Interzum 2015 More Life per Square Metre

Inspiration and innovation fascinate international visitors

The Furniture World visits Häfele
You couldn’t wish for more; 57,500 visitors attended interzum 2015 in Cologne and made for a full house at Häfele’s booth every day of the 4 day event. The booth of the international expert in hardware technology and electronic access control systems fascinated visitors from around the world. An impressive display of its service portfolio in a perfectly staged setting balancing innovation and inspiration demonstrated Häfele’s comprehensive know-how in a convincing manner.

Easiness. Engineered by Häfele
“We met our clients’ expectations with our Häfele product and service solutions for easy construction, production and assembly. We brought our new products to life in six display areas under the header ‘Easiness. Engineered by Häfele.’ Our clients welcomed this approach as modular system solutions are in high demand. All of our goals were exceeded, in terms of both quantity and quality.” says Jörg Schmid, managing director of Häfele’s industrial division. 

Well noted new products
The modular LED lighting system Loox is fit for international markets and was one of the main attractions of the 1,480 square metre booth. More than 60 new products were introduced for third Loox generation. A highlight are new the plug-and-play modular recess mounted lights and accessories for customized solutions, high intensity LED strip lights with high colour fidelity and a collection of fascinating LED surface area lights.

For flap fittings Häfele presented itself as an expert in kinetics. Its comprehensive program including the Free family and the Duo and Maxi flap fittings include all popular movement variations. The Free flap H 1.5 stay flap fitting made of plastic and for small flaps had its persuasive premiere with its light and slender design and a smooth opening.

In the segment of sliding door hardware Slido four new systems were introduced – modular and flexible – perfectly suited for industrial requirements and applications. The new generation of a range of soft and self-closing mechanisms integrates itself seamlessly. The new shelf supports for the popular 3 mm series drilled holes were the main attraction amongst the ixconnect furniture connectors. They were praised for their strength in a sophisticated design.

More life per square metre
As a result of the trend to urban living, the furniture industry is facing the large challenge of maximizing shrinking living spaces with multi-functional furniture and visitors were pleased to participate in the journey through Häfele’s inspiring “Furniture Showroom”. This inspiration area with its furniture solutions was a tribute to the current trend of merging living and working in a small space. “More life per square metre” with more comfort and added functionality can become a reality if the furniture that is equipped with Häfele’s clever hardware technology is understood as a prototype. In partnership with the clients the important elements are identified and prepared for mass applications.

At interzum, inspiration is not a one way street, but part of the development process for new furniture and hardware fittings.
It will be interesting to see which of the ideas that were shown will be turned into full production models for the next interzum in 2 years.