The biennial kitchen show returned to cologne with a fascinatingly broad mix of styles to admire, reflecting a continued diversification of modern lifestyles…
Running alongside giant furnishing fair, imm cologne, the seven day Living Kitchen show once again proved to be a fascinating insight into some of the trends driving design decisions into the sector.
Featuring 200 exhibitions from 21 countries – including around 50 first-time and returning exhibitors – there were plenty of new ideas on show. Once again, mixing materials and textures was an underlying theme, with plenty of creative takes on blending natural and man-made materials. There was also lots to see in terms of ‘to hide or not to hide’, with open storage sections in evidence, as well as mechanisms for completely hiding away the working kitchen.
Although the size of stands at the show were not not – with one or two exceptions – particularly huge, there was an impressive quality about the displays. Notable stand-outs included Nolte, Valcucine and next125, although it should be said, there was a high standard right across the exhibition halls this year.
Organisers point to increasing visitor numbers as further evidence of the show’s growth: “The kitchen industry needs a leading international trade fair in Germany. Our industry presented an outstanding showcase, and we are convinced that the trade fair will significantly boost demand for kitchens, nationally and internationally,” said Kirk Mangels, cheif executive of the Modern Kitchen Working Group.
Mangels added that when asked about the event’s added value, many exhibitors mentioned the fact that Cologne is the only trade fair where they can present their products in the context of a globally oriented interiors show. “The show is on an excellent course. We will analyse the results to see how we can work together to continue to develop the event,” said Mangels. This year’s show also attracted a sizable public audience during its final three days, with cooking events and large coking shows being particular draws.
Living Kitchen / livingkitchen-cologne.com