4 / 7 May 2021

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Cologne, 16.12.2022 – From 9 to 12 May 2023, interzum will once again launch with fresh momentum and a new slogan: “Shaping the change”. What this means in practice is that the event will place even greater emphasis on key issues of the future, such as sustainability, climate protection and resource efficiency, in order to drive forward the conversation about these matters. With “neo-ecology” as the overarching central theme, the leading international trade fair for furniture production and interior design is establishing a new focus and drawing attention to its future-oriented innovative strength. After the digital interzum @home edition in 2021, the industry event will finally take place again as a live experience in Cologne’s exhibition halls next year. Decision makers, opinion leaders, influencers and trendsetters from all over the world will gather in person to discover innovations and new products, seek inspiration and meet both established and new business contacts.

Playing a proactive role: the innovative strength of the supplier industry
Changes in our living and working environments have arguably rarely been felt as keenly as they are today. The coronavirus pandemic and its consequences, climate change and rising energy prices are presenting us with enormous challenges. Megatrends such as increasing digitalisation and individualisation and, in particular, the growing need for greater sustainability are also influencing the way we live and work.

But what will tomorrow’s living spaces look like? How will furniture and interiors need to be designed in the future? At today’s count, Koelnmesse, the organiser of interzum, expects approximately 1,400 companies from around 60 countries to present their groundbreaking new products, technical innovations and revolutionary material solutions to a global audience at the world’s largest and most important industry event. It’s here that the supplier industry demonstrates the full scope of its capacity for innovation and in doing so plays a decisive and proactive role in shaping the change.

Overarching central theme – neo-ecology: fresh inspiration for the interior design world
In keeping with its slogan, “Shaping the change. Go create conscious living spaces”, interzum invites participants and visitors to find new answers to current and future design questions. In 2023, the leading international trade fair will focus on sustainability, climate protection and resource efficiency through its overarching central theme of “neo-ecology”, because these topics are of decisive importance to the development of future-oriented innovations. With sustainable products and manufacturing processes, many companies in the supplier industry are already fulfilling their social responsibilities. By placing an even greater emphasis on sustainable practices and discussing the issues, interzum will continue to drive the conversation forward so that new solutions can be developed together.

Hybrid trade fair experience offers inspiration galore
In order to present brand-new solutions to an international audience, the upcoming interzum will combine the benefits of a traditional in-person trade fair with those of a digital event. interzum @home in 2021 was successful in laying the foundation for this approach. In 2023, international exhibitors and experts will shine a light on the trade fair’s familiar themed segments, both on-site in Cologne and in the digital space. Function & Components is dedicated to fittings, locks and built-in furniture parts as well as lighting and lighting systems, Materials & Nature revolves around pioneering materials and manufacturing techniques, while Textile & Machinery showcases the most important innovations in mattress production and upholstery materials such as fabrics and leather and explores how they fit into the concept of a circular economy.

interzum’s “Shaping the change” philosophy and the overarching central theme of “neo-ecology” will also be taken up in 2023’s wide-ranging event programme. Themed special events – the interzum Trend Forums – will highlight the creativity and flexibility of the furniture supplier industry in responding to the challenges of our time. The latest furniture and interior design sector topics will be presented to an international trade audience with reference to key trends. With the Product Stage and the Trend Stage, interzum offers additional opportunities for exhibitor and product presentations as well as a platform for addressing market-specific and design-related issues of the future.

Whether your target group includes decision makers from the manufacturing sector, architects, designers, contract furnishers or product developers, the range of inspiration to be found at interzum offers added value for them all. The event will unfold in hybrid form both at the physical trade fair in Cologne and in the digital space, with interzum 2023 representing continuity and change in equal measure. The customary strong on-site showcase and programme will be enhanced with attractive digital offerings, providing a unique platform on which to present forward-looking developments.

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