As DOMO’s guest at the renowned annual global furniture fairs, IMM Cologne and Maison&Objet, earlier this year, Vogue Living’s style editor Joseph Gardner reflects on the exhibition highlights, top trends and reveals the items he has added to his wish-list.
“With a tradition of craftsmanship dating back to the 19th century, the family owned Austrian furniture maker Wittmann put on an exceptional show at this year’s IMM Cologne. Highlights from the display included a playful collaboration with famed Spanish designer Jaime Hayon featuring the Vuelta armchair, and a well-proportioned (and super comfortable) Merwyn dining chair designed by German designer Sebastian Herkner — which is available in an stunning mix of leather and velvet. The collection also included a new collaboration with Swedish designer Monica Forster which featured the show-stopping Melange lounge chair and Melange Handle side table.”
Wittmann Vuelta armchair by Jaime Hayon.
Wittmann Melange lounge chair and Melange Handle side table by Monica Forster.
Wittmann Merwyn dining chairs by Sebastian Herkner.
Dante Goods and Bads
“Founded in 2012 by artist Aylin Langreuter and industrial designer Christophe de la Fontaine, Dante Goods and Bads presented a fresh and striking collection this year at IMM Cologne. The collection displayed an adventurous use of materials from the Bavaresk dining table with a glass top and legs upholstered in a plush pink velvet, to the Minima Moralia room divider with a powder coated aluminium frame and pleated fabric which gives the appearance of folded paper. The clean lines of the Come As You Are bar cart and Charlotte chaise lounge felt contemporary, but also gave a strong nod to design movements of the past.”
Dante Goods and Bads Minima Moralia room divider.
Dante Goods and Bads Come As You Are bar cart.
Dante Goods and Bads Bavaresk dining table.
“French favourite Ligne Roset put on exquisite shows at both IMM Cologne and Maison&Objet with over 30 new designs for 2018. The Paipai seating range designed by Italian design studio LucidiPevere (picture below in a soft mint coloured velvet) — a concept that was developed from folding a piece of paper to create a closed shape — was undoubtedly one of the highlights from the show. I loved the Geoffrey leaning mirror designed by Alain Gilles which serves not only as a place to check your reflection, but a place to hold your keys thanks to the addition of a small round dish, plus a rail to hang a scarf or umbrella. When teamed with the San stool designed by Studio Klass (shown below in a walnut veneer), it makes for the perfect pairing. Another notable addition was the L’Imprevu modular fabric sofa designed by French native Marie Christine Dorner available in various depths and with adjustable backrests of varying heights.”
Ligne Roset Geoffrey mirror designed by Alain Gilles.
Ligne Roset San stool designed by Studio Klass.
Ligne Roset Paipai armchair by LucidiPevere and L’Imprevu modular fabric sofa by French Marie Christine Dorner.
“Swiss furniture brand de Sede — renowned for its unique leather products — exhibited its new collection at IMM Cologne with an impressive selection of new designs. Their range of leathers are arguably the softest you will ever touch and the DS -1121 bed and the hand stitched DS-31 seating collection were no exception. I also enjoyed the fresh pops of colour seen in the new DS-611 and DS-612 tables.”
de Sede DS-31/101 armchair.
de Sede DS-1121 bed.
de Sede DS-0611 coffee table in stone jade.