|Elisa Strozyk. Photos by Alexander Böhle|
Running in Cologne until Sunday, Objects and the Factory brings together a collection of new furniture, lighting and tableware that references the city's industrial past and explores the materials, tools and processes that we associate with factories.
Inspired by the messy surfaces and foggy air of ceramics factories, Elisa Strozyk's Ceramic Tables are decorated by pooling liquid glazes together and mixing them using blown air. The smoky patterns are then solidified in the kiln, creating a fluid surface effect.
Thomas Schnur's Construct Table takes the classic bistro table and traces it back to its construction in a factory. The result is efficient to cut and build, made of laser-cut and spot-welded sheet metal.
Karoline Fesser's Wooden Workshop Stool converts the typical wood and metal stools found in workshops into a domestic product that's made completely out of wood - with the nut-and-bolt style mechanism giving a further nod to the workshop environment.
Mathias Hahn has designed a hand-blown opaline glass set that mimics the 'louche effect' that occurs when spirits such as absinthe and ouzo turn cloudy in water.
Mark Braun's Ninja bowls combine the beauty of porcelain with the practicality and non-slip properties of silicone. Each bowl is made of fine porcelain with silicone feet.
Daniel Lorch's table lamp considers the huge network of resources and technology that lies behind each factory-made product.
Torsten Neeland's wardrobe, Urban Nomad, fits into mobile modern-day lifestyles with a flatpack design that fits together and comes apart without any tools or screws.
Reinhard Dienes' Rebeca uses teak and lacquered metal, two of the materials found in a traditional Columbian factory and applies them to making an outdoor chair.
See our post on last year's edition of this exhibition, Objects for the Neighbour, here.