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Trend Vision: imm Cologne 2014 Top Trends

Members of the Design Team at Laminex and Formica travel to the major interior design, material and furniture fairs around the world each year. We believe that our ability to talk about trends is determined by our observation of how influences change over time, not just by what we see at an individual exhibition, as stimulating as that may be.

One of the more important fairs is imm Cologne, held in January each year. Here are four key trends observed at this year’s fair:

  • Copper, Rose Gold and Gold:  Coloured metals for years have come in a multitude of colours and shades. But alongside the general warming of the palette we see an increasing trend towards warm metals, particularly copper and gold. Increasingly important is ROSE GOLD first seen in jewellery and timepieces, and now spilling over into interiors.



  • Wall Puzzles: The classic shelving or wall system dissolves into puzzle pieces. These new systems are based on a mix and match concept: box and random shaped elements in different sizes and depths mix with shelves in various lengths and all come in a colour range from white to naive pastels or bolder palettes and allow for customised solutions.


  • A Feminine Touch: Louise Campbell designed this year‘s “Das Haus“– a wonderful example for the feminine element that is becoming so important in the design world at this moment. It‘s that light, inviting and warm feeling, in harmonious colours with lots of white, “cosmetic reds“, nude tones and a palette of pastels, that is not retro at all. Materials are natural and pure. The theme of openness is expressed through the exclusion of walls which are replaced by soft textiles that can be easily rolled up or down depending on the amount of transparency or privacy one desires. While technology is noted only because of its absence, the house is well furnished with all of the instruments required for conceiving various types of handicrafts. Patterns look hand-made and hand-coloured, just not digitised at all.



  • Wood Pure & Natural: We‘ve seen a surge of reclaimed and vintage looks in wood grains. The trend cycle is now turning to more elegant versions of rusticity – a crack here and there, a sapwood line, a live edge every now and then, but overall woods are presented as the pure, simple and natural material it is. In the natural finish. In the natural colour.

     New super-matt structured varnishes emphasise on that very natural appearance.


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