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Wed 4.2.

Trend Report: Cologne 2015, Part 2

Posted by Walter Phillips on 04.02.2015 - Tagged as: , ,

‘Foldwork’ clothing rack, by Friederike Delius at the UDK Berlin Design Graduates stand, at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Foldwork’ clothing rack, by Friederike Delius at the UDK Berlin Design Graduates stand, at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

This is part two of a two-part Trend Report from Cologne 2015 by Le Vin Chin. See Part 1 here.

 

Going knotty

 

Here we have no one particular materials trend, but a constellation of directions, relating to wool, to weaving, to knots, and to cords and ropes.

 

 

Wool, as a material, was interesting more in how far its use could be stretched. The Korean designer duo behind Design Methods, Sukjin Moon and Kihyun Kim, presented ‘Woody Wool’, wool compression-moulded into a wood grain texture, creating a delightful disjunction between material and surface appearance. The bright colours were apparently inspired by the work of Van Gogh. Whereas Amaury Poudray’s nearly similarly titled piece, ‘Wood and Wool’, played more with the disjunction between the material and the use to which it was put.

 

‘Woody Wool’ by Design Methods (Sukjin Moon and Kihyun Kim), at the imm’s Pure Talents Contest. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Woody Wool’ by Design Methods (Sukjin Moon and Kihyun Kim), at the imm’s Pure Talents Contest. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

‘Wood and Wool’ by Amaury Poudray at the Objects in Between exhibit. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Wood and Wool’ by Amaury Poudray at the Objects in Between exhibit. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

‘Lückenfüller’ seat by Moritz Frank and Victor Dorsch, of the HS Mainz at the Lehrstuhlparade at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Lückenfüller’ seat by Moritz Frank and Victor Dorsch, of the HS Mainz at the Lehrstuhlparade at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

From wool, we move into weaving. Fynn Freyschmidt’s ‘On Air’ is an inflatable bicycle helmet made from a ‘new pneumatic-contractile textile’. At the Innovationszentrum Lichtenfels, though, they are working with a rather more traditional material, rattan, and the traditional form of a carpet beater for the shape of their seats. Bamboo rattan is also the basis of a lampshade by Neri & Hu, inspired by Asian woven birdcages.

 

‘On Air’ by Fynn Freyschmidt at the UDK Berlin Design Graduates stand, at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘On Air’ by Fynn Freyschmidt at the UDK Berlin Design Graduates stand, at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

Seats woven from rattan at the Innovationszentrum Lichtenfels stand at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

Seats woven from rattan at the Innovationszentrum Lichtenfels stand at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

‘Emperor Pendant Light’ by Neri & Hu at the Das Haus exhibit, curated by Neri & Hu, at imm cologne 2015. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Emperor Pendant Light’ by Neri & Hu at the Das Haus exhibit, curated by Neri & Hu, at imm cologne 2015. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

Woven cords feature in Jeannett Højer’s ‘Nonno’ ultra-relaxed rocking daybed inspired variously by Hans J. Wegner, the designer’s love of hammocks, the use of flag line and the designer’s grandmother. For Franziska Cadmus and Annika Steven of Mjuka, the aesthetic of their woven pieces is directly inspired by their love of Scandinavian design. Weaving leads to knotting and in the work of Kenneth Cobonpue, we find rich knotwork. Finally, mesh abounded everywhere in Cologne as well. The example to highlight here is Benedetta Mori Ubaldini’s ‘Clouds’ series of lamp.

 

‘Nonno’ rocking daybed by Jeannett Højer, at the imm’s Pure Talents Contest. Photos © Le Vin Chin

‘Nonno’ rocking daybed by Jeannett Højer, at the imm’s Pure Talents Contest. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

‘Nonno’ rocking daybed by Jeannett Højer, at the imm’s Pure Talents Contest. Photos © Le Vin Chin

‘Nonno’ rocking daybed by Jeannett Højer, at the imm’s Pure Talents Contest. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

Woven screen by Mjuka, at the danishdesignMAKERS stand at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

Woven screen by Mjuka, at the danishdesignMAKERS stand at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

‘Unfolded’ chair by Claudia Reinboth and Jan Riepert, of the Muthesius Kunsthochschule at the Lehrstuhlparade at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Unfolded’ chair by Claudia Reinboth and Jan Riepert, of the Muthesius Kunsthochschule at the Lehrstuhlparade at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

ames stand at imm cologne 2015. Photo © Le Vin Chin

ames stand at imm cologne 2015. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

ames stand at imm cologne 2015. Photo © Le Vin Chin

ames stand at imm cologne 2015. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

‘Dragnet’ by Kenneth Cobonpue at imm cologne 2015. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Dragnet’ by Kenneth Cobonpue at imm cologne 2015. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

‘Knotty Bubbles’ lamp by Lindsey Adelman at the Das Haus exhibit, curated by Neri & Hu, at imm cologne 2015. Photo © 2015 Justine Fox @MaterialColour

‘Knotty Bubbles’ lamp by Lindsey Adelman at the Das Haus exhibit, curated by Neri & Hu, at imm cologne 2015. Photo © 2015 Justine Fox @MaterialColour

 

‘Clouds’ by Benedetta Mori Ubaldini at the Das Haus exhibit, curated by Neri & Hu, at imm cologne 2015. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Clouds’ by Benedetta Mori Ubaldini at the Das Haus exhibit, curated by Neri & Hu, at imm cologne 2015. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

Going deep

 

There were a few interesting experiments with playing a game of layers on show. I really enjoyed Zascho Petkow’s ‘Preserved Textiles’ table, made from overpainting a treasured piece of Bhutanese textile with over 20 layers of lacquer. The lacquer also contains a sparkle effect pigment, giving the final surface an incredible and mysterious depth, as well as a playful sparkle.

 

Wiktoria Szawiel creates a similar effect, but with a much different emotional feel, with her ‘Landscapes Within’ pieces, where the enveloping resin is more milky than murky. With ‘Mars & Pluto’, Joa Herrenknecht takes advantage of the opposite effect. The utterly clear acrylic glass becomes invisible, leaving only the texture of the copper and silver mesh textile.

 

llot llov, meanwhile, has developed a proprietary technique of staining wood, using salt to draw the water-based dyes into weird, beautiful and organic configurations – while still keeping the view to the wood grain beneath. The marks left behind by the production process are the focus of the work by Milena Kling and André Mädler, where glass vases are blown into copper moulds, staining the glass surface with a copper patina.

 

‘Preserved Textiles’ by Zascho Petkow, at the The Journey of Things stand at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photos © Zascho Petkow

‘Preserved Textiles’ by Zascho Petkow, at the The Journey of Things stand at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Zascho Petkow

 

‘Preserved Textiles’ by Zascho Petkow, at the The Journey of Things stand at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Zascho Petkow

‘Preserved Textiles’ by Zascho Petkow, at the The Journey of Things stand at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Zascho Petkow

 

‘Landscape Within’ furniture by Wiktoria Szawiel, at the imm’s Pure Talents Contest. Photos © Le Vin Chin

‘Landscape Within’ furniture by Wiktoria Szawiel, at the imm’s Pure Talents Contest. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

‘Landscape Within’ furniture by Wiktoria Szawiel, at the imm’s Pure Talents Contest. Photos © Le Vin Chin

‘Landscape Within’ furniture by Wiktoria Szawiel, at the imm’s Pure Talents Contest. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

‘Mars & Pluto’ tables by Joa Herenknecht at the Objects in Between exhibit. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Mars & Pluto’ tables by Joa Herenknecht at the Objects in Between exhibit. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

‘Mars & Pluto’ tables by Joa Herenknecht at the Objects in Between exhibit. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Mars & Pluto’ tables by Joa Herenknecht at the Objects in Between exhibit. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

‘Edition 1’ tables using the ‘Osis’ technique developed by llot llov, at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Edition 1’ tables using the ‘Osis’ technique developed by llot llov, at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

‘Ruby’ by Milena Kling and André Mädler, at the The Journey of Things stand at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Ruby’ by Milena Kling and André Mädler, at the The Journey of Things stand at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

Going chromatic

 

No very new colour palettes on display in Cologne, this year. The colours were a (beautiful) synthesis of various recent trends – retro 50s pastels, retro 70s colours, electric-neon.

 

‘Polygon Cups’ by Sander Lorier at Salon Zwei. Photo © Le Vin

‘Polygon Cups’ by Sander Lorier at Salon Zwei. Photo © Le Vin

 

‘Diamond’ lamps by Sebastian Scherer for NEO/CRAFT at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © 2015 Justine Fox @MaterialColour

‘Diamond’ lamps by Sebastian Scherer for NEO/CRAFT at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © 2015 Justine Fox @MaterialColour

 

räder Wohnzubhör stand at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

räder Wohnzubhör stand at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

‘Alma’ lamps by Müllern Kontor, at the imm’s Pure Startup Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Alma’ lamps by Müllern Kontor, at the imm’s Pure Startup Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

A piece by the Bunker Kollektiv at their Realm of the Hypernova exhibit. Photo © Le Vin Chin

A piece by the Bunker Kollektiv at their Realm of the Hypernova exhibit. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

‘The Mid-Summer Night Masks’ by the Kosmos Project at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘The Mid-Summer Night Masks’ by the Kosmos Project at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

‘hwl’ lamps by Jens Otten, at the imm’s Pure Startup Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘hwl’ lamps by Jens Otten, at the imm’s Pure Startup Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

‘Solid Spin Lamps’ by Johanna Tammsalu, at the imm’s Pure Talents Contest. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Solid Spin Lamps’ by Johanna Tammsalu, at the imm’s Pure Talents Contest. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

‘Box’ steps by Thomas Albertsen, at the danishdesignMAKERS stand at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Box’ steps by Thomas Albertsen, at the danishdesignMAKERS stand at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

Ten Favourite Pieces

 

Finally, here, in no particular order, are my favourite pieces from the various shows.

 

‘pm12°’ is Anna Bens’ redevelopment of the rocking chair, utilising her own newly developed rocking mechanism and a retro-futuristic aesthetic.

 

‘pm12°’ by Anna Bens at Designers Tower. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘pm12°’ by Anna Bens at Designers Tower. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

‘pm12°’ by Anna Bens at Designers Tower. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘pm12°’ by Anna Bens at Designers Tower. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

Paul Prangenberg’s lighting objects are all a collision between the industrial and the decorative, using, for example, the most basic sheet roofing materials and basic, brutalist shapes, but formed and refined and finished with the most exquisite effect coatings to high theatrical effect – as befitting a designer with a background in the theatre.

 

‘Glitter Garage’ lighting design exhibition by Paul Prangenberg. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Glitter Garage’ lighting design exhibition by Paul Prangenberg. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

This delightful little table by Pascal Howe is a cross between the work of Gerrit Rietveld and a Space Invader, making the bright red colour doubly apt.

 

‘Covered Identity’ side table by Pascal Howe, at the imm’s Pure Talents Contest. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Covered Identity’ side table by Pascal Howe, at the imm’s Pure Talents Contest. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

Pretty, useful and upcycled – that’s a few of the principles of good design checked off immediately, by SAMESAME’s glassware.

 

Upcycled glassware from the SAMESAME range by Laura Jungmann and Cornelius Réer GbR. Photo © Le Vin Chin

Upcycled glassware from the SAMESAME range by Laura Jungmann and Cornelius Réer GbR. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

You can never have too many soap bubble lamps, and Sebastian Scherer created these using a specially developed interior coating to give them a unique and gorgeous iridescent effect.

 

‘Iris’ lamps by Sebastian Scherer for NEO/CRAFT at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Iris’ lamps by Sebastian Scherer for NEO/CRAFT at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

Coming from the annual collaboration of two young German designers working on a Christmas present for their friends and family, this is a very simple, very elegant design.

 

‘Weilweihnachten’ side table by Jonathan Radetz and Julian Demharter at the Designers Fair. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Weilweihnachten’ side table by Jonathan Radetz and Julian Demharter at the Designers Fair. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

Retro-futuristic design is alive and well in this exquisite clothes rack by Friederike Delius!

 

‘Foldwork’ clothing rack, by Friederike Delius at the UDK Berlin Design Graduates stand, at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Foldwork’ clothing rack, by Friederike Delius at the UDK Berlin Design Graduates stand, at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

Hyperkinetic. New Age. Agronomy. Bunker Kollektiv. Realm of the Hypernova.

 

A piece by the Bunker Kollektiv at their Realm of the Hypernova exhibit. Photo © Le Vin Chin

A piece by the Bunker Kollektiv at their Realm of the Hypernova exhibit. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

Very cleverly, the shade/shutter on this otherwise very minimalist lamp, by Robert Hoffmann, swivels almost 360° allowing you to adjust the direction and amount of the illumination.

 

‘Modular Light’ by Robert Hoffmann, at the The Journey of Things stand at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

‘Modular Light’ by Robert Hoffmann, at the The Journey of Things stand at the imm’s Pure Talents Hall. Photo © Le Vin Chin

 

A great, simple, efficient and aesthetically pleasing design, by Markus Krauss.

 

‘WRAP’ side table by Markus Krauss at Designers Tower.

‘WRAP’ side table by Markus Krauss at Designers Tower.

 

Le Vin Chin is a trend reporter, design communicator and value-chain marketer.

For technical support contact Alfred Giolai Trend Report: Cologne 2015, Part 2