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imm cologne 2019 a roundup of what to see.

We are fast approaching the start of 2019, so a new year calls for new inspiration.

As an interiors blogger, I’m always on the look out for the next new trend, in the world of home and interiors.

I’m so excited to be attending imm cologne in January.

If you are new to imm cologne, let me give you a quick rundown.

It is one of the largest interior show for the international furnishing market.

Over 1200 exhibitors from more than 50 countries will be exhibiting from January 14th to 20th 2019, at the Koelnmesse Fairgrounds, in Cologne, Germany.

I’ve attended imm cologne once, but only briefly.

I recalled being in awe of the Kitchen section, with all its new technology and design.

LivingKitchen will be taking centre stage this year, and there you will find endless inspiration from product or lifestyle innovations in kitchen design and food production. With my kitchen due for refurbishment, I would be keen to explore the Future Design part of LivingKitchen in Hall 4.2.

I hear it will be an experiential space, that will showcase a vision of kitchens of the future.

Embracing the theme of Future Design, LivingKitchen will be presenting the work of renowned designer Alfredo Häberli.

The preliminary kitchen plan above is the start of a space that he will be designing. I can’t wait to experience the architectural possibilities of that space.

I’m keen to see how the space will enhance social interaction and stimulate our senses through materials.

It’ll also be interesting to see how design will work alongside new technological innovations.

Surrounding Alfredo Häberli’s holistic vision, will be numerous other exhibitors showcasing their kitchen designs and concepts.

I think I could easily spend a whole day at LivingKitchen. (Photo Tanita Klein; Koelnmesse)

Another area that I am keen to explore is the Pure Talents section.

imm cologne has been host to the Pure Talents Contest for the past 16 years, each time with up to 926 products from all over the world being entered into the competition.

This year’s finalists will be presented at imm cologne 2019.

The Pure Talents Contest is aimed at designers who are still pursuing, or have just completed their studies. This is a brilliant launchpad for their careers.

This year, there is a separate talent prize for the LivingKitchen selection too.

I can’t wait to see what’s on offer, and so far two kitchen innovations have caught my eye.

Tanita Klein’s kitchen above is called the TSL kitchen, and her concept is to have the kitchen as a centrepiece, with the units away from the walls.

Her hope is to create a kitchen that is both interactive and flexible.  (Photo  Maxime Augay; Koelnmesse).

The above Portable Kitchen Hood by Maxime Augay also caught my eye.

It is a small handy extractor fan that intercepts cooking fumes and vapours directly above the frying pan or saucepan.

How cool is that? Absolutely adore its retro looking design too. imm cologne is not all just about kitchens, there are halls packed full of furniture and furnishings too.

The furniture and interiors section have been divided into 6 areas based on their character and product offering. This will help customers navigate their way through the fair.

The 6 sections are Pure, Comfort, Prime, Smart, Sleep and Global lifestyles. You can find the definitions for these sections here.

The image above is of the Muuto stand at imm from last year. I love that Muuto Mimic mirror.

In fact, I’ve already bought one in Midnight blue for my daughter’s bedroom. So, as you can see, imm cologne is not just for design inspiration and stocking, it’s for future shopping potentials too. ( Photo Koelnmesse)

I’m totally feeling the flutter of excitement now as I write. I can’t wait to see all the new trends in sofas, chairs, beds and more.

Check out those wonderful chairs from last year’s fair. What type of fabrics, textures, patterns and colours do you think will be big in the upcoming seasons?

I can’t wait to find out, and report them live via my instagram and other social media channels in January. ( Photo Anna Maria-Nilsson; Koelnmesse)

Going back to the Pure Talents Contest, I have picked two interior pieces that have caught my attention.

The magazine storage rack above is by Anna-Maria Nilsson.

I can see this doing well in mainstream shops. I love the fact you can do a double spread display of your favourite magazine for inspiration.

( Photo : Julian Ribler; Koelnmesse)

This is Cleo, a table and chair ensemble by Julian Ribler. It represents a new type of school furniture for alternative living spaces. It challenges traditional school furniture typologies that generally force children to adopt an upright, static position.

Isn’t it beautiful? I love how he has boldly combined powder blue with red.

There is so much to see and explore that this post has barely scratched the surface.

One noteworthy mention is ‘Das Haus’ which is the ‘Interiors on Stage’ installation of a simulated  house, in the theme of “Living by Moods” by Studio Truly Truly.

This conceptual house is a space that is not dictated by walls or conventional room functions, instead it has zones that reflect every mood.

The above image is an artistic concept of what we will see at the fair.

This concept of Home, space and mood brings me to the subject of #zuhausesein or #beingathome. During this press trip, we will get the opportunity to explore what being at home means to us.

It could be a quiet space at home, or for others it may be the noise of family. It could be a scent, colour or texture. I’m looking forward to reporting back on this.

Finally, do have a scroll through imm cologne’s site to see what’s on offer. Travelling there would be a lovely way to kickstart the design and interiors season in 2019 don’t you think? Will you join me there?

Hope you’ve enjoyed the post. I will be back in the next day or two with more festive offerings. Meanwhile, I hope your holiday preparations are going well?

( All photography are provided by Koelnmesse. This is a paid partnership post with imm cologne but all views are my own.)

My new yellow sofa and colourful armchairs from

Just to give you a little break from the Christmas posts, I thought I’d pop over to show you my new sofa set.

For those of you who follow me on Instagram, you must be wondering how many sofas does this lady have?

To be honest, I’m losing count too. Many of you may be familiar with my coral pink sofa which I have had for 2 years, and this month I learned that Living Coral is the colour of the year.

However, I’m now on to my next favourite colour. Yes it is yellow! I’m very much into Gen Z yellow at the moment.

Who knows, maybe this will make it into the next colour of the year, a year or two down the line. I’ve picked a yellow sofa because I feel that we need more happiness and optimism in the new year, after all the gloom and Brexit thing going on in the U.K.

It’s basically a ray of hope and sunshine. I was very fortunate to be able to pick and get my sofas made at

I visited their large showroom in Islington, and it was amazing the amount of stock they have on the shop floor over 2 levels.

It meant that I could try out the sofas for comfort factor.

There was also a choice of fabric samples to pick from.

I met with one of their in house designers Henriette who helped me select my sofa based on my room’s dimensions and aesthetic. yellow sofa My yellow sofa is the Harper 3 seat sofa in Canary pure matt velvet with a blue piping called Amazon.

I love its elegant scallop back.

I have also decided on 2 small single seaters that would fit in my bay window space.

The aim is to ultimately replace my coral sofa set in my living room downstairs with these new pieces.

I thought it would be fun to get bright colours into the mix, so have picked a blue and pink armchair.

In case you are wondering, the rainbow cushion is from Sophie Home. The blue one seater is called the Betty armchair, and it is the same colour as the Amazon piping of my yellow sofa. I’ve also contrasted it with an Electric Blue piping and buttons. The pink one seater ( you didn’t think I was going to give up on pink did you? ) is also the Betty armchair in Peony pure cotton matt velvet with Claret piping and buttons.

There are a variety of wooden leg finishes to select from. I picked a light oak finish to compliment my light wood  floor. I’m so pleased with my selections. What do you think of the yellow sofa?

It feels so light and bright. Here’s to an optimistic and happy 2019.

A big thank you to for a wonderful personal experience. It was such a seamless process from selection to delivery.

Finally, If you are unsure about what sofas, materials or colours, then head to one of their showrooms.

You will get great advice from their wonderful in house team. I highly recommend it.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this post. My next post will be the Christmas tree 2018 reveal.

( All photography and styling are by Geraldine Tan. This is a paid partnership post with sofa . com)

How to style a festive Christmas table with M&S homewares.

This year I decided to celebrate Christmas with a festive room.

If you have been following me on here, you would have seen that it was originally a white room that was starting to look a bit run down and tired.

I started off by restoring my oak table with interior wax from Ronseal, and then giving the room a fresh lick of Frenchic paint. The final step in this room’s transformation, was the styling of my Christmas table, and I’ve decided to do this with the beautiful tableware collection from Marks & Spencer.

We always host a large family Christmas party in our home and it’s always a fun day.

I’ve decided to have a trial run for four here. Christmas table Since the room is so colourful, I decided that the table should be simple.

Instead of using separate placemats, I’ve used 2 table runners on either side of my Christmas table. I didn’t want to use a table cloth as I wanted to show off my beautifully waxed table. I’ve gone for elegant white plates,  plain white napkins and brass cutlery. The crockery is the 12 Piece Maxim Box dinner set from M&S. I used to go over the top with Winter foliage on my Christmas table, but I found that although beautiful, when we wanted to eat, we had to move everything away from the table.

This time I wanted decor that could stay on the table with the food.

I’ve decided to use some iconic centrepieces like paper Christmas trees, cute reindeers and a nutcracker. I’ve tried to keep the table decor harmonious with the painted wall.

So, I’ve used reds, yellows, greens and golds. I have also lit up the table with tea lights, candles and sparkly fairy lights. Don’t the lights make you feel so happy and cosy? To start, I would serve my guests some sparkly Prosecco.

How cute are these glasses from Marks & Spencer? When you have Prosecco, you need to snack on something right? I’ve used this Ash Wood Oblong Dip Platter to serve up some olives and nuts. In the background, I will burn a berry scented candle and play some soft soothing Christmas tunes.

That star serving dish is also by M&S. Here’s another view of my Christmas room with the painted pin board I created to put up my Christmas prints and cards. I love looking at the board. What do you think? Doesn’t the Christmas table look magical with a nutcracker? This beautiful white and gold Christmas crackers are also from Marks and Spencer. After the Christmas meal, we usually go for a lovely evening walk in the park. These festive mugs will come in handy for hot cocoa after the walk. Maybe, I should add a little tipple of brandy in as a treat? That Christmas art print is by Osotwee.

Hope you’ve enjoyed a little glimpse into our Christmas table and room.

How are your Christmas preparations coming along?

Wishing you a wonderful week ahead.

( All styling and photography are by Geraldine Tan, editor of Little Big Bell. This is a paid partnership with Marks and Spencer.)

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