Just over every week in the past, a part of the Freshome Team decamped to Cologne in Germany to go to the International Furnishing Fair often known as imm cologne. Our CEO Mihai was talking as a visitor panelist on the We Are Social Bloggers Summit organised by Holly Becker of decor8 and I was there too, as a part of BlogTour Cologne. Several occasions a yr, a choose group of rigorously chosen design bloggers are invited to worldwide locations the place they’re able to immerse themselves in commerce exhibits, showrooms, design occasions and native tradition. Thirteen prime design bloggers from the US and the UK descended on Cologne to seek out out what new merchandise, developments and improvements have been being exhibited at imm cologne and LivingKitchen. We requested them to allow us to in on their prime picks from the present and that is what all of them needed to say…
Stacey Sheppard: “One of one of the best improvements that I noticed at imm cologne was the Hidden Kitchen by Warendorf. Named ‘Interior Innovation Award – Winner 2013′ by the German Design Council within the first jury session, this idea kitchen was one of many highlights of LivingKitchen for me. This spectacular kitchen reveals itself on the contact of a button because the 5-metre-lengthy central part of the wall models opens as much as reveal the work floor, shelving, extractor fan and built-in lighting inside. I love the thought which you can shut up the kitchen completely hiding away muddle that you simply won’t need in plain sight. But that isn’t the one purpose that this kitchen caught my eye. I was additionally attracted by the floor end, which I found is definitely a pure rust end that’s created from a particular combination of rust particles which might be sprayed on to the floor by hand in the identical approach as a lacquer coating.” Stacey Sheppard (that’s me!) is a contract design Writer and Blogger and I am additionally one of many Editors of Freshome. I write my very own design weblog over at The Design Sheppard in addition to writing for numerous different websites. You can comply with me on Twitter @StaceyJSheppard
Lisa Smith: “One of my prime picks from the present is the Miele Generation 6000 collection PureLine home equipment. I selected these revolutionary home equipment as a result of they are available white and never simply the identical previous black or chrome steel. As we transfer extra in the direction of open plan kitchens, absolutely built-in home equipment supply probably the most cohesive look. What excites me is the truth that they provide this excellent Brilliant White end, which blends seamlessly with basic white kitchen cupboards. While we’d love our home equipment, they don’t want to face there screaming for consideration. The potential to have an equipment on the identical visible aircraft and in the identical shade because the cabinetry is an enormous step in the direction of a kitchen designed for every day dwelling within the trendy house.” Lisa Smith is an Interior Designer and the founding father of The Interior Design Factory. She can also be the writer of the weblog Decor Girl. Follow her on Twitter @TheDecorGirl Alexandra Williams: “Sleep is among the pillars of excellent well being, and what could possibly be extra healthful than sleeping on a mattress made with cashmere and olive oil? Candia Strom from Greece had a mattress on the present that’s one hundred% handmade. Eschewing glue and chemical compounds, the corporate makes use of the olive oil as an antibacterial remedy, emphasizing that the acidity within the olive oil is suitable with that of our pores and skin, providing a decidedly Greek medicinal and beauty hyperlink. Some of the opposite elements that caught my consideration have been bamboo, camel hair, cotton wool and coconut fibers. I lay down on one of many beds and instantly needed to go to sleep to a imaginative and prescient of Hercules bringing me a pillow.” Alexandra Williams has been educating, mentoring, presenting, emceeing, modifying and writing about health for over 25 years. You can learn her weblog over at Fun & Fit. Follow her on Twitter @Alexandrafunfit
Courtney Price: “My decide of the present was the Liebherr SBSes 7165 aspect-by-aspect mixture that makes use of wine storage in half of the freezer area. The effectivity is interesting, and it makes good sense for small areas or kitchen areas that aren’t meant for cooking, resembling workplaces or visitor areas.” Courtney Price is an Interior Designer and the founding father of Courtney Price Design. She additionally writes a weblog over at CourtneyPrice.com. Follow her on Twitter @CourtneymPrice
Carmen Christensen: “The product that basically stood out for me at imm cologne was this vary of glass counter tops by Lechner. Although they will not be obtainable or bought in america but, it’s a product vary that’s just like some already bought within the D.J. But what I discovered to be most fascinating is the weird colours, finishes and patterns on supply. That is actually what drew me into their sales space at imm. Their glass counter tops are for me what units them aside from different countertop manufacturing corporations.” Carmen Christensen is a registered Interior designer and writer of the weblog Time2Design. Follow Carmen on Twitter @Time2Design
Tina Ramchandani: “It’s exhausting to select my favourite as a result of there have been so many progressive concepts at this yr’s imm and LivingKitchen. One factor that caught my eye was the retractable Blancoeloscope-P II faucet by Blanco. Many individuals go for a minimalistic kitchen design and lots of are in favor of de-cluttering their area. This faucet is clear lined, and after use it may be tucked away into the sink. The retracted faucet leads to a countertop free from distractions. The Blanco retractable faucet is right for islands and open kitchen plans.” Tina Ramchandani is an Interior Designer dwelling & working in New York and she or he writes the favored weblog Life in Sketch. Follow her on Twitter @LifeinSketch
Todd Vendituoli: “Now if you already know me in any respect you already know I love espresso in each measurement form and type. I’ve seen this Miele Generation 6000 espresso system and would love to have the ability to have one sometime. I notably just like the “CupSensor” know-how that permits the spout to routinely transfer up and down till it reaches the optimum distance between the spout and the cup or glass eliminating the issue of spluttering and splashes. I might do an entire write up about its nice options, trendy look and the way it might beautify any kitchen however I maintain getting caught on the pictures of me going downstairs and saying- ‘I assume I’ll have an espresso now!’ – watching it whereas my good espresso is made proper there at house.” Todd Vendituoli has been a builder for nearly 30 years and now works within the subject of social media. He is the founder and writer of HomeCentrl. Follow Todd on Twitter @TALV58
Brandon Smith: “We right here in California embrace wooden like a bunch of hippies. But parking an enormous slab of walnut subsequent to our Benz’es has all the time been the dilemma. Others have carried out it however Riva 1920 has perfected the artwork mixing the uncooked attributes of a slab of Mother Nature’s best with the modern “take a look at me I’m shiny” aesthetics we’ve come to like in our McMansions. The base, a enjoyment of chrome, evokes the rock like formations of a US state park while the resin enhanced prime floor ensures a cushty setting for your whole friends – not simply these you want.” Brandon Smith is the founding father of d.coop, a boutique spatial design and improvement agency in San Diego, California. His weblog A.Scoop is house to his witty musing about all issues design and interiors. Follow Brandon on Twitter @dcoopsd.
Michele Alfano: “My prime decide from the imm cologne present is Clouds, an progressive, lovely and sculptural tile answer in your house, designed by brothers Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec. I was drawn to its dynamic capabilities. You can infinitely dream up totally different free-type shapes and features: they will cling from the ceiling, develop from the ground as much as the ceiling, develop into spatial dividers, act as soundproofing, cowl home windows and partitions, create pods or hideouts, and so on……the concepts in your residence are limitless. You can hold including and including new parts so it’s continually evolving. I love that tinge of shock!! The tiles are made out of sturdy Kvadrat material and join by rubber bands making it straightforward to put in. Clouds can be found in P Kvadrat materials and eleven shade mixtures.” Michele Alfano is an architect and designer with over 18 years’ expertise within the business and is the artistic founding father of Mod Design Guru. She additionally writes the favored weblog of the identical identify
Sarah Sarna: “One of my favourite items from imm cologne was Küppersbusch‘s Floating Island Hood. The hood’s design is so glossy and compact that initially look I thought it was a shiny white glass chandelier. It’s that lovely. In lieu of a hood that raises and lowers with a button, this virtually invisibly suspended hood offers an architectural, illuminating component above an island cooktop. I discover it so streamlined and stylish.” Sarah Sarna is an Interior Designer in New York with over a decade of expertise designing residential interiors. She’s the founding father of Sarah Sarna Interior Design and writer of the weblog Live The Life You Dream About. Follow Sarah on Twitter @SarahSarna Kathy Sandler: “Rima is a LED desk lamp that’s managed by sliding 4 rings alongside a tubular mild bar. This permits the consumer to decide on the kind of lighting that’s proper for the duty. A consultant from Dreipuls demonstrated the best way to function the lamp by focusing one spot of sunshine on a wine glass and one other to create a bigger beam unfold. After establishing a check shot, she moved one of many rings lower than half an inch. Notice how the sunshine within the two sections by no means cross or contact. Lighting lighting could be tough, and the distinction between the check and the ultimate photograph of the glass was a marked one. Rima provides distinctive readability utilizing minimal electrical energy and is adjusted with simply the slip of a finger. It couldn’t be simpler to function.” Kathy Sandler is the founding father of the Nashville-based mostly Sandler Design Group and she or he authors the weblog Live The Fine Life. You can comply with Kathy on Twitter @livethefinelife.
Katie Treggiden: “My favorite a part of imm cologne, was undoubtedly the D3 Design Talents exhibition, showcasing award-profitable work from college students and graduates from everywhere in the world. One of the stand-out items there was Dear Disaster by Jenny Ekdahl. Inspired by current international disasters, she needed to create one thing that may assist individuals to get well after pure disasters, to assist them regain their belief in nature. The shifting tiles let individuals begin to course of their feelings. Jenny investigated which shapes, textures and patterns, and concepts reminiscent of rhythm, complexity and playfulness, consolation and intrigue us as human beings. The cupboard options greater than 2000 picket elements, every of which might be individually flipped. One aspect of every scale is painted blue, white or gray, whereas the opposite aspect has been left plain – representing the ocean and the sand. The cupboard itself offers an area for small keepsakes from the previous to be positioned safely behind a closed door, and the excessive legs forestall the water from reaching them. A considerate and delightful piece of design.” Katie Treggiden is a contract design author and writer of the ebook Interviews. She additionally writes the award-profitable design weblog confessions of a design geek. You can comply with Katie on Twitter @coadg Were any of you at imm cologne? If you have been we’d like to know what your prime decide of the present was so please depart us a remark. If you didn’t make it there please inform us which of the bloggers’ picks is your favourite. And don’t overlook to comply with these guys on Twitter and cease by their blogs in the event you haven’t already. They know their stuff too!