While at Tendence 2010 at Messe Frankfurt in Germany, I didn’t really have a “plan of attack” or strategy when it came to navigating the aisles and aisles of gifts, furniture and home goods. I spent most of my time in a section called Loft, which included modern home furnishings ranging from well-known names like Umbra and Chilewich to design school graduates showing their prototypes.
Sompex lighting’s booth had these bean bag lamps that were really fun to poke at, and a cute little fan that resembled an alien spaceship:
Unseen Products had these amazing felt cushions from designer Ronél Jordaan. I love the pea pods and the succulents best. Unseen is a company whose desire it so help the economic development of small producers in developing countries and bring new and unique products from developing countries into the mainstream market.
I loved the colorful arrangement of candlesticks in the Freemover booth.
Studio Macura launched BOCA, a porcelain watering vessel for plants with two spouts — one for small streams and one for pouring. The green piece of felt collects droplets of water left behind.
Uppercase is a Hamburg-based company that makes scarves and blankets in merino wool and cashmere. Their new collection features some great modern black and gray patterns as well as a blanket homage to modern chairs.
This Frog Stool was designed by Lian Zhiming and Wang Ke. It was inspired by the illustrations of a Dutch painter and can be used by kids or adults — they call that “kidult.” Now, that’s a new word for my vocabulary!
Part 2 coming soon!