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    The Pick of IMM Cologne 2016

    The start of a New Year is a notable time for the furniture industry as we welcome one of the leading fairs and international business hubs, IMM Cologne. Located in the centre of the bustling sales market that is Cologne, IMM Cologne sets the stage for new furniture trends, topics and innovations for the entire year.

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    News - 28.01.2016

    We were delighted to see five of our leading brands, e15, Muuto, Walter Knoll, Vitra and PER/USE, showcase at imm cologne, each presenting new and exciting things to come in the New Year.


    E15 continued its collaboration with British architect David Chipperfield and showcased a range of new releases, including a new solid wood table. With a clear design language highlighting the pure use of material and craftsmanship, solid wood coffee table LEIGHTON and sideboard DRAYTON are an extension of the product family which debuted during Milan Design Week 2015.

    Further, e15 celebrated two decades of its iconic stool BACKENZAHN™, a modern design classic and identifiable icon for e15. Designed by e15 co-founder and architect Philipp Mainzer, BACKENZAHN™ signifies the design language of the brand by playfully pairing essential forms and pure materials. Made from solid oak or walnut, the reduced design highlights the characteristic cracks and unique natural markings of solid wood. e15 will celebrate two decades of BACKENZAHN™ with a series of presentations throughout the year. For the Stylepark Featured Editions at imm cologne, the brand showcases the iconic stool in a humorous and poignant installation exploring the topics intellectual property and copyright infringement, inviting viewers to identify the real BACKENZAHN™ from a lineup of imposters.

    Also on show was new table HOLBORN, solid marble ENOKI MIGOTO side tables, the extended oval shaped marble table HIROKI as well as a series of stoneware SALINA, consisting of six forms allowing for diverse applications. Further extending the e15 collection of accessories, playful and bright blanket DOTTO and the solid wood objects MR B and BIG B, two well-crafted and amusing solid oak objects inspired by the patron of table BIGFOOT™, were also presented in Cologne.


    This year Muuto featured a wide range of contemporary classics, well-known for its modern Scandinavian design. Pieces included the Nerd and Cover chair, Connect Modular Sofa, Unfold Pendant, Dots Coat Hooks, Leaf floor and table lamp, E27 Pendant, and Around Table. Various accessories included the Elevated Vase, Grip Candlestick and Plus Salt & Pepper Grinder, among many others.

    Walker Knoll

    German brand Walter Knoll reissued the quintessentially fifties form of Arno Votteler's Model 368 chair. Designed in 1956, the chair features spidery metal legs and curved solid timber armrests. The design comes in a high and low back version.

    The brand also launched a collection of chairs from the 50's and 60's by Turkish designer Sadi Ozis (with input from his son Neptun Ozis). The shapes of the chairs are consistent with the original designs but have all been adapted to include upholstery instead of their post-war austerity materials like fishing net. The 'Fishnet' chair was designed in 1959, the 'Burgaz' chair in 1953 while perhaps the most unusual, the 'Rumi' was designed in 1961. The Burgaz Neptun Collection was previewed at Mozaik Design in Instanbul in October last year but Cologne was the collection's first major international design fair showing.


    Vitra showcased a wide range of interior design ideas within inviting and inspiring living environments. The presentation of the 2016 Home Complements Collection features classics and contemporary objects, accessories and fabrics by designers such as Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, Hella JongeriusCharles and Ray Eames and many others. Vitra has now expanded its Home Complements with new items and new design editions inspired by the research of Alexander Girard.

    The new Cork Trays by Jasper Morrison are made ​​of solid cork and can be used both as a flat bowl and as a tray. Tablecloths by Alexander Girard, originally created in 1961 for the shop Textiles & Objects (T & O) in New York, were also presented.

    For graphic wall panels, Vitra displayed Girard’s 'The Tree of Life'. Originally part of a building designed by Alexander Girard for his exhibition of folk art at the Hemis Fair '68, the International Fair of Texas in San Antonio, the exhibition was entitled 'The Magic of a People' with the Tree of Life at the forefront of the display.

    The Wooden Dolls, ornamental dolls designed and manufactured by Girard for his own home in Santa Fe, were also on display. Halfway between decorative object and toy, the Wooden Dolls are based on the original from Girard’s home, now owned by the Vitra Design Museum.

    Presented for the first time at the Swiss National in 1939, the classic Landi Chair has been reworked and put back into production in a collaboration between Vitra and Henriette Coray, the widow of Hans Coray.


    One of Living Edge’s newest brands, PER/USE, also showcased some of its collection of contemporary Belgian designs. The brand showcased its multipurpose PIANO Coat Rack, featuring hanger panels and foldable hooks, designed by Patrick Seha. PIANO won in 2012 the AZ AWARDS in Toronto, Canada for “Best Design Furniture”. PIANO is available in multiple finishes now at Living Edge.


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