Published on : Wednesday, June 28, 2017
The international interiors show imm cologne will present the versatility of architectural and decorative lighting in their next edition, to be held from January 15 to 21, 2018. The focus will also be on light in the Pure Editions hall and the new Pure Architects hall. From decorative lamps to lighting systems through to the topic of digital lighting control, visitors to the trade fair will experience at first hand the subject of light in all its forms.
Today, a lamp is far more than “just” a light source – it is a statement and a decorative design element that is used to personalise a house and make it feel like home. What is more, the digitisation of private dwellings means that the smart homes sector is also in the spotlight when it comes to lighting design. Lighting in private homes is thus on the verge of a mini revolution: intelligent lighting control that creates a well-balanced ambience whilst simultaneously saving resources on a sustainable basis – these are issues that are increasingly on consumers’ minds.
It is also the case that, with the huge success of LED technology, the wider field of architectural lighting is becoming more and more interesting when it comes to private sector applications. Thanks to energy-saving technology and convenient control options, downlights, track-based systems, panel lights, lighting strips and wall washer lighting – which were previously only in wide-spread use as technical lighting in offices, workshops, museums and hotels – are now also available for installation in private living rooms, kitchens and bathrooms or for atmospheric lighting on garden terraces.
Light has, therefore, become a complex issue for everyone who is concerned with interior design – whether privately or professionally. Light is simply an element of design. To that effect, the international interiors show imm cologne aims to sharpen the focus on light. Arne Petersen, Vice President Trade Fair Management at Koelnmesse GmbH, explains: “A demand for holistic living concepts has arisen as a result of the trend towards individualisation and digitisation in the home living sector. More and more people have immersed themselves in the subject of interiors, and they need an overview of all of the possibilities in the home living sector, just as we provide at imm cologne. And there’s nowhere else that does this as well as imm cologne. The links between light and furnishings, and between light and textiles, need to be highlighted. And we are best-placed to do this.”
At imm cologne 2018, the subject of light will be illuminated from two key perspectives: firstly, decorative light in its most varied forms and lighting-fixture designs and, secondly, technical lighting with complex and easily controllable lighting solutions.
Decorative light 2018: a focus at Pure Editions
Luminaires that emit subtle light, add the final touch to a room as a design element or pick out key eye-catching features will be found in abundance in the Pure Editions area. Dick Spierenburg, Creative Director of imm cologne, says, “Pure Editions stands for young, visionary and innovative design. So, it was a logical step for us to put greater focus on decorative lighting design here. As the showcase for design installations, Halls 2.2, 3.1 and 3.2 are very popular with interior designers and end users. The addition of the subject of light to the focus of Pure Editions fits in very well with the overall concept and we are certain that trade fair visitors will appreciate this holistic approach to interiors.”
New exhibition format Pure Architects presents the technical and creative possibilities offered by architectural lighting solutions
Pure Architects, on the other hand, is transforming itself into the home of technical lighting. LEDs, integrated lighting systems, lighting technology, lighting design, architectural lighting – the subject takes on a whole new dimension in the new-look Hall 4.2. The intelligent and efficient control of light sources via apps is just one topic waiting to be discovered in the smart homes segment. “Visitors will also get to see behind the scenes of technical lighting. This will be especially interesting for installation technicians and architects,” explains Spierenburg.