The cologne furniture fair imm is always worth the visit. For years they showcase a wide lineup of international furniture brands. 2019 they combined the furniture show with the living kitchen.
Where to go at imm?
Definitely hall No. 11! 3 floors of pure aestethics. A lot of italian design companies such as Riva 1920, Tonelli, Paltrona Frau and many others showcase their latest works of creativity and passion. Unlike other contries, the italian companies get never boring, even after years. Nothing beats italian design and craftsmanship. Every year, they enhance details or find better materials and implement new technologies and its always a pleasure to get inspireded by their designs.
A Dream of a Desk by Walter Knoll
Ginger & Jagger
Tonellidesign glass furniture
Lohberger high end custom kitchen solutions
I dont wont to point with the finger towards companies, but I feel the need to talk frankly about a global situation I more and more recognize through many businesses. Im feeling really sorry for some long established big names in the design business, accross europe, who got brought up by the chinese guys, and therefore lost their qaulity due to new managament. Its like expected and I think it will never change, as soon as there are chinese investores involved trying to make a profit with the traditional brands it ends up more or less in a desaster. So I was supposed to find out that the quality of their leathers was cheaper and nickel plated elements instead of real chrome or polished stainless steel. The joints and stitching are more or less fake or replaced by lower industrial standards. And its all due to overtakings by chinese investors, who unfortunately have no spirit and sense for craftsmanship and artistic influence.