Almost a design festival in its own right by now, Design Parcours Ehrenfeld spreads through the northwest of the city, and has streams of people coming out to play on the Thursday night of Cologne Design Week. Clad in down jackets and holding on to a hot drink visitors meander through the many exhibition spaces while enjoying the mix of design, live music and DJs.
Istanbul'Dan, a collaborative exhibition in an unused bunker is an "hommage to Istanbul, its craft and its people." A group of designers set out to find inspiration in the bi-continental city, and more specifically in its historic craft district Shishane.
Bakmak pendant lamp
Bakmak pendant lamp by Florian Saul was inspired by the intricate sheet metal moulding and wood carving he witnessed in Shishane. The spherical spots are held by magnets and can be adjusted to any position.
Mühür/ Imprint jewellery
Architect, designer and lecturer Asli Kiyak Ingin was inspired to this 'Jewellery that leaves a mark' by a street in Shishane that is dedicated to artisanal stamp and puncheon making. On the hunt for a new application of this dying craft, she has created a collection of stamp-rings with different messages and patterns.
Beautifully simple and seemingly accidental is the design of this ashtray by Piere Kracht. Pierre is exploring human error as a means of design out of the ordinary, inspired by the often necessary improvisation in artisanal production.
K-18, another well-loved creative space in a derelict residential house this year showed Atomteller by Mia Grau and Andree Weissert, a collection of delicate porcelain plates. The watercolour decorations show a nostalgic view of nuclear power plants as the "Cathedrals of a technological world-view," a soon to be vanished icon of the German landscape.
Samimi carpets made from safety belts
Utensil showcased a new product on sale in their shop, handwoven carpets made from safety belts by Samimi.
Waterworks hydration system
Waterworks by Dutch design studio House of Thol is a natural hydration system made from partly glazed terracotta cones and glass water containers. Different cones for different plants allow you to be all set for beautiful growth, even if you don't have green fingers.
Der Tisch dining table surface
Einszueins is a collaboration of carpenter Dirk Wiesemann and artist miegL. The beautifully smooth surface of dining table Der Tischis the result of a bold but carefully planned combination of different industrial varnishes, chemical reactions, chalk, burning and sanding.
Anki is an independent design consultant working in product innovation, design strategy and user experience. She balances her own projects with consulting jobs for small and international companies including CrowdShed, trivago and Vodafone. Her work has varied from designing a FAD award winning baby chair and 3D interfaces for social network applications to strategy consulting for startups. Having earned her Diplom and Masters in Cologne, Sydney and Barcelona, she now splits her time between London and Cologne, and has made her suitcase an integral part of life. On the hunt for inspiration, she writes about design and travel, and is currently investigating designs for small spaces while renovating her tiny West London flat. She loves everything collapsible and responsive.