Lucie Koldova: Das Haus
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Lucie Koldova (b.1983) is a whirlwind, and she knows it. ‘I always have a positive mess in my head, and when I am in full flow, everything can go very fast. I’m used to making sketches in the restaurant or at the bar, and going on from there.’ Even as a young mum, she radiates unbridled energy. When the invitation from imm cologne came to take on Das Haus, she eagerly put her teeth into it. Featuring new designs for Brokis and TON, Koldova lets the contemporary living installation at imm bathe in light, and she pays great attention to atmosphere and wellbeing.
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Lucie Koldova: Czech designer is guest of honour for Das Haus 2018
Lucie Koldova DAS HAUS, imm 2018
Koldova, who returned to Prague to set up her own studio in 2010 after spending her formative design career in Paris, wants people to enjoy the experience of Light Levels
For Koldova, ‘Our home should be the place where we can recover from the demands and stress of the hectic lives we’re living; we should take the opportunity to rebalance and to recharge ourselves there.’ With this in mind, the young Czech designer has come up with five distinct zones in Das Haus, each with its own light atmosphere: four very personal zones to spend our precious me-time – a zone for relaxing, for spirituality, for dressing, for inspiration – and a zone for sharing (living). And there is also a small balcony, an outdoor space, however small, that is crucial for the designer: ‘Oh yes, even though I am very much a city lover, I find it important to be in touch with nature. In
Curiously, there is no kitchen. Is it a clear personal statement by this busy mum? ‘With my small son, I have to calculate time. And when I think of myself and the people I am surrounded by, we rather express ourselves in design, photography, or any other creative activity, not in cooking. I would say that spending much time in the kitchen is not really trending among the younger generations. What we enjoy is good food in the company of the people we love, but you don’t need a kitchen for that. I also have to admit that I’m not such a great cook, so preparing food actually means a whole lot of stress for me. Besides, I want to make a statement that women don’t necessarily belong in the kitchen.’ Instead of a fully equipped kitchen, Koldova places the oldest and most basic means to cook in the middle of Das Haus: a fire. ‘I love fire as a unifying symbol, just like it was thousands of years
ago: people would gather around the fire to cook, to eat, to enjoy each others’ company, to tell stories, to celebrate, to warm up, to feel safe. In my work I use a lot of symbols - that’s also why in the Das Haus relaxation zone you’ll find a huge bath tub: the symbol of pure wellness. In the spiritual zone there is a big round conceptual sofa. Ideal for meditation and contemplation.’ Koldova shows in Das Haus what she finds essential for living well: love, sharing, privacy, spirituality, intimacy, relaxation, and grooming. ‘In our hectic contemporary world, where everyone is exhausted, and where the internet connects us with things we don’t want to be connected with, we need a true home. And this home is an intimate place, where you only allow certain people to enter. The spiritual zone is particularly important. I am very spiritual, and good energy is crucial for living well. It’s actually all that matters.’
Chips lounge chair by Lucie Koldova / TON
For the seventh year now, imm cologne has invited an international designer to apply architecture, interior design, lighting, and furniture, in an installation that simulates a real home. Doshi Levien, Luca Nichetto, Louise Campbell, Neri&Hu, Sebastian Herkner and Todd Bracher preceded Lucie Koldova, all with a supremely individual narrative on contemporary living. ‘Das Haus is an exciting and special platform, and I see it as a reward for my work. I play a lot with light, so in my Das Haus, light gets the main role while furniture completes the rooms – not the other way around! Of course, Das Haus is a personal statement project, so I offer my view on living well too.’
the relaxation zone you can cleanse yourself from the daily routine. The dressing zone is one of my personal passions – I follow fashion; it’s such a pleasure to dress up, to express yourself through your outfit. At home, I keep my treasures in a fully equipped dressing zone. The living zone is meant for sharing, for talking with the people you love.’ All the spaces are bathed in light, even the balcony. ‘Light is crucial in our lives, it enhances our wellbeing.’
Lucie Koldova / Brokis
Lucie Koldova / TON
- the name she is calling her Das Haus project. Having been commissioned by the likes of Per/Use, La Chance, Haymann Editions and Lasvit, her homecoming was both a personal and professional journey that is reflected in Das Haus. The installation features two Czech brands that illustrate the particular skills of the country: Chips is a new lounge chair for TON, making use of the company’s manual wood-bending production, while glassmaking is the focus in new lighting designs for Brokis, which are currently in the concept stage. Koldova has been collaborating with Brokis since 2010 and is the company’s art director.
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Dirk Spierenburg, creative director at imm cologne
Calvi Brambilla for Pedrali Illustration: Calvi Brambilla, Pedrali, Koelnmesse
For the sixth time, Featured Editions will be showing inspirational design on a number of stages at imm cologne. This year the focus is on light, and in these experimental labs, visitors can experience design in unexpected ways, with exhibitors pairing up with architects, designers and artists to illuminate their ideas.
Isamu Noguchi Illustration: Vitra Design Team, Vitra, Koelnmesse
A trade fair cannot just be a trade fair anymore. All involved want more than exchange, the experience is also crucial. One of the key features at imm cologne is the Featured Editions installations, which can be seen on nine stages throughout Halls 2.2 and 3.2 of the Pure Editions segment. And the organisers are keen to stress that the umbrella slogan of Light Labs is not just a handy collection of words. It reflects the desire to encourage experimentation, and also the focus on both decorative and technical lighting at imm cologne, recognising the transformative impact of lighting. However, the Light Labs take us to another place, away from the home, where light is the means and the method. The nine companies taking part are Alias, Brokis, Cappellini, Dante – Goods and Bads, Emu,
Gie El, Pedrali, Vitra and Zeitraum – a list that more than suggests the diversity of the projects. For example, Alias’s Kaleidoscopic installation has been created by its own Andrea Sanguineti, and is designed to be a homage to Dadaism, while Luce´s Tower sees Cappellini playing with colour, light and glass, as Giulio Cappellini and Antonio Facco’s cubical Luce table is recontextualised in stacks and rows. Meanwhile, Emu turned to Chiaramonte Marin design studio and conjures up an underwater landscape, and Vitra’s Light Sculpture installation tips its hat to Japanese-American designer Isamu Noguchi, filling its lab with a mix of his Akari lamps. Mirrored, translucent, refracted, humorous, shining or sparkling – the labs are all prisms with a point.
A graduate of Central Saint Martins in London, the theme of this year’s contest was tailor-made for Guan, whose work is about discovering and exploring the symbiosis between humans and everyday objects. Meanings and possibilities abound, and are inseparable, in his Symbiotic Objects series. Here the table, chair and lamp are mere fragments, worked from metal, wood and leather, which only become complete when a person inserts him/herself between them as part of the furniture. For the Chinese designer this project is about the relationship between human beings and utility objects, and the need to redefine a throwaway culture.
ANTON HENDRIK DENYS Foam Fences An architecture and engineering science student in Belgium, who graduated from the department of Man & Identity at the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2016, Denys is a young designer who loves rich materials, minimalistic shapes and calls himself a big fan of contrasts. Reflecting his architectural leanings, Foam Fences is a lightweight room divider, that rather than blocking space, relies on the suggestion of privacy. Its ‘solid’ appearance is deceptive: it might look like metal grating due to the rubber coating and angular overlapping voluminous foam strips, but is actually soft and lightweight. Definition without suffocation.
Photo: Ronald Smits/Denys/Koelnmesse
PIA REGENBRECHT Hyperreal German product designer Pia Regenbrecht is a graduate of Münster School of Design, and alongside objects, focuses on conceptual design, spatial design and social interaction. Hyperreal is a product series that aims to redirect the focus to life in the here and now.
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With a theme of interaction between user and furniture, this 15th edition of the Pure Talents Contest in Hall 3.1 has attracted a record number of entrants from 53 countries. Figures aside, this showcase remains a solidly bouncy springboard for current students and recent graduates.
XIANG GUAN Giulio Cappellini and Antonio Facco Illustration: Cappellini, Koelnmesse
Kaleidoscopic Illustration: Andrea Sanguineti, Alias, Koelnmesse
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HIROYUKI MORITA Temi Japanese designer Hiroyuki Morita graduated from the department of Industrial Interior and Craft Design of Musashino Art University in 2010, and as a product and interior designer has drawn on both sides of his education – bringing traditional Japanese craft skills into a contemporary context. Temi is one example of this, in which a work tool originally used in harvesting for sorting grain has been transformed into seating. Hiroyuki Morita has retained the shell of this tool and adapted it to match the human body, making the most of its simple construction and reduced use of materials (bamboo, leather and steel).
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VICTOR ALGE Alces Alces The Swedish designer only graduated last year in industrial design from the Konstfack University College of Arts, Crafts and Design in Stockholm, and his homeland has proved inspirational for this project. Taking the scientific names for moose, Alces alces, as the name for his chairs, the designer wanted to find a use for the masses of animal skins left behind after moose hunting in Sweden. To achieve this, Alge developed a new processing method: hard leather parchment is softened, sewn together, and then filled with compressed air before leaving it to dry – the resulting form as hard as plastic.
The large gap between the cost of design education in Germany and the rest of Europe is starting to tip prospective students preferences. While the disadvantage of selecting Germany as an educational destination was the overriding need to speak German, things are changing.
ALISSA ARENDS, LEON BUCHER AND YELIM KIM Fold it UMBERTO GARCIA Varjo Born in Italy, Umberto Garcia is a designer who draws on a rich family heritage, that is also part Colombian and Finnish. Having studied in the Netherlands and Milan, the latter is where he started his own practice in 2017. Varjo (Finnish for shadow) is a shape-shifting lamp created by a system that spans between ceiling and floor. Comprised of six differently sized suspended rings, elastic textile straps run the length of the design. By moving or tilting the four intermediate movable rings, the shape and the light patterns of the shade that is formed by the straps change.
Photo: Arends, Bucher, Kim/Koelnmesse
There are a number of design schools, universities and institutes at imm cologne (Hall 3.1), overwhelmingly from Germany. Education, the what, how, why, and where – not to mention cost – is such a crucial issue for all countries, DAMN° took the opportunity to highlight UdK's approach.
Alissa Arends, Leon Bucher and Yelim Kim make up a team of students from the Weimar Bauhaus University that proves this institute is no museum, and its four faculties encourage experimentation and transdisciplinary projects. The Fold it table is a foldable and easy to store model, created not only for students but also for other users looking for a flexible design. As a result of its integrated joint and simple construction, the table, which is made of steel pipes and multiplex board, can be converted quickly and easily. The table top is simply lifted out to move it and/or store.
At Universität der Künste Berlin (UdK), students contribute just €320 per semester for social security, student representation, and a public transportation ticket. By comparison, Master students at Design Academy Eindhoven in the Netherlands, a cheap school by general European standards, pay on average €2000 (European residents) or €15,000 (international students). Ineke Hans, the Dutch designer, educator and researcher, has recently been appointed professor of the Design and Social Context department at UdK. The appointment comes at a moment when students struggle to grasp their potential relevance. As Hans says, ‘I think designers need to channel their qualities into more intangible products, into research and getting more deeply involved in strategies.’
The challenge for Hans is to keep the course syllabus abreast with the rollercoaster changes in the industry. Axel Kufus, professor for design and development at UdK, thinks to keep up with change it is important that departments not become too specific. ‘I like to see students embrace both digital and analogue strategies,’ he says, ‘to marry classical research with innovation, and to always be looking to cooperate with companies. I think the key is to know how to be interdisciplinary.’
From the 20 nominees, three winners will be announced at The Stage (Hall 3.1) on 15 January 2018, by the international jury of: Sophie Lovell (journalist, Berlin), Rianne Makkink (designer, Studio Makkink & Bey, Rotterdam), Tobias Lutz (managing director & founder of Architonic AG, Zürich), Sebastian Herkner (designer, Offenbach) and Harry Paul van Ierssel (designer, Studio Harry & Camila, Barcelona).
‘And I think the best way to establish this link is to build a context for design thinking,’ adds Hans, ‘because the context we are working in as designers has changed. More and more I start to see design as a system, so knowing
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In this way, the wooden table Productivity >< Disfunction becomes a functionless object by turning the upper part over; the clock Future >< Presence’ is only readable from one angle or perceivable from the surrounding space; and the sheet steel standing mirror Selffocus>< Surrounding, exceeds a mirror by providing a highly-polished idealised reflection or view.
Crafting Plastics! by Vlasta Kubusova and Verena Michels / craftingplastics.com
how design can work in different social, political and economic systems, and what strategies can be implemented, is imperative.’ Most important, is that at school, designers access the necessary mental freedom to allow their own personal attitudes to flourish. Hans has the advantage of instigating and following through with the school’s new vision: ‘As an educator, I want to make young designers aware of their position as intermediates between buyers and the making industry. They need to be able to think sharply and be original.’
Urban Terrazzo by Luisa Rubisch & Rasa Weber / urbanterrazzo.com
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Lyre of Light by Anna Ryzhova Part of Between on and off - the Osram project by UdK students
Shift by Martin Fenske Part of The Love School project by UdK students in the Kangemi slum in Nairobi, Kenya / theloveschoolproject cre8tives.org
Pavilion AV1 by Anderssen & Voll / &tradition
What’s new at imm cologne
String System Metal / String
From the experimental works of design schools and emerging talent, to the ever-innovative works of companies with decades of skill and experience behind them, the halls of imm cologne are fertile grounds for those seeking to furnish the world with inspiring design. Prototypes, new designs in production, different versions of existing designs, all find their place. What you see here is only a glimpse of what is on offer, and DAMN° has asked some of the brands and designers present what they will be bringing to the show, and how faceto-face contact and the digital universe can co-exist.
STRING FURNITURE Embroidery Simple / Cappellini
Giulio Cappellini, designer & creative director
Hobo Contract sofa by Werner Aisslinger / Cappellini
&tradition There is a special relationship between the past and present at &tradition, the Danish company that mixes timeless craft, art, form and function. It works with designers including Norm.Architects, Luca Nichetto and Nendo. Hall 3.2 / stand: D010 andtradition.com
Sonar by Patricia Urquiola / Laufen
Laufen Bathrooms For more than 100 years, Swiss brand Laufen has focused on design, quality and craftsmanship. Centre stage here is Patricia Urquiola’s Sonar range, which is the third generation of products that enhance its SaphirKeramik material. Hall 4.2 / stand: A037 laufen.com
Sonar by Patricia Urquiola / Laufen
Brdr. Krüger, the fifth-generation Danish furniture company, is one whose works resound with authenticity, and a commitment to quality and craftsmanship. Works featured include its ongoing collaboration with Thomas Lykke and Anne-Marie Buemann’s OeO Studio. Hall 3.2 / stand: E048 brdr-kruger.com
On show at imm: latest collections, including the Mill and Hobo sofas by Giulio Cappellini and Werner Aisslinger; the Stay table by Fermé, and Embroidery Simple armchairs by Johan Lindsten. All presented in the Cappellini 2018 colour palette inspired by Flemish paintings. Giulio Cappellini: ‘Cappellini wants to be a contemporary company and therefore always works on research and innovation. Not only formal research, but also a study of new materials and new production systems, which combine industrial processes with high craftsmanship. The products presented at imm reflect this company philosophy. imm is an international fair that welcomes visitors from all over the world, [and] being at the beginning of the year, it allows us to predict the trends of the various markets – it’s a very concrete, commercially effective fair. [In terms of general development] the design market is expanding a lot from residential to contract, such as hospitality, and high-passage areas, such as lounges or waiting rooms. To face this market, the company must be very flexible and ready to customise products according to the customers’ needs…We must also think that nowadays the market is the whole world, and therefore we need to work very well on brand communication.’ Hall 2.2 / stands: K016 + K027
Mayor sofa by Arne Jacobsen / &tradition
On show at imm: two new models of string pocket, and several add-ons for the string system metal range, including a hanger rack for glasses and a bottle tray, plus new dimensions for existing systems and product ranges. Peter Erlandsson: ‘The general increase in interest for Scandinavian furniture is obviously on the rise, which is great for us. Our iconic, modern, minimalistic shelving system integrates function and flexibility, with a lot of history and heritage. The urbanisation trend towards small city apartments, and the importance of economic use of space, also works very well with the string shelving system. New e-commerce players that change the marketplace are definitely [having an impact], and we work closely together with our established customers and with physical stores to support them in their transformation into this new world. We have also begun a very good relationship with some of the new serious pure e-commerce dealers in both Europe and Asia. We are true to our environmental values and produce everything in Sweden, as well as shipping economically with flat packaging…The next step for us, which will happen during 2018, is a full effort in the Chinese and US markets.’ Hall 3.2 / stand: E044
Peter Erlandsson, founder
On show at imm: new versions of the Gliss Master wardrobe and the new Master Dressing walk-in closet by Vincent Van Duysen. The Molteni&C stands will show a number of variants of products designed by Ron Gilad, Roldolfo Dordoni, Patricia Urquiola, Tobia Scarpa, Dante Bonucelli, Nicola Gallizia – and the re-editions of the D.156.3 and D.151.4 armchairs by Gio Ponti (read the full story of the Molteni&C Gio Ponti Collection in DAMN°66). Hall: 11.2 / stands: L031 + K030 + M031 + L030
D.156.3 armchair by Gio Ponti / Molteni&C
Gliss Master wardrobe by Vincent Van Duysen / Molteni&C
BROKIS Okome sofa by Nendo / Alias
Alias Along with Nendo’s okome bed and sofa, Alias presents works including Ron Gilad’s tavolo zero table, PearsonLloyd’s twelve armchair, Patrick Norguet’s gran kobi chair, and the hiwood table by Gabriele and Oscar Buratti. Hall 3.2 / stands: E010 + E012 alias.design Knot by Chairamonte Marin / Brokis
On show at imm: prototypes as part of Lucie Koldova’s Das Haus installation; expanded collection of Knot pendant lighting by Italian design studio Chiaramonte Marin, and a smaller version of its Knot table light; and new connectors for existing collections. Jan Rabell: ‘At the moment we are expanding the Brokis portfolio, and moving beyond residential lighting towards project lighting… Fairs such as imm cologne are very important for Brokis, as we can present our collections to a wide audience, and especially to our target group: architects, distributors, as well as the press, all at once. It is very important to us to experience at first hand, how people react to our hand-blown glass light collections, and of course, our novelties. We enjoy the dialogue… Brokis is the leading Czech manufacturer of premium hand-blown glass lighting. Each light is hand-blown in accordance with the centuries-old Bohemian glassmaking tradition. That takes time. We are often faced with copycats, whose products lack the quality of ours but are available much faster. Today, everything has to be available very quickly due to the internet. But we believe in the quality of our products, and know people will continue to recognise and appreciate this uniqueness.' Hall 2.2 / stands: H021 + M018
Arjan van Well, Overseas Marketing/Sales
On show at imm: new and existing collections, including IMPRÉVU, a brand new sofa and pouf, (available in France under the company’s Cinna label, elsewhere under the Ligne Roset name). Marie Christine Dorner: ‘It’s wonderful to work several years in a row for a company like Ligne Roset; you learn gradually about the company, its DNA, its know-how. The dialogue is becoming smoother, the creation easier, and somehow obvious. The first idea behind IMPRÉVU, which Michel Roset asked me to think about, was the possible multifunctionality of a sofa, linked with a free use of curves. IMPRÉVU is a three-in-one piece, being a single sofa with multiple backrests and cushions, a corner group, and ultimately a bed for two. It was a challenge for me to find the right shape, and for Ligne Roset engineers to find the technical details to slide off the backrests when needed, and find the best sleeping comfort. Ligne Roset is very much about innovation, in materials as well as in ideas, keeping an constant open eye on people’s behaviour and sociology… I like this wide-open spirit, as much as the material perfectionism… Ligne Roset is a very proactive company to work for, and Michel Roset a real visionary with his faithful designers.’ Hall: 11.3 / stands: O020 + P021
On show at imm: new and in production: Castor barstool, Castor armchair, Colour Wood chair, Scout bistro tables & Elephant sofa. The Panorama chair by Geckeler Michels is entirely new and shown at imm as a prototype. Arjan van Well: ‘As still a young brand, fairs are an important branding platform to show our full range of furniture in a (close to) real life setting…We launched the company right after the start of the economic crisis, in 2009… We still have some way to go, but are happy with the brand's performance. It is selling increasingly well in Europe and the US, and recently also at home in Japan, where customers needed some time to get used to Karimoku New Standard as, it was so different from the Karimoku brands they knew. As the population in Japan will shrink rapidly from here on, putting pressure on us in our home market, you can
Garden Layers by Patricia Urquiola / GAN rugs
imagine [overseas markets are] very important to us… The cost of transportation and longer lead times due to the necessary transport are an issue when you produce in Japan. To lower both, we will soon offer upholstered furniture items in Europe that are locally upholstered by a new production partner.’ Hall 3.2 / stands: E009 + D008
Parquet by Front / GAN rugs
TON The new Chips lounge chair by Lucie Koldova for TON will be on display at both the DAS HAUS installation and TON’s stand. The curvaceous model makes full use of the company’s wood-bending production skills. Hall 2.2 / stand: J020 ton.eu
Jan Rabell, managing director & founder
Marie Christine Dorner, designer of IMPRÉVU
GAN/GandiaBlasco Founded in 2008, GAN is the brand identity of GandiaBlasco’s textile ranges. All its hand-made products are made in India by experienced craftsmen and women who use natural fibres: cotton, linen, jute, silk, and wool. Hall: 2.2 / stand: L010 gandiablasco.com gan-rugs.com
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Panorama by Geckler Michels / Karimoku New Standard
IMPRÉVU by Marie Christine Dorner / Ligne Roset
Trio bed sofa / COR
On show at imm: Moss sofa, Sting coffee tables, Cordia easy chair & Mell lounge family, by Jehs+Laub; Trio sofas by in-house COR team; and the six designs from the COR LAB ideas workshop. Berthold Strüve: ‘As a premium brand for seating furniture, COR continues to combine tradition with innovation, staying true to our core values, which are freshness, closeness and substance... We are focusing on individualisation and customisation by a model policy, which transfers homeliness and comfort to each individual home. A perfect protagonist for this philosophy is our new Moss sofa: it's almost archaic, yet a very modern design, with the use of extremely high-quality materials including spacious down cushions, [stepping outside the] mainstream - which is typical for COR… For us, imm cologne has been the most important fair worldwide for years, because there we can communicate with all our target groups on one spot. It is an ideal platform for presenting our novelties and innovations to large audiences, as well as discussing them with our trade partners to receive direct feedback. This is very important, because it provides us with valuable information for fine-tuning the premiere models… [Our success is due to a] competitive, consistently innovative, and evolving collection.’ Hall 11.3 / stands: S010 + T011 + T012
Design Post: The Newcomers This year there are four new exhibitors at Design Post, the permanent showroom for more than 30 brands, just across the road from imm cologne. For Volker Streckel, its manager, the main benefit is that they ‘…have an all year round “home of design”. Here they can welcome customers, dealers, and architects, who can find their own vision of the brands in an comfortable, representative and very inspiring surrounding.’ What do the newcomers think?
Magnus Wästberg, founder
cor.de Bundle Sofa by Gernot Bohmann and Martin Bergmann of EOOS / Walter Knoll
WALTER KNOLL Alongside its silk carpets and Bundle sofa, Walter Knoll exhibits the 375 chair by its in-house design team, and the Moualla table by Neptun Ozis, which is a tribute to the painter Fikret Moualla. Hall: 11.2 / stands: H011 + H021 walterknoll.de
The gem Turmaline – inspiration for the silk carpet Tumalini / Walter Knoll
ARFLEX In addition to its new designs, the arflex stand will also be a celebration of Cini Boeri’s modular Strips sofa. It’s 50 years from its original design, and this classic design remains a famous part of arflex’s story. Hall 2.2 / stand: N010 arflex.com
Arflex-cradle design by Neri&Hu / Arflex
Silk carpet Tumalini - hand-dyed and hand-knotted, ecologically sustainable and socially responsible / Walter Knoll
Homework / Bensen
‘Germany is becoming an increasingly important market for us, and we are keen to intensify our presence both permanently and during the important fairs and events. As always, we try to make our presence meaningful in an interesting context, and we think that Design Post meets those criteria. We think that Design Post and Cologne is a dynamic and geographically well-situated location for Wästberg’s first German home base…Wästberg was launched ten years ago, and up until now Scandinavia has been our main market. As export is nowadays growing quite rapidly, we want to be locally rooted in more markets - and one of the most important of those is Germany, where we are experiencing a lot of interest and demand. In addition, Germany is a natural step both from a geographical and cultural point of view.’
U Turn / Bensen
Niels Bendtsen, president & founder of Bensen ‘Having been coming to the fair as a buyer for over 50 years…I have had a good chance to survey the various locations available during imm cologne. Design Post is the right place for our company, due to its great mix of companies, high standards for visual storytelling, and fantastic atmosphere… In my opinion Design Post is the most important location at imm cologne thanks to its ability to cater to customers in Northern Europe. Bensen is focusing on growing our business in Europe, having recently acquired and opened a new factory in Northern Italy, and therefore committing to a permanent space at Design Post is in line with our overall goals.'
w153 ile poppy red by Inga Sempé / Wästberg
Moss sofa by Jehs+Laub / COR
w151 extra large pendant by Claesson Koivisto Rune / Wästberg
Berthold Strüve, marketing director
Home Talent Spring balanced table lamp © Midgard
Piola, designed by Christophe Mathieu / Marset
Djembé, designed by Joan Gaspar / Marset
Spanish lighting company Marset started life in the 1940s as a family business dedicated to casting metals, and has worked hard to apply decades of knowledge and experience to today’s global markets. In recent years, Marset has received the DME Award 2014-2015, the Premio Nacional de Diseño 2015, and has been recognised with a Red Dot Award 2016 for the FollowMe lamp. Bringing together technical precision, refinement, and creativity, in the company’s words, ‘Marset is about more than lamps: we take care of light, in its different nuances and effects, to create atmospheres with character and improve our clients’ quality of life.’ And according to Marset’s Eva Sánchez-Cuenca, ‘So far, Germany has been incredibly receptive of Marset and its products, and this is without any permanent showroom in the country; as such, we think [Design Post] is a great opportunity to exhibit our collection and let German designers and clients meet the products up close. This is an incredible sales and branding opportunity for us…We think this is the next step for us in terms of being more present in the German market, which is a very important market for us.’
Midgard is another company with a long tradition that is evolving with an eye on the future. According to its CEOs, ‘Curt Fischer, who founded Midgard in 1919, was always thinking in flexible systems and personalised solutions when he designed his lamps. Today, we can answer with this variety to the contemporary needs of architects and private customers. Individualisation is still Midgard's standard. And we go further: our service is based on a modern built-to-order system that belongs to our innovative web shop with a special 3D configurator, which is accompanied by an augmented reality based app.’ For the company, the new location in Cologne is a chance to ‘meet existing and hopefully, new clients, agents, architects, as well as private [customers].’ And Einsiedler and Rasch explain that Design Post will see ‘the re-edition of the archetype of all desk lamps: the legendary spring-balanced lamp’, in addition to the first relaunched Midgard designs – TYP 500 and TYP 550 modular (formerly known as the Machine Lamp). It’s a happy revival of Germany’s oldest lamp manufacturer, and one that reflects the industry’s need to find the right balance between functional and aesthetic approaches.
It’s time to get local. On the Passagen trail throughout the city, Generation Köln is an exhibition that does what its title says, and presents talented young and youngish Colognebased designers, all ‘characterised by a new attitude towards "author design", product language and industry.’ A first edition of Generation Köln took place at the Dutch Design Week Eindhoven 2017. Curated by Sabine Voggenreiter, the exhibition is a format of the international Maken/ Machen design project, sponsored by the Belgian province of Limburg, the Dutch city Maastricht, and of course, Cologne. Here, Voggenreiter puts five designers in the spotlight, as well as interior photographer, Thomas Wiuf Schwartz.
Klemens Grund Product designer and carpenter, his love of this craft is much in evidence in projects such as tisch 2, a pull-out table, and the stackable chair, stapelstuhl. klemensgrund.de
Generation Köln exhibition view at DDW Eindhoven / photo: Thomas Wiuf Schwartz
Product designer, with an experimental and conceptual approach. Projects include: the Potpourri glassware series for pulpo, and Wooden Aquarelle Objects, the result of her material study to colour wood. meikeharde.com
Thomas Schnur After an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker, Schnur studied product design, and his work can be seen across Passagen and imm cologne. Projects include: an outdoor prototype of his Twist table for Functionals. thomasschnur.com
Tim Kerp Interior and product designer, Kerp’s first studies were as a graphic designer. With a clean minimalistic design language, it’s demonstrated in the Duetto side table for Pianca Spa. tim-kerp.de
Stapelstuhl by Klemens Grund Photo: Thomas Wiuf Schwartz
Pu-erh, designed by Xavier Mañosa / Marset
Interior Design Week Cologne: Generation Köln
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David Einsiedler and Joke Rasch, CEOs of Midgard
Federzugleuchte: table lamp and floor lamp © Midgard
A product designer who has been working independently since 2012, Fesser has had plenty of international experience. Her works include the All Wood Stool and the Hide side table. karolinefesser.de
Generation Köln Bismarckstr. 70 50672 Cologne ruttkowski68.com Full details of the Passagen programme: voggenreiter.com
Potpourri by Meike Harde / pulpo Photo: Thomas Wiuf Schwartz
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