The week long International furnishing show that is IMM Cologne ran this past January.  Trade fairs showcase a feast of décor innovation and imagination which get us very excited.

This year we were particularly taken by the rise of coloured glass in coffee and side tables. Reflecting the WGSN 2016 Deep Summer trend you can see water-like transparency, bioluminescent hues, ombres and contrasting materials featured in our favourite picks;


Shimmer Tivoli Table by Patricia Urquiola for Glas Italia

The amazingly talented Patricia Urquiola has done it again. A Laminated and glued glass construction is seamless.  Iridescent and multichromatic, the glass creates ethereal reflections with changing light.


Bell Tables by Sebastian Herkner for Classicon

Herkner was nominated to design the Dashaus – Interiors on Stage exhibition at IMM Cologne.  Each year a designer is chosen to work with the 200m2 stage to create a future oriented, practical and workable house-like space.  All furniture, colours, materials, lighting and accessories were selected by Herkner and so created a sort of portrait of the designer.  He described the space as “soft aromatic, colourful and communicative”  we think his Bell table is much the same.

Materials are contrasting and illusory.  The metal top appears to float on a light and fragile glass base, a contradiction to the the usual heavy base and glass top.


Pli Side Table by Victoria Wilmotte for Classicon

Surface treated stainless steel gives these geometric bases the look of giant polished semi-precious stones.  The smooth rounded crystal glass top contrasts nicely with the faceted base which playfully reflects light.  It seems Classicon are hitting the mark with glass.


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Hampton Low Table by Eric Jourdan for Ligne Roset

Lastly the pink glass and wood combination was a hit on this coffee table.  The generous use of coloured glass relaxes the seriousness of the architectural style and helps to tie in softer textures and more playful patterns.


Introducing coloured glass doesn't need to be limited to tables. Vases and lighting are an easy way to inject this playful trend and enjoy the magical patterns light and glass can make!