The atelier chair of Walter Knoll designed by EOOS. (photo: Walter Knoll)
The legendary slogan “Form follows function” has left its mark on generations of designers. The principle is that the shape of an object should be primarily based upon its intended function. Or shorter: Reduced form, visible function. EOOS has taken the idea of functional clarity and given it its own interpretation: the sensuousness of the minimalist.
The Atelier Chair by Walter Knoll wants to be a gentle ascetic. Leather and steel are the skin and bones. Taut but also elastic the leather stretches over the steel framework – just as you would expect of genuine tubular steel furniture. The visible construction reveals the function of the chair.
17. September 2012
Categories: Exhibitors, News
Tags: atelier chair, chair, design, EOOS, Form follows function, leather, minimalistic, tubular steel furniture, Walter Knoll
Jaan Living by Walter Knoll. Design by EOOS. (photo: Walter Knoll)
Walter Knoll presents nonchalance de luxe with Jaan Living. Armchair, armchair récamière and upholstered bench naturally gather around the sofa. The extensions to the Jaan Living range create expansive living landscapes.
With spacious seat elements on a delicate framework – the hallmark of the award-winning range. The upholstered bench supplements the sofa – or works on its own in an entrée, lobby or gallery. Jaan Living is a lot of things – but not down-to-earth. It is far too elevated for that.
Get more information about Jaan Living by reading the latest Walter Knoll News.
03. May 2012
Categories: Exhibitors, News
Tags: armchair, armchair récamière, EOOS, Exhibitors, Jaan Living, sofa, upholstered bench, Walter Knoll
Bao by Walter Knoll (Photo: Mirjam Fruscella / koelnmesse)
Form goes freestyle on a slippery surface: An opulent sculpture with a delightful derrière: rather like a leather ball, the slightly convex back of Walter Knoll’s Bao armchair consists of three cleverly cut strips of leather. The flowing lines thus created map out the lounge chair’s spirited and elegant design. The swivel armchair is equipped with a heavy but invisible metal plate and features a combination of different materials: leather on the back, fabric on the seat. Everything has its place. In the office, several Baos can be combined to create a seating scenario that permits collaboration and communication on an equal, non-hierarchical basis.
Booth: Hall 11.2 Booth H011
11. January 2012
Categories: Exhibitors, News
Tags: armchair, Bao, elegant, EOOS, Hall 11.2, imm cologne 2012, leather, lounge chair, Walter Knoll
(Photo: Koelnmesse GmbH)
300 designer brands, a fifth of them from Italy, meet their business partners at the imm cologne fair. These range from interior designers to architects as well as a critical trade audience from all over the world. Here in Cologne cameras are as important as order books, as tomorrow’s trends are discussed and today’s winning trends are decided. Italy, the design nation with its leading lifestyle brands, is once again present in full force at the imm cologne. More than 60 Italian exhibitors, including top brands such as B&B Italia, Cassina, Poltrona Frau and Capellini, Cierre, Desalto, Driade, Kartell, Living Divani, MDF Italia, Poliform and Porro will present their ranges and innovations at the fair in January. read more…
26. October 2011
Categories: Events, Exhibitors
Tags: Artek, B&B Italia, brands, Capellini & Poltrona Frau, Cassina, Cierre, Cologne, COR, de Sede, Desalto, design, design capital, Driade, imm cologne, interior concepts, interlübke, Kartell, Kettal, lifestyle, Ligne Roset, Living Divani, luxurious, MDF Italia, news, Poliform, Porro, sophisticated, sustainability, trade fair, trade visitor, Vintage, Walter Knoll
Following the end of the early booking period, Koelnmesse is looking ahead to imm cologne 2012 with optimism. Already, more than 200 days before the event, the rental situation is 18 percent above the figures for the same period for the last imm cologne. Overall, over 70 percent of the hall space has been hired out.
“This result marks a seamless transition from the outstanding imm cologne 2011″, remarks Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse, with regard to the registration figures. “Developments in relation to international participation are particularly pleasing. As well as huge demand from Germany, we have seen increased desire for space from Italy, France and Spain”, continues the CEO.
Frank Haubold, director of imm cologne, had the following to say: “The current developments confirm imm cologne as an important international business event. Anyone wanting to earn money through furniture turns to Germany and thus to imm cologne as the biggest event in this market.” LivingInteriors, the new trade fair format for halls 4 and 5, is also awaited with great excitement. Here, everything will revolve around the topics of bathrooms, floors, walls and light.
20. June 2011
Categories: Business, Events, Exhibitors, imm comfort, LivingInteriors, Trends
Tags: architects, bathrooms, casamia, Cassina, ceilings, ClassiCon, Cologne, Cor interlübke, Desalto, designers, Driade, floors, Frank Haubold, furniture, Gerald Böse, Gruner + Jahr Events, imm cologne 2012, interior designers, Kristalia, light, Living Divani, Minotti, planners, shop fitters, trade fair, trade show, walls, Walter Knoll
Walter Knoll is extending its production site in Mötzingen, Germany. The ground-breaking ceremony on 19 October 2010 signalled the start of the second phase of construction on the company premises.
The new multi-functional building for assembly and logistics, to be created over the coming months along the Walter-Knoll-Straße in Mötzingen, extends the existing production plant for pre-upholstery that came into operation in July 2001. With a surface area of 60 x 77 metres and usable space of over 8,000 square metres, the new building provides the perfect conditions for efficient production and logistics.
22. November 2010
Categories: Business, Exhibitors
Tags: exhibitor, future, Hall 11.2, Hall 11.2 Stand H011, Hall 11.2 Stand H021, imm cologne 2011, investment, Markus Benz, Walter Knoll
Harald Gründl (EOOS), member of the imm cologne Trendboard. (Foto: Koelnmesse)
Born in 1967 in Vienna, Austria, Harald Gründl studied industrial design at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and holds a PhD in philosophy. In 1995 he set up the design agency EOOS together with Martin Bergmann and Gernot Bohmann. EOOS has become a leading studio for furniture design, brand spaces and design research with clients including Alessi, Armani, Bulthaup, Dedon, Duravit, Matteo Grassi, Walter Knoll and Zumtobel.
Harald Gründl, member of the imm cologne Trendboard, has chaired the Institute of Design Research Vienna since 2008 and is a partner at EOOS design, where he heads the studio‘s research activities.
What was the most interesting thing about the imm cologne Trendboard Workshop for you?
I found it very interesting to see that there are a lot of similarities in the way the various members of the Trendboard perceive the design sector, and that we’d all noticed similar phenomena. Meeting new people is always the most interesting thing!
The Trend Book shows what’s happening in design right now and what motivates the people who make use of this design offering. In your opinion, where are the strongest influences on product and interior design coming from?
As far as I’m concerned, the sustainability debate is the most important influence on design right now. How can we react to this development intelligently, and how does that affect the trends of the future? We discussed this aspect in relation to all four Interior Trends and were able to identify the different ways it’s manifesting itself.
04. November 2010
Categories: Designers in Dialogue, Interior Trends 2011, top designers
Tags: Alessi, Armani, Bulthaup, Dedon, design, Duravit, EOOS, Gernot Bohmann, greenwashing, Harald Gründl, imm cologne 2011, interior design, Interior Trends 2011, Martin Bergmann, Matteo Grassi, philosophy, sustainability, Trend Book, Trendboard, Trends, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Walter Knoll, Zumtobel
After a dynamic start to the 2010 furniture season, the imm cologne is heading for next January with a strong wind at its back. Whether at home in Germany or abroad, Cologne is a talking point in many companies right now.
“The current level of bookings looks very promising – we’ve got a lot more exhibitors and space under contract than at the same point in the run-up to the previous event. In some segments, the available space is pretty much sold out,” says Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse.
All in all, more than 70 percent of the scheduled space has already been booked. All the indicators suggest that the imm cologne 2011 will even surpass the successful 2010 fair. LivingKitchen is showing a similarly pleasing development.
21. May 2010
Categories: Business, Exhibitors, LivingKitchen
Tags: ADA, architects, Business, Cassina, COR, de Sede, design, designers, Dietsch Polstermöbel, Driftmeier, Exhibitors, Flexform, Fraubrunnen, furniture, furniture event, Geha Möbelwerke, Gepade, Gerald Böse, H.E. Otten Matratzenfabrik, hall 10.2, hall 11, hall 3, hall 6, hall 7, hall 8, imm cologne 2011, interior designers, interlübke, Kettnaker, level of bookings, Ligne Roset, LivingKitchen, media event, Minotti, Möbelmeile, modern design, Nolte Polstermöbel, number of exhibitors, Oelsa, premium design, Press, preview day, product innovations, public days, Rietberger Möbelwerke, Röhr-Bush, Schröder Wohnmöbel, Sudbrock, Team 7, Team by Wellis, Thielemeyer, trade fair, trade show, Udo Traeger, Village Wohnkultur, Walter Knoll
Why is imm cologne a top event for exhibitors and trade visitors that you definitely must attend? We asked manufacturers, designers, retailers, commercial agents and architects.
Jens Wolff, CEO of CDH | For us this is the most important tradeshow for the furniture industry, where we can help exhibitors and visitors find distributors in Germany thus providing our members with an important and valuable service. Nowhere else is the support from the exhibition organisers as extensive as it is at imm cologne. But most importantly, the exhibition’s enormous importance and its excellent promotion in terms of attracting visitors helps us to get in touch with many sales representatives who are not yet members of CDH.
Claus Anstoetz, CEO, BW Bielefelder Werkstätten and Interprofil | We present almost all of the innovations from BW Bielefelder Werkstätten and Interprofil at imm cologne, because it gives us the best environment for displaying our products. It is always a pleasant start to the current business year.
Markus Benz, CEO Walter Knoll AG & Co. KG | imm cologne ranks among the most important furniture fairs worldwide. For manufacturers from Northern Europe it is the most important platform to present their novelties. It, thus, holds a strong attractiveness for retailers, architects and end customers.
16. December 2009
Categories: Business, Exhibitors, Trends
Tags: architect, ASTOC, Begros, Bielefelder Werkstätten, CDH, CEO, Cologne, commercial agent, commercial agents, designer, designers, Eric Degenhardt, Exhibitors, furniture fair, Gerd Bissinger, imm cologne 2010, Interprofil, Jens Wolff, Jörg Timm, Koinor, manufacturers, Markus Benz, Michael Heider, must, must-see, Peter Berner, Reiner Moll, retailers, Robert Sachs, statements, supporting program, trade fair, Walter Knoll, www.Wohnambiente.de, Yasmine Mahmoudieh
For more than 50 years, the imm cologne has been one of the most important furniture fairs in the world. The upholstery segment is the leading light of the event. As such, it is given high priority by the imm cologne, covering approximately one third of the occupied space. The imm cologne showcases the entire spectrum of upholstered furniture, from starter sofas to premium design products.
No other international show provides such an in-depth and comprehensive overview of the new trends in the international upholstered furniture industry, as well as the accompanying services and marketing concepts. With more than 100,000 visitors and its unique mix of national and international professionals, consumers and other multipliers such as architects and designers, the imm cologne represents an ideal combination of supply and demand.
In the Cologne furniture fair’s biggest sub-section – the “Comfort” segment in Halls 4.1, 5, 6 and 10 – the German upholstered furniture industry is prominently represented. Firms like Himolla, Elastoform, Steinhoff, Koinor, Polipol/Zehdenick, Machalke, Frommholz, Willi Schillig and Ewald Schillig, will be presenting convincing proof of the German upholstered furniture industry’s innovative potency.
A host of new German and international exhibitors and returnees will also be joining the Comfort segment at the imm cologne 2010. Candy, Carina and FM Munzer will be attending the Cologne show for the first time, joined by companies like Hukla, Ponsel, Nordica, Natuzzi, Hjellegjerde, Molinari and Hans Kaufeld, who will be participating in the trade fair again next January.
But upholstered furniture isn’t only on show in the Comfort segment: it plays an important role in the Pure section too. Cor, Cassina, Walter Knoll and De Sede will be showing their innovations in Hall 11 alongside firms like Rolf Benz or Brühl & Sippold.
16. November 2009
Categories: Exhibitors, imm comfort, Trends
Tags: Benny Nilsson, Brühl & Sippold, Candy, Carina, Cassina, COR, de Sede, Elastoform, Ewald Schillig, FM Munzer, Frommholz, Furninova, hall 10, hall 11, Hall 4.1, hall 5, hall 6, Hans Kaufeld, Himolla, Hjellegjerde, Hukla, imm cologne 2010, Koinor, Kurt Beier, Machalke, Molinari, Natuzzi, Nordica, Polipol/Zehdenick, Ponsel, Rolf Benz, Steinhoff, trend colors, Trends, upholstered furniture, upholstery segment, Walter Knoll, Willi Schillig