17 Highlights From IMM Cologne 2018

Warm earth colors had a strong presence at IMM this year. Case in point, the Ferdinand lounge chair by OEO Studio for Brdr. Krüger, now available in smoked oak with a cognac leather seat. The chair’s namesake is one of Brdr. Krüger’s founders. Photography courtesy of Brdr. Krüger.

Ferdinand by OEO Studio for Brdr. Krüger. Photography courtesy of Brdr. Krüger.

A tribute to the butler in the hit TV series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the multitasking Geoffrey mirror by Alain Gilles for Ligne Roset provides valet services with its metal frame, including key collection in a movable brass dish and overnight breathing space for a shirt. Photography courtesy of Ligne Roset. 

The Geoffrey mirror by Alain Gilles for Ligne Roset. Photography courtesy of Ligne Roset. 

Pondering upside-down lollipops, Italian designer Luca Nichetto conceived Lato Ln8—a sculptural side table for &tradition—with just enough surface area on its oval or round top for a vase of flowers. Photography courtesy of &tradition.

A marble version of Lato Ln8 by Luca Nichetto for &tradition. Photography courtesy of &tradition.

Settling in for dinner often comes with the risk of bashing into a table leg, but not so with the JW table by Jakob Wagner. The first piece in a new designer collaboration for Montana, JW features slim triangular legs angled slightly outwards for unrestricted leg space. Photography courtesy of Montana.

The JW table by Jakob Wagner for Montana. Photography courtesy of Montana.

Wrought iron provides the hardy yet slender frames in the Officina collection by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Magis. The line of tables, seating, and accessories now includes upholstered furniture in fabric or leather. Photography courtesy of Magis.

The Officina collection by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec for Magis. Photography courtesy of Magis.

Design studio Chiaramonte Marin looked to Morocco for the contrasting materials of the T-Cotta pendant light, which it produced for Hind Rabii. The lamp’s white-glass base contrasts with a lid of red ceramic evoking the country’s dusty red soil. Photography courtesy of Hind Rabii.

A cafe classic receives a sophisticated makeover with the 118 chair by Sebastian Herkner for Thonet. Herkner based his design in part in tribute to another bentwood Thonet chair, the Frankfurt, which was developed in the 1930's and widely used. Photography courtesy of Thonet.

Available in natural beech and in lacquered or stained versions, the 118 is rounded on the back with slight edges on the front, mirroring the horseshoe-shaped geometry of the seat. Photography courtesy of Thonet.

A flexible cushion system and moveable side table brings flexibility to the bedroom with the Yoma bed by Kaschkasch for Zeitraum. Yoma appears to be floating on its solid wood frame, available in ash, oak, and American and European walnut. Photography courtesy of Zeitraum.

The Yoma bed by Kaschkasch for Zeitraum. Photography courtesy of Zeitraum.

Like the chair, lounge, and side table in the Circo collection, the powder-coated tubular steel and recycled synthetic string Circo planters by Sebastian Herkner for Ames stand alone as sculptural pieces. Among neutral or bold hues: lemon yellow or burgundy. Photography courtesy of Ames. 

The Circo planters by Sebastian Herkner for Ames. Photography courtesy of Ames. 

Mirroring its surroundings in the bends and folds of its mirror-polished stainless steel, the three-dimensional Piega table by Victoria Wilmotte is available in three sizes. Photography by Elias Hassos/Classicon.

The medium-sized Piega mirror by Victoria Wilmotte for Classicon. Photography by Elias Hassos/Classicon.

In Lucie Koldova’s Das Haus 2018, with extra-large dressing room and no kitchen (“I had to choose,” the designer grins), light shined in full glory, taking center-stage in every room. Shown here is the living room, where star-shaped Puro pendents Koldova calls sparklers dropped from the ceiling and upholstered seating clustered in a campfire formation around a light “fire.” Photography courtesy of IMM Cologne.

Vines by Lucie Koldova for Bokis forms a light installation in the bathroom. Photography courtesy of IMM Cologne.

The bold red wardrobe at Das Haus 2018 by Lucie Koldova. Photography courtesy of IMM Cologne. 

The Das Museum Haus Konstruktiv in Zurich was the first home of Alambre by Alfredo Häberli—the wire chair was a custom piece for the museum’s dining room. Picked up by Girsberger, Alambre now has a matte anthracite gray frame and more comfort thanks to removable seat and back cushions. Photography courtesy of Girsberger.

The Alambre chair by Alfredo Häberli for Girsberger. Photography courtesy of Girsberger.

A multi-tasking fireplace responding to the needs of teens took home first place in the IMM Pure Talents section this year. A steampunk-worthy paring of concrete and metal, Nocturnal Beasts by Israeli designer Yohay Alush of Bundook Design can provide a heated bench and hand-warming fire (when fed with kindling), light (when pedaled), and a speaker system (with a mobile phone plug-in). Photography courtesy of IMM.

Softly rounded edges draw a barrel shape in the solid wood top of this new shape for the Pero table by Gil Coste for More. Photography by Peter Fehrentz, courtesy of More.

Pero tables have a distinctive cross base in anthracite-lacquered steel. Photography by Peter Fehrentz, courtesy of More.


While away warms days with the gentle cradle-like rock of the Swing sofa by Raw Edges for Richard Lampert. Inspired by a 1950's or 60's piece found by Richard Lampert, the gliding sofa—with its galvanized and powder-coated steel frame—recalls the swinging porch benches of the southern states of the U.S. from that time. Photography courtesy of Raw Edges.

Options for the Swing sofa by Raw Edges for Richard Lampert include weather-resistant upholstery. Photography courtesy of Raw Edges.

It’s been 50 years since the release of the Panton chair by Verner Panton for Vitra in 1967, and new finishes dress up the cantilevered classic to mark the occasion. In a dark room, the limited-edition Panton Glow (left) glows an ethereal blue. To achieve the effect, Glow is hand-painted with five layers of phosphorescent varnish and sealed with a high-gloss protective coating. With metal particles embedded in multiple layers of varnish, the mirror finish of Panton Chrome (right) reflects the color and light of its surroundings. Photography courtesy of Vitra.

Panton Glow (left) and Panton Chrome (right) chairs by Verner Panton for Vitra. Photography courtesy of Vitra.

Wanting to bring rugs closer to your hands and body, Katrin Greiling designed Structure for Kinnasand. The innovative powder-coated steel tube seating system raises Kelim-inspired woven and hand-knotted rugs off the floor to form various seating options at different heights and widths. Photography courtesy of Studio Greiling.

The steel tubing of the benches, ottomans, and daybeds in the Structure seating system is offered in crisp hues. Photography courtesy of Studio Greiling.