Though reissuing old models of furniture has been gathering pace for some years now, against the backdrop of not very many new launches, it seemed more evident than ever at Cologne this year.
Classicon devoted their entire stand of the Brazilian designer, Sergio Rodriguez’s work but quieter reissues crept in round nearly every corner; from Verner Panton’s 1952 rug designs to Peter Ghyczy’s 1968 Egg chair; from a stunning range of Hans Wegner pieces to Peter Raacke’s industrial letter tray from 1965.
Whether it can be described as a burgeoning trend, fuelled by nostalgic yearning for the furniture of our forbears, or simply a happy accident of timing, it’s probably a bit early to say. But, as absence makes the heart grow fonder, each reissue feels almost better second time round.
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Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.
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