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Trend Post from IMM Germany part 2

By Gudy Herder  – 

Gridded, Folded and Mini-Shelves of "real talent"
Instead of talking really new trends being presented at the IMM15 in Cologne this year (,
I would rather say, last year trends are growing and evolving. There is not enough market to launch at every single
 edition brand new concepts but those that were previously presented might get a 're-branding'.
The most putstanding designs have been discoverd at the Pure Talent Contests  where young designers were exhibiting,
 resulting in some of the most interesting pieces and trends.


Metal frames are a recurrent design throughout the years with different surface finishings and applications.
They sometimes remind of shopping carts, and thanks to often light-weight structures, there are easy to adapt to any space. 

GRIT table by Llotllov (

The feather-light GRIT table made out of wire frame is equally suited for indoors andd outdoors, belongs to
German brand Llotlov and comes in several finishings and sizes.

Grid System by Ying Chang (

The Grid System is a multi-functional piece with a surface suitable for many activities from working and reading to cooking,
 while its accessories can be used either as drawers or shelves. The modular system allows the user to create his own design
 and adapt to needs and space.

LadyBird by Arketipo

What is interesting about this design presented by Italian company Arketipo is the combination of the rather rough iron rod
combined with Emperador marble for the shelf tops, a combination that smoothens the industrial feel giving the shelving system
 a more elegant approach.


Origami-style folds are still hot and one of those trends that are evolving and taking over to new materials.
Originally a Japanese art of paper folding in which a sheet of paper is folded into complex designs without the use
of cutting or glueing, designers are adopting this practice and turning thin metal sheets, cardboard, felt, ceramics and
even leather into practical and beautiful furnishings and objetcs.

Unfolded Cones by Jule Waibel (

London-based German designer Jule Waibel has launched a collection of seats crafted from 100 % wool felt that has
 been three-dimensionally folded under steam to create flexible pleats.

Folded Lamphade by Pepe Heykoop ( Tiny Miracles (

These lampshades have been handmade by women of the Pardeshi community who live in one of the poorest
neighborhoods in Mumbai, India. Dutch designer Pepe Heykoop operates a workshop which he teaches three times a year
together with the Tiny Miracles Foundation where people learn new skills. Their goal is to pull 700 people out of poverty
within 10 years. The Folded Lampshades are made of coated paper, they come flat packed and are easily set-up. 

Waffle Sideboard by Studio Fem (

The Waffle Sideboard is a flexible storage unit by Danish designer trio Studio Fem. It refers to the classic sideboards
of the 50s and has four flexible doors allowing you to decide where and how you want to adjust these mint dividers.


First discovered at the Salone del Mobile 2014 in Milan, Mini Shelves have been taken over by further brands with new materials.
Having a storing functionality is not precisely the main characteristics but minis shelves are understood as a feature where
to showcase few and most treasured pieces and when displaying several converting them all into a small (art) gallery.

Fungi Regale by Menu (

These shelves are inspired by one of natures more whimsical features and the fungus that
 grows horizontally out of trees in the woods. 

Corniches by Ronan&Erwan Bouroullec ( for Vitra (

Corniches were created by the renown designer duo Ronan&Erwan Bouroullec from the need for small spaces for
the spontaneous storage of miscellaneous objects.

Mousse by François Azambourg ( for Moustache (

And finally, Mousse created by François Azambourg is made out of polyurethane foam and enamelled ceramic,
and while not spotted at the IMM15, I thought it would be interesting to be included in this section to get some additional
material and color inspirations.

If you like to find out about some more color and textile trends seen on the IMM15, please hop over to the former post:
  Trend Post from IMM - Part 1

Best regards from the interior trend world!
Gudy Herder,

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