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imm cologne 2005 to present latest home trends

Described as the world's leading trade fair for the furnishing sector, imm cologne will once again take centrestage in Cologne, Germany, from 17-23 January 2005.

Each year, imm cologne is the first event to present the latest home trends for Europe and beyond. Organised by Koelnmesse GmbH, imm cologne features a product spectrum of both scope and depth in furniture, lighting, accessories, home textiles, carpets and other items for the home.

A highlight of this international furniture event is the trend forum called “informed by cologne”. At the forum, participants will receive extensive information on the topics of colour, pattern, shape, function and material.

Another highlight is ideal house cologne 2005 where renowned designers Patricia Urquiola and Hella Jongerius will share their individual vision of ‘home living in the future'.

Koelnmesse has also set up a trend board to discuss interior trends for 2005. The board comprises experts in interior design, materials and textiles from Amsterdam, London, Milan and Tokyo. The four members have identified what in their opinion are the decisive trend phenomena in interior design, and their deliberations have been compiled into a publication which will be available exclusively to imm cologne exhibitors during the fair.

Accompanying imm cologne 2005 is the biennial imm cuisinale, which is held in odd-numbered years. International suppliers of kitchen furniture and electrical built-in units present their innovative products and services for the modern fitted kitchen show their latest products and designs at the imm cuisinale 2005.

imm cologne 2005 is opened to trade visitors only from January 17-21 and to end-consumers on January 22 and 23. For more details on the show, go to www.imm-cologne.de.

The 2004 imm cologne attracted 1,369 exhibitors (of which 63% are international) from 48 countries, with some 120,000 visitors from over 100 countries. Next year's show will have some 1,400 exhibitors spread across 14 halls.


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