Putting daydreaming aside, interzum provides a moment for designers and producers to get back to work and down to business. First presented in 1959 and organised by the producers of imm cologne, interzum is the biggest exhibition of its kind in the world, and this year it has more exhibitors and more space than ever before, with some 1500 participants from over 60 countries. An expanded supplementary programme of curated exhibitions, installations, and events has also been put together to provoke debate, stimulate innovation and knowledge sharing, and facilitate networking and partnerships.
Between interzum inspires and the Circular Thinking area, however, interzum is definitely staking its bets on green design. The Circular Thinking area will present all manner of chairs that have been made using upcycling, out of materials that would otherwise end up as landfill – seagrass, bioplastics, potato industry waste, flax by-products, artichoke leaves, skateboards, and bio-resins, to name but a few. Manufacturing and processes that conserve energy usage as well as other closed-loop material cycles will also be highlighted. A one-day conference on 18 May, Circular Thinking – from Upcycling to Biofabrication, sees industry experts sharing their knowledge with visitors and exhibitors.
Of course, the highly anticipated interzum awards will again recognise the best products on show based on functionality, quality of material(s), shape, and sustainability. As always, the gala awards ceremony on 15 May will serve as the opening of the interzum trade fair – an opportunity to reflect and celebrate the advances in the sector over the past two years.