Best of IMM Cologne 2019 -A Design and Interiors Fair

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Koelnmesse | Studio Truly Truly’s Das Haus Project, Interior View

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.

 

Koelnmesse | Das Haus by Studio Truly Truly

 

 

image.pngBilly Chair by Joe Smith | IMM

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.

Design News -The Covet International Awards

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As many of you know, our content curator is invested not only in presenting gorgeous decorative content, but as well supporting young artists and designers. That’s why we wanted to showcase the Covet International Awards -and spread the word about this international contest.

They are seeking outstanding submissions in the areas of

 

Residential | Hospitality | Commercial | Sustainable Design 

 

The deadline is December 15th, 2018.

 

This exciting award series is honoring the very best in interior design projects allover the world. celebrating and working to elevate creativity in the field, an expression of a commitment to the importance of decorative arts in our world today, as well as nod to the importance of handicraft and quality workmanship, a form of art and craft that may be fading from our lives too soon. Learn more here: https://covetawards.eu

 

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Top Creative Interior Design Resources

Top Creative Interior Design Resources – A repost / guest post from the Lladro Blog 

When it comes to finding interior design resources and ideas, we know that online sources are quick and easy ways to see the most visually inspired projects as fast as possible. It is like being able to visit the top designer’s studios in person, see the most bespoke and inventive rooms in a moment. If you are also into seeing designs, objects and interior design leaders’ projects in person and close up, events are an important interior design resource as well.

This is our special gallery of a few of the numerous top design fairs, shows and exhibits allover the world, held almost every month throughout the year. Explore imaginative and beautiful events and sites featuring some of the most interesting interior design resources these days.

 

Interior Design Resource #1 – Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair

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Stockholm Furniture and Light

 

This exciting fair runs from February 7-11, 2017  and has much to offer in interior design resources. One of the most exciting features this year is the must-see Hayon DNA Gallery. In honor of the prolific and exciting Spanish designer Jaime Hayón, this is a site specific and unique installation that includes humor, invention and fantasy. On view are sculptures and functional objects all laid out in themes such as Sculpting Form, Fantasy Play, Craft Heritage, Flora Fauna and Folk Culture.

 

Interior Design Resource # 2 – Maison & Objet, Paris, France

 

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Maison & Objet, Antonio Facco

 

From all the incredible premieres of amazing designs, decorative items, artwork and interiors this annual exhibition is one of the top international interior design resources.

Pictured here is a colourful and captivating vignette showcasing the work of Antonio Facco who was nominated as a rising talent in this year’s Maison & Objet event. This very special show features rising talent, established icons and new technologies among many other design and decorating delights.

Interior Design Resource # 3 – ICFF, NYC 

 

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ICFF, NYC

 

ICFF is a destination interior design resource and fair of the best in international furniture design. This year it will be held on May 20-23, 2018 Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, NYC. 

The special NYC show is like an unlimited resource for new design, decor, interior design, industrial design, artistic innovation and more. Artists, designers, decorators and collectors flock to the event to see what’s new in the design world and get inspiring ideas and select the best in luxury design.

Interior Design Resource #4 – IMM in Cologne, Germany

 

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IMM, Cologne

 

Coming up soon is the famous IMM (International Interiors show) in Cologne Germany. This beautiful grisaille themed room is by Tommy M. Industrial chic meets the most architectonic sculpture sensibility, with layers of luxurious texture and fabrics, a vision of contemporary modernism and regal luxury.

 

Interior Design Resource # 5 – Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy

 

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Salone del Mobile Milano will be on view once again from 17th to 22nd April 2018. This is a destination for anyone looking for the best in design, here you will find the most avant-garde, the most luxurious, experimental and classic contemporary vision imaginable. With an eye on global culture and innovation, there will be more than 2,000 exhibitors this year.

Whatever your style, needs or passion we suggest any of these creatives events as well as trending sites like Dezeen and Archdaily.

And one should not forget both print and online version of top decorating magazines such as House Beautiful,  Elle Decor, or the Swedish version. If you are looking for ideas and inspiration for a home build, do visit this exciting blog by our experts as well.

Natural Modernism -An Interview with the Australian Designer Kate Walker

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Kate Walker is an Australian designer who takes her cue from the vibrant and elemental colors, forms, and patterns of the natural world. Her commitment to well made materials and a lovingly designed space means that every project is just stand out gorgeous. Through a process of curated selections of unusual textures and fine hard surface materials, Kate beautifully combines historic detail with contemporary design to make livable and bright spaces.

It was super fun to interview Kate and learn about her process and dedication to craft and well made things the home. Enjoy Kate’s story, the beautiful pictures of her various projects, and learn about her very special approach.

 

 

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You grew up in a family that lived, worked and breathed design and artistry. Tell me about some of your favourite memories of this special upbringing. 

My mum created an amazing home. With seven children, home was always really busy.  We lived in very old 1900s Victorian house. It was a big original Homestead in Geelong called Chesterfield. So whilst my brother was climbing the Norfolk Pines at the front of our property, and mum was busy trying to make sure he didn’t fall and kill himself, she would leave my sisters and I alone. We would redesign our whole bedroom, and it would take us all day.  We’d move our antique iron beds, change doona covers, swap furniture around and hang things on the walls.  Sometimes the layouts worked and sometimes they didn’t but mum just let us do it. I think she enjoyed the quiet.

So she’s still one of your main inspirations? 

The pieces my mum has in her home all remind me of my childhood.  There’s such a difference between a house and a home, and that’s what mum gets. Inspiration came from my mum and our family. What she did enable us to do was to put looks together, often on a shoestring. As little kids we would be given jobs to keep the house tidy, but anyone could walk into our house at any time and it would always look beautiful. And I have kept that tradition in my own home.

In the 1980s when three colored cornicing was in, mum would have painted them green, pink and blue and then she would decide it wasn’t quite right and we’d come home and she would have changed it to shades of pink or shades of blue.

Even if mum didn’t have a lot of money to spend, she would spend what she could on making our home beautiful. Her house was on the cover of House and Garden years ago when stenciling was in.

 

Blues in Kate Walkers HomeA view of the designer’s home …beautiful blues..via Instagram

 

And she was one of the first people I knew to use the color blue in her interiors. Blue is my favorite interiors color now too.  I don’t know how she did it with so many kids but she always kept an amazingly beautiful home.  We were always told to go and play outside, so I developed a love for our garden.

 

Kate Walkers Pretty GardenKate’s garden….via Instagram

 

 

 

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Do you have a favorite historic designer or architect? 

The Australian architect Marcus Martin without a doubt, 1930s architecture. His windows, his proportions, his staircases, and the entry ways. Really, Marcus Martin for me is heaven, so it’s no surprise that I bought a 1930s home.

 

Toorak-Home-Renovation-Architect-Image-Marcus-Martin-Rear-22Martin Marcus, a renovated home by Toorak Home Renovation

 

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Let’s talk texture, great contemporary design often has a way of combining unexpected textures, and many of your projects exhibit this sensibility, there is such care and precision in the pairings. Tell me a bit about this process, how it’s determined by the design vision, the client and some of your inspirations? 

A lot of people are afraid to use color, so texture is a great way to bring interest into a beige color scheme.  We’ll often use tonal colors to create a lot of interest and depth.  I have become very adept at using texture because clients haven’t been adventurous.

I will always encourage clients to use natural materials where possible, because natural materials don’t date. Anything natural adds charm which modern finishes just don’t have.

 

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You can’t really clash natural materials. You can put a beige travertine with a grey Carrara and it works. Mother Nature just works. On my Instagram feed you’ll find lots of landscapes and seascapes because I see so much beauty in nature. It might be a photo of lichen on a granite rock, with greys next to the electric green and I’ll be inspired to use grey and green as a colour palette.  Browns, greys and greens work so well together.

 

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The Wright Project – this historic front with a modern back exterior is such a gem, I love the entire house, and wondered why we are seeing this kind of “renovation” more and more. It’s wonderful and reminds me so much of the best of the classic American mid-century homes, those who look out to greenery from the rear of the house. I grieve the demolition of these houses here, and celebrate the way this tradition is expanded in places like your Wright Project. 

In Australia there are lots of regulations to maintain the heritage of properties, but heritage doesn’t come with livability.  Today we need open plan living, and we need light.  Many of the old houses have small windows because there was no cooling or heating, so windows were kept small to minimise the loss of heat or keep in the cool.  Houses were generally dark and they weren’t designed for orientation, whereas today we always try to orient toward the north to make the most of natural light and get the best solar ratings.

 

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The Wright House

As a result we are seeing a juxtaposition of historical meeting modern to pay homage to the property’s origins whilst maximizing livability.  Residential land sizes in the city are so small that the best way to bring the outside in is by building a glass block on the back.

Whether I agree with such a stark juxtaposition or not, my job is to blend the old and the new internally by creating a seamless flow.  It may be having the same flooring throughout or connecting the look by using modern brass fittings in the extension to reflect the old brass fittings in the original house. Trying to use as many natural materials as possible is important to pay homage to the building’s origins, be it using old bluestone or reclaimed timber flooring or Shaker style kitchen doors to make it more traditional.  I am always advising clients to keep the historical elements of their home.

 

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Mathoura

 

Mathoura, absolutely gorgeous -tell me more about this palatial looking building! 

Mathoura holds a special place in my heart because my family actually lived in the classic Victorian house that was originally on that land.  We moved out and the property was sold to a developer (Kokoda Property Group who I have worked a lot with over the years) who built these amazing apartments.

They engaged Stuart Rattle to do the interiors.  He is a very well-known interior designer who was tragically murdered shortly after completing the build so it was a privilege for me to work with him on one of his last projects.  He did all of the internal finishes and it was my job to source the incredible natural stone which we imported from Turkey specifically for this project for all the bathrooms. And we sourced the bluestone for the paving.  I felt honored to be able to work with such an incredibly talented designer.

Favorite project? 

My favorite project changes all the time.  My current is an incredible, eclectic property where the brief is ‘Regency on Safari.’  The property is in Brighton (Melbourne) and is owned by a South African family.  The owner is an artist and she is amazing, and  so enthusiastic about using color and texture.  I’ve never had a client who is so excited about all the different elements we have featured in the design. We have a peacock-blue kitchen with chartreuse velvet banquette seating and animal print wallpaper with black and white marble flooring.

There’s multi-green scalloped handmade wall tiles and wallpaper with mountain-scapes by Pierre Frey.  And we’re also featuring Cole & Son wallpapers.  We’re using the most incredible quartzite bench tops which will be backlit. We have Scandinavian timbers and brass grills in the kitchen and a handmade brass and stainless steel range hood with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. There’s fluted glass in the bathrooms with slab marble and brass taps. The timber flooring is representative of zebra skin. For the outdoor loggia she has allowed us to use stone we are importing from Egypt. We’re doing cobblestones. Every single thing that I love in design is going into this home.

 

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Learn more about the wonderful vision of this Australian designer, special hard finish products and beautiful spaces by Kate Walker Design on her website or via Facebook | Instagram