My Trend Conference at the IMM Cologne 2016

Posted By Gudy Herder / January 5, 2016 / 34 Comments

I don’t think I could possibly kick-off the new year any better!

A couple of years ago, I decided that besides working with corporate clients on trends consulting, I wanted to give conferences on a larger scale on international trade shows, too.

There are two major trade shows in furniture & interior design being no.1 the Salone del Mobile and there is really anything that can beat this event. After that, talking volume and importance, comes straight the IMM in Cologne, Germany.

The fair has a supporting programme “The Stage” which will be focusing on current trend developments in the furnishing and interior design sector with informative lectures and interesting panel discussions on design-related themes, featuring renowned speakers and international participants.

Here go some wonderful news: I will give a trend conference on 3 Interior Design Trends for S/S17 with a further focus on how to adapt these trends at The Stage.


And I’d like to see you and invite you!

I am giving away 10 tickets (entrance to the trade show) to come and hear me speak on January, 19 – 4.15pm!

All you have to do, is leaving a comment below AND sign up here. I’ll announce the winners on January, 09 on this same post at 8pm (GMT+1) and I really hope to see you in Cologne! Feliz Año Nuevo. G, x

UPDATE:  I have written a personal email to all winners who have opted for a ticket of the upcoming Trend Lecture at the IMM16. There is personal code you need to use to download your entrance card. Please check your spam folder just in case! Thank you and CONGRATS!


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  • Sabine
    January 5, 2016 at 10:02 am

    Wow, that sounds great! Would love to join in!

    • Gudy
      January 6, 2016 at 11:49 am

      Yes, let’s see if we can make that happen, good luck, Sabine!!:)

  • Gemma
    January 5, 2016 at 10:50 am

    You’re gonna rock Gudy!

    • Gudy
      January 6, 2016 at 11:48 am

      Actually I read my horoscope of the Astro Twins a few days ago and it says: You are in it to win it. Bull! Still laughing but making that sentence my mantra this year:)))) Súper abrazo.

  • Nannette
    January 5, 2016 at 11:50 am

    Congratulations Gudy!!
    What an achievement and what an adventure.
    Good luck and tell us all about it after, please!

    • Gudy
      January 6, 2016 at 11:47 am

      Thank you!! Actually we are filming the trend talk but I still haven’t decided if material goes online afterwards. It’s a very dark stage, all black and we are not sure about the lighting and filming quality afterwards. Let’s see:)

  • Anastasia
    January 5, 2016 at 11:50 am

    I will make anything possible to be there to share this special moment with you!
    Such great news to start the new year with!
    Love, A.

    • Gudy
      January 6, 2016 at 11:45 am

      It would be awesome to make that happen and start the new year seeing you again! xx

  • Anna
    January 5, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    I absolutely would like to see you there! It is a wonderful present from you, thanks so much :) I really hope I’ll be one of the 10 lucky listenners to your conference (and visitors of the trade show of course!). If I go I’ll be your bigger fan, applauding as crasy.

    • Gudy
      January 6, 2016 at 11:45 am

      Haha, that’s lovely, thank you and yes, the ticket is obviously the entrance to the show,too. Good luck!

  • Stephanie
    January 5, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Wie wunderbar, Gudy. Da wäre ich so gerne dabei. Di passt auch ganz ausgezeichnet.
    Steffi aka FrauSchmitt

    • Gudy
      January 6, 2016 at 11:44 am

      Na, grossartig, mal schauen, was dabei heraus kommt!:)

  • Maria Gomez
    January 5, 2016 at 1:01 pm

    Oh Gudy! I am in Cologne and would love to meet you! I also source in the IMM for my stores. Crossing my fingers to win the tickets! Love.. Maria

    • Gudy
      January 6, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Let’s see what the random counter is saying, fingers crossed!!:)

  • Nancy H
    January 5, 2016 at 3:45 pm

    Congratulations on tou achievement. I’m sure it will be a stellar presentation!

    • Gudy
      January 6, 2016 at 11:43 am

      I’ll do my very best. The content is pretty inspiring I must say, loads of things going on. Thank you so much!!

  • Isabel
    January 5, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    Congratulations! You deserve that and more! Your work is synonym of top quality and it’s difficult to find inspiring people like you! C.f.

    And happy 2016 too


    • Gudy
      January 6, 2016 at 11:42 am

      Thanks, Isa, a very happy new year to you too. Hope you are having a HUGE one. Un abrazo.

  • knobz
    January 5, 2016 at 4:53 pm


    ich würde mich sehr freuen beim Vortrag dabei zu sein!

    Viel Erfolg im neuen Jahr und danke für die vielen Inspirationen.

    • Gudy
      January 6, 2016 at 11:41 am

      Sehr gern und hoffentlich klappt es!

  • Bete Yoshida
    January 5, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Congratulations!!! I am going all tha way to Brazil to IMM and I would love to attend the conference!

    • Gudy
      January 6, 2016 at 11:41 am

      Oh, that’s a long way, hope you can make it!Safe travels.

  • Ursula Rosien
    January 5, 2016 at 8:12 pm

    Wow, what an amazing way to start the year! I would die if I get to attend this conference!

    • Gudy
      January 6, 2016 at 11:40 am

      Let’s see if we make that possible then! :)

  • Marina
    January 5, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Good luck! =)

    • Gudy
      January 6, 2016 at 11:40 am

      Thank you so much! :)

  • Helle
    January 6, 2016 at 11:01 am

    How wonderful Gudy, would have loved to be there, but hopefully I will see you later in spring!

    • Gudy
      January 6, 2016 at 11:40 am

      Are we having an appointment in Spring then? Does that sound like ‘Salone’ to me? ;-) xx

  • Yvonne
    January 6, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Oh how fabulous, congratulations Gudy! Of course I would love to come and hear you talk. Fingers crossed… The trade show seems interesting, I’ve never been there before. And apparently Köln is closer to Amsterdam for us, who knew! ;)

    • Gudy
      January 6, 2016 at 7:58 pm

      Yvonne, it’s a huge trade show and bas become very relevant the last years. You can’t keep up with all but I suggest you rather concentrate on the more modern design pavilions. It could easily take you 3 days to see everything. Don’t miss Das Haus, curated very year by a different designer. And fingers crossed for your ticket:) x

      • Yvonne
        January 6, 2016 at 10:28 pm

        Thanks Gudy! 3 days, really? You’re right, you can never keep up with everything. I saw some interesting things on their website already and I’m always curious to see new and upcoming designers. Das Haus seems interesting too!
        By the way I meant ‘closer THAN Amsterdam’ in my first comment, oh dear ;) x

  • Angela
    January 7, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    It sounds really great gudy and I Will love to see you in your conference!! Thank you for inspire us💐

  • leila
    January 29, 2016 at 10:30 pm

    Gudy, I didn’t make it to IMM although I had planned to. But I was stuck at home with a mean flu :-(
    What are the trends you talked about at your speech and which trends were the most interesting in Cologne? The bloggers have mixed opinions. Some say there are loads of pastels, others mention a lot of dark tones or black furniture… I´d love to hear your thoughts!

    keep up your work, I like your more grown up approach to the design world!


    • Gudy
      February 1, 2016 at 9:53 am

      Hi Leila, I will upload my speech soon, sign up for the newsletter to be able to get it. It’s exclusive for subscribers.
      Regarding colors, pastels are a keeper, nothing new about it, we had them already for the past 3 years, there is definitely a lot of black, even darker woods such as mango and above all, walnut. As a novelty, fashion comes back with its influences offering dark oranges, cognac and rusty shades, all related to the 70ies.
      But there weren’t any major changes apart from that. No risk at all this year:)

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