Once again, this year, we’re pleased to present the highlights of our trawl through Cologne’s busy, buzzing streets and fairgrounds during its design week …
Colors and patterns
Doshi Levien‘s joyous riot of color and pattern, utilizing design from all parts of the world, from every time period, in their Das Haus, the centerpiece of the “Pure Village” hall, in collaboration with RAL, NCS and Global Color Research – at the IMM.
A jumble of colors and patterns: Mah Jong by Hans Hopfer for Roche Bobois – at the “Pure Village” hall at the IMM.
At play with materials
It’s been a while since we’ve talked about concrete, the cause of which we have championed strongly over the years as a surprisingly flexible material suitable for use for almost any purpose, from tableware, to tables, to highways! Here’s Florian Schmid’s cosy-looking Stitching Concrete stools, which are nonetheless based on concrete, the Concrete Canvas fabric, in fact, which we talked about back in 2008.
At play with form
We seem to be featuring rising-stars Studio Formafantasma on a regular basis these days! Their Domestica chair was on show and in competition at the [D3] CONTEST – the young designers’ competition organized by the IMM and the German Design Council (Rat für Formgebung).
Play with topography – LEFT: Hou Liang’s Sitoncloud table, at the “Pure Village” hall at the IMM, RIGHT: lamp by Markus Wilkens at the Designers Fair in Ehrenfeld.
Winner of the third prize in the [D3] CONTEST – the young designers’ competition organized by the IMM and the German Design Council (Rat für Formgebung), Apollo, by International (Marc Bell and Robin Grasby), is a set of modular lampshades (there are four shapes, four finishes, and the selection of perforated, or not perforated) which can be combined in any permutation to allow exactly the look and the lighting conditions you need.
Funky, modern luxury – Ropero wardrobes by Hierve are a modern, freestanding system – at the “Pure Village” hall at the IMM.
D:3K, a project by three young design students seeking a conceptual and formal design process approach … at the Designers Fair in Ehrenfeld.
Re-incorporated materials, re-use
Streetlamps in Bielefeld going out of use due to new, energy-efficient lighting are given a stylish new lease of life with the Statthocker project, which repurposes the lamp shades as stools, topped off with beautifully turned-out seating of plastic or wood – at the DQE-Halle at the Designers Fair in Ehrenfeld.
Apotheca, by Mia Kepenek of Studio Kepenic. Evocative, mysterious and providing a solid sense of history, these lamps made from old apothecary jars come in a limited edition of 60 – at the “Pure Village” hall at the IMM.
Tick, a table-leg system by Jakob Schenk of Schenkworks [now Linie 58] – the legs clamp are springy and can clamp onto any possible surface to make it into a tabletop – at the [D3] CONTEST – the young designers’ competition organized by the IMM and the German Design Council (Rat für Formgebung).
Andrej Malinin showed yet another of a recent spate of designs based on re-incorporation of “wood” from used newspaper – at the “Pure Village” hall at the IMM.
Piles o’ cushions
Possibly the most elegant pile of cushions ever? The Stack easy chair and footstool, by Stefan Krivokapic of Skrivo – at the “Pure Village” hall at the IMM.
A – horizontal – stack of cushions that actually folds out into a sofabed: Pause, by Meike Langer, at the Designers Fair in Ehrenfeld.
Another stack of cushions that actually is a sofabed: Leseliege by Anne Rossner – at the artrmx venue at Ehrenfeld.
Looks like rocking is the new movement, what with Barber Osgerby’s Tip Ton for Vitra last year …
The Pilu lamp by Leoni Werle also follows the same principle– at the DQE-Halle at the Designers Fair in Ehrenfeld.