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.
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
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.
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.
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
Billy 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.
IMM | INDO Urvi Sharma and Manan Narang
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.
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.
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.
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.