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Innovative and inspiring: A look back at interzum

28 May 2019

interzum 2019 drew to an end with outstanding results. The world’s leading trade fair for furniture production and interior design was a source of inspiration for the design of future living spaces.

For four full days, interzum presented the technical, haptic and visual refinements with which tomorrow’s furniture will set new standards. With 1,805 exhibitors from 60 countries, more companies than ever before showcased their innovations across the exhibition areas. Out of a total audience of 74,000 visitors, over 55,000 came from outside Germany.

"Disruptive Materials" Piazza at interzum 2019. © Koelnmesse

Hotspot and meeting place

In its anniversary year, interzum mastered the balancing act of being an industry meeting place for trade visitors on the one hand and a hotspot for the creative professions on the other. manufacturers, architects and designers were able to discover a host of innovative materials and production processes. A diverse range of special event areas on materials and surface design, digital products, smart systems and mobile living spaces presented a broad spectrum of future issues.

Lecture in the Forum from Yasmine Mahmoudieh, © Koelnmesse

interzum award: future-oriented products

Future-oriented are the award-winning products of interzum award, which was held for the tenth time already – this year with an increase in the number of registrations. Participants from 22 countries entered their products, product refinements, materials and innovations. The awards show the global megatrends that drive the industry. Groundbreaking topics such as sustainability, flexibility or multi-functionality play a decisive role in many of the award-winning new products. The category “Tiny Spaces” featured in the award for the first time, with interzum recognising and responding to the trend of small-space living.

Winner of the interzum award 2019, © Koelnmesse

A forecast of tomorrow’s living spaces

With versatile special event areas, talk and discussion areas, piazzas and workshops, interzum 2019 provided a forecast of tomorrow’s living spaces. How will we live and work in the future? How will we get around and what vehicles will we use? Answers were found in the presentations at the trade fair: with environmentally friendly materials, with more comfort on smaller living spaces, with flexible solutions for more mobility and with digital tools that further simplify life. The standout themes this year that will set the direction of future developments were the continuing rise of individualisation, energy efficiency and sustainability, light (LED), digitalisation (including voice control), micro living and “slide and hide”.

The next interzum will take place from 4 to 7 May 2021 in Cologne.