The global design scene never sleeps let alone takes it easy at the beginning of a new year. Beginning 13 January, Imm Cologne consumed the city of Cologne, Germany, with its week-long showcase of the furniture and interior trends of tomorrow. Meanwhile in Paris, France, interior design and decor fair, Maison et Objet was the place to be for the design-inclined from 17 to 21 January.
Between them, Imm Cologne and Maison et Objet set the mood and milieu of the interiors industry for the year ahead. One such mood permeating both events was a strong sense of you do you. The Bauhaus-inspired modernist aesthetic – a stalwart on the interior design scene for over a century – presented at both trade fairs with an enlightened sense of eccentricity. Not as stern as purist Bauhaus pieces, nor as satirical as designs of the Memphis Movement, these pieces unveiled at Imm Cologne and Maison et Objet 2020 strike a healthy balance between practical and playful.
WINK Chair by Masquespacio for Houtique
In its most practical sense, this is quirky dining chair bound to bring personality into any space it inhabits, but let it enliven your imagination and before long you’ll be seeing Saturn dressed in a Charleston dress.
Carnival lamps by Design By Us for Reflections Copenhagen
With blasting colour combinations, a brave pattern mix, and sharp cut crystal these pendants moves in a field of excitement between decadence and theater. A series of lamps which push the norms and seduces its audience with the crystals magical reflections.
Microcosmo wallpaper by Dainellistudio for Londonart
Presented during Maison et Object 2020, Microcosmo is a wallpaper marked by a sharp graphic and architectural sign and by a decorative soul.
JUSTE console by Christian Haas for Schönbuch
The JUSTE console table is a luxurious statement piece. The top consists of a single oversized ceramic tile, custom-made in Italy. It comes in a choice of five colours — Ivory Black, Desert Sun, Sea Mist, Sandy Bay and Marinière — all of which can be found in the Le Corbusier colour range.
Lines & Dots lamps by GOFI
Lines & Dots is at the same time a lamp and a sculpture. Designed after dozens of ink drawings, from those abstract silhouettes there emerged a series of eight shapes, then transformed into volumes using folded rods weld by local craftsmen. Eight different modules which are combined in thirty different ways using the cable as pivot.
Gropius Chair by Kateryna Sokolova for Noom
A contemporary ode to Bauhaus ideals, the Gropius Chair from Noon is a synthesis of functionalism, conciseness, art and craft, formed by a composition of simple geometric shapes.
Soul Soft chair by Eugeni Quitllet for Pedrali
Soul Soft is a sophisticated armchair in which everyday conviviality turns chic. With flowing and enveloping shapes, characterised by the ergonomic polycarbonate seat padded and upholstered in leather or fabric, Soul Soft has been conceived to complete indoor environments and easily matchable thanks to a variety of colours and finishes.
New Town mosaics by Adam Nathaniel Furman for Botteganove
Available in any colour combination, in either smooth-surface finish that emphasises the clarity of the interconnected geometries, or with delicate grooves cast into the tile surfaces, or in a mixture of the two, New Town always creates a wall surface that is dynamic and bold, as well as subtle and restrained.
Brut shelves by Ferréol Babin for pulpo
The brut shelves demonstrate a meeting point between clean lines and rough edges. Simple in appearance, they play with materiality to present a series that is visually light and structurally grounded.