The fourth designmesse.ch in Zurich, 8–10 May, features over fifty exhibitors presenting furniture design for home and office, lighting and home accessories. We visited the event on its first day, and would like to highlight some of our favourites in this year’s selection.
We were delighted to meet and chat with many designers and companies that have recently started their business and participate in the designmesse.ch as their first design event. Also, it was pleasing to see objects made of unusual or recycled materials. “One man’s waste is another one’s treasure” is the motto of Andreas Neuland, a Basel based designer. He turns the by-products of everyday life into handmade art objects and lighting fixtures. For example, the playful “Satellite” lamps are made of recycled plastic capsules. Andreas told us that he finds his material on Ebay, in second hand shops, and sometimes even when he’s just walking on the streets. When making his “Everyday robots” he uses electrical components and turns them into small stories about love, loneliness and small and large hurdles of everyday life.
Other companies using recycled materials included Altrimenti, with their idea of upcycling furniture, and Ideen-Werkstatt Schwager, which uses old books to create stools. Switzerland has a strong tradition of carpentry and craftsmanship, and that was clearly visible at designmesse.ch. Many companies use wood to create aesthetic furniture and objects. One of them is Schnitz, run by Tobias Walker. We fell in love with his firewood rack that has a Scandinavian touch – and the special technique behind his products. Tobias uses an old and partly forgotten method of steaming the wood and then bending it into the desired shape or form. “I want to reinvent this method in Switzerland and bring it back,” he said. We also liked the simple and classic style of AGOindesign. Wood is a perfect material not only for furniture, but also for home accessories. Likeabox is a charming pine wood container bydingeundursachen based in München, Germany. it’s always interesting to see new interpretations of things that already exist. Mood Cube makes computers that match with the rest of your decor, and are too pretty to hide. Their custom-made computer cases consist of individually selectable wood types or premium stainless steel – and even leather or concrete if you wish. Negra’s young designers are rethinking the concept of oriental carpets. The traditional, age-old style is still visible, but at the same time there’s a sense of modern and lightness. This year’s designmesse.ch also features some interesting and unusual materials. K’ness imports home decor from Philippines, produced according the fair trade principles. Among their products you’ll find colorful eye catchers for, e.g., the kitchen: bowls made of capiz shells, bivalve shells that inhabit the Philippine waters.
In a small exhibition put together by interior designer Philipp Kuntze we found beautiful objects made of coffee grounds! Using a special technique the grounds can be turned into a composite material that’s bendable and moldable. And speaking of coffee: doesn’t this display make you crave for a nice cup of coffee and a slice of cake? The “Okzident” table by Crown-presents reminds us of grandmother’s cake doily.