Themed “Connecting Communities,” imm Cologne 2024 continues the reconceptualized format that began with the recent imm Spring Edition in 2023. Back to its regularly scheduled January date (14 to 18), the tradeshow once again invites the international design industry to discover the furniture and product trends and innovations that are set to influence the year ahead.
First introduced during the spring installment, the new format for the show is centred around The Circles – content and event platforms that will serve as meeting points, showcases for products and concepts, and demonstrate the blurred boundaries between art and design. In total, four Circle themes have been devised to provide “connecting elements” for visitors, exhibitors, designers and field experts to congregate and share ideas, knowledge and inspiration: The Circle Club, Café, Bistro and Bar, gathering points with a relaxed atmosphere for meetings, snacks and drinks; Brand Circles for product highlights; Community Circles to exhibit a variety of collaborations, concepts and networking opportunities; and the Installation Circles, where three studios – Studio Dessí, Raw-Edges Design Studio and VANTOT – will each craft visionary displays that tread the line between art and design and challenge perceptions of light, material and hospitality in stunning sculptural installations.
Dessí’s stark black Cima lights for
Situated behind a set of digitally printed curtains, the “Sense of Surface” installation by
The organically shaped luminaries – inspired by nature, handicrafts and digitally generated patterns – toy with convention in that the structures “close up” (or become opaque) when illuminated and return to transparency when the light is turned off.
Consisting of an open outdoor area and a darker indoor space, the “Impact of Light” installation by
Fashioned by VANTOT’s design duo Esther Jongsma and Sam van Gurp, the illuminated installation highlights the influence lighting can have on and in a space and how one system can achieve vastly different results. Powered by low-voltage technology, the light sculptures invite interaction and allow visitors to creatively play with light.
While each of the three Installation Circles offers a unique and curious perspective, they do share one thing in common – an adherence to sustainability and responsibility: All materials (including the inflatable roof) from Studio Dessí’s installation will be returned to and reused by the construction industry; all elements in the Raw-Edges circle are fully recyclable or reusable; and VANTOT’s restrained use of physical materials means there will be no waste upon disassembly.