On the track of the latest trends
'informed by cologne'
Many trends are predicted by experts in their form or content many years before they are finally discovered by industry. The Trend Show at the imm cologne presents the results of an analysis made by such experts in the shape of a Trend Board composed of prominent members. This commission has been initiated by the imm to examine the latest currents in design and to analyse their relevance.
The members of this year's board are the Swedish architect Eero Koivisto, the New York designer Stephen Burks, the Milan designer Fabio Novembre, the German materials specialist Christiane Sauer and the journalist Sophie Lovell, who lives in Berlin.
After an intensive four-day workshop, at which these experts described impressions and observations from their own fields, they agreed on four concepts which they found to incorporate the latest trends most comprehensively:
"Outside In" displays the ever-increasing removal of the dividing lines between exterior and interior space.
"Neo Nature" describes the trend towards high-tech products which in form often resemble natural structures. In contrast to bionics, which generally functions at a low-tech level, we can here observe a combination of the latest technological processing methods and organic form. The 'Bone Chair' of the Netherlands designer Joris Laarman is a prime example of this trend. Inspired by the growth of bones, this elegant high tech sculpture was created with the help of a special tool developed by general Motors Engineering Europe.
"Design School" describes the approach which regards design as an ever-evolving process, combining constant improvisation and playful experimentation.
"Priceless" takes as its subject the fusion of the design and art markets. High quality furnishing objects are increasingly being perceived as objects of art rather than utility, making them priceless.
The trend show will be accompanied by presentations on the topics of Light and Colour, Form, Function, Pattern and Materials. The Trendbook 2008 which developed out of the workshop brings together its main findings and will be on sale in Hall 3.1. Alternatively it can be ordered online at a price of 25 € + postage.
Bone Chair by Joris Laarman, 2007