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January Issue #53

January Issue #53

Interior Designs, an IMM Special

Our January issue covers interior design anywhere from luxurious homes to the kitchen setting to offices, with a special focus on the latest trends shaping the home of tomorrow. Swiss star designer Alfredo Haberli discusses his Future Kitchen concept, created specifically for IMM; and study Truly Truly gives us details on its Das Haus which blurs boundaries to maximize the home. Catch our interview with Cologne-based interior design firm Brandherm + Krumrey, who earned the Office Application Award 2018 for the new offices of Deutsche Wohnwerte GmbH in Heidelberg.


Erin Tallman, Editor-in-Chief

January 17, 2019

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    As one of the top furniture fairs in the world, IMM Cologne is a great place to see how the homes of tomorrow will be furnished. Promotional literature for the show informs us that throughout the entire IMM Cologne exhibition there is a trend towards a light palette of grays together with natural and pastel shades....

    Future Kitchen by Alfredo Häberli. Courtesy of the designer.

    One of the most intriguing exhibits at the LivingKitchen trade fair in Cologne is the Future Kitchen by Alfredo Häberli. The Argentine-Swiss designer has created an interactive installation that invites visitors to contemplate culinary culture and food preparation by using augmented reality to visualize conceptual...

    Courtesy of Studio Truly Truly


    Instead of walls, objects and furnishings define the flexible living areas of “Living by Moods,” the title given Das Haus 2019. The experimental home installation serves as a platform for rising stars at international contemporary furniture fair IMM Cologne, which takes place January 14-20, and this year’s designers,...

    Courtesy of Cologne-based interior design firm brandherm + krumrey

    A decidedly homelike office recently picked up the Office Application Award 2018. Designed by Brandherm + Krumrey, Deutsche Wohnwerte’s office in Heidelberg, Germany combines the warm honey hues of wood-clad walls with cozy upholstered seating and—virtually unheard of in the workplace—a fireplace. Founded by Susanne...

    Melt by Nendo and Wonderglass. Courtesy of Nendo and Wonderglass

    A collaboration between Nendo and Wonderglass pushes the boundaries and capabilities of cast glass, resulting in the Melt collection. The team presented the gravity-formed furniture and tabletop objects at the event IMM Cologne 2019, as a preview of Wonderglass’ upcoming installation at Salone del Mobile in...

    Courtesy of IMM

    With such an abundance of imagery and ideas swirling around us, we’re still eager to find the next leading young designers on the scene with that special something. Per usual, the IMM 2019 Pure Talents Contest showcased the top soon-to-graduate or fresh-out-of-school designers. Although the winners will be announced...

    The ITS 3000. Courtesy of Interstil—a subsidiary of Actona Company.

    The Smart segment at IMM Cologne highlights how mass production of top-of-the-line designs makes stylish furniture accessible at affordable prices. For several years, Danish company Interstil—a subsidiary of Actona Company—has provided the cost conscious with Scandinavian style seats and tables. This year in IMM’s...

    Zuri by Chinese company U-Like. Courtesy of the brand.

    Eastern European and Asian designers make their way into the Central European market in the Global Lifestyles hall at IMM Cologne. Global Lifestyles offers an entry point for global furniture manufacturers like Chinese company U-Like, which released several tables and chairs at the fair. U-Like is working against...

    Yin & Yang house by Penda. Courtesy of the architects.

    While the from-farm-to-table trend increases, more interest in permaculture provides a new avenue for architects and clients seeking self-sufficient living. It’s the case for the architecture studio Penda whose clients, a young family, plan to grow most of their own produce at home. For a small plot of land east of...

    Zürich baby bedside sleeper, 2019 collection. Courtesy of BIRKENSTOCK

    BIRKENSTOCK jumped into bedding back in 2017, and it couldn’t have come at a better time—we’re all craving more comfort and who knows better than the inventor of the footbed? Now, the company once again presents its feel-good sleep systems during the IMM event, except they’ve expanded! The company translates rest and...

    Gliss Master and Master Dressing. Courtsey of Moltini

    Heritage, legacy, iconic designs. All these defined the best design brands that were showcased at the Pure Atmosphere, a dedicated space that focused not only on individual products but on the interaction of all the furnishings in living rooms, dining rooms and bedrooms, right at the heart of this year’s IMM 2019 in...


    Mairi Beautyman

    Mairi Beautyman is a journalist based out of Berlin. She’s been writing about design and architecture since 2001.

    Frederick Bernas

    Frederick Bernas is a journalist, filmmaker and photographer living in Latin America.

    Erin Tallman

    American artist Erin Tallman is a journalist for various online publications and is the Editor in Chief of ArchiExpo e-magazine. She has published three books, including her first novel.

    Vanessa Liwanag

    Vanessa Liwanag, is an MBA alumni of the prestigious Mod’Art International in Paris and founder of Creative Talents Worldwide.

    Hilary Edesess

    Hilary Edesess is a freelance journalist based in Marseille, France. She blogs about culture, art and urban design.

    Alex Ulam

    Alex Ulam is a freelance journalist and design critic based in New York.

    Erin Gigl

    Erin Gigl is a freelance design and travel writer, editor and artist.

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