Stand:  Kath, Dekorativer  Wohnen, Pure Editions, Halle 3.2

Stand: Kath, Dekorativer Wohnen, Pure Editions, Halle 3.2

imm cologne 2020: The industry kicks off the new year with a dynamic start

Stand: naimarquina, Dekorativer Wohnen, Pure Editions, Wohnzimmer, braun, rot, Halle 3.2

Cologne has once again demonstrated its significance as a platform for contacts and inspiration but also as an ordering fair.

Hosted right at the start of the year, imm cologne is the most important date on the interior design calendar. It’s where the entire interiors industry gathers to present and discover new launches from around the world, to experience the major future trends and make a successful start to the new season.

The legendary show of the interiors industry drew to a close on Sunday, 19 January 2020, with positive overall results. More than 128,000 visitors attended the event to attain inspiration from the industry. Contrary to the decreasing trend for other industry trade fairs, imm cologne achieved an increase in visitors compared to the most recent similar edition of the event.

As in previous years, imm cologne also had a very strong international profile. Of the 82,000 trade visitors (2018: 80,704) around 50 per cent came from outside Germany.

Despite the concentration visible in the German wholesale and retail trade, the event recorded a small rise in domestic trade visitors, again bucking the trend in recent years. “With these results, imm cologne not only underscores its prominent position in the global business; the increase in planners, architects and contract furnishers from Germany further emphasizes its importance for the German market,” said Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse. “imm cologne presented the relevant issues emotionally this year and gave a whole industry new, creative impetus. With its international attractiveness, it was a dynamic event that made for a highly promising start to the new year,” said Böse, who is delighted with imm cologne’s performance. The Managing Director of the Association of the German Furniture Industry, Jan Kurth, also gave the event a highly positive verdict: “For the exhibitors, imm cologne was a commercially successful trade fair that allowed the industry to make an excellent start to the 2020 furniture year. Cologne has once again demonstrated its significance as a platform for contacts and inspiration but also as an ordering fair. Together with all those involved, we will continue to strengthen the importance of this key event in a transforming market environment.”

The success of imm cologne 2020 reflects the further development of its content and concept, a necessary step that the interior business event initiated this year. For the first time, the trade fair focused on two interior worlds: Pure comprehensively presented the world of on-trend design brands, while its counterpart, Home, showcased furnishing solutions with a lifestyle feel for modern dwellings. At the end of the trade fair, all those involved agreed that the new division had made the event clearer and easier for visitors to navigate. With the significant expansion of Let’s be smart – Smart Village, the trade fair also placed much greater emphasis on smart living and provided the industry with a highly attractive platform for cross-sector matchmaking.

Pure Campus (Hochschulen), Hochschule Coburg, Halle 3.1

Exhibitors and visitors welcomed the new structure in Hall 10 and the value-added content generated by the special Future Interiors event area, which focused on German furniture trends and the crucial issue of sustainability. The conceptual further enhancement of Hall 11 in the Pure Atmospheres segment was also seen as an important step in imm cologne’s development. “Together with our market partners from the industry and the specialist trade, we will continue to systematically expand imm cologne into a global marketplace for the international furniture and interior design industry. This calls for the courage and the determination to break new ground,” said Oliver Frese, the new Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse, in his summary of the event’s future direction.

Alongside the trade fair’s conceptual further development, imm cologne was considerably more emotional with trend areas such as “Das Haus”, Future Interiors and Pure Atmospheres. With special event areas like these, the 2020 interior business event provided both a space for interior moments and inspiration for commercial success. This year’s mix of new business, emotion, international reach and future issues are a highly promising signal for imm cologne’s further development.

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