Inspiration, design icons and schnitzel.

An influx of design obsessives descended on the German city of Cologne last week to attend the annual Internationale Möbelmesse (International Furniture Fair/IMM). It’s one of the largest events in the interior design industry’s calendar and being the #indoorenthusiasts we are, Calvers & Suvdal couldn’t pass up the opportunity for some unashamed furniture lusting (and schnitzel).

We arrived on an early flight from the UK and after sourcing strong coffee and "Schnecken" (Germany's equivalent to the Danish pastry - new morning routine, btw), we spent the next two days wandering the vast spaces housing a plethora of stands and exhibits from the world’s foremost designers and established industry brands.

As unapologetic Scandinavian design fanatics, when we flicked through Architonic’s Guide (PDF) we were excited to see a healthy smattering of some of our favourite names exhibiting - Erik Jørgensen,  Norr 11, &Tradition as well as some indigenous brands like Thonet. We also lingered at Vitra and Artek for an unhealthy amount of time, fawning over a choice selection from legendary designers like Charles & Ray Eames, Verner Panton and Isamu Noguchi.

Lighting was another highlight (ooft, sorry). We were particularly taken with “Iris” from Berlin designer Sebastian Scherer’s debut collection for Neo/Craft (right).

Last year was the year of the squirrel-cage/exposed bulb and from what we saw at IMM, the enthusiasm for lighting-fixtures-sans-shade isn’t waning. We were also pleased to see that marble doesn’t appear to have lost its appeal amongst designers and we spied plenty of examples in everything from tables to accessories to lighting fixtures. 

Super-shiny-metal aficionados Tom Dixon did what they do best and displayed a range of high-lustre, buffed-to-perfection pieces. Copper is still a mainstay and we were not disappointed to see favourites like the Etch Web pendant light and the Hex tableware range in copper on display. We were pretty taken with the addition of the ‘Cog’ series; a range of “super-functional metal accessories….designed to bring precision manufacturing to the home”.

Excuse us - we’re off to melt down our brass door knockers..

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