The annual International Furniture Fair took place from 17 to 23 January at the Koln Messe, Germany. In total, 1544 suppliers from 48 countries were present, attracting 145,000 visitors, slightly down on last year. The fair tends to be regarded more as an opportunity for business meetings than to showcase new products. Most companies wait for Milan for the big launches, although there were a few interesting new arrivals in evidence at the first fair of 2000.
Zanotta launched the Lia chair with arms.
Designed by Roberto Barberi, the chair is available from Coexistence and the frame comes in polished or aluminium-painted alloy. The seat and back are upholstered in polyurethane and come with a removable cover in plaited raffia, alcantara, leather or cowhide. Contact Coexistence tel 020 7354 8817.
Fulham-based designer and manufacturer Peter Harvey launched the Saturn Chair and the Saturn Link at the fair. Suitable for lounges, bars and reception seating, the Saturn range has chrome legs and is upholstered in Edelman leather. Saturn link is available in specified lengths and configurations. Contact Peter Harvey on tel 020 7736 3311.
David Chipperfield has designed a second range of upholstery for Hitch Mylius, HM992. The range comprises a sofa, armchair and ottoman and is made of solid beech frame with legs finished in light grey epoxy-coated steel. Contact Hitch Mylius on tel 020 8443 2616.
Foster and Partners originally designed the S900 chair for the Reichstag in Berlin. The range is now manufactured by German company Thonet, and is available through Coexistence.
The chair comes in a range of plastic, leather and fabric upholstery finishes or as stained/ varnished ply with aluminium T sections. A two-seater sofa and table are also part of the range.
Contact Coexistence on tel 020 7354 8817.