Everyone wants to know what the future holds – and in the world of home furnishings, it is possible to glean a peek at IMM Cologne, where some 1,200 exhibitors are showcasing some of the world’s best home furnishings design in one spot. Gathered from dozens of new products and the most attention-grabbing launches, here are four hot trends sure to be all the buzz this year.
1. Take it Outside
Outdoor furnishings are having their day in the sun—and new outdoor lines were launching all over the place at this year’s fair. The merger of indoors and outdoors was also the driving theme of Das Haus 2020, IMM’s annual installation of a future home, this year entitled “A La Fresca” and conceived by MUT Design.
“In Spain, it is warmer – in December we are wearing t-shirts,” Alberto Sánchez, co-founder of the Valencia-based firm, told ArchiExpo e-Magazine. “For us, outdoor spaces are an extension of the house.”
While Cassina generally saves its launches for Salone del Mobile, this year was an exception, as the Italian manufacturer introduced its first-ever complete outdoor line, in one of IMM 2020’s most stylish booths. Despite an elegant look, the modular Sail Out sofa by Rodolfo Dordoni for Cassina is weather-resistant, with upholstery woven from air blown polyester fiber.
2. Honey, I Shrunk the Furniture
Urban living is increasingly expensive—so size matters.
“We always think about multifunctional furniture for small spaces,” Carolin Sangha, creative director for Schönbuch—a German firm that got its start with compact furnishings for entrance areas—told ArchiExpo e-Magazine. “Our Bureau console table by Earnest Studio table, for example, can move from the entrance area to the living area to the bathroom.”
In a small city apartment, saving precious inches means more space overall.
3. Sustainable Products on the Rise
With many manufacturers offering lines with at least one earth-conscious product, sustainability continues to be a major topic – thankfully, technology is making strides, so that’s without sacrifice on quality. The outdoor version of Silhouette by Jaime Hayón for Nanimarquina, for example, is so cushy it’s hard to believe it’s made out of reclaimed plastic.
“This is our first carpet using 100 percent recycled PET fiber, sourced from trash collected in India,” a booth representative noted. It’s also available in 100 percent hand-spun wool, suitable for indoor door use.
4. Smart Technology You Actually Want
Technology in the home had some clunky years, but now we’re in a golden age of possibility. At the IMM installation “Let’s be Smart—Smart Village” technology adds value to life in unexpected ways, from the Sauna S1 from KLAFS Sauna which compacts at a push of a button to preserve space to the AquamoonATT shower experience from Dornbracht which combines water with a light source, for an entirely new sensory experience.