As regular readers will appreciate, we’re no great approvers of lumping individual creatives together under one umbrella term; always strikes us as being an unnecessary distraction, and (more than) a little counterproductive.

We are however most appreciative that following an inaugural presentation at Kazerne Eindhoven during Dutch Design Week 2017, the showcase Generation Köln is now being presented, as it were, on home turf.

Generation Köln. A Family Portrait

As in art, music or literature, the path in design from an idea to its realisation is rarely straight. And not always achieved. Or at least not immediately. Consequently every designer, as with every artist, every musician or every author, has projects which began their journey’s full of hope,but, then, for whatever reason…….

With the showcase “in Arbeit” Cologne based designers Thomas Schnur and Klemens Grund present some of their projects which are, still, “in Arbeit”

In Arbeit. Prototypen von Thomas Schnur und Klemens Grund, Passagen Cologne 2018

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

Miller Lounge Chair by Serener for Functionals, as seen Kazerne Eindhoven, Dutch Design Week 2016

Although one primarily goes to Kazerne Eindhoven to experience experimental, challenging, yet invariably accessible and pertinent design, during Dutch Design

Passagen Cologne 2016: Sven Lützenkirchen & Thomas Schnur – Funktionsraum

There can be little argument that nature is, was and always will be the best designer, the most efficient designer:

Gravity by Thomas Schnur for Nomess Copenhagen (Photo Alexander Boehle, courtesy Thomas Schnur)

Cologne isn’t a city which creativity only visits every January in the form of the IMM Cologne furniture trade fair

Thomas Schnur Salone Satellite Milan 2014

As regular readers will be aware, unlike The Kinks we are no dedicated followers of fashion. Millinery is another matter

The biggest April fool is…. us, for always going to Milan! That said, as ever, we did find a few

Milan Design Week 2013 Contrast Thomas Schnur Rubber Lamp

More intuitive readers will have enjoyed our post on the exhibition “Objects for Neighbours” from IMM Cologne 2013 and for