An entirely new theme that has never appeared at interzum before was Mobile Spaces, a special dedicated area where the leading International trade fair further increased its relevance to designers, architects, planners and outfitters specialising in mobile interior spaces, such as cars or caravans.

This year, renowned automotive suppliers also appeared in a special event area at interzum. They represent a completely new group of exhibitors for the leading international trade fair. But the dedicated event area also covers mobile spaces such as houseboats and public transport. “The new special event areas and other exhibition formats explore groundbreaking approaches to design and production” said Matthias Pollmann, interzum Project Manager.

Arne Petersen, Vice President Trade Fair Management at Koelnmesse said “The Piazza in the centre of Hall 10.1 proved to be a visitor magnet. This was the place to experience trends in what might seem a rather technical segment. These include high-performance textiles, such as climate-regulating cover fabrics and weatherproof outdoor fabrics, which are waterproof, antibacterial, UV-resistant or resistant to cracking at cold temperatures.” These products are essential in the manufacture of mobile spaces for outdoor use.

Electric cars, digital networking and self-driving cars are developments that are currently exerting an enormous influence on mobility. As a result, the requirements for materials and surfaces for furnishing cars, motorhomes, trains and planes are changing. This issue is particularly relevant to suppliers to the furniture industry especially as many exhibitors are active in both home decor and vehicle interiors and furnishings. Innovations in the classic furniture segment such as surfaces, textiles and fittings can also be applied in mobile spaces.

However, the requirements in mobile spaces are generally considerably more rigorous than in the home sector. The low-weight requirements in particular result in innovative solutions. Lightweight design plays a crucial role in rolling, floating and flying spaces; and it is simultaneously synonymous with sustainability, one of the major trends at interzum. Our picture shows Sealander, a floating caravan where glass fibre reinforced plastic mats are fused into a joint-less form. Inside, wood; stainless steel and leather make an attractive interior design. Doors and claddings are made from lightweight materials and a GRP reinforced convertible top can be opened for a real boat-like experience.