Vitra project at Orgatec: Work – office scenarios for merging of work and public space

Photo: Koelnmesse

Where is the office today? Is it in our smartphones and tablets? Does it only exist in our heads? Or do we still need the ritual of coming to a physical space dedicated to work? For this year’s Orgatec fair, Vitra will be focusing on the increasing convergence of the office realm and public spaces, subsumed under the title “Work”. The presentation showcases three examples of office scenarios.

The PRO chair series from Flötotto: designed for schools, suitable for anywhere

The PRO chair series from Flötotto. (photo: Flötotto)
The PRO chair series from Flötotto. (photo: Flötotto)

Eight months after its launch at the imm cologne 2012, the Flötotto chair series PRO is being extended to include a four-prong aluminium pedestal base and a bistro table. Flötotto is presenting the additions to the chair collection designed by Konstantin Grcic at Orgatec.

To this day, the Flötotto brand’s fame is closely linked with school chairs. “There’s something about Flötotto that you could call its DNA, based on the special shape of the seat shell and the resulting functionality. We wanted to reconnect with our history, but in an innovative way,” says managing director Frederik Flötotto who, together with his father and co-managing director Elmar Flötotto, began producing school furniture again in 2012 whilst simultaneously positioning PRO on the market for contract and domestic furniture. In the course of the intensive joint development process with Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design, which took a good two years to complete, the original idea of “just” producing a school chair was expanded. 

The A-chair by Brunner: a vertical stacker with plenty of options

The A-chair by Brunner. (photo: Brunner)
The A-chair by Brunner. (photo: Brunner)

Elegance with a wealth of innovations – those are the attributes Baden-based contract furniture manufacturer Brunner uses to describe its new A-chair. The shell and frame of the stackable, linkable and modularly structured all-rounder are combinable in a wide choice of materials and colours. The chair thus aims to create a harmonious impression in all permutations and any interior setting – regardless of whether it is used in rows or as a stand-alone. The A-chair was developed by Stuttgart designers Markus Jehs and JĂŒrgen Laub.

“Our design elegantly integrates all the technical details and has a very strong look,” explains Markus Jehs. The basic shape of the chair is extremely simple: seen from the side, it looks like a capital A – and thus provided the inspiration for the name of the model range. Despite its multitude of functional elements, the A-chair has nevertheless been given a distinctive design and forms a single, homogeneous whole.

Rooms Moscow 2013: Koelnmesse launches new project in Russia

Gerald Böse, CEO of the Koelnmesse Executive Board. (photo: Koelnmesse)

On 15 May 2012 Media Globe Krokus (MGK), as organiser of the Moscow International Furniture Show, and Koelnmesse signed a letter of intent. The joint aim is to establish a furniture trade fair with an international format in Moscow from 2013.

“For Koelnmesse this collaboration will be of great mutual benefit and represents an important step forward in internationalisation”, explains Gerald Böse, CEO at Koelnmesse. “Under the name ‘Rooms Moscow’ we will create a trade fair format aimed at the Russian market within the Moscow International Furniture Show. In doing so, we will bring in all the relevant furnishing areas of our globally leading trade fairs imm cologne, LivingKitchen, ORGATEC, spoga+gafa and interzum”, Böse continues. The range on show will span upholstery, storage furniture and office furniture, as well as furniture for contract business, for the outdoor area and for the kitchen.

Rooms Moscow should provide visitors with an overview of designs for rooms, including interior fittings, floors, walls, ceilings, lighting and bath and spa solutions. This new trade fair provides a platform for companies across the world seeking access to the Russian market.

Remarks by Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse GmbH, about the planned international kitchen trade fair in 2011

Gerald Böse, Vorsitzender der GeschĂ€ftsfĂŒhrung der Koelnmesse GmbH
Gerald Böse, Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH

Ladies and gentlemen,
thank you for coming to this press conference in order to find out at first hand about the current status of our initiative to create a new international kitchen trade fair.
I would also like to thank Mr. Hans Strothoff for giving us the opportunity to present our results to date here at the MHK Forum in Enger. We purposely chose this location in order to save you a long trip.

After extensive and intense talks with companies in the sector, we’ve received numerous expressions of interest from renowned German manufacturers of kitchen furniture who support the concept of holding an international kitchen trade fair in 2011. That’s why it’s my pleasure to announce to you today that the first part of our mission is accomplished. There will be a kitchen trade fair in Cologne in January 2011!

„Fair Design“: international fair architecture by Karim Rashid, Luigi Colani and Francesc RifĂ©

fair-designDespite the huge rivalry through the Internet trade fair appearances are still highly important. The direct contact to the manufacturer continues to be a main issue for customers. Thus, trade fair stands still form an important part of brand management.

In “Fair Design” Sybille Kramer shows how much the appearances of different companies can vary. The book presents a total of 60 projects in international fair architecture from the Orgatec in Cologne up to the Expo in Aichi, Japan, among them works by Karim Rashid, Luigi Colani and Francesc RifĂ©.

Design as an Economic Factor: Design de Cologne

Once a year, Cologne becomes a talking-point as the design capital of Germany. During the international furniture and interior design fair imm cologne, trade visitors from all over the world experience a city that is vibrant with design, installations and design VIPs despite the January weather.

Cologne is largely associated with design because of the furniture fair. Apart from that, little is known about Cologne in the design world, apart from the obvious, that is: the Gothic cathedral and other architectural treasures, museums of modern art and Cologne’s residential charm. And more than anything else, of course, the Rhine city is known for its almost rustic charm, its brewery taverns and Kölsch pubs.

At the same time, in view of the imm cologne‘s communicative and commercial importance for the international design world, it is hardly surprising that, over the years, a creative scene has developed in the city which, thanks to its institutions, educational establishments, studios, galleries, various event formats and retailers, constitutes an impressive and unusually diverse economic force for the region. Here in Cologne, the sector is represented by industrial and product design, corporate and communication design, media and fashion design, event design, architecture and interior design.

Cologne – Top Venue For Furniture Professionals

What wood varieties are currently in vogue? Any what about the latest ideas in seating? What type of functions do manufacturers install in the latest generation of kitchen, living room and bedroom cupboards? Anyone seeking answers to such questions will head for interzum, the world’s leading trade fair for supplies, materials and components for the furniture and building interior completion industries. They may also very well make a beeline for the International Furniture Fair imm cologne. Even better, both.

“These two fairs have a number of interesting and complementary crossover features,” says Udo Traeger, Vice President Furniture, Interior Design and Textiles of Koelnmesse. “For example, the visitor to interzum will come across some item of detail or a system, which a short time later will turn up at the imm cologne fully integrated within a finished product.