Designers Tower followed its nomadic principles again and moved to a new location with their exhibition, this year at the showroom of the Cologne Chamber of Crafts. Fresh graduates, young designer-makers and small studios present products with a focus on wood work.
Stromer extension cord
Stromer by Njustudio is a four-legged extension cord that aims to bring energy sources closer to where you need them and to prevent having to crawl around on the floor when your battery is low again.
This football table is completely foldable
Lars and Katja Führmann had a cohabitation problem: Lars wanted a football table in the flat, Katja didn't. So they made this foldable model that fits under the sofa when collapsed. Flattishfold is their collection of foldable furniture made from birch screen printing boards and colourful cable ties as hinges. It comes flat-packed in vintage army laundry bags.
Flat-packed and space-saving
They offer a system of tables and chairs, with modular add-ons like padded seating and a curved rail that turns regular lounge chairs into rocking chairs.
The curved add-on turns the chair into a rocking chair
Gunnar Brand of Moebel Compagnie has a background in architecture and carpentry and designs furniture that aims to age with its owner.
Chopping block Konrad
I loved his massive oak chopping block and breakfast table Konrad, which is named after his grandfather who was a butcher. Weighing about as much as your average grandfather too (close to 150 lbs), and with a solid jointed elm base, Konrad is not a flimsy affair.
Another design from Moebel Compagnie is Edge. The modular oak tableware system is inspired by the traditional German 'Frühstücksbrettchen' (A personal wooden board that is used instead of a plate for making sandwiches in the morning and cutting all the meats and cheeses that are part of a German breakfast). With its angled sides, Edge can be joined together with other boards and copper plates to form a larger unit.
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.