Europe’s principal event for commercial furniture and furnishings, imm cologne, returns to Germany’s Koelnmesse venue from 14-20th this month – and the 2019 edition promises to be unforgettable, reports the show’s organiser … 

imm cologne 2019 is going to be fantastic!” So says Matthias Pollmann, Koelnmesse’s vice-president of trade fair management, pointing to higher pre-registration numbers, plus significant exhibitor growth in the exhibition’s design-oriented Pure segment. 

Last year’s event featured some 1200 exhibitors from around 50 countries, and attracted roughly 125,000 trade visitors, reports the organiser – but the 2019 edition, with the inclusion of the biennial LivingKitchen adjunct, is likely to surpass these figures.  

Matthias explains that the Pure section is fast becoming a design hotspot, thanks to continual updates and the implementation of inspiring events – such as interior design project Das Haus, curated this year by emerging design studio Truly Truly, based in Rotterdam and founded by Australian couple Kate and Joel Booy. 

Meanwhile, the the Pure Talents Contest will again offer young designers the opportunity to stand out, while The Stage will present a typically engaging programme of industry lectures.

“We have now been working continuously for seven years on the optimisation and strategic orientation of imm cologne, and are proud that we will be setting a new benchmark in all areas for trade fairs in the interiors sector at our 2019 event,” says Matthias. “All the relevant market leaders and top design labels will be there – in our view, that is a strong statement in favour of imm cologne, and for Germany as a location for business.”

From new sofas to the latest material and colour trends through to product innovations, imm cologne promises an expansive offer of commercial propositions and design-oriented innovation at the start of the new year.