Green furniture trend: chairs made from biomaterials

23-Mar-2017

Green furniture trend: chairs made from biomaterials

Artichair, © Studio Kizis

Sitting on seagrass, potatoes or leaves? It’s possible with the new biomaterials for producing chairs. Designers are discovering nature as a source of inspiration and are creating classic seating furniture with green criteria.

interzum award: Three questions for Prof. Dr. Peter Zec

22-Mar-2017

interzum award: Three questions for Prof. Dr. Peter Zec

© Koelnmesse

The interzum award: intelligent material & design recognises the best products by the international furniture supplier industry. Already in its ninth edition, the design competition is organised by Koelnmesse in collaboration with Red Dot. Three questions for Professor Dr. Peter Zec, CEO of Red Dot, on the competition’s importance and the challenges facing future design.

Mobile Spaces: special event area at interzum 2017

20-Mar-2017

Mobile Spaces: special event area at interzum 2017

© Hornschach

Whether in the car, aeroplane or caravan – mobility is an essential part of our lives. So what will private transport look like in the future? In the “Mobile Spaces” special event area, interzum 2017 will show how surfaces and materials can alter the character of such spaces.

More comfort in less space: adaptable living spaces

14-Mar-2017

More comfort in less space: adaptable living spaces

© Häfele

Living space is at a premium today, especially in cities. More and more people are living in smaller and smaller living spaces. This has prompted interzum exhibitors to rethink the design of furnishings. Their objective is to provide great comfort in the smallest of spaces with adaptable furniture and interior concepts.

“Circular Thinking“: special event area at interzum 2017

10-Mar-2017

“Circular Thinking“: special event area at interzum 2017

© Stone Company, Maailma, Sandra Böhm, DenimX, krupka—stieghan

For economic activity to be sustainable, the way in which we use available resources is becoming increasingly important. For this reason, issues such as upcycling are gaining more significance. The potential offered by the reuse of recyclable materials will be shown at interzum 2017. In the “Circular Thinking" special event area, designers’ and manufacturers’ innovative products will be showcased. Sectors that currently involve high levels of material consumption can particularly benefit.

Green Product Award: Green innovations at interzum

02-Mar-2017

Green Product Award: Green innovations at interzum

© Green Product Award

As the leading international fair for suppliers to the furniture industry, interzum is an ideal platform for innovations. At this years event the Green Product Award will refer to new developments in the field of Sustainability. Under the theme “How do we live tomorrow?” a selection of innovative sustainable products and prototypes will be shown at the fair.

interzum 2017: BMWi supporting the participation of young companies

01-Mar-2017

interzum 2017: BMWi supporting the participation of young companies

© Koelnmesse

A great opportunity for good ideas: as in previous years, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) is once again offering newly founded companies financial support for their trade fair participation in interzum 2017. Young companies can save up to 60 per cent of trade fair costs. On offer is sponsorship for a presence at pavilions where new participants in the market can showcase their innovative products and solutions.

Material and surface: an interview with Sylvia Leydecker

20-Feb-2017

Material and surface: an interview with Sylvia Leydecker

© 100% interior

Interior Designer Sylvia Leydecker is an internationally sought-after expert in new materials. In her studio 100% interior, she develops groundbreaking space concepts for companies in Germany and abroad. As the Vice President of the Association of German Interior Architects/Designers (BDIA), she knows the industry like hardly anyone else. An interview on the importance of materials and surfaces in her work and her expectations for the coming interzum.

“The importance of haptics is growing”: interview with Katrin de Louw

13-Feb-2017

“The importance of haptics is growing”: interview with Katrin de Louw

© Trendfilter

Katrin de Louw’s consultancy Trendfilter® examines social developments that are influencing our lives, amongst other trends. The acclaimed trend expert is designing two special event areas on the theme of Materials & Nature at the forthcoming interzum 2017. We spoke to her about the increasing importance of materiality and the influence mega trends have on our furnishings.

Lighting in furniture: Service website by Halemeier

09-Feb-2017

Lighting in furniture: Service website by Halemeier

© Halemeier

Halemeier is presenting new lighting ideas for homes and stores on a dedicated service website. The interzum exhibitor is providing end customers with plenty of inspiration for lighting design integrated in furniture. Customers can send enquiries about the solutions presented to any of the cabinetmakers registered on the website.

The best from the tree: how veneer is made

07-Feb-2017

The best from the tree: how veneer is made

© IFN / Kaindel, Wiermer Medien-Service

Veneer is used in furniture, architecture and cars. But how is the material actually made from natural wood? The veneer association Initiative Furnier + Natur (IFN) is an interzum partner. Its latest publication explains how high-quality surfaces are produced from the best from the tree.

Looking for design newcomer: VDID Newcomers’ Award

31-Jan-2017

Looking for design newcomer: VDID Newcomers’ Award

© VDID

The VDID Newcomers‘ Award offers prospective designers a platform for their work and support for a successful start in their careers. In 2017 for the first time the VDID (Association of German Industrial Designers) together with Koelnmesse opens the competition for newcomers in product/industrial design from all over the European Union. The award ceremony will be held at interzum trade fair 2017.

New office designs: Hettich provides Ideas Book

26-Jan-2017

New office designs: Hettich provides Ideas Book

© Hettich

Higher work efficiency, better productivity and a greater sense of wellbeing for staff – a well equipped office and good shop organisation can help to provide all this. The way in which an office is designed and structured depends on the room's purpose and function. The new Office Ideas Book shows attractive solutions for all sorts of different needs.

interzum award 2017: Entries are now open

24-Jan-2017

interzum award 2017: Entries are now open

© Koelnmesse

Exhibitors at interzum 2017 can now enter their innovations for the interzum award: intelligent material & design 2017. The design competition is organised by Koelnmesse in collaboration with Red Dot for what is now the ninth time. Companies from the furniture supplier industry are invited to see how their products measure up against their international competitors. The deadline for entries is 3 March 2017.

“Light carries”: new designs by GERA Leuchten

16-Jan-2017

“Light carries”: new designs by GERA Leuchten

© GERA

The Light Shelves by GERA Leuchten combine two usually separate functions: load-bearing furniture elements and room lighting. The Thuringia-based company presented its new launches under the slogan “Light carries” at imm cologne 2017 from 16 to 22 January. They include two lights designed by students – the innovative results of a long-term collaboration that has its origins in an initiative by interzum.

Trends 2017: Schattdecor shows new topics for decor papers

06-Jan-2017

Trends 2017: Schattdecor shows new topics for decor papers

New Clarity © Schattdecor

For the 2017 season Schattdecor has developed a new trend book that addresses changes in home living. The global market leader in printed decor paper and exhibitor of interzum presents his three main trends for this year. The new collections create a casual ambience or a unique and colourful environment for a personal retreat.

“Opening a dialogue”: Interview with the designers Philipp Hermes and Dustin Jessen

16-Dec-2016

“Opening a dialogue”: Interview with the designers Philipp Hermes and Dustin Jessen

© Hermes/Jessen

Philipp Hermes and Dustin Jessen met at Folkwang University of the Arts (UdK) in Essen, Germany. The two industrial designers carried out joint projects even during their degree studies. One of their early successes was receiving the Newcomers’ Award from the German Association of Industrial Designers (VDID) at interzum in 2011. We spoke to the young designers about the future direction of their work, today’s challenges for aspiring designers and the trade fair as a networking opportunity.

Three questions for: Fritz Prommersberger

12-Dec-2016

Three questions for: Fritz Prommersberger

© Koelnmesse

With his many years of experience in the global project business, Fritz Prommersberger has an exceptional knowledge of the construction-related industry. As an expert in marketing and event management, he has been involved in interzum for many years. Three questions for the External Project Manager on the trade fair’s development and its outlook for the future.

Truly unique: Veneers in cars, boats and planes

08-Dec-2016

Truly unique: Veneers in cars, boats and planes

© Schon & Groh

What makes a stylish car, boat or plane one of a kind? Above all else, individual materials such as surfaces made out of real veneer. Where only the wood of selected types of tree are used for its unique grain. At interzum 2017, exhibitors such as Schorn & Groh will be showing how veneers can be used to create exceptional accents.

Use your Senses: New surface from Surteco

07-Dec-2016

Use your Senses: New surface from Surteco

© Surteco

Surteco Decor, exhibitor at interzum 2017, specialises in the manufacture of surface materials. One of its latest products is the newly developed surface "Sentecs" for finish foils. With a natural and pleasant feel, the new product's technical features are also impressive, and especially effective in dark decors.

Three questions for: Iris Laubstein of MaterialTransformation

02-Dec-2016

Three questions for: Iris Laubstein of MaterialTransformation

© Gera Leuchten

How does collaboration between designers and industry create innovative products? With the MaterialTransformation platform, interzum is bringing together both fields to establish personal connections. Three questions for the initiator, Iris Laubstein, on the idea behind the platform, the programme for interzum 2017 and real-world success stories.

From science fiction to job description: the 3D engineer

28-Nov-2016

From science fiction to job description: the 3D engineer

BigRep ONE © BigRep GmbH/www.bigrep.com

3D printers and the objects created with them were the highlights of the “Smart Materials“ special event at the last edition of interzum. As a platform for innovations in materials and surfaces, the trade fair has for some time now been placing additive manufacturing technologies under the spotlight. The rise of 3D printing could be a real game changer for the future of entire industries, and this is already causing the property sector to think about new career profiles.

“From recycling to upcycling”: an interview with Dr. Sascha Peters

25-Nov-2016

“From recycling to upcycling”: an interview with Dr. Sascha Peters

Special area "Innovation of Interior" at the interzum 2015 © Koelnmesse

Upcycling and sustainable materials cycles are the topic of a special area that is being designed for the upcoming interzum 2017 by Dr. Sascha Peters. We spoke with the renowned expert in materials about the concept behind the special event, innovative uses and manufacturing technologies as well as furniture made from biomaterials.

More Competence: Koelnmesse will take over ZOW

16-Nov-2016

More Competence: Koelnmesse will take over ZOW

© Koelnmesse

Koelnmesse enhances its competence in the furniture supplies industry. With the interzum and by taking over ZOW Koelnmesse now offers two efficient platforms for the industry covering international and regional markets equally. The Supplier Fair Ostwestfalen will shift towards a biennial cycle with ZOW 2018 being the trade fair's next edition.

Individuality: the special Materials & Nature areas at interzum 2017

16-Nov-2016

Individuality: the special Materials & Nature areas at interzum 2017

Piazza "Materials & Nature" Hall 10 © Trendfilter

The selection of materials plays a crucial role in the search for increasingly individual solutions for furniture and interiors. To provide visitors with a comprehensive overview of the diverse new launches in materials and surfaces, interzum is expanding its special areas: for the first time next year, the Materials & Nature Piazza will be doubled with not one, but two shows. Under the heading “Individuality”, the two presentations will showcase groundbreaking industry trends from 16 to 19 May 2017.

Successful start of the application period for interzum 2017

19-Oct-2016

Successful start of the application period for interzum 2017

After the success of last year's event, the preparations for interzum 2017 are already in full swing. The application period for the leading international trade fair got off to an extremely promising start at imm cologne in mid-January. From 16 to 19 May 2017, the next interzum event will present a wide variety of innovations for interior design and furniture manufacturing.

„Smart Office Materials“: interzum special area at the ORGATEC 2016

25-Oct-2016

„Smart Office Materials“: interzum special area at the ORGATEC 2016

Solar Curtain © Fraunhofer IWU

The Exhibition „Smart Office Materials“ at the interzum looks at the worplaces of tomorrow. From 25 to 29 of October the special area will be presented at the ORGATEC 2016. Materials expert Dr. Sascha Peters is responsible for the selection of innovativ materials that can play a role in modern worlds of work.

New impulses: a discussion with Matthias Pollmann on interzum

29-Sep-2016

New impulses: a discussion with Matthias Pollmann on interzum

© Koelnmesse

As a project manager of interzum, Matthias Pollmann contributes decisively to the development of the leading trade fair for interior fixtures and furniture production. We spoke with him about the trade fair concept, new areas of focus and the future positioning.

Welcome to the news blog of interzum

28-Sep-2016

Welcome to the news blog of interzum

© Koelnmesse

Welcome to the new blog of interzum, the world's largest industry event for interior fittings and furniture production. Every two years, the international leading trade fair in Cologne provides a comprehensive overview of new technologies and materials.