Designer’s Voice at The Stage:
A Talk with Peter Maly

© Peter Maly
© Peter Maly

Peter Maly is considered to be one of the protagonists of longevity; his designs are purist, geometrical, elementary and embody clarity and functionality. In his case of furniture, lamps, carpets and interior design concepts, purism and functionality unite – significant elements that are typical for Maly’s work. “My work is characterised by the search for an expressive form, which in spite of the greatest independence possible, shouldn’t push its way to the fore,” is how the designer describes his work. In the talk with Barbara Friedrich Peter Maly give in inside view into his work.

Meinhard von Gerkan: “We managed to come up with a design which has stood the test of time.”

Walter Knoll CEO Markus Benz in a talk with Meinhard von Gerkan  © gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Hamburg, Germany
Walter Knoll CEO Markus Benz in a talk with Meinhard von Gerkan
© gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner, Hamburg, Germany

Meinhard von Gerkan is one of the most acclaimed German architects worldwide. Airports, stations, trade fair centres, cultural centres, stadia: von Gerkan realises iconic buildings with his team of architects at »gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner«, an architectural partnership that will be celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year. The furnishing of Berlin’s Tegel Airport in 1975 marked the start of the collaboration with Walter Knoll. Since then, there have been a number of successful joint projects all over the world. In the interview Meinhard von Gerkan takls about his work and long-standing partnership with Walter Knoll.

Koelnmesse and Stylepark to turn “Featured Editions” into a highlight of “Pure Editions”

The new offering from the international interior design fair imm cologne is meeting with a very warm reception from many ambitious design providers: even though it’s by September, Pure Editions was already virtually booked out. In a compact space, the new format that has been launched within the pure segment provides exhibitors with an open stage for gallery-like presentations. The concept, location and limited capacity led to a run on the spaces in Hall 3.2.

One special element of Pure Editions are the “Featured Editions” – platforms spread throughout the room for additional installations devised by the exhibitors. The plans for this special attraction once again underline the high standards and innovative exhibition concept behind Pure Editions: the imm cologne’s creative team, headed by Creative Director Dick Spierenburg, has commissioned design platform Stylepark with its development.

Furnishing Cologne – part 5: New product table Clamp by Janua

Clamp by Janua (Photo: Mirjam Fruscella / koelnmesse)

Timeless modern aesthetics – 200-year-old oak and 2000 years of history: Designer and interior architect Bernd Benninghoff is rejuvenating Janua’s 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 aren’t 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.

Design: Bernd Benninghoff
Booth: Hall 3.2 Booth C030

Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec at the Centre Pompidou Metz: design for nomads

A recently opened solo exhibition at the new branch of Paris’s Centre Pompidou shows a selection of the French brothers’ works from the last fifteen years. The more than 1,000 m² of space in Gallery 3 of the Centre Pompidou Metz, which was designed by architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastine, serves the brothers an enormous playground. The two designers have juxtaposed products from Vitra, Magis, Alessi, Established & Sons, Axor Hansgrohe, Kartell, Kvadrat, Cappellini and Ligne Roset without establishing any immediately obvious scenographic link between them.

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.

Verner Panton’s Visiona II – a revolutionary design concept

In the context of the Cologne furniture fair in 1970 Bayer in cooperation with the Danish designer Verner Panton presented Visiona II, an almost breathtaking interior staging wallowing in colors and forms. On the occasion of the exhibition’s 40th anniversary we took another look at this much discussed concept.

“Barbarella” in the cinema and the Moon landing on TV: Once upon a time the future was so near that one could have almost nestled down in it. Interior landscape was the magic term that promised a sensual way of life freed from all conventions. And polyurethan, polyester, polypropylene etc. were the all-rounders from the chemical retort that opened up a whole new design perspective together with technological advancement, economical boom and social change: motley colors and buxom curves, desire beats reason.

Why is imm cologne a must-see?

imm_logo_200x200Why is imm cologne a top event for exhibitors and trade visitors that you definitely must attend? We asked manufacturers, designers, retailers, commercial agents and architects.

Jens Wolff, CEO of CDH | For us this is the most important tradeshow for the furniture industry, where we can help exhibitors and visitors find distributors in Germany thus providing our members with an important and valuable service. Nowhere else is the support from the exhibition organisers as extensive as it is at imm cologne. But most importantly, the exhibition’s enormous importance and its excellent promotion in terms of attracting visitors helps us to get in touch with many sales representatives who are not yet members of CDH.

Claus Anstoetz, CEO, BW Bielefelder Werkstätten and Interprofil | We present almost all of the innovations from BW Bielefelder Werkstätten and Interprofil at imm cologne, because it gives us the best environment for displaying our products. It is always a pleasant start to the current business year.

Markus Benz, CEO Walter Knoll AG & Co. KG | imm cologne ranks among the most important furniture fairs worldwide. For manufacturers from Northern Europe it is the most important platform to present their novelties. It, thus, holds a strong attractiveness for retailers, architects and end customers.

Konstantin Grcic: ”I even think certain rules have to be laid down. That’s the only way things are going to change.”

konstantin_grcicKonstantin Grcic (*1965) trained as a cabinetmaker at the John Makepeace School for Craftsmen in Dorset (1985 to 1987) before studying furniture design at the Royal College of Art in London.

After a year as an assistant to Jasper Morrison, he founded his own firm in Munich in 1991: “Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design”. The 90s saw the start of his success with laundry baskets and other plastic items for Authentics; then came style icons such as the Mayday lamp for Flos (1999), the swaying shelving unit Es for Nils Holger Moormann (1999), the Chaos armchair for ClassiCon (2001) and the Osorom seating element for Moroso (2002). The chair_ONE die-cast aluminium chair with a conical concrete foot (Magis, 2004) was actually intended for public spaces but went on to sell in its thousands as a sculptural lattice structure with seating function for the private loft. It was followed by the Miura bar stool (Plank, 2005).

Nils Holger Moormann to give design a new home

moormann_bergeAs of late, Nils Holger Moormann is not just a designer and furniture maker but also a hostel operator. In Aschau, Bavaria, he has converted a heritage-protected building from the 17th century, which formerly served as bakery, Russian restaurant and most recently as a holiday home for pupils, into a hostel in Moormannic style.

“berge” is the name of this project, which comprises 13 individually designed apartments and is planned to establish itself as an unusual meeting point. “When we love mountains, we have to accept all their rules.” Nils Holger Moorman had good reasons to choose this wisdom uttered by French alpinist Jean-Christophe Lafaille for his berge project.