Comfort in Cologne: Sensational Sofa and Seating Trends from IMM 2016
Sofas and seats form the centre of the home and are some of the biggest furniture investments we make. A modern good sofa turns a house into a home, and at Cologne’s Furniture Fair IMM you couldn’t fail to find your dream sofa. The world’s largest exhibition of upholstered furniture invites you to sit down and take in the huge diversity of products on offer. Homedit selected some of the most sensational sitting options designed to meet the varied demands of sofa and seat buyers. We asked, what can inspire our individual search for comfort?
New furniture is becoming lighter and and easier to move. Our increasing ability to multitask is reflected in furniture that adapts and transforms at different times of the day.
W Schillig is a classic German manufacturer with 65 years in the business. Their showroom occupies a huge part of the Comfort exhibition at IMM. The elegant lines of their ergonomic chaise rocker Woow catch the eye.
Many of Schilligs sofa’s are adjustable to suit all bodies and relaxing positions. They also offer a range of modular sofas allowing easy reconfiguration of your lounge.
The blue velvet Namara is a new model which Schillig debuted at IMM. The head rest adjustment is especially comfy. The black leather Silena model also features remote control for easy adjustments without getting up.
Sitting on a comfy floor cushion or pillow? The innovative Karup Nest sofa chair is designed to form a circular futon bed from two chairs. This creative take on the traditional Japanese Futon is one of the comfiest sofa bed chairs on the market!
Danish firm Innovation living have a new fabric collection of sofa beds designed for sleeping comfort with high tech mattress technology and refined daytime style. Their compact models are particularly suitable for small apartments.
The Puzzle range comes with a choice of metal or wooden feet.
Comfort via retrospective design.
In uncertain times we’re drawn to classic and retro designs, they provide comfort in times of rapid change, like a reliable old friend. Many European manufacturers are especially tuned in to the popular mid century aesthetic.
with minimal white, grey or black leather trim for a sleek and understated living room.
The new look range has some less conventional base elements such as the Ego model.
For a chair with character the Bessa pure lounge chair has a unique retro charm mixing brass and leather.
Calia Italia offer luxurious classic sofas with original details like this red stitched mushroom/brown colour leather.
If corduroy spells comfort to you then Lithuanian manufacturer Jacobsen Home can provide with this powder blue beauty.
Theca was formed in 2005 following a buy out of the upholstery division of BoConcept. Their grand Fresno model allows you to choose from a range of arm rest and cushion styles to make the piece your own.
Individuality defines furniture trends. With more manufacturers leaving the decisions about details and finishings to the end user. Timeout by Conform allows you to make an individual statement with a customised statement armchair.
For those that prefer to express their own personality via a stand out or statement piece, the Actona stand was full of quirky options. The Nora chair could brighten up a monochrome colour scheme with it’s patchwork primaries.
A curvaceous Oooja chair from Scandinavian design might be the original touch you’re looking for.
Environmentally conscious comfort.
When making a big purchase, more and more of us are drawn to products that consider the environment and our own health with ecological materials and fair manufacture.
3C use the Blaue Engel certification so you can be sure that no toxic chemicals have been used in the manufacture of your sofa. The 3C Candy suite in jewel yellow really stole the limelight at their stand.
Comfort while dining
Our favourite place to dwell is often the dining table, lingering over a lengthy dinner rather than getting up and moving rooms. The furniture industry now produces a wide variety of individually combinable dining chairs. Koinor takes things a step further with their dinner sofas. Bella fit’s into a corner to give that American diner level of comfort to mealtimes but via a streamlined modern look.
Each year the Cologne’s Furniture Fair IMM provides an insight into the latest sofa and seating trends, and with the largest collection of upholstery seen anywhere in the world and row upon row of styles in one place, it’s an event that will leave you longing to spend the evening on your sofa.