Collection by Diana Budds

Tendence 2012 at Messe Frankfurt: Anne Boenisch


Judging from economic news of late, the one word most associated with Germany is "austerity." However, at Tendence, the home trends show taking place August 24–28 in Frankfurt, the young designers are taking a more playful and less severe tack with a new crop of wares that are interactive, instructive, or just plain intriguing to the eye. One such up and comer is Anne Boenisch, who exhibited her designs for lighting, furniture, and accessories in the Talents section of the fair. We trace the evolution of her work in this slideshow.

Berlin designer Anne Boenisch sits atop a Motion stool (2010).
Boenisch was a carpenter before she went to school for product design.
The Karat lamp (2011) is made from folded sheets of anodized and varnished aluminum connected with glass plates that...
The Brace baskets and trays (2011) feature a tessellation of small and large rectangles for their sides.
The LED-illuminated Astral lamp (2010) is part kinetic sculpture, part pendant light.
Continuing the theme of kinetic pieces, the collapsible Moment stool and table series is both attractive and practical:...
With the MyLady and MyLord hanger sets (2007), Boenisch created pieces that work with the needs of womens' and mens'...
The mens' set is designed to hold coats, neckties, shoes (note the wider space to accomodate mens' sizing), shirts, and...

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