Sebastian Herkner is among the most sought-after designers today. When he is designing objects and furniture for international manufacturers, he pays particular attention to the materials used. We spoke to him about the influences on his work and the connection between traditional craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology.
“Individualisation” is today’s buzzword in furniture production. Technical innovations are absolutely central to the subject of individuality, and digital printing will play an important role here in the future. As a source of inspiration for the design of tomorrow’s living spaces, interzum is the ideal launch pad from which to present new, promising innovations such as digital printing to the industry.
The furniture industry discovered the benefits of 3D printing several years ago. Companies and designers are looking for new applications and experimenting with materials and shapes. But what opportunities and advantages does the process really offer? Current projects demonstrate the potential of 3D printing for interior design.
Which trends are architects and interior designers focusing on in terms of materials and surfaces? We spoke with Daniel Trappen from the prestigious architectural firm kadawittfeldarchitektur, asking him about the latest developments in these areas and what he is expecting from interzum 2019.
Young designers are increasingly addressing the worsening shortage of resources. They are reviving old craft techniques and using locally available raw materials. A special event area at interzum 2019 will demonstrate how a return to closed-loop material cycles could transform the world of design.
interzum is the industry meeting place for new trends in materials and surfaces. At the upcoming event, visitors can experience the new products of exhibitors at first hand and explore a special event that highlights the latest developments in the field. The “Surfaces & Wood Design” piazza presents product solutions for interior architecture and the furniture design of tomorrow.
What’s staying? What’s coming? From 21 to 24 May 2019, the upcoming interzum will again be addressing key industry issues. The variety of products and topics presented at the world’s leading trade fair for furniture production and interior design will increase again.
Maik Fischer became the new Director of interzum in April 2018. We spoke to him about new developments in the coming edition of the international fair for the furniture and interior construction industries' supplying sections, current issues affecting the industry and his ideas for the future of interzum.
Smart textiles are expanding the possibilities in furniture construction and automotive engineering. The Institute for Special Textiles and Flexible Materials (titv) is a think tank for these kinds of new textile applications. We spoke with Sabine Gimpel, Head of Research Marketing, on the latest developments and future prospects in smart textiles.
Initiative Furnier + Natur (IFN) has examined the latest trends in real-wood veneers. Especially popular according to the experts are brushed, rough-cut, sandblasted, planewave and chopped looks – and with individual designs to the customer’s specification being very much on-trend.
interzum exhibitors Hettich and Rehau want to encourage the creative potential of students with the International Design Award. At this years competition a public voting over several weeks has choose the three winners. Award recipients were a smart furniture for children and two solutions for small rooms.
Planning for the next interzum is in full swing – and things are looking exceptionally promising. From 21 to 24 May 2019, 5 per cent more exhibitors will be showing their new products at the largest international fair for the furniture and interior construction industries' supplying sections. The proportion of international exhibitors is expected to grow to around 80 per cent.
ZOW is on course for success – with a new concept the fair is continuing to grow as an innovation platform for tomorrow’s living spaces. From 6 to 8 February 2018 the regionally oriented trade meeting will offer a platform for business and inspirations.
“The future begins here” – this is what interzum has proved yet again: with a host of innovations, exciting inspiration for the industry and record numbers of exhibitors and visitors. Anyone wanting to find out about trends and new launches for future living spaces could find a wide range of suggestions at the leading international trade fair.
The designer and trend watcher Rolf Warda has curated the Digital 3D Surfaces special event area for interzum 2017. Leading manufacturers were showcasing the creative possibilities provided by digital printing systems. We put three questions to Mr Warda about the innovations in this area and about his personal perspective on the recent trade fair.
In these times of decreasing natural resources, wood is once again attracting attention as a renewable raw material. New processing and production techniques are changing its characteristics and inspiring new solutions. interzum 2017 exhibitors are developing veneers for a wide range of applications.
The “interzum award: intelligent material & design 2017” selected the best products from the international furniture and interior construction industries’ supplying sections – innovations for the future design of furniture and interiors. We met jury member and Professor at Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences, Martin Stosch at interzum. Three questions about this year's awarded products and current developments in the industry.
A special event at interzum 2017 will showcase current developments in lightweight design. It will explore materials, tools and technologies, and present a project on the applications of lightweight design in kitchen furniture. The event will provide a platform for designers who are the visionaries behind groundbreaking ideas.
As the leading international trade fair, interzum has established a prime position for itself in interior construction and furniture production. Its exhibitors and events enable visitors to discover all the innovations and trends that will define tomorrow's interior design. An interview with Arne Petersen, Vice President Trade Fair Management at Koelnmesse, about his expectations for this year's interzum and the next generation of young talent.
How do I find the right supplier? Who can provide assistance with material questions or production problems? Questions that newcomers to the product design sector frequently pose. With its new service MaterialTransformation interzum provides a platform for contacts to the supplier industry.
With its wide spectrum of products and concepts from international exhibitors, plus an excellent programme of events, interzum 2017 is a versatile platform: From 16 to 19 May, topics to be addressed at the fair will be new ideas on the current trends of furniture production and interior design. An overview of what is on offer in the supporting programme.
Innovations need exchanges – exchanges between different disciplines, between development and application, between young and old. The VDID Industrial Design Day 2017 will provide insights into current cooperations to mark the opening of interzum. Experts from different industries will gather in Cologne on 16 May.
Light not only provides illumination but also creates an atmosphere, so it plays a special role in the interior design of living and working spaces. At the upcoming interzum fair, exhibitors will be showing how furniture and rooms can be made to shine.
Today the kitchen is increasingly becoming a space for working and living. And this means the standards in kitchen design are rising. Kitchen furniture is attracting greater interest from creative professionals, and it is becoming more personal, homely and, at the same time, more flexible. The exhibitors at the forthcoming interzum will demonstrate how innovative components can transform furniture design.
“Finding beautiful solutions for simplicity”, that is the aim of Martin Darbyshire. The founder and CEO of London-based design studio tangerine is member of the jury for interzum award 2017. We talked with the renowned designer about the importance of innovations, inspirations for his own work and his expectations for the upcoming interzum.
Living is variety: Within a confined space various processes and design requirements come together – and will continue to change rapidly. interzum 2017 will take a look at trends and products for the design of future living spaces.
Piero Lissoni has gained a worldwide reputation as architect and designer. Running four studios in Milan and New York, he is covering projects from whole buildings to interiors and products for renowned international companies. We talked with the Italian allrounder about the importance of materials and surfaces and his focus on interzum.
With new materials, furniture components and textiles interzum offers numerous sources of inspiration for creative professionals. The trade fair is where architects, designers and interior designers find versatile ideas for the design of future living spaces. As an architect and interior designer, Dr. Regina Dahmen-Ingenhoven appreciates the wide range of innovations and surfaces.
Growing numbers of manufacturers and designers are switching to 3D printing for furniture and interior construction. The special Digital 3D Surfaces event area at the coming interzum will focus on the latest developments in the field of surfaces. The key themes at the event area will be creativity, faster response times and greater flexibility in home living and interior decor.
With new materials, furniture components and textiles interzum offers numerous sources of inspiration for creative professionals. The trade fair is where architects, designers and interior designers find versatile ideas for the design of future living spaces. As an architect, Christian Tschersich of internationally operating LAVA (Labotary for visionary architecture) appreciates the forward-looking approach of the fair.
As a designer, lecturer and colour expert, Dr. Hildegard Kalthegener works in very different industries. At the coming interzum, she will discuss the relationship between colour systems and individual design in her talks. Three questions on contemporary colour trends and intelligent colour planning.
Using wood in construction and home decor is becoming increasingly attractive. The Sixth Innovation Workshop for Wood-Based Materials on 15 May 2017 will examine current developments in this field. Talks, discussions and a chance to take part in a televoting poll on the innovations presented will provide plenty of inspiration for participants.
With new materials, furniture components and textiles interzum offers numerous sources of inspiration for creative professionals. The trade fair is where architects, designers and interior designers find versatile ideas for the design of future living spaces. As an architect, Peter Ippolito of internationally operating ippolito fleitz Group appreciates the wide range of innovative surfaces.
The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC) showcases its innovative approach to hardwood at interzum fair through the exciting initiative “The Workshop of Dreams”: four unique pieces by Spanish designers and architects created with underused hardwood species.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.