Every January, IMM Cologne and the off-site exhibitions and events of Passagen kick off the design year as the first international shows on the calendar, hosting nearly 1500 exhibitions in all. We have bundled up in our winter gear to wander the fair and city to bring you the highlights of 2014 in our gallery. The shows are focused on (but not limited to) furniture and interior design, and increasingly flirt with other disciplines with each new year.
A recurring theme this year again was sustainability in the shape of local production, longevity and up-cycling. On the engineering side, the implementation of brand-new materials and techniques allowed for exciting previously impossible structures. We also saw compelling examples of furniture design as a discipline that is no longer just about detached objects but rather creating experiences, interactions and stories.
Highlights included the honorable Designer Of The Year show about Werner Aisslinger, the D3 Contest by the German Design Council, Designers Tower, and the whole neighborhood turned exhibition at Design Parcours Ehrenfeld.