Interzum is one of the world’s leading trade fairs for furniture production and interior design. It is held in Cologne, Germany, every second year. PG Bison sent across a small team to the 2019 event to explore the latest trends influencing the design world. This forms part of the wider process of developing our new product lines. Our team has also been meeting with partners in Europe to work on colours, textures and new products we’ll be launching in the not-too-distant future.

Interzum takes place over four days and the 2019 event, which ended on 24 May, had 1,805 exhibitors from 60 countries, with 74 000 visitors, 55 000 of which were from outside of Germany. Themes included the continuing rise of individualisation, energy efficiency and sustainability, light (LED), digitalisation (including voice control), micro living and “slide and hide” (furniture that packs away when not in use).

Jason Wells, Brand and Marketing Manager at PG Bison, says that many of the exhibits focused on environmental initiatives and lots were showing natural looks, with textured and matt surfaces featuring heavily. “While sleek, glossy surfaces continue to increase in popularity locally, we’re also starting to see the influence of the European natural, pared down influences, which we’re incorporating in our planning,” he says. “Our aim is to offer our customers something to suit every taste.”

Stone, slate, marble, burnt wood / bog wood were some of the textures and looks featured. There were also some interesting new materials, from wood wool to the first-ever pneumatically driven wooden nails, fabric made from banana plants, and natural surfaces produced from hay and moss that sparkle with upcycled Swarovski Zirconia gemstones.

Here are a few photos from the event, courtesy of Koelnmesee.

Photo credits: Koelnmesse