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IMM Cologne fair to introduce new features in January

Event to celebrate innovation, young designers

COLOGNE, Germany — The 2014 edition of IMM Cologne this January will feature a host of new segments and features that aim to highlight some of the most innovative trends in home furnishings fashion and design.

Among the new segments at the Jan. 13-19 show is PureOne Design Injection, which celebrates the talents of young designers coming out of colleges and universities.

"Here visitors can experience idea labs that have a concrete influence on the furniture industry," show organizers said in a statement.

The show also will feature the Das Haus - Interiors on Stage concept, a walk-in simulation of a house that illustrates both architectural and interior design elements. It will be hosted in
collaboration with Danish furniture and lighting designer Louise Campbell. A designer with "an English instinct for interior design, (Campbell) is undoubtedly one of the leading protagonists who are evolving the grand tradition of Scandinavian Modernism not only with respect but with newfound self-confidence as well," show organizers said.

The show is also expanding other hall areas such as the Sleep segment in Hall 10, where a "new creative concept will enhance the displays to appeal to new international target audiences."

The 2014 edition of IMM Cologne is expected to feature 1,100 companies from 50 countries. For more information on the event, or to register, visit www.immcologne.com.


Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, FurnitureToday

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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