Review of Cologne 2012 – Rockin’ play and piles o’ cushions

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.

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.

 

Colors at the stand of kaschkasch cologne at the DQE-Halle at the Designers Fair in Ehrenfeld.

Colors at the stand of kaschkasch cologne at the DQE-Halle at the Designers Fair in Ehrenfeld.

A jumble of colors and patterns: Mah Jong by Hans Hopfer for Roche Bobois – at the “Pure Village” hall 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

 

The overall winner of the [D3] CONTEST – the young designers’ competition organized by the IMM and the German Design Council (Rat für Formgebung), Jólan van der Wiel’s Gravity Stool is made from the “frozen” shapes of magnetic fields drawn out from pigmented plastic.

The overall winner of the [D3] CONTEST – the young designers’ competition organized by the IMM and the German Design Council (Rat für Formgebung), Jólan van der Wiel’s Gravity Stool is made from the “frozen” shapes of magnetic fields drawn out from pigmented plastic.

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.

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.

Students at the Fachhochschule Mainz – Gestaltung created designs using poylstyrene. LEFT: 170 lamp by Laura Schwammel, RIGHT: Rising Wall by Mira Adam – at the artrmx venue at Ehrenfeld.

Students at the Fachhochschule Mainz – Gestaltung created designs using polystyrene. LEFT: 170 lamp by Laura Schwammel, RIGHT: Rising Wall by Mira Adam – at the artrmx venue at Ehrenfeld.

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).

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.

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.

Tableware by Content & Container at the DQE-Halle at the Designers Fair in Ehrenfeld.

Tableware by Content & Container at the DQE-Halle at the Designers Fair in Ehrenfeld.

Modularity

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Julien Renault (who was one of the seven designers showing at the inaugural show of the DEPOT BASEL), presented his Recycling Plastic Range of furniture, based on a “wood” made from – you guessed it – recycled plastic, at the [D3] CONTEST – the young designers’ competition organized by the IMM and the German Design Council (Rat für Formgebung).

Julien Renault (who was one of the seven designers showing at the inaugural show of the DEPOT BASEL), presented his Recycling Plastic Range of furniture, based on a “wood” made from – you guessed it – recycled plastic, at the [D3] CONTEST – the young designers’ competition organized by the IMM and the German Design Council (Rat für Formgebung).

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.

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 – 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).

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.

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.

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

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.

Another stack of cushions that actually is a sofabed: Leseliege by Anne Rossner – at the artrmx venue at Ehrenfeld.

Rocking!

 

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.

The Pilu lamp by Leoni Werle also follows the same principle– at the DQE-Halle at the Designers Fair in Ehrenfeld.

Lots of rocking chairs at the Design Post.

Lots of rocking chairs at the Design Post.

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