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LivingInteriors 2012: the imm cologne’s new event for experiencing the world of interior design

In rotation with LivingKitchen, the imm cologne will be presenting LivingInteriors in even years. The premiere event in 2012 will be staging an extremely diverse mix of interior design worlds from the bathroom, flooring, walls and lighting segments – an experience not to be missed. The exhibitors include A.S. Creation, Bauwerk Parkett, CAPEROL Farben Lacke Bautenschutz, Carpet Creations, Cotto d’Este, The German Wallpaper Institute, Dornbracht, Effegibi, Efia, Geberit, Gira Giersiepen, Habermann Living, Kadeco, Kährs Parkett, Manx Tech di Dalla, mhochdrei Interior Concepts, Otto Golze, Revox, Ruby Decor, Sitap, Spartherm Feuerungstechnik, Specula Design, Weseler Teppich, Windmöller Flooring and Zollanvari. Koelnmesse sees LivingInteriors as a consistent further step in the imm cologne’s development as a comprehensive interior design fair, for today there is a lot more to a well-designed room than choosing an upholstery fabric or the colour of the furniture. Complete concepts are in demand. The doors can be just as much part of the overall design as matching floors, wall coverings and lighting scenarios. What thrilled exhibitors and visitors alike at LivingKitchen will continue at LivingInteriors: the trade fair concept includes a healthy mix of business and events. This will mean integrating special event areas directly into the exhibition. One event programme has already been finalised. On a central space in Hall 4.2, the Living Rooms – conceived and staged by G + J Events, Hamburg – will be inviting visitors to step inside four themed interior worlds. Each room will be implemented in such a way that it reflects poetic echoes of an overriding topic. These basic themes will include “The Orient Lover” or “The Classics Enthusiast”. The emotional interior design proposals are intended to appeal to all the senses. Event programme rounds off experience factor with impressive agenda The interior worlds will be accompanied by an extensive on-stage programme from Tuesday, 17th January until Sunday, 22nd January 2012. On the trade visitor days, some of the industry’s major names will be waiting their turn to take to the stage as speakers and are particularly looking forward to some exciting exchanges with visitors following their talks. There will be inspiring presentations and informative lectures by, amongst others: Nik Schweiger, biorhythm Design Studio; Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk and Peter Joehnk, managing directors of JOI-Design Innenarchitekten; Thomas Notholt, managing director of notholt lighting design; Margit Vollmert, head of the FarbDesignStudio of CAPEROL Farben Lacke Bautenschutz; Kim Marc Bobsin, sbp - Seel Bobsin Partner Design-Konzeptionen; Markus Helle, HIGHLIGHT Verlagsgesellschaft and Sabine von Keggenhoff of Keggenhoff I Partner. The presentations by application engineer Lothar Steinbrecher (“Tile wallpaper – the new generation of wallpapers – tips and tricks”) or designer Andrea El Shami (“Decorating with wallpaper”) promise to be particular highlights. On 21st and 22nd January 2012, the advice on offer will focus on topics like conversions and extensions or redesigning a home. Interior architecture network innenarchitekten20 will be answering visitors’ questions in a “speed dating” set-up based on the principle: five interior architects, five visitors, five minutes. And the new trade fair event has been causing a stir in prominent circles too: Mark Kühler, Germany’s DIY king and presenter of TV series “Wohnen nach Wunsch - Das Haus” explains: “Colours and textures inspire me, but it’s the combination of all the different elements that really brings the room to life. That’s why LivingInteriors is the perfect platform for experiencing the interaction between all the different dimensions of interior design.” At the weekend, consumers can look forward to some hands-on advice when the presenter, assisted by e.g. the German Wallpaper Institute, demonstrates various tips and tricks for hanging wallpaper.

Mark Külher

 imm cologne + LivingInteriors 16th to 22nd January 2012 9.00 a.m. to 6 p.m. Public Days: Friday, 20th to Sunday, 22nd January 2012
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