Grand Repos by Vitra: a high-tech version of the wing chair

Grand Repos for Vitra, designed by Antonio Citterio. (photo: Vitra)

With Grand Repos for Vitra, designer Antonio Citterio aims to combine the know-how of office chair technology with the comfort of a snug lounge chair. The chair is rooted in the tradition of the classic recliner whilst nevertheless taking it to a new level of maturity. “Designing a new chair for Vitra after a masterpiece like the Eames Lounge Chair was a huge responsibility,” says Antonio Citterio of his design for Grand Repos. The Italian designer’s big, comfortable recliner marks an important step in the evolution of its typology and is intended to set new standards for users. Citterio wants his Grand Repos to indulge the desire for comfort – like an attentive host and friend.

A relaxed start to the autumn with Bassino and the Relax Lounger from Kaldewei

The Bassino bathtub by Kaldewei is so big that you can actually float in the water. (photo: Kaldewei)
The Bassino bathtub from Kaldewei is so big that you can actually float in the water. (photo: Kaldewei)

The days are gradually getting shorter and the Indian summer is just around the corner. Whereas summer is a time for active leisure pursuits, autumn is a good opportunity to withdraw to the cosy atmosphere of one’s own four walls again. Relaxation and regeneration are the order of the day.

Wellness enthusiasts, for instance, are often big fans of floating, an activity familiar from hotels and thermal spas. Anyone who wants to let his worries float away at home can now enjoy this particularly relaxing experience in his own bathroom: the Bassino bathtub from Kaldewei is so big that you can actually float in the water.

Jack by Girsberger: a slimmed down version of the lounge chair

Der Loungesessel Jack von Girsberger. (Foto: Girsberger)
The lounge chair Jack by Girsberger. (photo: Girsberger)

For all those who find lounge chairs too chunky and voluminous, designer Burkhard Vogtherr has created a downsized alternative that uses a minimal amount of materials: a proper lounge chair, but with a slender design.

The word serendipity describes the coincidental observation of something that was not actually being sought and which turns out to be a new and surprising discovery. Or, to put it differently: when the right person is brooding over a job at the right time and something special is suddenly and unexpectedly born. That, it would seem, is precisely what happened to designer Burkhard Vogtherr when he was trying to come up with a high-backed and low-seated variant for “Jack”, a family of chairs by Girsberger.

imm cologne 2013: high number of registrations and a strong demand for space from abroad

The imm cologne, the major worldwide event for the interior design sector, will open its gates in fewer than 200 days. Following the two successful events in 2011 and 2012, the 2013 trade fair is also right on track. With roughly 10 percent more exhibitors and 12 percent more exhibition space occupied, augmented by an increase in foreign participation and new product segments, there’s nothing standing in the way of a successful event.

“2013 is a very important year for us. With a strong German economy to bolster us while foreign markets are faltering, the imm cologne will assume a very special function as the central global business platform. The significant interest from strong Italian brands is a good example of this. For the first time in years we’ll be occupying the entire exhibition centre again, enabling our visitors to experience everything the international interior design sector has to offer in one location. In view of the huge interest from professional circles and the media, plus the fact that the number of exhibitors who have registered to take part exceeds all our expectations, we can already say that, more than ever before, Cologne is very much a talking point in the international interior design sector,” says Frank Haubold, Vice President Trade Fair Management.

The armchair Lemon by Brühl: a spring awakening in the living room

“Lemon”, a new armchair by Kati Meyer-Brühl, likewise has its roots in the natural world. (photo: Brühl)
“Lemon”, a new armchair by Kati Meyer-Brühl, likewise has its roots in the natural world. (photo: Brühl)

The return to nature is playing an ever-greater role in almost all areas of modern life. Today’s interior architecture, for instance, is increasingly coming to resemble landscape compositions: carpets are being laid out like fields, abstract pieces of furniture stand in the room as solid as rocks, and we are sleeping amidst gently rolling hills of cushions and covers.

But the design of the furniture itself is also increasingly taking its cues from nature. “Lemon”, a new armchair by Kati Meyer-Brühl, likewise has its roots in the natural world.

With its elegant, organic, leaf-like segments it forms a silhouette that resembles a blooming flower bud. The armchair fans out into five elongated leaf-shaped sections which taper towards the top, giving the piece a crown-like contour.

With Lemon the upholsterer Brühl wants to present a refreshingly vital, decorative and unique piece of furniture that combines elementariness with Mediterranean flair, adding an exuberant air to living rooms and lobbies. Arranged in a group, the armchairs invite companionship.

Furnishing Cologne – part 6: New products cocktail armchair Morph Lounge and table collection Kontur Couch by Zeitraum

Morph Lounge und Kontur Couch by Zeitraum (Photo: Mirjam Fruscella / koelnmesse)

Invitation to a stopover: Combining Zeitraum’s Morph Lounge cocktail armchair with its new Kontur Couch table collection gives rise to little islands that merge comfort with aesthetic qualities. The chair frame is made of American walnut and covered with a mix of leather and fabric. The matching occasional table by the name of Kontur Couch consists of a lacquered steel base and a solid American walnut top. The wood is treated with premium natural oils and waxes. The Read Noon lamp with a textile shade in warm grey puts the finishing touches to the ensemble.

Design: formstelle
Booth: Hall 11.2 Booth K040

Furnishing Cologne – Part 1: New product outdoor sofa Tropez by Gandia Blasco

Sofa from Gandia Blasco (Photo: Mirjam Fruscella)

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 – 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.

Design: Stefan Diez
Booth: Hall 3.2 Booth C033

imm cologne “prime”: more space dedicated to top-quality living-room and bedroom furniture

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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.

Pope took a seat on Vitra chair

Photo: Benedikt Plesker / Archbisopric of Freiburg

During the Pope’s visit to Germany, Vitra’selegant highback office chair by the name of Skape more than earned its credentials as an “executive chair”. The Archbishop’s Palace of Freiburg chose none other than this Vitra chair to put at its distinguished visitor’s disposal during Pope Benedict XVI’s closing speech in Freiburg. Within just three weeks, the Weil-based company had delivered a custom-made model in white leather with hand-embroidered papal arms to the nearby city of Freiburg.

The Skape model combines the comfort of an armchair with the functions of an office chair without focusing attention on the technology. The chair was launched in 2008 and created by Italian architect and designer Antonio Citterio. The result was a win-win situation: Vitra was given an opportunity to demonstrate its exquisite craftsmanship, and the Pope got to enjoy exquisite comfort.

imm cologne and LivingKitchen: The furnishing year 2011 is kicking off with a double sensation

The furnishing year 2011 is kicking off with a double sensation. Parallel to the international interior design fair imm cologne, the new international kitchen fair LivingKitchen will also be opening its doors in fully booked halls from 18th to 23rd January. And so, in the third week of January 2011, Cologne won’t just be the design capital of Europe, it will be the gourmet capital as well. At the imm cologne 2011 and LivingKitchen, over 1,200 companies from 49 countries will be presenting more than 100,000 pieces of furniture and even more interior design items on a space of approx. 300,000 m². Around one third of those products are totally new.

“Cologne is a talking point in the international interior design sector again,” says CEO of Koelnmesse Gerald Böse. “In view of the huge interest from professional circles and the media, plus the fact that the number of exhibitors who have registered to take part exceeds all our expectations, we can already say that the dual event imm cologne and LivingKitchen, which presents the entire spectrum of interior design in one location, is going to be a total success.”