Skitsch was founded in 2009 and is known for its high-profile designer products.

Flamboyant by Alessandro Dubini for Skitsch at IMM Cologne 2012

Key direction: Bright, fun and modern furniture with a slight twist.

Fildefer chair by Alessandra Baldereschi for Skitsch at IMM Cologne 2012

Key item: The brand is launching a slouchy beanbag-style armchair at the fair, available in a choice of fabrics and suitable for both indoor and outdoor use.