Creative lighting leads the way at IMM Cologne 2018

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January is trade show season for the interiors industry, and WGSN has been out and about all month capturing the latest launches and analysing the biggest trends for furniture and homewares. Fresh from IMM Cologne, one of Europe’s most important interiors fairs, one focus that caught my eye was the poetic use of lighting throughout the show. Seamlessly integrated into furniture, but used in a new and more decorative way, lighting is becoming an ever more important element for designers as they respond to modern lifestyle needs and tap into the wellness market.

Lucie Koldova

Light played a key role in designer Lucie Koldova’s installation, Das Haus, which explored how architecture, interior design and furniture can influence and respond to contemporary living. Koldova says of the installation, “People constantly swing back and forth between their feelings and their moods. At home they should feel balanced and recharge. This is a place where light can help. An ideal living space offers a wide variety of mood levels, because its rooms close the circle between the ideas in our emotional world and the demands of real life”.

Roche Bobois

Roche Bobois showed new illuminated sideboards with inventive detailing: clever surface design fuses lighting onto the front panels, acting as a decorative feature that resembles the appearance of inlay. The linear design brings a warm glow into interior spaces and taps into rising use of layered lighting in the home.


Vita launched a new space saving furniture and lighting collection that includes the Lounge Around sofa. The urban-focused sofa comes with multiple add-ons for extra functionality – including a table that can be set in different places, a cushion that turns over to become a tray, and a place for an extra light, as well as a removable magazine rack.


For more insight, WGSN Lifestyle & Interiors subscribers can access our full report: IMM Cologne 2018 – Trend Analysis.  


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