BEST IN SHOW: IMM COLOGNE 2018
Das Haus by Lucie Koldova. Keeping with the focus of IMM Cologne 2018 on the subject of light, the Brokis art director Lucie Koldova staged her vision of impressive lighting design and creative living concepts at “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”. In addition to the use of Brokis lightings from the existing collection throughout the installation, Koldova also presented her new lighting concepts for Brokis for the first time.
Neri&Hu for Stellar Works. The Bund furniture collection by Shanghai-based architects and designers and the creative directors of Stellar Works, Neri&Hu, is inspired by the Bund, a lasting symbol of Shanghai’s past, present and future. The collection combines elements from both the city’s industrial origins and its splendid colonial history. The soft curves and rich fabric finishes observed in Bund pieces pay homage to the Art Deco style, which is permanently ingrained in the DNA of Shanghai. Stellar Works also showcased The Utility Sofa, which has been reimagined with a more refined silhouette, combining comfort with practicality and offering a sophisticated take on the enduringly popular industrial aesthetic.
Space Copenhagen for &Tradition. Designed to suit the newly renovated interior of for the iconic SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen, originally designed in 1960 by the father of Danish modernism, Arne Jacobsen, Space Copenhagen and &tradition present the new Loafer chair. The chair features a simple, classic silhouette with a semi-circular shaped backrest that echoes the circular elements of the lobby in the SAS Royal Hotel. Also designed for the SAS Royal Hotel in Copenhagen is the new Amore mirror series that the hotel has commissioned for its rooms. Space Copenhagen’s creative process involved analysing the building, the views, the reflections and changes in light, which led them to their design. Also presented was an extension of the Copenhagen lighting series, introducing a floor light, wall light, table light and desk light version.
A range of new & existing pieces by Brdr. Krüger. The fifth-generation Danish furniture company presented a series of pieces, including the Ferdinand Lounge Chair in an updated smoked oak and brown leather seat designed by OEO Studio; the TRIIIO Table series originally sketched in 1958 by Hans Bolling, now in production for the first time; and the F Chair – a contemporary shaker chair based on the virtues of traditional craft, which was presented is in a new oiled oak version.
Merwyn Chair by Sebastian Herkner for Wittmann. Merwyn is Sebastian Herkner’s first piece for Wittmann, forming part of a larger collection which will be unveiled during 2018. Based on a macaron shaped seat, Merwyn has a unique armrest element which can be easily attached to the standard chair.
Thin Tables by Max Enrich for Petite Friture. Max Enrich’s THIN collection is a set of nesting tables with voluptuous proportions that are all about extreme contrasts. The tables combine the strength and resistance of steel with the delicacy of the tabletop, placed on oversized, tubular legs. Too cool for school!
Harbour Chair by Norm Architects for Menu. Conceived during the design process for MENU’s new creative destination, Menu Space, the Habour Chair is the result of fulfilling a variety of needs, including comfortable versatility. The dining chair is ideal for anything from restaurants, conferences, offices, or the comfort of one’s own home.
118 Chair by Sebastian Herkner for Thonet. The new 118 chair range refers to the 214 chair, the archetype of a Thonet chair, with the seat frame bent from a single piece and the wicker cane seat. Optionally, the 118 is offered with a moulded seat. The shape of the chair legs is another special feature: rounded on the back and characterised by slight edges on the front, they reference the horseshoe shape of the seat. The incline of the back panel is perfectly coordinated with the seat and ensures the highest seating comfort. 118 is available in natural beech and in lacquered or stained versions.
Arflex celebrates 50 years of Strips Sofa. Designed in the late 60s by Cini Boeri, the modular sofa system revolutionized the furniture world, placing itself firmly into Arflex history as one of the company’s most famous products. Strips immediately gained recognition from notable design awards and museums around the world, remaining a design classic to this day.
Bow Coffee Table by Guilherme Torres for ClassiCon. Inspired by 1970s, Brazilian designer Guilherme Torres presented a series of side/ coffee tables in the metal-wrapped body hinting at the futuristic designs of the era. The glass or marble tabletop floats above the base with rounded edges. The three sizes allow the tables to be arranged individually or as a group, with overlapping tabletops resembling a dynamic sculpture. Soooooo hot!
Close Chair Collection by Gudmundur Ludvik and new Diabolo Table from Arco. With Close Lounge and the Close Chair without armrests, the Dutch furniture manufacturer presented two more products by the Icelandic designer Gudmundur Ludvik. Arco also introduced a new version of the compact Diabolo table, originally designed in 1990 by Arnold Merckx.
Ono Bed by Sebastian Herkner for Schramm Werkstatten. Ono is the third bed Herkner’s studio designed for Schramm Werkstätten. “Reading, working or having breakfast in bed – we wanted to have everything as comfortable as possible. Comfortable padded pillows invite you to rest. As a busy designer and frequent traveller, such comfort zones are of great importance,” says Herner.
Studio Piet Boon. Inspired by the shape of the studio’s iconic KLINK sidetable, the new Piet Boon furniture pieces are infused with the same artisanal non-geometric contour. The renewed furniture collection displays the studio’s fascination with shape and the intuitive process of shaping design. OLLE table look like Ana Kraš’s Slon much? Hmmm…
Typography Lighting Collection by Studio Truly Truly for Rukumba. Australian lighting brand Rakumba showcased their artisan designed lighting range, along with a new collaboration with Australian/Dutch design duo Studio Truly Truly. Dubbed “Typography”, the decorative lighting system made its world debut at the Cologne furniture fair’s Pure Platforms. We love it. Read more here.
New Colours of PH 5 by Louis Poulsen. Poul Henningsen developed the PH 5 in 1958 as a follow-up to his celebrated three-shade system, which launched in 1926, and put Louis Poulsen on the map as a leading manufacturer of innovative lighting. Henningsen’s goal was to make light softer and more flattering in an era when electric lighting was still new and marked by unwanted glare. Six decades after the lighting pioneer created his celebrated PH 5 pendant, the design remains Louis Poulsen’s bestseller. To celebrate the PH 5’s 60th anniversary, the company has released the lamp in the same vibrant colour range as the recently launched PH 5 Mini: Classic, a new Modern White, and six bold colour combinations – Orange, Rose, Red, Green, Blue and Grey.
60 by Jonas Wansing & Svenja-Katharina Jakobs. A simple hook workshop lamp, which began in the back of a garage, was the starting point for this extremely flexible lighting system by German designers Jonas Wansing and Svenja-Katharina Jakobs. The light its flexibility from the 60° cut and a sliding contact at the ends of the individual, extendible elements. These supply each other with electricity and form both the lamp and the frame at the same time.