Highlights of the Top Interior Design Fairs That Concluded in January 2020

The brand-new decade started with some of the biggest interior design exhibitions that packed a real punch. Among the many interior design fairs that took place in January 2020, we’ll focus on 3 of the biggest events:

  • IMM Cologne, January 2020



IMM Cologne held its furniture and interiors trade fair from 13 to 19 January 2020, in the historic city of Cologne, Germany. More than 128,000 visitors attended this event to find inspiration. IMM cologne had a very strong international profile – of the 82,000 trade visitors around 50% were from outside Germany.

Gerald Böse, President and CEO of Koelnmesse said, “With these results, IMM cologne not only underscores its prominent position in the global business; the increase in planners, architects and contract furnishers from Germany further emphasizes its importance for the German market.”

Jan Kurth, the Managing Director of the Association of the German Furniture Industry,said “For the exhibitors, IMM cologne was a commercially successful trade fair that allowed the industry to make an excellent start to the 2020 furniture year.”

Highlights of IMM Cologne

      • Top level international trade visitors

The IMM atmosphere was characterized by networking, business, and trend spotting. Decision-makers from the major international department stores, such as Alinea and BUT from France, Nitori from Japan, El Corte Inglés from Spain, and Boston Interiors from the USA, were at IMM. The major players in online retail – Wayfair, the Otto Group, and Amazon – were also at the event.

      • Top trends were based on sustainable, colorful, smarter and more efficient living

The IMM cologne proved to be the mirror image of current interiors trends, demonstrating the inventiveness of furniture makers. The top trends that were showcased at the fair were based on the theme of sustainable, colorful, smarter, and more efficient living.

      • Better orientation due to new division

For the first time, the trade fair focused on two interior worlds: Home, showcasing furnishing solutions for modern dwellings, and Pure, showcasing the world of on-trend design brands.

      • Significant expansion of “Let’s be smart – Smart Village”

The trade fair laid a greater emphasis on smart living and provided an attractive platform for cross-sector matchmaking.

  • Maison & Objet, January 2020

Maison Objet 1

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Maison & Object chose a future-forward theme of (RE)GENERATION to bring into focus the elements that are expected to be the game-changers over the course of the next 25 years. The fair held at the Villepinte Exhibition Centre in Paris from 17 to 21 January 2020 demonstrated outstanding resilience. Although there was a slight decrease(-3.5%) in the number of attendees, there was an increase in the number of exhibitors (2736), out of which 609 were new firms.

According to the organizer’s estimates, the retail transactions that took place over the course of the 5-day event are worth almost 2 billion euros.

Highlights of Maison & Objet

      • Designer of the Year: Michael Anastassiades

“Simplicity takes a lot of hard work,” said the Designer of the Year 2020, Michael Anastassiades, who showcased his lighting designs at the event. It was more of a homecoming for him as he had introduced his brand way back in 2007first at Maison &Objet.

      • Generations Y and Z under the spotlight

Through the theme of (RE)GENERATION, Maison & Object gave the visitors a chance to get a grip on the intriguing and unsettling consumer behaviors of generations Y and Z (the ‘engaged generation’).

The ‘What’s New?’ exhibits explored the themes that are close to the new generation’s heart. The fair brought into focus the consumer behavior that believes in bringing meaning, nature, and virtuous materials back into their homes. From furnishing to fragrances, the event addressed the industry’s specific needs in terms of accessibility, safety standards,solidity, etc.

      • Young Talents in the limelight

To acknowledge the talent in the global design scene, Maison&Objet carefully selected six Rising Talents. These talents were hand-picked by a six-member jury – Adrien GarciaLaureline Galliot, Julie Richoz, Natacha & Sacha, Mathieu PeyrouletGhilini, and Wendy Andreu – all experts in French designs.

  • IMOB – Istanbul Furniture Fair, January 2020


One of the biggest furniture exhibitions in the world, CNR IMOB International Istanbul Furniture Fair, broke new records. In this exhibition that lasted for six days, more than 1000 companies participated, 122 thousand 516 visitors, including 38 thousand 816 foreigners, were hosted, and export contracts worth 1.2 billion dollars were signed.

Organized by CNR Holding company İstanbul Trade Fairs, CNR IMOB was held from 21 to 26 January2020.

Highlights of IMOB – Istanbul Furniture Fair

      • The exhibition outgrew the halls and overflowed into tents

The Deputy Minister of Treasury and Finance, Dr. NureddinNebati, in his opening speech, referring to the last year’s CNR IMOB said, “All the halls of CNR IMOB were full in 2019. This year, the halls outgrew and overflew into outside. We are at an exhibition where the halls outgrow and overflow into tents and welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors. We are so happy for those performing this event.”

      • Implemented artificial intelligence aided Data Management System for the first time

The artificial intelligence aided Data Management System, which CNR Holding took 2-year work to develop, played a significant role in not only increasing the trade volume but also the number of visitors. This system is aimed to provide a sustainable communication to boost the efficiency of the exhibition for both visitors and exhibitors.

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