The international furniture and design fair IMM Cologne – held annually in the eponymous German city – is set to run from January 13 to 19 and showcase a host of cutting-edge concepts, from the next generation of design thinkers to the latest offerings from trusted manufacturers. Amidst the dizzying array of booths, thousands of objects and countless visitors, we’ve rounded up seven must-see products, installations and more at this year’s edition.
How can a 200-year-old furniture company continue to cement its legacy as it enters the second decade of the 21st century? Thonet‘s answer: with a striking new product. 520 Chair by Viennese designer Marco Dessí updates the German brand’s iconic bentwood pieces with two unique upholstered designs offered in black or natural wood finishes.
Drawing inspiration from the traces left in Japanese zen gardens, Oslo-based designer Kristine Five Melvær has crafted a line of refined, high-pile door mats for Norwegian brand Heymat that add an air of sophistication to any threshold. Comprised entirely of recycled plastic and having already cinched the 2020 German Design Award, the product is sure to be a standout, even if it is under your feet.
Handmade in Pakistan, Nanimarquina‘s latest collection of rugs are based on the whimsical sketches of Spanish designer Jaime Hayon. The Silhouette line (its second collaboration with Hayon) is defined by a series of interlocking profiles brought to life with red, yellow, blue and green thread through the embroidery on kilim technique. The indoor and outdoor product is available in two sizes and can be used as a statement textile or hung on the wall as a tapestry.
As part of the 17th annual Pure Talents Contest, Swedish designers Gustav Rossander and Moa Lundfeldt present their contemporary take on a candle stick: Efterlyst. Dimmable at up to three levels and even portable, the streamlined LED lamp rests on an integrated rechargeable base with a cylindrical plexiglass diffuser that captures the spirit of a wax candle.
Alongside helming the latest incarnation of the perennial future-residence Das Haus, Valencia-based MUT has teamed up with German manufacturer Pulpo to create a series of structured glass side tables in grey, blue, pink and green hues. Titled Aspa, the collection features pieces comprised of a rectilinear surface atop a base of four intersecting planes that expertly play with colour, texture, saturation and intensity.
For their IMM Cologne debut, co-founders Stephanie Forsythe and Todd MacAllen of the Vancouver-based studio Molo will create an undulating landscape of aluminum textile Softwall and Softblock – transforming a portion of the exhibition hall into sculptural passages that highlight their range of expandable partitions and furnishings.
To celebrate the launch of its latest lines Airfield and Nitto, developed by Swiss/Argentinian designer Alfredo Häberli, the Denmark-based textile brand Kvadrat invited Freising’s Stefan Diez to create an immersive installation using the fabric. The resulting piece – entitled Slot and drawing inspiration from Danish castles – promises to be an enticing and playful take on a child’s pillow fort. In other words, a well-designed fortress for adults.
From reimagining a 200-year-old brand for the 21st century to a Canadian debut, these are our best bets for the annual German fair.