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Light the Way

The 125,000 visitors combing the halls of Cologne’s premier furniture show in January were treated to cool exhibits, like Czech designer Lucie Koldova’s Das Haus, a kitchen-deprived interpretation of a contemporary house (why cook when you can go out to eat), and the Pure Talents Contest of international young designers. Lighting, bathrooms and the smart home were the focus for this edition of IMM, and specifiers surely walked away with a trove of ideas.


Circo Lounge ChairAmes Sala Ames Sala, IMM Ames Sala, IMM

This funky German furniture label founded in 2006 with Colombian roots tapped German mega-star designer Sebastian Herkner for the Circo. Handcrafted in Colombia for both indoor and outdoor use, it is made from a combination of powder-coated tubular steel and colourful synthetic weave. www.ames-shop.de 

DS1000│de Sede DS1000, deSede, IMM DS1000, deSede, IMM

Forget names: for the Swiss it’s all numbers. The DS1000 lounger, designed by Ulrich Kössl and the de Sede Design Team, combines a piping frame with a free floating canvas cushioned lounger matt, held together by leather belts which also enables the user to adjust the softness of the matt. The end result of this material medley is surprisingly comfortable. www.desede.ch 

 Rope Light│AKTTEM Studio Verena AKTTEM, Rope Light, IMM AKTTEM, Rope Light, IMM

Designed by Verena Hennig, this simple, fully dimmable modular lighting system with LEDs encased in a technical mesh is a uniquely versatile architectural lighting solution. The illuminated line can be arranged with multiple hanging strings to create a light curtain or simply put up to resemble a chandelier: adaptability options are almost endless. www.akttem.com 

 Lantern Copper Light│Classicon ClassiCon, IMM ClassiCon, IMM

Designed by Shanghai-based Neri & Hu, Classicon’s Copper Lantern is an updated version of a previous incarnation, and is available in both table and floor versions. The trick achieved here is giving the light a unique and unconventional look that is both modern and traditional. www.classicon.com 

 Nomad Bamboo│Norr11 Norr11, IMM Norr11, IMM

Wicker chairs aren’t usually something designers get excited about, but the Nomad’s classic Scandinavian design of a traditional Moroccan wicker chair might very well change your mind.  Built with a bamboo frame and inlaid with French semi-transparent bamboo mesh, the Nomad is finished off with a rich cognac leather neck pillow and seat cushion, a warm accent complimenting the design by Kristian Sofus Hansen and Tommy Hyldahl. www.norr11.com 

 Ivy│Brokis S.R.O. Ivy, Brokis, IMM, Lucie Koldova Ivy, Brokis, IMM, Lucie Koldova

Although best known for the beautifully coloured and hand-blown Muffins and Knot glass lights, Brokis’ decorative Ivy lights have a very organic feel resembling lit leaves hanging from a willow tree. Designed by Lucie Koldova (of Das Haus fame), the modular Ivy system is available in three sizes and opal or smoked glass. www.brand-kiosk.com  

 Marble Wing│Draenert Sudio Marble Wing, Draenert, IMM Marble Wing, Draenert, IMM

Designed by architect and designer Hadi Teherani, the marble wing is a chaise longue crafted from a single natural stone block of Carrara marble. With its timeless modern design and clean lines, solid jagged textured base and its polished seating surface, this limited edition museum piece makes the perfect showpiece for any large contemporary space. www.draenert.de 

 Limpid Light│hollandslicht (Eikelenboom) HollandsLicht HollandsLicht

Designed by Eindhoven’s VANTOT design collective and manufactured in the Czech Republic, the Limpid collection consist of traditional mouth-blow glass shades and an inventive pulley system which enable the LED module’s position to be adjusted up and down within the shade to offer a variety of lighting conditions. www.hollandslicht.eu 

 Bundle Sofa│Walter K. Bundle Sofa, Walter K, IMMBundle Sofa, Walter K, IMM

A treat to sit on, the Bundle has a sculptured, floating and airy feel due to its delicate and unobtrusive base, soft upholstery and clean lines. Designed by Austrian stars EOOS, the extraordinary comfort was accomplished through turning and folding the fabrics as part of the design concept. www.walter-k.com 

Bay│B&B Italia Bay, B&B Italia, IMM Cologne Bay, B&B Italia, IMM Cologne

Designers Nipa Doshi and Jonathan Levien have added B&B Italia’s iconic design to outdoor seating with this collection. Made from fibre braided on a tubular steel frame, the oversized, high backrest armchair and sofa collection is designed for comfort and elegance. www.bebitalia.com 


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