Knoll, renowned worldwide as a leader in the design of residential and office furnishings, will take part for the first time in imm Cologne taking place from 14th to 20th Janaury 2019, Germany’s major international fair on trends and new developments in the quality home and furnishings sector.
In keeping with the “Modern Always” philosophy, Knoll presents new creations alongside modern classics in an extremely stylish space featuring great attention to detail. The installation by OMA, the firm co-founded by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, is a tribute to the centennial of the Bauhaus, and explores the projects of one of the most important architects of the 20th century: Mies van der Rohe.
Concentrating on the collection designed by Mies, the pavilion is divided into four spaces, each reproducing the atmosphere of one of the projects for which the collection was designed: the house in Krefeld (1927), the Weissenhof estate in Stuttgart (1927), the Barcelona Pavilion (1929), and the Tugendhat house (1930).
A series of overlapping walls placed along the main axes create the backdrop for the various settings. Each quarter is enhanced by a range of materials, creating a particular atmosphere based on the original project. An abstract image of the plan is imprinted on the travertine floor, conveying a more precise notion of the spaces.
Visitors attracted by the oversized Knoll logo enclosing the space can walk through the various areas, experiencing a sequence of striking visions of architecture and design. In a realistic display setting, the collections created by Piero Lissoni, from the Red Baron bookcase to the KN01 and KN02 seats, all the way to the Grasshopper table in the 4.5-meter length, are intertwined with the classic seating from the MR and Barcelona® collections designed by Mies van der Rohe.
Knoll kicks off the celebrations of the centennial of the Bauhaus by focusing on the iconic collections, creating special “Bauhaus Editions”: the MR collection, featuring new fabric and leather options for the covers, and the iconic Barcelona® Chair. The latter comes in an exclusive limited edition: just 365 pieces will be produced in 2019, one for each day of the year, certified and numbered to commemorate the centennial of the movement and the close ties with Knoll and the foundations of its inimitable design approach.