After many years of joint development work, Verner Panton and Vitraâ€™s Panton Chair â€“ the first cantilever chair manufactured from a single piece of plastic â€“ was finally ready for series production in 1967. The chair, which was a revolutionary piece both in terms of design and manufacture, was first presented to the public at the imm international interiors show in Cologne in 1968. Fifty years after the originalâ€™s presentation, Vitra is issuing two limited editions of the iconic classic in 2018: the Panton Chrome and the Panton Glow.
For several decades Draenert has been producing limited editions for museums: Art furniture designed by very renowned architects. These series combine old traditions from the history of furniture with the contemporary spirit and modern standards â€“ thus daring into border areas, creating a fusion of the issues of architecture, literature and fine arts. On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Draenert, Hadi Teherani designed the Marble Wing for the Art Edition.
With his distinctive love for detail, Gdansk-born fashion designer Dawid Tomaszewski is known for his avant-garde design and uncompromisingly perfect fits. Art, architecture and music are the sources of inspiration for his creations. Now, Tomaszewski has produced a new design to clothe a wing chair from the â€śfreistilâ€ť (freestyle) range by sofa label Rolf Benz. The result can be seen this coming January at imm cologne.
The work of designer duo Fredrik FĂ¤rg and Emma Marga Blanche is characterised by their proximity to fashion and to playful textile details. The Swedish-French duo has now designed the Ram Easy Chair for Design House Stockholm. The striking seams of the armchair and the lapels on the armrests are reminiscent of tailor-made shirts.
In the living room the sofa is the eye-catcher and the place where we spend the most time. But often the design of this room is more individual than the products offered by upholstered furniture manufacturers. Niches, projecting walls or ledges, pitched roofs, ovens or doors can thwart plans to buy the sofa of your dreams. Itâ€™s a centimetre too wide here, or the backrests donâ€™t fit there, or maybe the whole sofa is a bit too deep. Thatâ€™s why we compromise on our couch purchases and buy an off-the-peg model â€“ even though the trend for personalisation is making inroads into interior design in a growing number of areas.
The Dutch design studio Raw Color likes to blend the borders of design disciplines by mixing the fields of graphic design, photography and textile design. Within their work the materialisation of colour plays a key role. Now, Daniera ter Haar and Christoph Brach have designed the “Blend” collection for Nanimarquina, playing with the visual perception of colour.
When he founded his design company in 2007, Cristian Zuzunaga’s aim was to create things that capture and reflect the dynamism of modern life. He is inspired by the modern architecture of major cities such as London, Barcelona, New York and Shanghai. At imm cologne 2017, he aims to show how the digital world can be drawn on to create space for vitality.
Designed for the â€śGreat Bauhaus Exhibitionâ€ť in 1923, Walter Gropiusâ€™ directorâ€™s office is considered the worldâ€™s first holistic spatial composition of the modern era. It was conceived as a showroom of an ideal study, accommodating a seating area as well as a workspace with a chair and desk.
In 2002, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec created a module shelf system, reminiscent of a cloud, that can be grouped into clusters or large-scale configurations. Eight tubular cavities pierce the flat surfaces of the modular element while also defining the form’s outer contours. Now the designers had picked up this shape again to create the vases Nuage for Vitra.
Polyethylene terephthalate or PET for short. It is the material used to make drinks bottles. Consumers in Germany can return these bottles to supermarkets after use and collect the refundable deposit. But what happens to the no-longer-needed, crushed bottles? Some of them are made into bottles again, others into T-shirts or fleeces. And some of them are made into seat covers. Brunner uses a cover fabric made from 100% recycled polyester for many of its products.