Pure Village

Cologne, January, 18-24, 2016


Thonet presents bentwood classics in its “Pure Materials” collection


At the imm cologne 2015, Thonet has expanded the “Pure Materials” collection with the addition of the famous bentwood classics. Striking, grained leather, natural wood and a careful handling of the materials characterise this fine and especially sustainable collection. A natural patina develops on the products of this series over the course of time – traces of use are absolutely welcome. more…

Prouvé RAW Office Edition: Vitra and G-Star give old furniture a new shine


Following the success in 2011 of the Prouvé RAW crossover project between Vitra and G-Star RAW, the partnership has continued with the development of a second limited series: the Prouvé Raw Office Edition. This second crossover collection revives a series of furniture and lighting originally designed by Jean Prouvé in the 1940s for the offices of major French industrial companies.

Daily lecture at The Stage: The 10 most important trends at the imm cologne 2015


What’s the new trend colour? Will last year’s “cosiness” trend turn into a mega trend at imm cologne 2015? And how important are those wholly personal places and pieces within our own homes? Frank A. Reinhardt and his team from far.consulting have identified a total of 10 trends and will deliver a short and concise introduction to each of them every day at The Stage, imm cologne’s presentation forum. In addition, the design journalist will present the most important highlights of imm cologne 2015 at the design-orientated Pure segment: a comprehensive round-up of everything you can’t afford to miss.

Bandyopadhyay & Schillaci are presenting cantilever chair Indi at Pure Startup


Designer Boris Bandyopadhyay and architect Fabio Schillaci invented Indi chair in 2014. Its shape enables not only vertical movements while sitting but also horizontal swinging. This aim could be achieved by separating the seat from the backrest portion of the chair. Indi weights only about 4 kg and is a fresh approach to the classic cantilever chair as it was developed by Mart Stam in 1926.

The Stage: Welcome to Das Haus – Interview with Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu


In 2015, “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” actually turns into a stage – a setting-like structure of spacious interiors and “housing cages” of various sizes that are supposed to question our conception of the home. The design of the architects Neri & Hu laid out in two stories for the first time in the series of “Das Haus”, promises innovative approaches to the concept of living space both on an aesthetic and a philosophical level. In the interview with Niklas Maak, the designers talk anout the conception of their installation.

Pure Talents Contest:
the talent show at imm cologne 2015


The Pure Talents talent show is a firmly established attraction not just for trade visitors to imm cologne and LivingKitchen but for anyone with an interest in design. The exhibition of winning entries from the international newcomer competition Pure Talents Contest is regarded as a highlight for anybody searching for the unusual or the not quite utterly flawless amidst the huge selection of market-driven and high-end products on show at the fair: prototypes, experimental approaches and unconventional solutions presented by the young designers themselves.

Lecture at The Stage: Nature plus

The new naturalness in design is more than just a trend. “Back to the roots“ is everywhere – once more and in increasing numbers consumers are incorporating natural materials into their living environments with the emphasis on longevity and pieces which age gracefully. Heads of design studio Wiederverwandt (which loosely translates as “Reused”), architect Wibke Schaeffer and designer Moritz Zielke, designer, present current examples from the cool design scene.

Lecture in The Stage: Design in Scandinavia


The subject of Scandinavian design is wider than ever. Today there are several parallel currents flowing through the Nordic design landscape. Icons from the fifties and sixties are holding strong or resurfacing again after being asleep for years. At the same time a younger generation moves in with a strong urge to work in a more conceptual way, trying to find new channels to reach out with their work. Others at or trying to explore the Scandinavian heritage. more…

Lecture at The Stage:
Ergonomics – at home


Even though the topic of work-life balance is much discussed, whether we need, and indeed whether we want, ergonomics in our homes is still open to debate. One of the aims of ergonomics is to produce easy-to-handle and convenient products. Another aim is to introduce ergonomic work structures which ensure efficient and error-free work and prevent damage to peoples’ health even when carrying out tasks for extended periods of time. Wait – “error-free work” and “preventing damage to health” don’t sound like the keywords for home design! In his presentation, Malte Lenkeit addresses these keywords and demonstrates why we need ergonomics in our living spaces as well as in the work place.

Lecture at The Stage about the Interior Colour Trends 2015


Colour matters. Even more so than you might think. Colour preferences are directly linked to psychology, but even if so, the colours we prefer today are not the same as those we will prefer tomorrow. This is due to different driving factors affecting our state of mind. Therefore, understanding a colour trend goes hand in hand with understanding the market psychology at any given moment. In her lecture Dr. Hildegard Kalthegener asks the question: Where will we be at in our minds during 2015 and what will our colour preferences be in connection to this?

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