The caravan of delights

In Cologne only very few designers were represented at both Designers Fair and at IMM; one of the few was Christian Lessing.

And that with two wonderful products.

In the Rheintriadem Lessing had his own stand where, amongst other objects, he showed his ingenious stool Collectuer.

We all, but all, know the problem – what to do with all those glossy magazines you’ve read, but want to keep.

Most of us simply leave them lying in uncontrolled piles in the corner of a room and hope that our partners don’t notice.

They invariably do, and we are obliged to move them to another location under the pretence that we are “in the process” of filing them away.

Christian Lessing has however now solved the problem.

His Collectuer stool ” collects” magazines and not only stores them in a dignified form; but also uses them to support the stool seat.

In the “low” position the magazines simply sit, passive, under the seat; however, once the magazines reach the underside of the seat they cause the two pieces of steel from which the stool is constructed to slide over one another. Alone the magazines, therefore, maintain the height of the stool.

We must admit we didn’t make a note of the minimum and maximum heights – but rest assured they are both very sensible heights.

Available with or without a cushion, Collectuer can also be used a side table.
And it looks wonderful.

As does Lessing’s Card Trellis which we found at IMM; but because the retailer involved doesn’t feel the need to list it on their website – we don’t feel obliged to advertise them.

If you want one, buy it direct from Christian Lessing.

Constructed from spring steel, Card Trellis is/are strips with clips at irregular distances  for holding postcards, notes, letters and all those other things that you don’t want to throw away, but for the life of you can’t think where you should store them.
Available in four colours Card Trellis is one of those wonderfully simple ideas that only achieves its usefulness through its thoughtful execution.

Both Collectuer and Card Trellis can be used just as well in the home,  in the office or even in a public waiting area of, for example, a dentists.

Christian Lessing

Quality design!

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Collectuer by Christian Lessing

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Collectuer by Christian Lessing ... detail

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Card Trellis by Christian Lessing

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Card Trellis by Christian Lessing ... detail


Köln adieu

Normality, how ya doin’

And so by way of a farewell to the the 2010 IMM Cologne and Designers Fair; a few photos of our favourites from the week.

We know its a cheap way out… but we have so many photos……

Uli Budde at Designers Fair Köln 2010

Uli Budde at Designers Fair Köln 2010

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Peglight by David Olschewski at Designers Fair Köln

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IMM Cologne 2010

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llot llov at Designers Fair 2010

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Montags beim Papst in Köln

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IMM Cologne 2010

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Mercury by Ross Lovegrove for Artemide

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Montags beim Papst in Köln 2010

And we don’t know any more….

Because in our haste we didn’t think to ask. Just sort of assumed that either Ingo Maurer or the producer Profiled would have some information on it….

But no, we simply cannot identify this Ingo Maurer table lamp.

Which is a shame, because it is a lovely combination of a form and function.

We’re not going to pretend it’s the best table lamp we’ve ever seen.

But it is certainly table lamp we would gladly use.

If we knew what it was called.

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A lamp by Ingo Maurer

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Ingo Maurer Table Lamp ... detail

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Ingo Maurer's lamp casts its shadow over the IMM

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A lamp by Ingo Maurer ... more detail

A table and stool that grows with your child.

Until now that was only really possible with a complex piece of topiary, combined with an extremely slow growing child.

Until now.

For now we have Growing Table by Olaf Schroeder

Ignoring the manipulation of living trees, Olaf has instead designed a wonderful product where, quite simply, you add extensions to the legs of table and stool.
And Hey Presto! a desk and stool that grows with your child.

Adjustable to four heights, Growing Table is intended for children aged from 2 – 10  and comes with a good selection of accessories; including a wonderful “endless paper” system to meet all their doodling wishes.

Made from 100 beech and finished with child friendly paints in a range of colours, Growing Table is a truly delightful piece of childrens furniture.

Growing Table Olaf Schroeder  Pure Position

Growing Table by Olaf Schroeder for Pure Position

Growing Table Olaf Schroeder  Pure Position

Growing Table by Olaf Schroeder: one table, three heights

Growing Table Olaf Schroeder  Pure Position

Growing Table by Olaf Schroeder ... detail

Our first contact in Cologne with Berlin based designstudio llot llov was pure accident.

After visiting the Finn Juhl display in Hotel Chelsea we wandered innocently passed Martin Glanz Mobiliar – a shop with only “Ray” and “Matt” by llot llov on display.

Now we know that the exhibition is listed in the “Passagen” programme – but we’re sadly not organised enough to check-up on such things in advance.

But that made it all the more delightful to see.

For those of those not familiar with Ray and Matt they are both, in essence, light bulbs with extremely,  extremely long, extremely flexible cables. The idea is that they can follow you around a room; their flexibility meaning that you can weave and wind them around other furnishings as, if and when required.

Oh and they have the most attractive woolly jumpers.

Cheered by this we headed off to Designers Fair; only to be entrapped by Lucille llot llov’s nylon macrame flower cocoons.

Again, not the newest product on display in Cologne, but certainly one of the most ingenious. With its lobster pot-esque charm Lucille  allows you to build up a whole new relationship not only with your plants, but also with your rooms.
And to catch lobsters.

Now we’re not going to pretend  that we worship the ground on which llot llov walk.

For us too many of their products are simply gimmicky and too much of their persona is ego and show. And possibly arrogance. Possibly.
But when they are good; they are truly excellent.

Not just Matt,  Ray and Lucille stand out also their desk Clark is a mark of a design studio with talent.
And that aint no accident.

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Lucielle by llot llov at Designers F air .... macrame

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Lucielle by llot llov at Designers Fair ... illuminating

Last week the myhouseismycastle crew drew our attention to Tojo.

And so we took the opportunity to visit their stand here in Cologne.

And weren’t disappointed.

The Tojo portfolio features a range of excellently crafted wood furniture; as far as we could make out all without screws or other fasteners.

Which is wonderful.

Among the stand out products for us was the shelving system Stell by Swiss design studio eigenwert.

Although we’ve always got space in our hearts for a shelving system that allows the user to not only create, but effortlessly change, the layout – the quality of the craftsmanship and simplicity of the system were for us simply outstanding.

And the bed System is also extremely stable… we can confirm.

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Stell by eigenwert for Tojo

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Stell by eigenwert for Tojo ... detail

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Stell by eigenwert for Tojo ... more detail

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Stell by eigenwert for Tojo .. attracted students like free beer

As Dieter Rams taught us: Less is More

And we agree fully with Jasper Morrison when he says that whereas many of Dieter Rams designs simply have not stood up to the solemn passage of time, his influence on industrial design remains immense.

Just as Jasper Morrison’s influence on chair design will remain for generations to come.
Which brings us back to more, or better put Cardo by Gil Coste for [more].

Available with metal or wood legs – we say stick with the wood (he he).

Because it is the use of the impossibly thin, stick like legs, that gives Cardo its incredible finesse.

The metal legs are too industrial, too safe.

It’s often said that there are enough chair designs in the world; Cardo is proof that there aren’t

It doesn’t try to do any thing fancy: just does what it has to with a wonderful style and grace.
And honesty, a much underrated aspect of furniture design.

Cardo by Gil Coste for [more]. We  were very impressed

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Cardo by Gil Coste for more

Cardo Gil Coste more

Cardo by Gil Coste .. any more and it could get over-crowded here

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Cardo by Gil Coste ... detail

Cardo Gil Coste more

Cardo by Gil Coste ...stackable

One designer: two products that impress us.
Doesn’t happen all the time.

Truth be told two designers: one product that impresses us is rare.

And we’re not just being nice to Uli Budde on account of the Potsdam connection.

We’re genuinely impressed.

Reading Table is a truly sweet piece of sofa/bedside table design: a central island on which one can place books, cups, plates, mobile phones, baby ducks and all those other things which one needs when reading.
This island is then surrounded by a wonderful, double purpose moat: on the one hand simple storage space for books, magazines etc… on the other one can use the rim as a sort of bookrest/pagemark so that you do not lose your place.
Think of it as a sort of compact, oval liesmichl and you’ll get the idea.
A wonderful concept.

And Ulis Plantpot aint bad either.

Essentially all he has done is extend and combine flowerpot and saucer in one creation; and that in a wonderfully aesthetic way.
It did also occur to us that if you don’t use the “saucer” element for water you could use it for keys, loose change, phones etc…. Just remember your doing that before filling it up with water though…..

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Reading Table by Uli Budde

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Plantpot by Uli Budde

Taking a break from the “MIS: Men in Scarves” at IMM we crossed the Rhein to visit the 2010 Designers Fair.

In addition to old favourites such as David Olschewski – this time sadly without his fantastic Badezimmer seating systen, but with a wonderful new peglight lamp, just think a sort of peg Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche – and Eva “Nido” Marguerre (@eva… love Nido, but maybe time for new product? We’ve now seen and photographed Nido in Milan, Berlin, Leipzig and Köln. As we say love it, but…) we discovered some wonderful new products and designers.

More soon…..

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Peglight by David Olschewski

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nido by Eva Marguerre- seen it more often than our parents in the last 12 months. But it's still good....

Yesterday evening we took the opportunity to attend the opening of the new exhibition in the Köln Museum für Angewandte Künst:  Montags beim Papst.

In general one can only recommend the MAK for all whose hearts beat a little faster upon sighting well executed furniture design.

And until the 21st of March the Museum is showing a special exhibition dedicated to the German designer Walter Papst.

In many ways one of the forgotten figures of German design Papst was one of the first furniture designers to experiment with fibreglass – unforgotten remains the time when he placed a fibreglass sofa in the bear enclosure at Cologne Zoo in order to prove it’s strength – while many of his wood designs show a clarity and understanding of design that many attempt but only few can reach.

Organised by German furniture producer Wilkhahn, for whom Papst produced some of his most famous works, the exhibition features not only examples of Papst’s work and background to the man and his art, but also features a special installation by Papst’s long-time friend  the artist Paul Kamper.

And is certainly well worth a visit.

Montags beim Papst runs at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Köln until March 21st.  All information boards are bi-lingual, German and English.

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Montags beim Papst Walter Papst's dreibein stuhl

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