More than 10,000 people from 132 countries participated in Interzum @home 2021. Accessible on interzum.com, the digital edition of Interzum generated more than 10,000 leads for the 142 companies exhibiting at the event from May 4 to 7 .
“The past few days have shown how the industry is approaching new challenges in a creative way,” said Oliver Frese, COO of Koelnmesse, the show’s organizer. “I firmly believe that Interzum 2023 will naturally have a strong physical presence here in Cologne, but its attractive digital offerings will make it even more valuable to all participants.”
Interzum 2023 is scheduled to take place May 9-12. For more information, visit interzum.com.
Award-winning product innovations
This year’s show focused on sustainability and included presentations on global megatrends such as digitization, individualization, mobility and urbanization. A number of companies have also presented products adapted to today’s changing lifestyles.
Twenty products have been recognized by Red Dot and Interzum for their quality, design achievements and durability.
“This year’s competition winners impressively show that the furniture industry and suppliers are working on new and improved resource-saving solutions,” said Maik Fischer, Director of Interzum. “We are already delighted with what we will see in two years. “
Four companies won the Best of Best award for their product innovations.
Hafele’s linear lens illumination system intelligently focuses the light from the LED strips, achieving twice the illuminance in the desired focus area without changing the dimensions. The LED strip can be used to illuminate kitchen work surfaces, cabinets and other areas, while reducing glare by 85%, according to the company. The linear lens is suitable for all Loox5 LED light strips with a width of 5mm or 8mm. It should be available in North America by the end of the year.
The Lamello Clamex P-14 Flexus is a detachable furniture connector with flexible positioning pins. The connectors are inserted into the material without protruding, allowing them to be installed in existing parts as well. It is available in North America from Colonial Saw.
Arpa says Bloom is a new core technology for Fenix NTM and Arpa HPL that makes them more durable. Lignin technology is introduced in thermosetting resins in paper to significantly reduce the amount of phenol by 50%. Lignin is a natural polymer found in wood that holds wood fibers together.
Available from the Vita Group, Orbis is a flexible polyurethane foam made from raw materials partially sourced from recycled foam mattresses. The base material includes Renuva polyols, giving the foam properties similar to those of traditionally manufactured PU foams.
In addition to the Best of Best winners, the following have been recognized by Interzum as high quality product winners.
With the AvanTech YOU lighting from Hettich, profiles with integrated LEDs are clipped to the side of the AvanTech YOU drawer, creating a characteristic light effect indoors or outdoors. A rechargeable battery provides the necessary energy. On the sides of the drawers with glass inlays, AvanTech YOU Illumination also creates special visual effects.
Blum’s new platform focused on design, flexibility and ease of assembly, the Merivobox metal enclosure system only needs a few components to create a wide range of designs. It has easy-to-access 3D adjustment and the assembly process is the same for the whole rig. It should soon be launched in Europe.
Also from Blum, the Aventos HKi lifting system can be integrated into any cabinet side 16mm or more thick, creating a seamless look. Alternatively, a groove can be milled on the inner side panel and concealed with a protective cap. The system is also suitable for handleless applications. Plans also include an upcoming launch in Europe.
The Sugatsune AZ-AT Electric Trash Can Lid features a sensor opening system for safe and hygienic use, capable of detecting movement from 0-300mm. The built-in soft-close mechanism also ensures that the lid closes securely without getting your hands caught.
Also from Sugatsune, Excelock is a contactless electronic lock system that can be integrated into wooden or glass doors, making it invisible from the outside.
The Häfele JobTisch is an electrically height-adjustable sit / stand workstation. Available in different model sizes, 78 color combinations and a variety of finishes including veneer or laminates. JobTisch also comes with electrical connections, a drawer and a magnetic back wall.
Schattdecor says its Flagstaff Oak decorative surface is oak decor with a compelling antique wood look. Distinctive cracks and knots with a metallic effect create a special design element that ensures a rustic yet modern appearance. The decor features accents of silver, bronze or copper which also blend beautifully with the matte black surfaces of the furniture.
Rehau’s new sustainable edgebanding, Raukantex Eco, is made from 50% recycled material, while Raukantex Evo is a certified edgebanding that requires no additional crude oil. Both are available as adhesive edgebanding (Raukantex Pure) or seamless edgebanding (Raukantex Pro).
Alvic offers Zenit Metal Plus decorative panels that combine the properties of wood with a metallic finish, resulting in a high color saturation and a transparent effect. In addition to a silky texture, the product is characterized by high resistance to scratches, abrasion and heat.
Available from 3B, Rexlam is an environmentally friendly laminate made from 100% recycled polypropylene. The company claims the material is suitable for multiple uses in interior design and furniture.
The contoured surface of the Nimbus Group Lighting Pad Lounge is made of durable wood veneer and the bottom includes an acoustically efficient shaped fleece that incorporates high quality lenses for a glare-free beam.
Sonae Arauco claims that the natural texture of the 3D matte melamine surface of its Innovus Feel Light Gray-Cosmos panel provides a hushed aesthetic that conveys a feeling of calm and comfort.
The Skai PureLux decorative coating has an attractive appearance and a pleasant feel thanks to its soft-touch effect, explains Continental. It also offers extreme scratch resistance and ease of cleaning as well as an anti-fingerprint effect.
Also from Continental, Skai VyP with laif technology is a breathable upholstery fabric. The eco-friendly vinyl and polyurethane hybrid material offers a soft feel and a range of trendy colors in soft pastel tones.
From Arpa, VIS is a surface material designed with mineral components, which increases wear resistance. Because the material includes organic components, the tactile experience of the texture is also enhanced, according to the company. It is offered in 20 exclusive decors and distinctive finishes.
The VitaRest Origin pillow from Vita incorporates a foam made from biopolyols and made from plants such as sunflower, soybean, pine and castor. Origin foam reacts to body heat and pressure points for support and comfort.
More remarkable products
Also caught our attention:
DTC Magic-Pro Double Wall Drawer System, available in three colors, soft close or push open function and five drawer side heights. With the addition of gallery rails, the height of the drawer can be increased to accommodate the intended contents. According to the company, not only is this option functional, but it adds an additional design element. Weight capacity options are 40 kg (88 lbs) and 60 kg (132 lbs).
Senosan / Senoplast’s new AM1800TopMatt AF decorative surface is an anti-fingerprint and anti-bacterial product with a super matte finish. The material also offers resistance to stains, scratches and abrasion, as well as chemical resistance. Senosan AM1800TopMatt AF films are available in nine trendy colors to suit the market.
In addition to new surfaces for furniture, Surteco has highlighted trendy designs for flooring, including rustic and oak. The company also offers matching foils and decorative paper for baseboards and transition strips or pre-finished baseboards with matching colors and textures.
The Titus Tekform Slimline thin-walled drawer is now available with the Tacto touch opening system for effortless opening of drawer fonts without a handle. The Tekform Slimline Tacto has the activator integrated into the drawer slide, while all other components remain the same as for the standard Slimline version, as do the drilling and mounting positions.
Kessebohmer’s EasyLine cutlery and multifunctional insert are available in five sets to accommodate different drawer sizes and accessory needs, including cross-shaped divider, spice insert, knife block, door -sheet and two boxes for drawers. EasyLine is available in any type and color of wood as well as in OrganiQ material.
King Slide’s Simlead Wood Drawer System allows 8-way adjustment and offers hands-free opening. The switchable push-to-open design allows users to easily switch from dual-function opening and soft closing to soft closing with only the flip of a switch. The improved slide profile allows for a high load of up to 60 kg (132 lbs).
Part of Pfleiderer’s FunXtional product collection, Duropal Xtreme Plus features a matte, low-reflection, anti-bacterial surface, as well as fingerprint and impact resistance. It is suitable for resistant horizontal surfaces.
Hawa Concepta and Folding Concepta fittings for hinged doors and hinged and folding / sliding doors offer flexibility in a seamless design. Fronts disappear and reappear in seconds, providing full access to the full width of the cabinet.