It’s SHOWTIME! Hot Picks from Cologne and Paris

We may be freezing here at Catalog but things are certainly hotting up on the Continent as the January design fairs kick off. In the Left Corner we have Maison Objet in Paris – a strong contender, an endless tide of sexy Frenchies,croissants and Veuve Clicquot while in the Right Corner we have IMM Cologne – home of the bottled scent, rather fine sausages and some very well organised public transport. But who is the winner? Let’s see what they have to offer…

Contender: IMM Cologne
Where: Cologne, Germany

 Luca Nichetto 
 He says: Lets co-exist with nature

Luca Nichetto was draughted for Das Haus this year – an installation representing his perfect house.  Nature is key in his design – the co-existance between a building and plant life – his design features permeable louvre walls housing over 350 plants on the outside while inside he uses plants with specific climatic qualities to enhance the internal environment while delineating different areas in the Haus. Moving away from the pastel palate that has been widely favoured for the last few seasons, Nichetto has favoured natural materials and colours. 


Starring: Pepe Heykoop
He says: Beautiful design can change lives – design meets social consciousness

Pepe Heykoop is one of those guys who makes you feel like a useless drain on the planet. He is just a thoroughly decent chap using our thirst for gorgeous design to help vulnerable communities in India by training and employing them to produce his designs through The Tiny Miracles Foundation….sigh. The Tiny Miracles Foundation is a Dutch charity who aim to help one of the most improverished communities in Mumbai out of poverty by 2020. Take a look at Pepe in action:

Our favourite design from Pepe has to be his coated paper bottle cover vase in green – it is the ideal present, it is a sculptural feast, arrives flat in an envelope so you can post it anywhere in the world, it only costs 19 euros and in small way you are helping an at risk community. Done!


Contender: Maison Objet
Where: Paris, France

They say: Let’s go camping!

French design duo, Colonel show us that geometric pastels are here to stay for another year with their camping inspired collection. Colonel was founded in 2010 by Isabelle Gilles and Yann Poncelet who wanted to create a fresh and contemporary collection.

The collection is produced in small series, allowing their drawings to evolve in conjunction with various French craftsmen. – they are debuting their second collection at Maison Objet featuring a range of lighting, tables, benches and chairs. 


Starring: Mercedes Benz with Formitalia Luxury
They say: We don’t just make cars baby.

Hmm – the Mercedes sofa? Yes we are equally suspicious but let’s hear them out. Mercedes have joined forced with Formitalia again – yes apparently they started this illicit love affair last year – where were we? Hmm again. Unveiled last week at Maison Objet, the Concept sofa system features curved lines and asymmetric details, made in black lacquered wood and burgundy leather, the matching pouf comes in black, picking up on the wood detail of the sofa. While I am not sold on the sofa the Credenza is rather nice – in a Star Trek Man Pad sort of way. Mounted on an aluminium frame, the unit features a glass door which opens like a pneumatic door of a sports car.  The Credenza is available in two versions, one with a dark grey body, the other in Mercedes-Benz metallic silver and a matt black graphite structure. 


So who is the winner of this round? You tell us…


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