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interzum 2019: trends and innovations


"Tiny Spaces" concept by Hettich, © Hettich

From 21 to 24 May 2019 interzum presents pioneering innovations for homes and interior design. International exhibitors will present new materials and functions at the largest event for the supplier industry. We will take a look at some exciting novelties in advance - this time in the "Function & Components" segment.

New openness: the merging of living worlds

The boundaries between the different areas of the home have been eroding for some time. The increasing fluidity of transitions is having an effect on systems, fittings and lighting. Many exhibitors at interzum 2019 are focusing on flexible design elements that act as the foundation for a consistent home architecture. One example of this trend is the new Schüco Openstyle system, which allows spaces to be flexibly joined or subdivided in line with requirements and the current living situation. “OpenUp” is Vauth-Sagel’s slogan for its interzum appearance. The storage specialist will premiere solutions for all areas of the home at the fair. Highly flexible also sums up the presentation by Hettich, a specialist in functional fittings, who will present multifunctional new products for different living situations.

"Alu Competence" system by Schüco, © Schüco

Miniaturisation: Components are getting smaller

Increasing flexibility and multifunctionality in furniture is going hand in hand with rising standards for the design of technical solutions. In this context, the miniaturisation of fittings technology and components such as control and lighting elements continues to play a major role. At interzum, Kesseböhmer will present a new flap fitting that is significantly different to the previous standard solutions on the market in its dimensions, design and functions. Lighting furniture manufacturer Gera is also devoting its energies to miniaturisation. Its stand will feature luminaires that can be integrated into furniture almost invisibly. German start-up ambigence is taking advantage of this year’s interzum to present a completely new product category. It starts from a simple principle: instead of seeing the furniture panel and fittings as two separate components, they are conceived as a single unit.

"LightBox" by Gera, © Gera Leuchten

Optimal utilisation: greater comfort in limited space

A further issue that many exhibitors at the forthcoming interzum are addressing is increasing urbanisation. With growing numbers moving to cities, living space is in increasingly short supply, especially in major conurbations, and rents and house prices are soaring as a result. This trend calls for optimal utilisation of the available floor space and components to provide more space per square metre. The latest solutions here include intelligent storage solutions, such as Kesseböhmer’s “urban smart kitchen“. Other exhibitors like Hettich are showing new concepts for mini-apartments. As a world novelty, the company raumvonwert is showing a foldable staircase for small living areas that is modular, individually adaptable and versatile. A special event area at the trade fair will highlight the development potential that the intensifying shortage of living space presents: a number of exhibitors will showcase new concepts and solutions in the “Tiny Spaces – Living in Compact Homes“ Piazza. To accompany the Piazza, London-based star architect Yasmine Mahmoudieh will present her experience of working with tiny spaces and discuss the future requirements that will apply to this field in a talk on Tuesday 21 May 2019.

The innovations on display at the forthcoming interzum will determine the components and functions for the design of tomorrow’s interiors. An overview of the exhibitors from the "Function & Components" segment can be found in the exhibitor search .

"Klappster" modular system, © raumvonwert

"Open Up" by Vauth-Sagel, © Vauth-Sagel