MoCo Radio 1: IMM Cologne
by / May 1, 2006

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Our first audio podcast is in the form of a conversation between MoCo Loco contributing editor Gimena Gomez Paz and managing editor Harry Wakefield. Recorded a while ago*, but no less relevant, it’s a review of Germany’s biggest design event, IMM, held every year in January. IMM is the second design fair in size after Milan with more than 100,000 visitors. A lot happens at these fairs and surprisingly little is actually reported relative to the sheer volume of events and information generated.

In this podcast we discuss:


  • The 2nd annual trend board, this year formed by designers Tom Dixon, James Irvine, and material expert Els Zijlstra. We talk about the associated book and the curated exhibit on interior design trends.

  • The four trends identified by the trend board; Storytelling, Technique Nature, The New New and New Rituals

  • The Ideal Houses, probably the most popular attraction at IMM Cologne, where renowned designers face off and present their ideal conception of tomorrow's home interiors. In past years it was Rashid vs Gcric, Campana vs Bouroullec and Jongerius vs Urquiola. This year it was living design legend Dieter Rams against three (very) young designers: Joris Laarman, Stefan Diez and Astrid Krogh.

  • Our “Best of IMM” picks and…

  • “New at IMM”


We want to know what you think of the podcast, and more importantly, how you feel we can improve it and what subjects or people you think we should be talking to. One lucky commenter, chosen for the best suggestion, will receive a copy of the new Phaidon Design Classics book. Comments submitted by no later than tomorrow night, May 2 at midnite EST, will be eligible. Sorry, MoCo editors and other team members are ineligible for the book, but are welcome to comment.

*We’re still feeling our way around the technical bits, so the next one should be better.

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