Best of IMM Cologne 2019 -A Design and Interiors Fair

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IMM Cologne Home and Interiors  showcases trends and invention in interiors and design – known for its sleek format and emphasis on technologically pioneering exhibitors it is one of the most important events in European design. This year the theme is pure atmosphere, a distillation of formal restraint, design purity with unusual touches. This coincides with the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus school and there is even a section devoted to this important and lasting design legacy. With over 13,00 exhibitors it’s a unique opportunity to see up and coming talent as well as established furniture and design icons’ newest ideas and pieces.

 

Here are a few of our favorites from the IMM Cologne Fair this year.

 

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The beautiful and iconic Barcelona Chair, originally designed by Mies van der Rohe for the German Pavilion of  the World Exhibition, 1929. IMM | Knoll International

 

 

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Koelnmesse | Giorgetti

Giorgetti  is known for unique and expected combinations and has a long history spanning over 100 years. The modern designs are based in part on a tradition of cabinet making and an emphasis on the unexpected use of materials.

All the pieces are made in Italy, from conception to production which is eco-efficient overall interestingly. In these fantastic chairs, Giorgetti uses restraint and geometry with exhilarating color, a sense of daring formalism comes together to create furnishing that is paired as a group or can be used a focal piece. The company is currently traveling an exhibition featuring its 120 history of design entitled Object to Project. 

 

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IMM | Studio Truly Truly

Studio Truly Truly’s beautiful Wove chair is an imaginative expression of modern sculptural form, water like gracefulness reminds one of suspension bridges.  This Australian pair is known for their extensive collaborations with top brands and design initiatives.  Based in The Netherlands, the duo is hands down one of our favorite design forces, and make a range of products beyond furniture including lighting, textiles, as well as entire spaces.

 

 

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Koelnmesse | Das Haus by Studio Truly Truly

In fact, the team will be presenting this year’s Das Haus – or Interiors on Stage.Created with artistic vision, every year the Das Haus space is designed by a nominated architect or designer and is meant to provide a platform for the designer’s personal vision of beauty and function, answering how people might live ideally.

This year, Truly Truly has created a space called Living by Moods. Emphasizing changing schedules and needs, this home has a sense of organic flow and within there are special zones: Reclusive, Serene, Active and Reclining. This space and the entire Das Haus project is considered experimental as a whole, and interestingly enough this year’s design focused on the beauty of flux, the ever-changing dynamism of our daily lives. We love the modular furniture, dramatic light fixtures, intersecting lines and variety of layering materials, particularly the airy juxtaposition of open space and light, partitions and natural and manmade texures.

 

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We are also captiavted by simpler projects such as that of young British designer Joe Smith of the young talents content. An interest in exaggerated form paired with craftsmanship and  industrial material drives this designer’s aesthetic and production. For this extraordianry chair, the designer was inspired in part by the construction of trains and bridges in the North of England, thus the cubic form and use of bolts.

 

 

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As we can see, the young talents competition is one of the most interesting resources for finding innovative technical projects that marry beautiful design with materials.

INDO’s lush geometry of the Ikat Credenza is a wonderfully designed project. This piece plays with the variability of the Kat fabric on a curvilinear classical form of the iconic modernist furniture profile of a mid-century modern tambour credenza, creating a sense of movement.

 

 

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Koelnmesse | Tobias Grau

German lighting designer Tobias Grau synthesizes artistic form with technological innovation to create unexpected yet sculptural formats. Headed by the designer and based in Hamburg, a holistic philosophy guides the process of making modern artistic lighting.  This series of lamps is one of my favorite IMM pieces.

 

 

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Koelnmesse |ClassiCon

ClassiCon is renowned for their pieces that combine artistic radicalism and classic modern design, considered art works in themselves. Collaborations have included with stellar design leaders such as Eileen Gray and Eckart Muthesius, as well as Konstantin Grcic.

 

 

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IMM| Mor Dogan | Piggo Modular Furniture

Last but not least is another Young Talent innovator -this modular furniture piece was designed by Mor Dogan for children’s waiting rooms. Inspired by her nephew who had to spent time in doctor’s office she wanted to bridge this often boring and stressful experience by creating a line of furnishings that approached design, usefulness and well-being.

Four Beautiful Modern Kitchens

In North America holiday season is fast upon us, and many of us are thinking about our cooking and entertaining spaces. Some of us are even renovating before the season really gets into full swing!! Now, while we all love the perennial appeal of a white crisp kitchen whether traditional or nordic style, there is so much to think about when it comes to choosing a space with depth, character and layered hues. We hope you enjoy our gallery of sophisticated kitchens distinguished by elegant combinations of natural materials and mid century modernist classicism.

Stunning Kitchen #1: A Historic Space with Contemporary Flair

 

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This grand space takes historic architecture and marries it with the most au courant of kitchen style, Archetipo 10, courtesy of L’Ottocento.

 

Stunning Kitchen #2: Depth in Color -A Contemporary Aesthetic

 

Original BTC Fin Medium Pendant Kitchen Lighting Lifestyle

A gorgeously romantic and modern space with sable colored stone counters and dark wood cabinetry complemented with original BTC Cosmo Pendants, such a stunning picture of contemporary style and taste. Courtesy of BTC. 

 

Contemporary Kitchen #3: Go Black with Luxurious Texture

 

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This stunner of a space takes Nero Venato tile in the most beautiful of grays and mixes it up with gorgeously veined stone, offset with noir countertops and dramatic lighting. Courtesy of Original Style. 

 

Modern Kitchen #4 -Pared Down Modernism

 

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If using your kitchen table for parties and or a working and family space is a definite, then the choice of a farmhouse table is clear. But the rustic look is beautifully made unique and stylish with modernist lighting fixtures such as these BTC Fin Pendant lights, adding style and ambient lighting. Courtesy of BTC Original.

 

 

Fabulous Bedrooms

Decorating a bedroom is always a personalized project that should encompass style with comfort and touch of sensuality and character. Focus walls with faux weathered historic looks, great wallpapers, ornate beds, classic sheets and Bloomsbury House style…we love all these amazing looks for your new bedroom…

 

Elegant Black and Gold

 

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Luxxu – an ornate luxury look with a sumptuous contemporary feel.

 

Hollywood Regency Goes Tropical

 

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Dreamy blue….Somewhere between fairytale, mid century modern and art nouveau we jut love this king sized Ariel bed in luxury velvet cloud from Sweetpea and Willow

 

Snow White Classicism

 

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The delicacy and freshness of white…a classic choice with a touch of femininity,  Romantic Ruffles Bed Linen, The French Bedroom Co

Boho Eclectic Style

 

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Eclectic style, art, patterns, Kantha quilts combined with metallics and Block Print Strip Wallpaper, Farrow & Ball

 

Extraordinary Walls by MOKO

 

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Today, innovative wall covering newcomer MOKO Interior produces 3D wall coverings made of real wooden veneers of 5 layers, all gorgeously designed and produced in Hungary. The creations are like sculpture and create stunning atmosphere and presence. The size of the panels alone are astounding  — one standard piece is 94 x 94 centimeters and as such the walls are architectural elements in of themselves, and the company often will design features for a custom space as well, a boon to designers. In fact, their panels inspired Marcel Wanders to design a new motif for MOKO -to debut very soon.

 

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The designs are not composed of solid wood but rather thin wooden layers, and one panel weighs only 10 kg, so they are easy to install and transport. As well inside the panel there is an empty space which can be filled with sound absorbent materials to create an acoustic version of each motif.

 

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It’s such a pleasure to be able to interview the people behind these amazing inventions…..

Can you tell us about the inspiration behind the creation of the company? What drove you to create the product?

We always had the idea in the back of our minds -the desire to see if we could create  bent 3D wall panels. At first, it seemed impossible to “force” the wood to this shape.

How long did it take to develop these wall panels?

It took us one and a half year to develop it and to push the boundaries of the material.

Can you share more about your staff and creative team?

We have a team of 50 people based in Hungary, including designers, production team and sales department. Zsolt Karajz is the lead designer, who invented the motifs of MOKO. The production team is led by Zsolt Szabó, wood expert. We have a showroom in the city centre of Budapest with 8 wall surfaces showing different MOKO solutions and a professional sales team led by Krisztián Szetei, managing director.

Where are the materials made?

We only use the best quality wood originated from forests planted for production purposes. Most of the veneers we use are custom made for us. Our team is committed to environmentally sustainable solutions. We work with FSC certified wood veneers only and make sure that the adhesives and surface treatments used are eco-friendly also.

 

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What is the process of manufacture and handicraft?

MOKO Interior deals with the design and manufacturing of mainly handcrafted multilayer structured wooden wall coverings. On the one hand the curved shapes and the visible surface treatments (grinding, polishing, staining and oil layers) require the highest handicraft that cannot be replaced by any machinery. The real value of the MOKO panels lays in the bare-handed craftsmanship. We intend to create the highest quality products, excluding mass production in the classic sense.

On the other hand, for some parts of the production process (molds of the patterns, bending the veneers, drying the surfaces) we only use high-tech computer-controlled machines for quality assurance.

What are the challenges of working with wood? We all know the story of making bendable malleable plastics to create organic sculptural furniture, such as the tale of invention for mid century modernist furniture like the Eames….

Bending an inflexible material was a big challenge, because the wooden veneers break very easily so we had to develop a special production technique to create the standard collection. The curved shapes we design require the highest handicraft and a long process of experimentation.

 

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As an extreme result we managed to manufacture the Volga Corner which is special because the panel itself is also bent and follows the shape of the corner.

A bit about the craftspeople who make the wall coverings?

MOKO Interior started as a family business, in some way everyone was connected to wood. The people working in the production have a special perspective and sense for creating wooden surfaces.

What are some of your most interesting and challenging projects?

We realized a project in San Francisco last year, in Dolores Park, where the client requested a completely customized solution, inserting a staircase between the panels.

 

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Dolores Park West, San Francisco

Other exciting projects?

At the moment we are working on two challenging projects, one is based in Canada and the designer is planning to put MOKO panels around an artificial fireplace.

The other project is located in Dubai. We produced a bespoke sized panel with a new motif designed by Zaha Hadid Architects for the lobby and the corridors of the Opus Hotel. The realization of this project is scheduled for the end of this year.

 

Learn more about the vision of MOKO.