570 Gender Lounge Chair by Patricia Urquiola – 2018 IMM Cologne 05

570 Gender Lounge Chair by Patricia Urquiola

Seen at the Cassina Stand at IMM Cologne: The 570 Gender by Patricia Urquiola. In the past I have complained about the fact her web presence was not up to her level as a star designers, but nowadays her website is more up to her level.

This lady couldn’t withstand a soft touch of the chair to sense the fabric:

570 Gender Lounge Chair

Chip Chair by Lucie Koldova – 2018 IMM Cologne 04

Designer Lucie Koldova has been invited by the IMM Cologne organisation to create Das Haus, a special exhibition with her view on the future of furniture.
She has collaborated with TON CZ, as a successor of one of the original Thonet factories well versed to create new forms of bentwood furniture. From this collaboration originated the Chip chair. The back clearly alike a potato chip rather than a chair made from wood chips as other chip chairs on this blog show.

At first I’ll share my own photos with my dear readers. Later I’ll share TON CZ photo’s.

Europa by Ron Arad – 2018 IMM Cologne 02

Starting my series of posts about me visiting Imm Cologne 2018 could be worse than with the Ron Arad designed Europa Chair.

The reason is Draenert celebrates its 50ieth Anniversary while displaying this chair that they produced and which is in the collection of various musea.

Draenert was founded in 1968 by Karin and Dr. Peter Draenert and is today a topbrand of the international furniture design. Meanwhile the company is managed by Dr. Patric Draenert of the second generation. Currently we export to more than 50 countries. Important pillars for the sustainable business success are a sound financial structure as well as highly trained and dedicated employees.

Murcia by Muka Design Lab

About Murcia

Grey wintertime makes me lounge for a summer moment and Murcia offers the correct sphere!
Funny. I copied the photo’s from their site Mukalab and each photo came with the following text:

Outdoor Collection for Mindo designed by Muka Design Lab (2017).
Murcia, is a outdoor furniture collection, designed by Muka in 2016, it consist in a love seat, a simple sofa, an adjustable loungechair, a coffee table and side table, to complete a set of pieces that give versatility to compose a terrace.
The structure is made of lacquered aluminum, which is the support for another interior structure covered with rope, as if it were a nest, transmits security and allows interior ventilation, ideal for hot places. The backs and seats are completed with upholstered cushions in special outdoor fabric, which brings warmth from other types of outdoor fabrics.

About Muka Design Lab

Muka Design Lab was established in 2011 by Laxmi Nazabal and Lucas Abajo

Laxmi Nazabal graduated in Fine Arts and brings creativity, color and aesthetic to their projects. She met Lucas studying a grant for the DZ-Design Center in Product Design at the Coventry University School of Arts and Engineering where they both graduated with honors in 2006. After graduating, Laxmi worked in ONN Arquitectura Interior focused on interior design and furniture design. After gaining experience, in 2011 they founded Muka Design Lab to pursue the exploration of their own unique concepts.

Lucas Abajo has a degree in Engineering in Industrial Design bringing structure, form and shape to create balanced designs that reflect harmony with their surroundings. Lucas met Laxmi studying on a grant for the DZ-Design Center in Product Design at the Coventry University School of Arts and Engineering where they both graduated with honors in 2006. After graduating, Lucas worked in Weiss Design, ADN Design and LNKIDO as freelance focused on product design, stands design and interior design. After gaining experience working in those product design studios, in 2011 they founded Muka Design Lab to pursue the exploration of their own unique concepts.

About Mindo

Mindo USA:

Mindo was formed in 2007 by four friends and university classmates who had a common idea and goal: to find a product that they could design, produce and market worldwide. Each brought a different skill level and experience to the group and shortly after graduation, they created the Mindo Collection in the factory they acquired outside Shanghai. After the product line was designed, prototyped and launched, it met with immediate success in the European, Middle East and local markets for both hospitality and retail requirements.

Building on this experience, Mindo has formed a U.S. corporation and opened warehouses with offices in California and Florida so that the collection will be available to the North American hospitality and trade-related markets on the local level.

It is a bit pity Mindo doesn’t give credits to its designers…

Via Yanko Design

Chair no 1 by Michael Doerr


An article in Woodworkers Journal introduced me to Michael Doerr who started out as a wooden boat builder, but turned into a chair and table maker.