IMM fair focuses on Sustainability

Among the trends presented at the Cologne furniture fair is also the concept of "smart" homes with digitally networked furniture.

IMM fair focuses on Sustainability

Cologne (dpa) - The international furniture fair IMM Cologne opened on Monday, making the city on the Rhine the world capital for sofas, beds, kitchens and other interior design products. For a week, international and German exhibitors will be presenting the latest furnishing trends for 2020. 

As in many other branches of industry, this year there is a focus on environmental sustainability.  

The fair comes after a year in which German furniture-makers sales fell slightly. According to the German Furniture Industry Association, turnover in 2019 came to around 18 billion euros (20 billion dollars), down a slight 0.6 per cent from the year before.

This year manufacturers are emphasising, in addition to sustainability, the concept of "smart" homes with digitally networked furniture. In addition, makers are increasingly offering furniture designed for the needs of an ageing society. 

Around 1,200 exhibitors, a good half of them from abroad, are presenting their latest creations to general visitors and industry experts alike. In view of the tense political situation it is hard to project how many people will come to this year's fair, the Cologne fair company Koelnmesse said.