During this year’s imm cologne the Dutch designer Frederik Roijé presented his new sofa at the ‘Passages’ – the fair’s satallite events in the city of Cologne. ‘Slow Sofa’ is a family of nine elements that can be applied in many compositions at various locations. With its wooden storage space it unites side table and upholstery in one piece.
‘Diagonal’ is the name of the new extendable shelving system recently unveiled by the Berlin based designer Uli Budde. The smart piece recieves its stability through diagonally cut sheet metal shelves which replace the usual diagonal braces. It was presented within the [D3] Talents exhibition during this year’s imm cologne.
From goldsmith to golden ticket: jewellery-designer-turned-furniture-designer Harry Thaler, who was named joint winner of this year's D3 Contest for young international design talent
Punching well above their weight this year at imm cologne were the young guns exhibiting in the sixth edition of the [D3] Design Contest, the platform for emerging international design talent. Here, we talk to one of the two joint-winners, Harry Thaler, plus select some of the most interesting designs from the convincing and highly polished body of creative work on show.
Let there be light: Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka's paean to transparency and lightness in the form of his retrospective at the Cologne Kunstverein, which coincided with him being named A&W Designer of the Year 2011
‘Maybe I don’t like objects.’ It’s not every day you hear such a statement from a designer, particularly one as celebrated as Tokujin Yoshioka, who was recognised as A&W Designer of the Year 2011 during this year’s IMM Cologne. But, then again, there’s a certain (pleasing) contradiction in the design language of the Japanese creative’s work, which, through its ongoing engagement with the ideas of transparency and lightness, gives expression to objects that sit somewhere between presence and absence. Architonic met up with Yoshioka in Cologne to trip the light fantastic.
Eric Degenhardt created this sideboard for the German manufacturer Böwer, presented at this year’s imm cologne for the first time. The quiet large furniture owes its graphical and light appearance to a 6mm wooden mantle, a horizontal gap, the slightly inclined front and long tabular steel legs.
'Moody Nest' by Hanna Emelie Ernsting, photo by Evi Künstle
“Form follows moods” – under this motto the German designer and graduate of Hochschule für Gestaltung Karlsruhe and École Nationale Supérieure des Art Décoratifs in Paris realised a series of three furniture that focus on the user’s emotional and physical condition – amongst them my favourite piece ‘Moody Nest’.
At the D3 contest during this year’s imm cologne the young designer Enrique Illanez Schoenenberger presented his beasutiful shelter ‘Brigitte’. Small wooden shingles are sewn together to form the roof and the walls, and are then draped over a simple metal frame.