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Nov/Dec 2019

AZURE’s November/December edition explores some of the category’s most innovative spaces, from a new model of urban retreat by Ace Hotel in New York City to a cutting-edge concept store in Lisbon.

One of my favourite moments at the IMM Cologne fair was checking out the little leather elephants in a long, linear display case that wrapped the inside of the De Sede booth. At the centre was the original – the buttery, tanned leather elephant that designer Alfredo Häberli found in a flea market and inspired his new collection of seating for the Swiss manufacturer. The thick leather upholstery of DS-373 seemed dark and heavy but also had a whimsical touch.

At the IMM booth of Swiss brand De Sede, Alfredo Hu00e4berli’s DS-373 seating collection made the absolute most of leather.

Whimsy and elegance came together again and again at Cologne, whether at the fair itself or its offsite anchor, Design Post. Brands like Menu and Pulpo showed off beautiful, thoughtful new home accessories, while Linteloo and New Tendency added a burst of colour to furniture and shelving. The work of young professionals, displayed in the schools section and at the Pure Talents Contest, showed a curiosity with form and functionality that was fresh and new. If you need proof, see Aurelie Hoegy’s Dancers chairs.

We spotted many covetable accessories and small furnishings at IMM, including the faceted lamps at Menu (left), and the marblized ceramic tables, by Elisa Strozyk, at Pulpo.

Central to it all was the Das Haus installation, where Sebastian Herkner awed the crowds with his creativity. Every surface – from the Rosenthal-made beaded-porcelain screen to the soap bars that clad the bathroom walls – was an exercise in novel thinking about what the home can be. Encircled in soft drapes, and featuring many entrances, the installation also made a statement about embracing visitors – a message that spoke to the refugee crises in Europe and elsewhere.

We can’t deny our love for Das Haus, the exuberantly curtained installation by Sebastian Herkner. It even featured a bathroom tiled in fragrant soap.

If one trend stood out above the others, it was colour: marbled wood tables, multi-hued shelving and vibrant textiles showed that exhibitors are moving away from the safe neutrals of years past and embracing happy tones once again. Spain’s Kettal introduced a rich new palette of upholstery for its outdoor furniture designed by Doshi Levien, and Montana, a new Danish company, displayed modular storage in a variety of citrus-y hues.

We predict that shelving and storage units will become colourful focal points of the home, like the ones we feasted our eyes on at New Tendency and Montana.n

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