Interzum 2019 is all about functionality and finishing

Interzum 2019 will present product solutions for interior architecture and furniture design of tomorrow.

In May this year, the future of furniture production and interior construction begins again in Cologne (Germany). Interzum (21-24 May) inspires the global furniture supplier industry.

This is where decision makers, opinion leaders, disseminators and trend-setters from all over the world keep up with the innovations in the sector, seek out and establish new contacts. This leading international fair attracts more than 1,700 exhibitors to impress an anticipated 70,000 visitors from over 150 countries.

Exhibitors present their innovations across 1,90,000 square metres of exhibition space.

What’s coming next? Divided by theme into three topic areas, the event is optimally organised to make trade fair attendance a success, because its structure brings the stakeholders in the value chain into close contact – and gives exhibitors and visitors alike a good overview.

The largest exhibition area at Interzum 2019 will be occupied by the ‘Function & Components’ product segment. In Halls 3.2, 4, 5, 7 and 8, the industry will show how customers’ increasing demands in the areas of technology, energy efficiency, comfort and convenience can be fulfilled.

These points will be addressed by the product segments of light and lighting systems, semi-finished products for storage, kitchen, office and frame furniture, fittings, locks and furniture components.

Even more convenient, individual, digital and connected – these are the expectations for the interiors of the future, and this is the reason why solutions to these requirements will be the focus of attention in the technical and functional components segment.

Materials & nature

The conservation of resources, sustainable raw materials and cradle-to-cradle concepts – these are but a few of the trends addressed in the Materials & Nature segment in Halls 4.2, 6 and 10.2. 

This is where a comprehensive presentation of versatile materials for furniture design will again be offered, including wood, veneer, parquet, interior design and furnishings, decorative surface design, decor papers, laminates, wood-based materials, high-pressure laminates, solid surface materials, edge trims, surface treatments and finishes, embossing cylinders and sheet metal.

There will also be climate-regulating upholstery fabrics, energy-efficient cutting machines for foam materials and leather that make optimal use of materials, weather-proof outdoor fabrics.

Success comes from innovative ideas, high-performance materials and ultra-efficient processing by means of advanced technology and machines. In the Textile & Machinery segment in Halls 9, 10.1 and 11, the quality leaders and innovation drivers from across the entire value chain will again be presenting their latest developments.

These include machinery for upholstery and mattress manufacture, upholstery materials, upholstery accessories, materials for covers, leather and adhesives. In a new development for 2019, Hall 10.1 will serve as a central connecting hub for the Textile & Machinery segment, reinventing itself in terms of structure.

Mega trends

With a range of special exhibitions, the trade fair also explores global mega trends such as individualisation, mobility and digitalisation. The leading industry platform is thereby an important source of inspiration for designers, architects, product developers and other planners.

With the newly established ‘Tiny Spaces – Living in Compact Homes’ piazza, Interzum is addressing a highly topical issue. Living space is becoming increasingly scarce in the world’s congested urban areas, with rents continuously rising.

How comfort can be combined with small living spaces is and will remain a highly relevant issue - and not only for the interiors industry. Interzum has attracted a range of high-profile companies to appear in the piazza: Atim, Blum, Hettich, Hommel, Hafele and Pessotto will present their responses to the specific requirements of living in tiny spaces.

The ‘Disruptive Materials – Changing the Future’ piazza at the upcoming event will be devoted to these materials and production methods. The Berlin-based trend forecasting agency, Haute Innovation, will showcase some of the latest materials innovations and disruptive technologies at the trade fair.

The exhibition will be divided into four main areas: biological transformation, resource efficiency and sustainability, digital and smart materials, and production-related materials innovations. It will feature over 100 exhibits across roughly 400 square metres.

Wood design

The ‘Trends in Surfaces & Wood Design’ piazza in Hall 6.1 will present product solutions for interior architecture and the furniture design of tomorrow. It will highlight how innovative surface materials broaden the range of options available to the industry.

The piazza is divided into sections addressing the key words “Sustainability”, “Customised”, “Haptic”, “Light-weight”, “Digital Printing”, “Anti-Fingerprint” and “Wood & Stones”. Related product groups, such as furniture handles or upholstery and decorative fabrics, will be presented.

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience innovative solutions for life in mobile living environments. All the trends in the mobile sector are highly relevant to Interzum because new materials and innovations in function, machinery and lightweight design are required to put them into practice.

How can the expectations of furniture production and interior design be served by means of digitalisation? Interzum 2019 addresses this question with exhibitors showcasing a product or service they offer, or a best-practice example from their everyday business.

Printing technology

A special area in Hall 3.2 has been dedicated to the subject of digital printing as a complement to the piazza. The broad spectrum of potential uses of digital printing will be shown in a demonstration ranging from the design concept to the finished piece of furniture and thus including all the important process steps required for the integration of this ground-breaking technology into furniture production and interior design.

The entire process will, therefore, be shown – from the choice of decoration and its transfer into the computer programs to the actual printing stage and the subsequent finishing step. There will also be a presentation of a selection of leading specialists in the field.

In this way, visitors will discover how digital printing technology can be integrated into their processes, what process steps have to be taken into consideration and what expertise is available.

Koelnmesse is the world’s top trade fair organiser for the areas of furnishing, living and lifestyle. At the trade fair hub in Cologne, the leading international fair IMM Cologne, as well as LivingKitchen, Orgatec, Spoga+Gafa, Interzum and Kind+Jugend rank among the internationally renowned and established industry meeting places.

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