Rip-off hunter, Card players, and a bird
Jan 22, 2016
Best of all Philipp Mainzer would like to draw the teeth of all the copy-cats of the world, to make sure they don’t fake his products. e15 presents selected copies of the “Backenzahn” in a juxtaposition – so which is the original? Photo © Koelnmesse GmbH, Lutz Sternstein

Astonishing, amusing, witty: The “Featured Editions” at the imm cologne in Hall 2.2 and 3.2 constantly invited the visitors to make a “creative stop” and concern themselves with design over and above unit sales figures and RoIs – as the 14 installations showed just how intensely and creatively designers and manufacturers interact. The format is now in its fourth edition as jointly supported and curated by Stylepark together with Dick Spierenburg and his team at Koelnmesse.

The circus arena dreamed up by Italian designer trio Cazzaniga Mandelli Pagliarulo for Pedrali could certainly hold its own against the real one at Circus Roncalli; the boule messieurs by Sebastian Herkner and Pulpo may be carton, but the originals do indeed live in France – as a photographer documented who headed there specially to find the most typical of all players. And for Zeitraum the young designer duo Kaschkasch from Cologne dissected with a precise eye their new “Rail” table – a perfect piece for the copy-cats, however, who swiftly set about photographing the mechanism. Whereas a few podium further down Philipp Mainzer at e15 would gladly have drawn their teeth … (as)

Featured Editions 2016

in Halls 2.2 and 3.2
imm cologne, koelnmesse
January 18-23, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
January 24, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What do you get if you cross a luminaire and a clamp? For designers Christine Nogtev and Chul Cheong a bird in its cage searches to sing a sweet song.
Photo © Koelnmesse GmbH, Constantin Meyer
Sebastian Herkner turns his “Boule” luminaire for Pulpo into a real ball. Photo © Koelnmesse GmbH, Lutz Sternstein
Ana María Calderón Kayser of Ames and designer Sebastian Herkner traveled round Colombia and now show the first fruits of that tour with their installation “Colombian Design Trail”. Photo © Koelnmesse GmbH, Lutz Sternstein
Alfredo Häberli has focused on Giandomenico Belotti’s “Spaghetti Chair” and developed a respectful homage to it. It consists of a limited edition of a total of seven chairs that charmingly and masterfully shatter all dimensions. Photo © Koelnmesse GmbH, Constantin Meyer
-Walk in, walk out: The three young Italian designers Michele Cazzaniga, Simone Mandelli and Antonio Pagliarulo have Pedrali’s “Nemea” chair swing in airy heights and turn it into the star in the arena. Photo © Koelnmesse GmbH, Constantin Meyer
Croation designers Neven and Sanja Kovačić, who work together under the name of Redesign, call their installation “Kalota Star”. Which has zip to do with death stars or distant galaxies. “Kalota” is simply the name of a stool they have created for Mitja.
Photo © Koelnmesse GmbH, Lutz Sternstein
Young designer Pascal Bosetti created for Conmoto an out-sized kaleidoscope that seemingly fragments and multiplies the “Mito” chair – and, depending on where you look, puts it back together in a new image. Photo © Koelnmesse GmbH, Constantin Meyer
Designer duo Kaschkasch calls its installation for Zeitraum “Transformation” and reveal even the smallest of details of the table they designed – the “Rail”.
Photo © Koelnmesse GmbH, Lutz Sternstein
At Zanat’s installation there’s all manner of wood shavings. You can experience close-up how furniture and living accessories by the Bosnian company are carved in line with a centuries-old artisanal tradition. Photo © Koelnmesse GmbH, Lutz Sternstein
Eight different shapes and 11 colors give a huge number of possible combinations for the new luminaire by Fatboy. Alex Bergman is certainly helping personalize things with his “Candyofnie” installation. Photo © Koelnmesse GmbH, Lutz Sternstein
The “The Well. Furniture of 1, 2 and 3 square meters” installation by Sanktjohanser shows how a wall of wood can be folded out skillfully to create pieces of furniture.
Photo © Koelnmesse GmbH, Lutz Sternstein
Linear perspective was invented in Italy, so why not toy with it there? Thus thought Giulio Cappellini among others and in his installation “Opposite Shadows” balances color and non-color, shape and shadow. Photo © Koelnmesse GmbH, Constantin Meyer
Vitra dedicated an entire wall to the designer Jasper Morrison. Photo © Koelnmesse GmbH, Lutz Sternstein