I’ve just returned from an amazing trip to the imm Cologne 2020 furniture trade fair, with the Association of German Furniture industry.
This is a post of what I’ve spotted that I liked and what I see as potential NEW trends for 2020 and beyond.
Trends are trends, they can be a passing fancy. Hence I thought I’d show you what my favourite finds were first.
These are the things that I would buy and want to have in my home. ( Whether I can afford them, is a total different story. But one can dream right?)
FOR MY HOME.
I think I’ve gone to pastel heaven here. This Vlinder sofa designed by Helle Jongerius for vitra is just so me. I absolutely adore it.
The overlay has been masterfully weaved in the prettiest of pastel hues and patterns. It’s super soft and comfortable too.
The beautiful workmanship explains the hefty price at nearly £7000. Totally out of my reach, but you never know, maybe one day.
I’m not one for large heavy furniture. I want beautiful portable design that can be multifunctional.
This year, I’m planning on re-doing my daughter’s bedroom, and this minty green table and bench look perfect for the small dressing table that I have been seeking for her space.
It could be a little study desk too.
It’s by one of my favourite German furniture brands, Schönbuch.
How cute is this little kitchen designed and decorated by Mut design, a Spanish design studio founded by the amazing designers, Alberto Sánchez and Eduardo Villalón.
What I particularly had my eye on was that dustpan and broom called ‘Cane’ by Northern, and designed by Gridy.
I love how it’s one unit together. No more hunting for that dustpan and picking up that broom that keeps falling over.
Those who follow me over on Instagram, must know that I’m rather partial to home decor accessories.
Of course, not just any accessories. They have to be cute, timeless and a potential design classic.
What do you think of this wooden puffin designed by Sigurjón Pálsson for Normann Copenhagen?
I actually spotted real life puffins when I was out whale watching in Tofino, Canada during my last Summer holiday. They are so cute.
Talking about whale watching, I absolutely love this wooden whale from vitra. It matches the puffin well, don’t you think?
You can never have too much mood lighting at home right?
These salt and pepper lamps by Tobias Grau provide such comfort lighting.
From comfort lighting, to something more glamorous, I was absolutely transfixed by these stellar grape lights designed by Sebastian Herkner for Pulpo.
Here’s a closer up view.
Whilst we are on the topic of Pulpo products, I wouldn’t mind having this trio of glass coffee tables in my home.
They are called aspa tables and are designed for Pulpo by mut design.
Here they are at the Das Haus exhibition at imm Cologne.
Now, for a bit of practical, functional design.
I’ve been searching high and low for stylish shoe storage for my home.
Alas, I found something suitable, in this shoe cabinet by Tojo, a German furniture brand with expertise in storage solutions that can be multi-functional.
Here’s a little taster of what Tojo is all about.
If you turned that rocking chair on the left over, it becomes a side table, and on another side it’s a child’s desk.
Anyway, hope you’ve enjoyed seeing my favourite finds. Now for the spotted trends at imm Cologne 2020.
THE NEW COLOURS – Mint, Pinks, Peach, Terracota, Rust and Browns.
Pinks in dusky and peachy hues were prominent, as were soft brown shades and rusty terracota hues.
These wall storage units are by Schonbuch.
Mint green is big news. Since it’s one of my favourite colours, it hasn’t ever gone out of fashion as far as I am concerned.
These beautiful rattan chairs from Thonet sum up the pastel hues we will be seeing more of this season.
Berry was also evident, although not really a colour to my liking.
This Normann Copenhagen lounge illustrates the new rusty terracota brown colours of this season. I think mustard will be going out of trend, being replaced by these new shades.
After looking at all these colours, I’m going to go one step ahead to predict that peach and perhaps a light turquoise may be on the horizon in 2021.
No longer is it just design that is important, the discerning buyer want comfort. I often use the analogy to shoes – if you are going to pay for a Laboutin, it might as well be comfortable.
These chairs with removable washable covers are super comfortable and are by the German brand bruehl.
Which brings me back to this sofa by vitra. The price befits its comfort factor.
INTERACTION and DIGITAL DETOX
It’s not untrue to say that our mobile phones have nowadays become an appendage of our arm. Everywhere you look, people are staring at their screens, me included.
I’ve noticed a design movement to disrupt that habitual cycle. It’s all about rediscovering interaction and to talk to each other.
This Hemicycle range of sofa,by Phillipe Nigro for Ligne Roset, aims to encourage conversation.
This is the Paradise bird chair by Wittmann. The designer, Luca Nichetto wanted the revolving chair to be a simple gesture for turning around to communicate with one another.
Although I’m only showing you one example here, there were many examples of midcentury modern furniture adaptations at the fair. I loved these chairs by Stouby.
UPCYCLED and SUSTAINABILITY
Perhaps this is not a new trend, but certainly an important one with all that climate change going on globally, so I’ll mention it in this post.
These wooden wall hooks are by Ton, an affiliated brand to Thonet. They are the offcuts from the furniture manufacturing processes. Such a clever idea to reuse and repurpose.
Craftsmanship is so important in design. A beautifully made piece of furniture with more behind it.
The carvings of this Mati chair by Herkner for Zanat, were inspired by the microscopic view of the cellular structure of wood.
Again, this makes an important point about sustainability.
Another beautiful piece is this walnut veneer cabinet of drawers designed to celebrate Kettnaker’s 150th anniversary, using a combination of traditional craft and modern 3D laser technology.
I noticed at the fair that mirrors were taking a more flamboyant stance this year.
This yellow 3 dimensional mirror is by Shoenbuch.
Rather than a perfect circle, for example, there is a little assymetry, such as this mirror spotted at Ferm Living.
MODULAR and CUSTOMISABLE
With urbanisation and space shortage, customisable modular furniture is becoming increasingly important to accommodate our changing living needs.
This elegant modular shelving is from Interlübke.
I thought I’d show you the winning photo entries being exhibited at imm cologne, of which I was one of the judges.
You can read more about them here.
Finally, I do hope you’ve enjoyed this trends post at imm Cologne 2020. I had so much fun spotting all the new furniture and designs that will soon be hitting our high streets. If you are interested in seeing the stands we visited on the Design tour, do take a look at this video. It also gives you a flavour of what imm Cologne looks like.
Have a lovely week.
( All photos are by Little Big Bell. This is a pais partnership post with the association of German furniture industry for imm Cologne 2020.).