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ZOW 2020: Focus on tiny and shared spaces


Special exhibition

Special exhibition "Tiny Spaces" at ZOW 2018, © Koelnmesse

In continuation of interzum, the trade fair of the supplier industry ZOW 2020 will place a focus on “Tiny and Shared Spaces“. Trend scout Katrin de Louw will be presenting three layouts in a special exhibition area.

From 4 to 6 February 2020, manufacturers of kitchens, upholstery, household furniture and office furniture as well as interior designers and contract furnishers will have the opportunity to experience many thrilling product debuts and production-ready innovations at ZOW. At next year’s trade fair, there is a clear focus on the intelligent organisation of our home and working lives of tomorrow and beyond.

Inspiration for tiny and shared spaces

Urbanisation and gentrification are processes that have an immediate impact on the interior design sector. The furniture industry and suppliers are increasingly turning their attention to this topic, offering product solutions that are both high-quality in design and perfected in terms of technology. At ZOW 2020 designer and trend scout Katrin de Louw will be presenting three layouts in a special exhibition area intended to provide lasting inspiration for increasingly sought-after tiny and shared spaces. young and old, employed people and retirees find common ground in the project.

ZOW 2018, © Koelnmesse

ZOW 2018, © Koelnmesse

Space for young and old

The 15 sqm apartment for a commuter is characterised by its built-in furniture, which is designed to make the best use of the available space. The upholstered furniture and cabinets blend into the space just as much as the kitchen and work area do. Different lighting compositions change the room in line with requirements and mood. IT has been integrated into the small apartment with a focus on multifunctionality. In comparison to this there is an age-appropriate 18 sqm city apartment. Accessible living is top priority with all the available comforts and the support of assistance systems in the background.

Usable areas for different requirements

In addition, the special exhibition will feature shared “co-joining” and “co-cooking” areas. The kitchen systems and usable areas for different requirements, storage space and media services are available to inhabitants. Indoor and outdoor areas also merge. It’s also possible to opt in or out of various functions and furnishings for a fee.

Special exhibition

Special exhibition "Tiny Spaces" at ZOW 2018, © Koelnmesse

Key inspiration for new developments

With the global trend towards urbanisation, the concentration of dwindling resources in congested urban areas and the conscious shift in attitudes towards minimalist living and sustainability, entirely new approaches to work, accommodation and life in general are needed right now. In contrast to Asia, this emerging global trend is only just getting started in Europe, but important trade fairs like ZOW are already providing key inspiration for new developments. Interested ZOW exhibitors have already approached de Louw and her team. Companies including Hunger, Kalb, Impress, Interprint, Schüco Alu Competence and Swiss Krono are among those providing the project with interior furnishings and accessories, surfaces and fittings.

More informations you will find here .