* Lightweight is on trend for furniture: lightweight materials, lighter loads when moving house and making adjustments
* Robust, matt surfaces in black or black-and-white as well as copper accents are currently on trend
* Mix & match combinations of smoky blue and aqua-turquoise with amber-hued wood
In May, the international fair for the furniture supply industry interzum revealed what will shape furniture design and interior decoration over the next few years. Our homes will start breathing sensuality with truffled wood, cool cement-look walls that come in a roll, suspended doors, wall veneers infused with the aroma of coffee and faux rust doors.
With shimmer and shine all around, it’s matt that is the new sign of exclusivity. Dark matt is the new black, especially as part of classic black-white contrasts. Using tone-in-tone nuances, structures and ornament, matt black creates beguiling depth for surfaces. Together with metallic accents – glossy or matt and predominantly copper – and unusual colour combinations of red & pink or the popular coupling of turquoise tones and warm wood, the colour trend of this year’s international fair for the furniture supply industry interzum was characterised by matt and authentic-looking surfaces. Many nuances for lighter woods were also on display, from chalked oak to honey-coloured beech for floors and furniture.
Every two years, the world’s leading industry trade fair interzum presents all the relevant new developments for interior design and furniture manufacture. Technological and material developments are revealed alongside
colour and surface trends.
Innovative technologies and clever materials provide momentum for furniture design
Sliding doors that can not only be seamlessly integrated into furniture and walls, but can also be made to hover open and closed with just a light touch (InLine S by Hettich); opaque veneers (Radiant by Alpi), cement-look walls or rusty doors that come on a wallpaper roll (stoneslikestones), matt surfaces which don’t require cleaning after every touch (Fenix NTM nanotech material by Arpa, Traceless by Resopal, XTreme by Pfleiderer and Pianova Lackmatt by Niemann) and sofas that can be dismantled into easy-to-carry parts, in case you are moving to the top floor (CoFix by Hettich) – these innovative furniture and decor features for interior design are not only of interest to the consumer, but also to interior decorators and furniture designers. After all, the designer is the one who conceives the functionality, determines form and chooses material and colour. However, just which options of form are available to a designer, what materials and above all, what surfaces can be selected for construction, upholstering and cladding of a piece of furniture, largely depends on the companies that develop the elements which make up furniture, walls and floors. For this reason, what you see at interzum often won’t be available in stores or seen in magazines for one or two years.
The desire for the original has become a general trend. As a sort of levelling of the contradiction that exists in our society between individualism and mass-production, the genuine and unique has been transformed into the essence of personal style and that which is considered valuable. Originality is the trump card in interior design too, where the question of whether the object is really genuine or only “almost” genuine appears to be less important. In fact, today’s modern technologies even make the customisation of mass-produced goods possible.
Authentic-looking materials for floors and walls, doors and furniture, such as wallpaper, laminates, worktops and faux leather and printed cork (ATN faux leather collection, for example) not only look deceptively real, and are sometimes even more robust and easier to clean than the materials they are imitating, they can sometimes be customised with (photo) motifs or exclusive colour schemes. Rarely is the “fake” label playfully employed, whereas the authentic look is consistently upheld and more often than not without any irony. The results are astonishing: whole walls appear genuine Cor-Ten rust red or textile-like denim blue, with some floors, it is hard to tell whether they are made from wood or concrete (Atrium grey by Pfleiderer), and with the Reysitop compact panel by Polyrey, even the longest store counter can shine in saturated matt copper tones. A deceptively real wooden feel can be created using a particularly deep structuring (Meandra by Pfleiderer). 3D and thick-cut veneers (by Danzer in the new, especially strong 2mm version) are not only ideal for automobile interiors, but also for upholstered furniture, such as the Seame chair by infinity by OMP, for the seat of which designer Klaus Nolting used a 3D veneer by Danzer. Weight also plays a role here – veneered wood fibre panels which look like solid wood (such as Querkus by Decospan) or composite boards are lighter, and save on raw materials and energy for transport. At interzum it is plain to see that the furniture industry is making steady advances in the area of sustainability. It is more often the case now that lightweight materials can be manufactured from almost a single material or at least without any harmful additives. The Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research (WKI) has even created an easily recyclable wood foam made from 100 percent wood, which is manufactured completely without any petrochemical additives and has been developed as a replacement for packaging material and as a base for lightweight materials. Good old plywood also finds exceptionally innovative new uses, as shown by the construction panel Flex by Ply Project, which combines flexibility and a hard surface.
Koelnmesse – No.1 in Furniture: Koelnmesse is the world’s top trade fair organiser for the areas of furnishing, living and lifestyle. At the trade fair hub of Cologne, leading international fair imm cologne as well as the trade fair formats of LivingKitchen, ORGATEC, spoga+gafa, interzum and Kind + Jugend rank among the internationally renowned and established industry meeting places. These fairs comprehensively represent the upholstered and case furniture segment, the kitchen industry, the office furniture sector and outdoor living as well as the innovations of the furniture supply industry. Over the last few years, Koelnmesse has specifically added international fairs in the most important fast-expanding markets to its portfolio. These include Rooms Moscow/Moscow International Furniture Show, the China International Kitchen and Bathroom Expo (CIKB) in Shanghai and furniPRO Asia in Singapore.