The 1973 film Ceremony by Italian architecture group Superstudio features individuals who inhabit the “Invisible House”, a house devoid of not only a physical structure but, we are told by the narrator, all forms of furniture.

The inhabitants of the invisible house are happy.

Despite this and their other regular very public pronunciations against architecture and design, from their earliest days Italian architecture group Superstudio also designed furniture and lighting: a selection of which can be enjoyed in the exhibition Superstudio Mobilia 1966-2016 at Ungers Archiv für Architekturwissenschaft, UAA, in Cologne.

Superstudio Mobilia 1966-2016 at Ungers Archiv für Architekturwissenschaft Cologne

Passagen Design Week Cologne 2017 is playing host to Naked Objects, the fifth edition of the exhibition series “Nieuwe German Gestaltung” – and an exhibition which as with the previous four is an unashamed celebration of the diversity and vitality of contemporary German product design.

Naked Objects: Nieuwe German Gestaltung #005 Cologne

With the exhibition 21 Common Things designer Thomas Schnur explores his personal relationship with everyday objects. And in doing so the concept of functionality.

Thomas Schnur - 21 Common Things

With the exhibition Full House: Design by Stefan Diez the Museum für Angewandte Kunst Cologne, MAKK, present the first museal overview of the canon of the German designer Stefan Diez.

And an exhibition which in many respects also helps explain industrial design. Or at least the contemporary industrial design process.

Yard by Stefan Diez for emu, as seen at FULL HOUSE: Design by Stefan Diez, Museum für Angewandte Kunst Cologne

Thonet @ IMM Cologne 2016

As we noted in our post from the 2015 Garden Unique Youngstars competition, the contemporary outdoor furniture market is a

Die Metamorphose des Lagerfeuers Villa Zanders Vertical Garden Felix Ahn Paul Guddat Hassan Kaya Christoph Laszig

While the old adage “you are what you eat” can’t be true, if it were we’d be a slovenly pile

Passagen Cologne 2015 Domestic Affairs - New Voices in Dutch Design Fragment Earnest Studio iRobot Roomba

Parallel to the exhibition MAD ABOUT LIVING – 24 Designers from Brussels, Cologne is hosting an exhibition which nicely highlights

MAD ABOUT LIVING 24 Designers from Brussels

If we’re correctly informed, and let’s be honest we’re not always, 2014 saw the Belgian General Consulate in Cologne host

Passagen Cologne 2015 A&W Designer of the Year 2015 Michele De Lucchi The Exhibition

Much as we tend to shy away from “Designer of the Year” awards, the presentation of German architecture and design

Passagen Cologne 2015 Rem Koolhaas OMA Tools for Life at Ungers Archiv für Architekturwissenschaft

Following on from system design at the MAKK and the more autonomous product design featured at Objects in Between, we

Passagen Cologne 2015 Objects in Between Kai Linke T(ubo)

The nature of product design, and for all furniture design, being what it is, we all have a predisposition to

Passagen Cologne 2014 A&W Designer of the Year Werner Aisslinger Exhibition Kölnischer Kunstverein

What would IMM Cologne week be without the official enthronement of the A&W Designer of the Year? One day shorter

Passagen Cologne 2014 Objects and the Factory

Following on from last year’s highly enjoyable Objects for the Neighbour exhibition Karoline Fesser, Kai Linke and Thomas Schnur are

Thonet S 1200 IMM Cologne 2014

On Monday January 13th the European design circus rolls into the new year with the opening of IMM Cologne 2014

Cologne Design Week 2013 Objects for the Neighbour

“Do the books that writers don’t write matter?”, asks Julian Barnes in his 1984 novel Flaubert’s Parrot. In a similar