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Young design labels at imm cologne 2019

“Discover interior ideas” is imm cologne’s slogan, and true to its word, there was again plenty to inspire visitors at the Cologne interiors show. Alongside new colours, materials and interiors trends, there were often up-and-coming design labels that had exciting stories to tell.

Echtstahl Side Table

What is tabletop, what is foot? It's the choice of the user. Photo: Constantin Meyer

Take start-up founder David Piel, for instance. Originally from the metal industry, he now produces steel furniture and home accessories with young designers. Or Dutch label Studio Henk from Amsterdam, Danish brand Million or the collective Objekte unserer Tage. These brands all share a passion for design and represent their own unique interiors style. The trend is for labels that not only have character but are also committed to maintaining control of their production. Enjoy discovering.

Million: Exclusively Nordic with a feel for aesthetics

Sofa Plenty from Million
Lounge table Mies from Million
Jens Kajus and Claus Jakobsen of Million

The sofa Plenty from Million is an elegant symbiosis between hard industrial frame and soft, dreamy pillows and cushions, which together compliment and contrast each other in perfect balance. Photo: Million

The Mies Lounge Table from Million is a fresh, versatile addition to the stringently graphic design of the Mies series. Photo: Million

Jens Kajus and Claus Jakobsen of Million

Million is a Copenhagen-based label that was established to create iconic design using high-quality materials and exacting production methods. Its goal is to produce distinctive furniture, lighting and design objects. Founded in 2015, Million unites the talents of co-founders Jens Kajus and Claus Jakobsen, who collaborate with a carefully selected group of designers and architects to innovate new products, all of which are conceived in Copenhagen and made in Denmark. The owners uphold the Scandinavian design tradition defined by human scale and functionalism.


Echtstahl: Furniture and home accessories made from metal

The wall shelf Plateau from Echtstahl
The 123 Table from Echtstahl

Plateau from Echtstahl is an unconventional wall shelf, which, thanks to its special construction, can be rotated 180 degrees. Thus allows two variants of hanging. Photo: Constantin Meyer

In their debut song the Jackson Five are singing “ABC it's easy as 123” – the same goes for the table series by designer Thomas Schnur for Echtstahl. Foto: Constantin Meyer

Echtstahl stands for real steel.

Echtstahl furniture and home accessories are a modern twist on everyday objects and suitable for private settings or commercial locations. The extremely versatile household items have a timeless design and are exclusively manufactured in Germany, combining the finest traditional craftsmanship with the highest standards in materials, processing and sustainability. Steel, a recyclable material, forms the basis for all the label’s products. Whether combined with solid wood, high-quality felt made from merino wool, or with a coloured powder coating, the recently founded company offers straightforward and unconventional furniture with a personal touch. Founder David Piel has a background in the metal industry. As a trained steel mould maker, he has many years’ experience with steel and innovative techniques for working with the material. David Piel consciously works with young talent to foster its development and to establish new approaches, production techniques and more besides.


Objekte unserer Tage: Coveted handmade furniture

The Novak table from Objekte unserer Tage
The team of Objekte unserer Tage

Skyscrapers, fog, flashing neon letters, flying cars, holograms and living capsules. The shapes of the Novak table are derived from the dramatic worlds of dystopias such as “Ghost in the Shell" and “Blade Runner". Photo: Objekte unserer Tage

The team of Objekte unserer Tage (objects of our days).

Das Team von Objekte unserer Tage.

Ultimately simple and functional, detail-oriented and handmade in Germany. The young design label Objekte unserer Tage stands out with a completely unique design language and demonstrates exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail. The start-up was founded by David Spinner, Laura Abbate, Johannes Heidt and Anton Rahlwes. True to their vision, all of its objects meet the needs of our times and fulfil practical and emotional functions without sacrificing aesthetics or character. Close partnerships with selected manufacturers and workshops ensure transparent production and objects of outstanding quality – made exclusively in Germany. Like to see an example?


Studio Henk: Style and comfort

Modular cabinets from Studio Henk
Dining table from Studio Henk
Logo Studio Henk

The cabinets of Studio Henk are speaking through their minimalistic design that could even make grandma’s vase looking like a piece of art. Photo: Studio Henk

The dining tables of Studio Henk are especially made for daily use, to spill some wine, to serve new best dish and to enjoy diners until the late hours. Photo: Studio Henk

Studio Henk are located in Amsterdam, Netherlands

“Five years ago we were looking for a table that was both beautiful and affordable. We were unable to find this perfect table. With the help of my father-in-law, Henk, we turned our ideas into reality. The table was a success. During a walk in the Norwegian mountains, we decided to turn our hobbies into our work. Studio Henk was born,” say the brothers Okke and Xander Albers about the founding of their studio. And the up-and-coming design label is already exhibiting at probably the most important interiors show, imm cologne. Its product portfolio now includes several collections. Design lovers will find the basics for a stylish and comfortable home at Studio HENK, from designer lounge chairs and functional tables right down to relaxing sofas.


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