Sarah and Hannah have caught up with us to tell us about key trends and their favourite stands they’ve seen this week at imm Cologne;

Artisan style:

We saw some fabulous ‘granny chic’ interiors, our favourite was a new rug collection designed by Charlotte Lancelot for Spanish brand GAN. A mixture of grandmother’s cross stitching and digital pixilation, the new Canevas Cross Stitch Collection uses those telltale little x’s in abstract and expressionistic patterns.

Office furniture specialist String’s stand was visually very interesting, making a statement with a workman’s beach installation, linking back to their creativity and fine craftsmanship.

Fun to be had:

A number of brands incorporated light hearted and interactive elements into their stands to make them standout from the crowd. The Fat Boy stand was the most humorous by far.  It consisted of huge rabbit and hare teddy bears, complete with a hutch and gigantic droppings. Sometimes you need a silly moment.

Also yesterday afternoon Beko offered visitors a theatrical performance in the shape of four drummers hitting some beats using spatulas and saucepan lids. Very Stomp!-esque.

Kuchen Treff, the kitchen furniture company offered us an entertaining pit stop where we got involved in a car racing ball game.  It turns out Hannah’s hand-eye co-ordination isn’t great…and she ended up coming last. Better luck next time we say!

Rainbow colours:

There was colour everywhere in imm Cologne, with stands and stands of bright, neon and pastel interiors.   Muuto took advantage of the high ceilings to create a wall of colourful chairs, Lechner pull out all the stops with their tartan worktop and splashbacks and Kartell’s new comeback chair offered visitors the chance to rest their weary feet. The young designers D3 contest saw colour busting at the seams and the Carlucci stand was something straight out of Studio 54 with disco brights taking centre stage.