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