“Koln in January is cold, wet and windy, but it’s well worth a visit, especially because of the wealth of interesting furniture and lighting on display at IMM this year.

This event is not too well attended by British retailers or dealers, but is strongly supported by the European market, creating a good atmosphere amongst the many strong brands on display. The Crest portfolio was very well represented, with Luceplan and Carpet Sign in the Design Post and, after 10 years absence, Artifort in the main halls.

Luceplan were reminding clients of their products from 2017 and presenting their new catalogue, whilst Carpet Sign have a new location and image, introducing a luxurious version of Byzance with 45mm pile height.

Artifort have updated the Mare Sofa with a version using loose cushions and also introduced an exclusive fabric range for the contract market – Lana.

All in all, this was a great year at IMM – I highly recommend a visit next time!”