Six launches in Cologne

Patricia Urquiola unveils her first kitchen design at international furniture fair IMM Cologne and Passagen Interior Design Week.

Antonio Citterio for B&B Italia

Antonio Citterio has designed two modular seating systems for B&B Italia that launched at IMM Cologne. “System” is the operative word here as both collections comprise a huge array of pieces that can be put together in a variety of flexible arrangements, from familiar to formal. The Michel Club by B&B Italia is an update of Citterio’s classic 2012 Michel seating system of 34 linear and modular units in different sizes with five ottomans. It is now available in a wider range of fabrics and leathers that allow for a greater level of personalisation.

The Italian designer’s Solatium for Maxalto, a brand of B&B Italia, also allows several different configurations: linear sofas with chaise-longue elements, corner sofas with armrests and backs of different heights.

Formstelle for Thonet

Formstelle’s new Lounge Chair 808 for Thonet is an angular, modern interpretation of the traditional wing chair with a hard outer shell surrounding quilted upholstery. Presented at IMM Cologne, it is available in three different frame versions: wood with bentwood elements, flat steel and bent tubular steel. The upholstery, developed especially for this product by Claudia Kleine and Jörg Kürschner of Formstelle, features a subtle contouring “wave effect”. The designers worked with German textile manufacturer Rohi to create a bespoke woollen yarn with honeycomb structure for the chair. The fabric, called Soul, is available in thirteen colours.

Patricia Urquiola and Pierro Lissoni for Boffi

Boffi has launched two new kitchen designs at Passagen: Salinas by Patricia Urquiola and its first kitchen designed for outdoor use, Open by Pierro Lissoni. Salinas is Urquiola’s first venture into kitchen design.
The result is a light and sustainable kitchen characterised by a non-traditional structure, modular design and materials. The worktops come in ceramic, decorated lava or Lasermat, available in various colours. A discreet metal shelving system runs along the back edge, providing storage space for small accessories and integrated LED lights.
Lissoni’s Open is specifically engineered for external use and offers all traditional kitchen functions and features. It is a stainless steel island designed to accommodate water, gas and electrical fittings. An attached bench table is fitted with double shelves in wired glass and a stainless steel frame that can be used as a food prep station or counter at which to eat.

Inge Sempé for Ligne Roset

Ligne Roset launched French designer Inge Sempé’s Beau Fixe collection at IMM Cologne.  Consisting of a two-seater sofa, chair and footstool, Beau Fixe is the product of the simple assembly of two complementary pieces: a metal structure and a quilt. The large quilt is folded and tucked into the metal frame to form rectangular panels for the seat, arms and back of each chair.

Watch the Talk with Inga Sempé