Timeless modern aesthetics â 200-year-old oak and 2000 years of history: Designer and interior architect Bernd Benninghoff is rejuvenating Januaâs product range with a table that consists of nothing but two clamps and eight slats of wood. The two clamps are connected via a crossbar and are intended to impart a floating character to the solid wooden top. Because the individual slats of the tabletop arenât glued together, it can be dismantled into its individual parts, is easy to transport and can be assembled by just one person. In order to ensure maximum stability, the slats of the tabletop are joined together with domino dowels. The two clamps are made of flat steel sections. Clamp is available in various types of wood, including one variant made of approx. 200-year-old oak. So as to preserve the authentic vintage look of the timber, little holes or irregularities are not corrected.
Form goes freestyle on a slippery surface: An opulent sculpture with a delightful derriÃ¨re: rather like a leather ball, the slightly convex back of Walter Knollâs Bao armchair consists of three cleverly cut strips of leather. The flowing lines thus created map out the lounge chairâs spirited and elegant design. The swivel armchair is equipped with a heavy but invisible metal plate and features a combination of different materials: leather on the back, fabric on the seat. Everything has its place. In the office, several Baos can be combined to create a seating scenario that permits collaboration and communication on an equal, non-hierarchical basis.
Sultry sights in Rheinau Harbour: The name says it all: avec plaisir, the new two-seater sofa from BrÃ¼hl, doesnât just have charisma and the flair to become a classic, itâs exceedingly comfortable as well. The sculptural, organic shape conveys a sense of security even before you take a seat. Whilst you could be forgiven for thinking that every conceivable sofa shape has already been produced, the experimental design of avec plaisir nevertheless manages to blend form and function into a veritable feel-good factor. The trendy sofa was created by young designer Kati Meyer-BrÃ¼hl. It is available in a choice of different fabrics and features the kind of top-quality craftsmanship its unusual shape requires.
High noon at PÃ¤ffgen: The Kya barstool from young furniture brand Frei Frau is more than just an innovative solution for a typical pub stool. According to its designers Eva Paster and Michael Geldmacher (Neuland), it looks just as much at home in the leather-dominated setting of a swish historic hotel bar as it does in the understated clarity of an urban bar or even a modern private interior. You can either sit on it the traditional way or as if it were a saddle. It invites the user to change position and play with the different possibilities. A hefty double seam holds the individual pieces of leather together. Kya is designed to age with dignity, acquiring a patina as the years pass. With increasing age, the stool is meant to tell of the thousands of miles its various riders have spent astride it at the bars of this world â hopefully in line with the motto: change your horse, not your saddle!
Dialogue between design and architecture: The outdoor sofa Tropez by Spanish furniture manufacturer Gandia Blasco takes the comfort of living room furniture out into the open. Tropez attracts attention precisely because of its unpretentious appearance and lightness â rather like a quietly exhilarated butterfly landing in the garden. Designer Stefan Diez looked to the world of sport in the 20s and 30s for ideas, citing the language of elegant sailing boats and hand-crafted tennis racquets. The sofa is based on an aluminium frame structure and can be equipped with various leg elements. The informal character of this outdoor furniture aims to impart a special identity to architectural and non-architectural landscapes alike.
With Christmas only just over, itâs time to start opening little doors again in Cologne. For several weeks now, 11 selected new products for the imm cologne have been awaiting the pubic spotlight in this warehouse. Weâll be presenting one of them every day starting today. Watch this space!
What is the beautiful new Gandia Blasco sofa by Stefan Diez doing on the street outside Cologneâs Kolumba Museum? Are the people walking along the promenade of the Rheinau Harbour really allowed to settle down and make themselves comfortable on the latest upholstered furniture from BrÃ¼hl? Have the little leaf-shaped tables on the riverbank always been there? And when did designer furniture like the FreiFrau barstools start hanging out in a KÃ¶lsch pub?
Who says modern everyday life and sensuousness have to be at odds with one another? The “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” installation by Doshi Levien at the imm cologne 2012 aims to furnish evidence to the contrary. In an installation that is visionary not just at architectural level but in creative terms as well, the design experiment is developing into a fascinating study on modern ways of living.
“‘Das Haus’ combines the best of some very different worlds. It could be located anywhere on the planet.” Designer Nipa Doshi is alluding to an encounter between modern architecture and a world of contemporary forms on the one hand and the traditionally colourful aesthetics of Asia, the chaotic-seeming building tradition of Indian or Far Eastern megacities and the open, inward-facing interior culture of Morocco on the other. According to the plans of London design team Doshi Levien, many of these elements will be brought together in their installation in such a way that something totally new emerges: “It combines unconditional modernity with a sensuous lifestyle,” says Jonathan Levien of the blueprint for the imm cologne’s new design format: “Das Haus – Interiors on Stage”. His wife Nipa Doshi adds: “That’s precisely why we designed ‘Das Haus’ this way – because it doesn’t exist in this form. Only parts of it do.”
Koelnmesse is reporting an extremely strong demand from exhibitors for space in the imm cologne‘s prime segment. In contrast to the 2011 event, it won’t just be halls 4.1, 5.1 and 10.1 that are dedicated to top-quality living room and bedroom furniture, mainly from the high-end segment; in 2012, Hall 5.2 will be reserved for this prime-quality furniture as well. Whether they’re looking for a modern interior, tables and chairs or dining room furniture – visitors to the prime segment will go home with a comprehensive overview of what the international market has to offer. They can also look forward to some groundbreaking world firsts in terms of multifunctionality and technology. Some exhibitors – including a great many who will be taking part in the imm cologne for the first time – are revealing a few of their trump cards in the run-up to the fair.
Alu-Style is one of the new providers who will be joining the furniture fair for the first time; accordingly, the Hungarians are coming to Cologne with high expectations. Up until now, Alu-Style has been better known as a player from the supplier industry and has been attending the furniture for many years as a visitor. Now the company wants to establish itself in the international furniture industry with its tried and tested systems for sliding doors, shelving, tables and walls. The company’s trade fair presentation will focus on its sliding doors – including the new “Albatros” line. Alu-Style cites flexibility as the crucial trend of the future: the declared basis of all Alu-Style’s products.
Retro is a trend â thereâs nothing new about that. For some years now, the aesthetics of fashion, design and architecture have been turning to the shapes and styles of past eras. Even so, new variations on this trend are evolving all the time: wallpaper manufacturers have realised the appeal of retro motifs and are integrating them into their collections.
Big lines and circles in loud colours are typical of retro wallpapers. Several vibrant shades are often used together in one motif to create striking colour combinations. But there are also wallpapers on the market for amateur decorators who are less keen to experiment. Single-colour motifs on a light background, for instance, are a good start for retro novices.
Bordbar are deploying their products in their natural habitat â the air. 350 trolleys designed and produced by Bordbar will take off in cooperation with Germanyâs second largest airline company Airberlin over the next few weeks.
Two classic Bordbar designs will be on board of the Airberlin planes, the âairports blackâ and the âworldmap blackâ. Both types will be brand-new and like all other Bordbar trolleys meet all standards and requirements for use in the sky. âCompared to other manufacturers our models are somewhat lighter and have the distinctive Bordbar designâ, managing director Stephan Boltz explains. The company was founded in 2006 and already has a global network of over 220 trade partners. Boltzâs co-founder Valentin Hartmann adds: âFive years ago we started revamping disused airplane trolleys and transforming them into design objects for private use. Now weâre making a U-turn and finding our way back into the skies. Hence, we are about to reach one of our greatest business objectives.â
Exceptional design paired with high functionality and environmental friendliness: These were the criteria which convinced Airberlin to take the Bordbar trolleys on board. âThe trolley as a commodity is transformed into an exceptional design object by Bordbar while conforming to our high quality standards. The trolleys are made of a very light material and therefore positively influence fuel consumption. This way we can maintain our reputation as an environmentally conscious airlineâ, Thomas Ney, Chief Product Officer Airberlin explains.
The Bordbar trolleys will be travelling around the planet until the end of October. After that they will touch-down in the Cologne-based Bordbar workshop where they will be given a face-lift and furnished individually before going on sale as used collectorâs items just in time for Christmas.