IMM Cologne 2014 Interior Design Highlights

19 January 2014 0


Last Monday I shared some interior design trends from Copenhagen with you, today I am bringing back some design highlights from last week’s imm 2014 international furniture fair in Cologne, Germany. My fellow blogger friend Ricarda and I organized the ‘Blogst Lounge’ at the imm fair and hosted almost 30 German lifestyle bloggers. Our day included a guided tour of selected exhibitors, a little blogger presentation held by Ricarda and me, and free time to roam and discover interior design gems at the fair.

As an ‘Urban Jungle Blogger’ I was very happy to see green on the rise! Many booths were decorated with potted plants, big ones, small ones and I feel confident to say: Green is on in the homes in 2014! Bring it on! I noticed also a growing number of marble furniture and brass elements. Warm, saturated colours were present too as well as great combinations of wood, marble and leather. Moreover, I spotted lots of modular furniture concepts – the trend towards individuality and co-designing by the customer. 

January and February will remain busy months concerning design and furniture fairs, so expect more interior design highlights from Paris and Stockholm over the coming weeks. Stay tunes my friends for interior design from all around Europe!

Thanks again to all the sponsors of the ‘Blogst Lounge’: Auping, Association of the German Wallpaper Industry, Grohe, Lago, Piure, Muuto, Stoll / Hay Showroom, Vapiano.

Photography by Igor Josifovic and Bridgee Melling, last shot by Muuto
This post has been brought to you in cooperation with the above mentioned sponsors


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  • Reply Ana Kamin 20 January 2014 at 04:01

    I wish I could go to such a interior design fair. I have been following along on Instagram and there is so much inspiration. Looking forward to the next cities. Go Igor! 😉

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 20 January 2014 at 14:42

      You should visit us more often in Europe, Ana. Ideally around the design shows and join us:-)

  • Reply bine 20 January 2014 at 07:05

    Scheint ein gelungenes Wochenende gewesen zu sein. 🙂 Tolle Fotos! Die Lampe in Bild Nr. 2 …

    Liebe Grüße und eine schöne Woche!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 20 January 2014 at 14:42

      Danke Dir, Bine! Das Wochenende war wirklich top und die Lampe von Muuto in Bild No. 2 ist auf meiner Wunschliste:-)

  • Reply 23qm Stil 20 January 2014 at 08:06

    Es war so schön dass Du dabei warst und ein Teil von #teamblogst bist! Und wie immer tolle Einblicke. Ich werde mich dann diese Woche mal in Sachen Pflanzen rumtreiben :). Liebste Grüße und einen tollen Start in die Woche! Ricarda

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 20 January 2014 at 14:41

      Danke Dir, Ricarda, dass ich Teil von #teamblogst bin:-) Ist mir immer eine Freude! Bis bald!

  • Reply Bine 20 January 2014 at 08:06

    Igor, es war schön, Dich wiedergesehen zu haben! Danke auch für den tollen Beitrag und das Plaudern aus dem Nähkästchen!
    GLG, Bine

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 20 January 2014 at 14:40

      Hat mich auch sehr gefreut, Bine! Und auf ein hoffentlich baldiges Wiedersehen!

  • Reply Hoflove 20 January 2014 at 10:48

    Oh, da wäre ich auch gern dabei gewesen. Die IMM bietet immer so viel spannendes. Toll, welchen Einblick du uns gewährst, so kann ich wenigstens von zuhause aus auf dem Laufenden bleiben. 🙂
    Liebe Grüße, Kathy

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 20 January 2014 at 14:43

      Freut mich sehr, dass es Dir gefällt, Kathy! Über die nächsten Wochen kommen noch mehr Updates aus Paris und Stockholm!

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey 20 January 2014 at 13:08

    Looks like a real colour feast. Glad you liked what you were seeing there, esp. the green 🙂
    Who is the sideboard at the top by? Very nice.
    I spy my much beloved ‘Up’ lamp in the muuto pic 🙂 Have to be honest though – muuto doesn’t look that different from previous years… and I like that fact 🙂 Perhaps shows they aren’t so concerned about trends?
    Thanks for the overview mister. Always appreciated!

  • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey 20 January 2014 at 13:10

    PS… where are all the guys? Are you the only boy in that pic? The interiors & design blogging world needs more men!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 20 January 2014 at 14:38

      We were only two guys in fact – I agree, we need more men in design blogging! The sideboard at the top is by Gubi.

    • Reply Gerard @WalnutGrey 20 January 2014 at 16:02

      Hangs head in shame! Of course it is… it’s a variation on a Grossman Dresser?

      And yep… we need to get on a men recruiting drive!

  • Reply Elisabetta @italianbark 20 January 2014 at 14:42

    Hello Igor I’ve been yesterday in Milan lifestyle fair Homi…and your post makes me reflect a lot about the difference between Italian interior design bloggers and German ones…we have so much to learn from you all!!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 20 January 2014 at 14:44

      Oh you must report on the trends from Milan, Elisabetta! I am curious! I have never been to the Milan fair but want to go next time! And in my post here most of the designs are actually from Scandinavian labels:-)

  • Reply elisabetta @italianbark 20 January 2014 at 15:52

    Yes for sure I’m going to publish my pics from Milan by tomorrow on Italian Bark…however, lot of colour and SO MUCH coastal decorative style..!

  • Reply Lisa Hjalt 20 January 2014 at 17:54

    Looks like you had a wonderful time!
    Can I have both the vases in the centre of that particular photo, the blue glass vase and the light blue one behind it? PLEASE?!!

  • Reply anneliwest 20 January 2014 at 19:16

    Ein schöner Beitrag von dir, Igor! Nächstes Jahr muss ich unbedingt auch mal nach Köln. In Berlin war gerade aber auch viel los. Oh Mann, es gibt einfach zu viel Schönes und Bloggenswertes!
    Zu Beginn deines Artikels hat sich ein keiner Fehler eingeschlichen. Aus der 2013 mache ganz schnell und unauffällig eine 2014 : )
    Liebe Grüße aus Berlin

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 20 January 2014 at 19:43

      Danke fürs aufmerksame Lesen und den Hinweis, Anne. Habe den Fehler sofort ausgebessert:-) Und ja, nächstes Mal musst Du mit uns mitkommen!

  • Reply Vivian Anastasaki 20 January 2014 at 22:48

    Nice post!!!!

    Vivian from

  • Reply KATJA/ NEOVIA HOUSE 21 January 2014 at 07:06

    Love the first picture with the green velvet arm chair. Wouldn’t have thought of combining it with light wood, but it works! The pendant lamps are really nice too, and are like icing on the cake in this scheme. These posts from fairs are so inspiring, I’ve been following them all over the blogworld. So thanks for sharing!

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 21 January 2014 at 14:10

      My pleasure, Katja. I am happy you appreciate it! And the first picture was taken at the beautiful stand of GUBI – just if you are wondering:-)

  • Reply 30s Magazine 21 January 2014 at 13:48

    Thanks for sharing. I couldn’t go this year but I have you to see the trends. Again a lot of yellow like last year it seems? Love those shiny lamps.

    • Reply Igor Josifovic 21 January 2014 at 14:11

      A pity you couldn’t make it Louise. And yes, I’ve noticed many yellow elements – now either it is still trending or I am just in love with the hue:-)

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