The international fair IMM Cologne 2024 blended nature-inspired elements and sustainable practices as seen in the tranquil sleeping section.
14-18 January, Cologne—Embracing the essence of nature and championing sustainable design, the IMM Cologne 2024, an international furniture and interior design trade fair held in Germany, unfolded a captivating showcase of round shapes, earthy natural colors, and biodegradable materials. Reflecting a commitment to eco-conscious living, the event placed a spotlight on the convergence of soft and minimalist design concepts with sustainable production practices. The fair’s discerning touch extended seamlessly into its sleeping section, encapsulating the harmonious marriage of comfort, style, and environmental responsibility. In this vibrant arena, attendees were treated to a symphony of innovations that not only embraced the beauty of nature but also heralded a new era in conscientious interior design.
Moreover, the prevailing trend in bedroom interior design leans towards a minimalist and nature-inspired aesthetic, featuring a color palette dominated by earthy tones like brown, beige, sand, red apricot, mustard yellow, and cream white, with occasional black or greenish accents. The contemporary look is further enhanced by limewashed or colored walls and minimal decoration.
French Trendsetter: Start-up SHAPE
At the booth of the French B2B start-up SHAPE, a striking new bedroom furniture collection captivates with its organic, soft, and round shapes, accompanied by innovative surface textures, showcasing the brand’s evolving extravagant design language. Noteworthy details include rounded edges, golden handles, paneled sideboard fronts, and rattan-coated headboards, creating a contemporary aesthetic reminiscent of Art Nouveau—an artistic interplay of shapes and materials curated by designers collaborating with the brand, as highlighted by founder Martin Jalaber, who established the brand four years ago.
Walk-in Closet and Dressing Table by German Pioneer YOMEI
Since 2006, YOMEI, the renowned design brand, has been crafting handmade high-end furniture, including bedroom pieces. Introduced in January, YOMEI’s new pivot doors allow interior designers or homeowners to implement a walk-in closet. The novel doors can be used to transform the traditional wardrobe concept by smoothly becoming a full wall, effectively adding a new space to the bedroom; its doors stand out with a unique swing-open design, departing from conventional sliding or folding mechanisms. Alongside this innovation, YOMEI enriches its bedroom collection with a vibrant red-orange dressing cube, adding a warm and extraordinary touch to the existing cube system.
Eco-friendly, Glue-less, and Biodegradable Mattresses
A well-suited mattress complements a design bedframe, and at IMM Cologne 2024, mattress manufacturers prioritized sustainability in both production and disposal processes. Notably, E. S. Kluft, a Californian B2B company with over 80 years of handcrafting tradition, showcased its luxurious mattresses aiming to enter the European, specifically German market. The “Airloom” and “Kluft” models, released in 2023, range from 10,000 to 40,000 Euros, embodying sustainable production practices.
The New York-style “Kluft” mattress stands out for its use of natural materials such as Alpaca, organic cotton, horsetail, silk, and cashmere, combined with natural latex. Employing manual tufting instead of glue, the mattress incorporates hypoallergenic super-fiber alpaca for improved thermoregulation and comfort, while organic cotton prevents heat and moisture build-up.
Vispring Beds London Premieres Premium Bed Frames
The renowned British bed and mattress manufacturer, Vispring Beds London 1901, celebrated for its bespoke English luxury beds, unveiled new premium bed frames—dubbed “Charlotte” and “Serenity”—at IMM Cologne 2024. These bed frames showcase an appealing design with a decorative cushioned headboard, seamlessly blending traditional craftsmanship with modern aesthetics.
The “Charlotte” luxury bed will debut in two versions, featuring both a fixed and a sprung slat base. Notably, the standout feature of the “Serenity” premium bed lies in its electric slat base, allowing convenient adjustment of the bed position via remote control. According to Trade Marketing Executive Rebecca Jacobson, the trade fair saw the reception of initial orders for these impressive additions to Vispring’s collection.
Elements, a New Lightweight Micro Cement Side Table by Ethnicraft
The Belgian company Ethnicraft from Antwerp introduced its new side table called “Elements” made from micro cement with a rough surface and a unique white finish. The fine, earthy stone look appears solid. However, it is a lightweight design product in fact, as Brand Marketing Manager Clara Hanot explained during the fair.
Smooth and elegant contours effortlessly blend with the inherent structural character, skillfully crafted by artisans. Every piece possesses a distinctive identity, characterized by a robust yet refined earthy stone finish. Elements pieces stand as enduring and stylish enhancements for various spaces.
It complements the brand’s existing range of bedroom furniture, particularly the bedframes when being used as timeless bedside tables.