Cologne – If you didn't make it to the Cologne-based international furniture and interiors fair IMM this year, don't worry – we've kept our eyes peeled for you. From a forward-looking series of installations designed by Dutch stylist Floor Knappen for IMM's Pure Editions platform to one of 20 products representing the trade fair's 17th Pure Talents contest, this list highlights a wide range of stand-out design showcased in Germany this month.
Read on for the full list.
New Moments – a series of installations that underpinned the character of IMM’s Pure Editions platform – is the brainchild of Dutch stylist Floor Knaapen. Five areas designed by Knaapen and Dick Spierenburg showcased 2020 trends, one dubbed ‘Club Organic’. The concept, expressed in an array of purple, neon green and disco-inspired blown glass and ceramic pieces, addresses the millennial revival of the nightclub era.
Organic – yet powerful – outlines give German manufacturer Brühl’s Bongo Bay seating shape, evoking the curvaceous forms of abstract sculpture and painting. Designed by Kati Meyer, the inviting system offers two- and three-seater sofas with undulating backrests and armrests, armchairs and matching stools and tables, all available in exclusive upholstery options.
Envisioning a family of furniture that could capture the charm of Viennese sophistication and elegance, Luca Nichetto and Austrian company Wittmann developed Paradise Bird. The black metal and brass frames of the lounge and high-back chairs, sofas and stools are a nod to the work of Josef Hoffmann. Rounded upholstery complements the frames, adding an element of cosiness to the seating.
Danish design brand MENU’S Hashira lighting range is a Scandinavian interpretation of traditional Japanese lanterns. Created by Copenhagen-based practice Norm Architects, the cylindrical lamps diffuse light through their translucent fabric shades, projecting soft beams in multiple directions. The collection encompasses a floor lamp, table lamp, and single and cluster pendants.
Solid marble slabs appear to float within the glass structure of Brut, shelves designed by Ferréol Babin for Pulpo. The product is presented in three different material combinations –Brut’s precise exterior can be built from sandblasted, smoked or profilit-toughened glass, while the slabs, sourced from Austria, are off-cut with a raw front edge.
Reminiscent of pleated textile at first glance, the Plissée floor lamp’s balloon-like shade is actually made of hand-blown glass. The illusion is thanks to the imagination of Sebastian Herkner, who challenges material perceptions with the ClassiCon-manufactured piece. A result of both artisanal craftsmanship and industrial technology, the lamp has a dimmable LED light source that can be adjusted to the ideal level of illumination.
A quintessential example of collective Numen/For Use’s aesthetic language, After is the foundation for a soft, highly functional interior landscape. Prostoria’s modular sofa is fitting for large spaces; it introduces the comfort and privacy of residential environments to public ones – offices, hotel lobbies and airport lounges, for example. The seating’s individual elements – a seater with backrest, two corners and a pouf – can be utilized to accommodate various situations.
Peter Otto Vosding
As part of the 17th Pure Talents contest, 20 innovative products by 23 international designers were chosen to be on show at IMM Cologne 2020. Pipe-Line, by German designer Peter Otto Vosding, was one: the extending table’s mechanism – two differently coloured pipes that can be compressed or stretched like a telescopic rod – serves as the central design feature.
CHAIR NO. 520
Vienna-based designer Marco Dessí’s personal favourite from Thonet’s product portfolio is the bentwood chair 209. Chair no. 520, a new model by Dessí, is inspired by the Café Thonet concept and references that iconic seat with its arc-shaped back rest. The curved element can be used as a carry handle, which makes the 520 a multi-use piece a perfect addition for dining to meetings and more.
IMM Cologne took place from 13 to 19 January at the Koelnmesse exhibition centre. To see more of our coverage from the fair, click here.