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Fuorisalone Milan Design Week 2011: Richard Lampert

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Stak by Patrick Frey gets some experts attention.

In addition to his Kids Only Collection, Richard Lampert presented two new products in Milan: Stijl by Alexander Seifried and Stak by Patrick Frey.

Just as developing a kid’s range was long a wish of Richard Lampert, so too was the rehabilitation of the much-maligned kitchen corner bench, once so popular in alpine homes.

We know people who are of the opinion that there is no need to rehabilitate the unparalleled genius that is the corner seat bench. Why have your kitchen chairs standing in the way in the middle of the kitchen when you can have them as a part of the table? Why?

But we’re not everyone.

Deliberately reserved, Stijl is technically not a corner bench unit, but rather is a table bench combination that can supplied as a “normal” table/bench or as a “in our opinion much better” made to measure corner unit.

Constructed from spruce Stijl simply looks like it belong in a kitchen. Which is the whole idea.

Similarly deliberately uncomplicated is Stak by Patrick Frey .

A modular bent steel storage system that can be endlessly extended Stak is available in one depth, two heights and two widths and the individual units simply slot into one another thus allowing tool free construction.

There is in all honesty not much more to say, other than for us it is a sensible extension of the Richard Lampert collection which, apart from the Egon Eiermann shelving, has always lacked storage and shelving.


Stijl by Alexander Seifried for Richard Lampert, shown here with the Prater chair by Marco Dessi


Stak by Patrick Frey for Richard Lampert

Christmas is coming the goose is getting fat … rest your christmas wine on a mini Kant

Or indeed any side table from Moormann.

Based in a remote alpine valley hard on the Germany/Austria border it is hard to imagine a designer furniture producer who better fit into our modern White Christmas romantic than Nils Holger Moormann.

Especially given the elven-esque Moormänner who assist Nils Holger with the construction and distribution of his products.

And so a few suggestions from Haus Moormann for those of you looking for wood based Christmas presents a la days of yore:

Mini Kant by Patrick Frey and Markus Boge for Moormann

Mini Kant by Patrick Frey and Markus Boge for Moormann

Mini Kant by Patrick Frey and Markus Boge for Moormann:

The side table version of Patrick Frey and Markus Boge’s 2002 Kant Desk, the Mini Kant has the same wonderful “V”-shaped storage for books – but with the reduced dimensions it is also perfectly suited to magazines, CDs, DVDs etc…  With its simple “X” leg frame the Mini Kant passes perfectly into any room, and to any occasion. Mini Kant is available in white, black or red

Liesmichl by Nils Holger Moormann:

Liesmichl by Nils Holger Moormann

Liesmichl by Nils Holger Moormann

A modern classic in the making Liesmichl from Nils Holger Moormann is the perfect partner for all who love to read. The clever use of the frame as storage space means that you are unlikely ever to run out of reading material while the handy shelf at the top means you always have somewhere for your drinks and snacks. The real genius of Liesmichl however is the angled top over which your book can be laid meaning you need never hunt for your bookmark – or indeed your book again – its right where you left it. And at the page you left it. Liesmichl by Nils Holger Moormann is available in white, black or red.

Abgemahnt by Nils Holger Moormann

Abgemahnt by Nils Holger Moormann

Abgemahnt by Nils Holger Moormann:

The name is a typical Moormann pun; a pun born from a legal dispute over the use of the “stand-by” logo on the original design. With a formal nod towards Eileen Gray’s 1927 Occasional Table, Abgemahnt by Nils Holger Moormann is designed as a mobile table that can be carried to where it is need. Abegemahnt by Nils Holger Moormann is available in white, black or red.

Lese+Lebe by Nils Holger Moormann

Lese+Lebe by Nils Holger Moormann

Lese+Lebe by Nils Holger Moormann:

In order to get the Lese+Lebe side table – you need to invest in the complete library. The shelves on the back of the unit can be accessed from the seat simply by lowering the back panel – an action which also the exposes the table. With its universal romantic Lese+Lebe allows you to create your own private space within a room; a place in which to retreat from the real world. Lese+Lebe from Moormann is available in- in case you can’t guess – white, black or red.

Nook by Patrick Frey for Vial wins iF Material Award

Congratulations to Vial, Patrick Frey and Polymerpark for winning a 2010 iF Matrial Award

At the moment we can’t actually say any more – because details of exactly what they have won is top secret until the official prize ceremony in Hannover on April 20th.

But well done.

More details can be found at Nook by Patrick Frey for Vial or at the (smow) Nook page.

Nook by Patrick Frey for Vial

Nook by Patrick Frey for Vial

Kölle Alaaf: Nook by Patrick Frey for vial

Nook by Patrick Frey for Vial

Nook by Patrick Frey for Vial

In a previous life Patrick Frey created one of our favourite Moormann products: Kant.

And we think he may have done it again with Nook his new stool for vial.

Manufactured in a single piece from VarioLine – an injection moulded plastic – the folded form is held together by an aluminium catch in the base.

The tension generated in the VarioLine give Nook its stability and durability.

In addition, thanks to the nature of the VarioLine Nook is weather and UV resistant and so can be used just as well indoors as out. And is a lot heavier than you might imagine meaning there is no real danger of it blowing over in the slightest breeze.

We particularly like the fact that Nook looks like its about to break; the white edges giving the impression of over tension.

It isn’t, and it wont.

It just looks like it.

And it’s made in Dresden. Which makes it highest quality modern East German design technology.

Kölle Alaaf: Nook by Patrick Frey for vial

Nook by Patrick Frey also a table

Nook by Patrick Frey: a family of furniture

Nook by Patrick Frey

Nook by Patrick Frey

(smow)offline: The creative desk

Over Easter we had hoped to hoped to get to Karlsruhe to have a look at the exhibition: Interface Desk, or against Thinking in Categories.

Billed – quite rightly – as possibly the first exhibition in history solely devoted to desks, the exhibition examines the role and function of the “desk” and in doing so possess the question “what is a desk?”

But we didn’t. Instead we were in Bad Muskau– which was also fantastic.

And now we are back at our desks…. and still thinking “what is a desk?”

USM Haller Table - sturdy and reliable

The (smow)blog, for example, is written at an asymmetrical Eiermann II (we like the way you can lean back and place your feet on the supports, ridiculously comfy ) while the (smow)boss has a USM Haller table. Both desks that unquestionably belong to the “classic” or “conservative” category.

More “modern”, “mobile” and ideal for home-office types just looking for a secure location to place your laptop, are designs such as NesTable by Jasper Morrison for Vitra or Walloffice 960/110 by Markus Honka for Jonas & Jonas.

NesTable by Japser Morrison for Vitra

NesTable by Japser Morrison for Vitra

While those on the search for a desk that gets noticed as much as the work produced on it, need look no further than BaObab Philippe Starck for Vitra. An absolute delight.

Our favourite desk, however, remains the one we have at home: Kant by Patrick Frey & Markus Boge for Moormann. We love it not only because of its ingenious design, nor because it was originally a graduation piece and as such is proof that students can do useful work… we love it because it took one of the principle problems of  a desk, considered the situation and came up with a simple solution that works. And designer furniture doesn’t have to do any more than that

Kant by Boge and Frey for Moormann

Kant by Boge and Frey for Moormann

For those with the time and inclination the exhibition “Interface Desk, or against Thinking in Categories” can be viewed in the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie Karlsruhe until 26.04.2009

Designer furniture comes of age: TEFAF, Holland

The (smow) blog has more than once suggested that designer furniture is more than just a comfortable place to sit of an evening or a convenient ledge on which to place your coffee while reading the paper; and that a well constructed piece of quality designer furniture can be a real investment.

Proof of this theory, if it were needed, can currently be found at the TEFAF Maastricht – one of the world largest and most important art and antique fairs.

For the first time in its 34 year history the Dutch trade fair is officially including 20th century design, and for all designer furniture in its programme.

Frans Leidelmeijer at TEFAF 2006. Booth designed by Ron Arad (

Frans Leidelmeijer at TEFAF 2006. Booth designed by Ron Arad (

We use the word “officially” because in dealers such as the Amsterdam based Frans Leidelmeijer have been sneaking modern designer furniture pieces into for a couple of years now. In 2006 Leidelmeijer displayed exhibits in a wooden booth designed by Ron Arad.

In addition to Frans Leidelmeijer a range of dealers from Holland, Belgium, France and the UK will be offering furniture and art works from designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Le Corbusier, Jean Prouve and Isamu Noguchi, to name just a few.

Although auction sales of classic design furniture regularly occur, the inclusion of modern designers in a trade fair that traditionally concentrates on the more conservative and “stuffy” world of antiques and tribal art is an important event as it indicates the importance of the designer furniture market and the standing of designers such as Verner Panton, Joe Colombo or Eero Saarinen

Eames ETR Table by Vitra

Eames ETR Table by Vitra

Those of you in or near Maastricht -or indeed Holland or Belgium – between the 13 and 22nd of March and who have the opportunity should visit the TEFAF and not only marvel at the designs and creativity of the last century, but also chat with the exhibitors as regards originals and copies and whether a 1950s ETR Table by Charles and Ray Eames is more “genuine” than one from 2009 – there is enough reference material here in the (smow)blog.

And for those planning making investments for the future, smow stocks ever more designs from the 21st century, and who knows maybe in 30 years someone will display furniture from Boge and Frey in a landed by Eric Degenhardt.

Wheely good designs: Trolleys for all occassions

Bar Boy from Vitra

Bar Boy from Vitra

The dollop of cream atop the perfect office is a practical, aesthetic and user friendly trolley. In general an office trolley fulfills several roles: As a convenient depository for heavy folders or a pile of uncompleted jobs or occasionally as a bar trolley.

smow currently offers five different trolleys, that in addition to providing work-based mobility  can also be used as side tables and/or mobile bars:

Gastone from Kartell (Design: Antonio Citterio & Oliver Löw)

Gastone from Kartell

Gastone from Kartell

Gastone is an elegant folding trolley with two durable lacquered nylon shelves (glass fiber reinforced and scratch resistant). Gastone is available from smow in five colors and when folded is only 23 cm wide (fully extended: H70 x L68 x W62 cm).

Server from Lampert

Server from Lampert

Server from Lampert (Design: Patrick Frey, Markus Boge, 2004/05)

Server is a practical trolley that despite its apparently sparse design offers an exceptional storage volume. Server is available in blue or green and can be fitted with an additional shelf if required. Additionally, it can be quickly transformed into a bar trolley (Dimensions: H68 x W40 x L80 cm).

Battista from Kartell

Battista from Kartell

Battista from Kartell (Design: Antonio Citterio & Oliver Löw)

Battista’s strength is not only its impressive storage volume but also its multi-functionality. It is collapsible (20cm wide when folded) and can be either partially extended (and used as small side table) or fully extended and used as trolley or bar trolley (Dimensions: H69 x L100 x W54 cm). The shelf itself is formed from polyester and is available in five colors.

Champagne from USM Haller (Design: Fritz Haller & Paul Schärer)

Champagne from USM Haller

Champagne from USM Haller

The bar trolley Champagne is part of the world famous USM Haller modular furniture system family. It is composed of two shelves, the lower of which has storage space for eight bottles. The Champagne trolley comes with a handle and if required the castors can be fitted with brakes. The metal tablets are available in 13 colors. In addition smow also stock Schnaps, a scaled down version of the USM Haller bar trolley.

Bar Boy from Vitra (Design: Verner Panton, 1963)

This trolley from Vitra has not only the best name of the five models presented here, but also the most outlandish form. Bar Boy with its cylindrical form is a trolley, a side table and a storage unit in one. The three different sized containers are fixed on a pillar around which they can be rotated so as to allow access to the other containers. This original Vitra trolley has plenty of storage space for either office accessories or bar necessities. And is a guaranteed talking point and prestige addition to any furniture collection.

Nils Holger Moormann: A modern day Robin Hood

Designers Open Awards Ceremony (R: Nils Holger Moormann) (Photo:

Nils Holger Moormann (right) at the Designers Open Awards Ceremony (Photo:

Six years ago Nils Holger Moormann, designer and furniture producer, started a process against Ikea – accusing the Swedish company of ,how shall we put it, „borrowing“ one of his companies designs. Despite the pessimism of colleagues and industry insiders, Moormann won at every trial and Ikea were eventually obliged to remove the offending article from sale. The process may have cost Moormann lots of effort and resources, but it also won him a lot of recognition in the industry for his conviction and courage; and bestowed on him the image of a modern day Robin Hood, standing up for the rights of the little man regardless of the perils and personal sacrifice

Erika Spoon holder from Moormann

Erika Spoon holder from Moormann

The self-styled autodidact Nils Holger Moormann first entered the furnishing industry in 1982. He established his company HQ in Aschau, Bavaria in 1992, and since then the Moormann company has grown continually and currently has 20 employees. The actual production of the products is outsourced to specialist companies in the region: Spreading the wealth in true Robin Hood tradition.

Nils Holger Moormann’s “speciality” is supporting young talented, generally unknown, German designers. The furniture they create should be characterised by  “simplicity”, “innovation” and “intelligence”; and not only the form, colour material and composition of the product should be new – it should also embody a new “discovery”. As such Moormann has established a reputation for encouraging creativity and humour in furniture design. Among those designers who have “graduated” from Moormann to become established designers in their own right are Konstantin Grcic, Markus Boge and Patrick Frey.

Erika espresso from Moormann

Erika espresso from Moormann

A classic example of Moormannian igenuity is his modular kitchen system Erika. Through its 23 different elements the Erika system turns bare, unused walls in any home or office into practical kitchen areas. Everything you require from mugs, spoons and espresso makers through to the proverbial kitchen sink can be added as specially designed modules.

Just as genial, playful and practical is the Moormann “Lese + Lebe” Seating-Shelving System. “Lese + Lebe” is a conventional double-seater sofa with an somewhat unconventional reverse side: A shelving unit for your favourite books – or your guilty secrets should you wish to store your “Lese + Lebe” next to the wall. If required “Lese + Lebe” also comes with an extractable footrest and fold down table. Under the seats are storage drawers, for example for storing a favourite rug for cosy autumn evenings and being on wheels it can be easily moved within a room.

The furniture collection established by Moormann is well worth a closer look. We at smow are delighted to be able to work so closely with Nils Holger Moormann be it furniture producer, speaker or competition judge.

Among the Moormann products we can heartily recommend are:

“Siebenschläfer”– Bed

“Abgemahnt” – Side table

“Tischmich” – Table

“Der kleine Lehner” – Lectern

"Lese + Lebe" from Morrmann

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