Imm Cologne 2019, the platform for digital trends in the living and interiors industry

10 enero, 2019

Imm Cologne 2019 will create added value for exhibitors, business customers and end consumers with digitalisation. Expansion of digital formats will be advanced with advertising spaces for the Northern Halls.

10.01.2019 Use the entire bandwidth of digital possibilities – Imm Cologne 2019, as one of the world’s most important international interiors trade fairs, has committed itself to this motto. The long term goal of the trade fair organiser is to create its own area of focus for the digital economy and offer online traders, platforms and portals, as well as suppliers a forum. As a prominent representative of eCommerce and the market leader in the German online furniture trade, Otto is once again coming to Imm Cologne in 2019. The Hamburg company will present its latest technologies for making shopping for furniture online even more comfortable for customers.

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For Koelnmesse, digitalisation is not only an important instrument for further developing the customer journey and brand experience of trade fairs, but also for generating added value for their exhibitors. The internationally active trade fair is thus gradually complementing the established digital formats like the homepage, microsites, social media channels and blogs of Imm Cologne with further digital touchpoints, in order to break new paths for interaction with trade fair visitors.

Smart digital formats

As one of these new touchpoints, the newly developed eCommerce forum Touch by Imm Cologne was introduced for Imm Cologne 2018. It unites digitality and haptics and opens up new digital trade channels. Here, visitors receive further information , for example, about online commerce channels, by touching a small screen on an exhibited item of furniture. The name makes reference on the one hand to the interaction on the screen devices, and on the other hand to touching real products. The format was developed especially for young, innovative companies and digitally oriented brands as the intersection between the analogue product world and digital content, and should address trade visitors and end customers equally.

With new digital advertising spaces, Imm Cologne 2019 also will offer exhibitors in the Northern Halls the possibility to draw the attention of visitors with advertising messages. To this purpose, the trade fair will make 18 high resolution spots with larger and smaller LED and LCD walls, monitors and displays available. The spots will be positioned at the most important waypoints, such as the hall entrances, bridges and turnstiles in the northern area.

The future

That Imm Cologne sees itself as a companion of the industry on the path to digitalisation is also shown by the Imm Cologne Congress, which, in its sixth year, concerns itself with factors for success, especially for the digital trade. Professional eCommerce in the furniture trade is the motto in 2019, under which themes like online shops and marketplaces, customer focus and digital marketing, or the payment mix in the online shop are covered. The congress will take place on 17 January 2019 in the context of the interiors trade fair Imm Cologne in the Koelnmesse Congress Centre North.

Digitalisation also will play a role in the three new event programmes of Future Technology, Future Design and Future Foodstyles of LivingKitchen, which is taking place parallel with Imm Cologne. The focus here will be on networked technologies and their influence on future forms of kitchen outfitting and design. In addition to this, star designer Alfredo Häberli will present his vision of a kitchen of the future in the Future Kitchen installation. Thanks to a handful of prominent partners from industry and the economy, visitors will be able to virtually experience the kitchen furnishings and a series of kitchen appliances designed by Häberli as a future scenario as augmented reality. Thanks to digitalisation, buying furniture in the Internet is getting even better


Virtual living landscapes and the latest tech gadgets for digital furniture shopping – Otto, the market leader in the German online furniture trade, will be providing digital impulses at Imm 2019. At the 215 m2 Otto trade fair stand (Boulevard, in front of hall 7), the focus will be on innovations like computer generated imagery (CGI) and virtual Reality (VR), making these tangible for visitors there.

In the case of CGI, this involves (product) images created with the help of special data on the computer, which could present an alternative to or even a complete replacement of classic photos in future. This theme plays an important role in eCommerce and is increasing in relevance all the time. At the Otto trade fair stand, experts of the company will guide visitors through the various production steps using images created with CGI. Visitors will be able to watch 3D artists model items of furniture on the computer live at the trade fair stand. The result will be rendered images that can hardly be differentiated from photos of real furniture in living surroundings. Using special glasses, visitors will be able also to view this digitally generated furniture in virtually designed room scenery.

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