Following on from the success of a collaboration last year, German furniture manufacturer E15 and British architect David Chipperfield will be presenting a new furniture collection at this year’s international interiors show IMM Cologne.
The collected works emphasise the importance of clean, robust design fashioned from high-quality materials. These sturdy designs embrace practicality but by showcasing the best of European handcrafted production lose nothing of their design credentials.
In keeping with the architectural roots of both Chipperfield and E15 founder Philipp Mainer, several of the key designs derive their names from historical British buildings. Chipperfield’s 'Leighton' coffee table and 'Drayton' sideboard will take their place amongst the established design dynasty showcased at Salone del Mobile 2015.
The collection includes a range of furniture, accessories and lighting, including woven blankets and stoneware. It is unsurprising to see the table featured so heavily amongst the assortment – it was a love of this piece of furniture that initially united the designers. Chipperfield describes the table as the heart of the house, facilitating the rhythm of social interactions. It was his decision to design the main tables in both of his own residences that saw him first venture into the world of furniture design.
Similarly, Mainer founded E15 on the back of his substantial oak table, ‘Bigfoot’. The collection offers a tribute to this important design in two thick-set oak figurines, ‘Mr B’ and ‘Big B’ – playful personifications of their nominal predecessor.