Cologne is the capital of furniture design in Germany - once a year there is a big interior design fair that is only competed by the Salone in Milan. So there's a lot of slick chairs, tables, boards and people in the city at that time. This always quickly leads to a interior design overkill. Especially as the cultural off-event got more and more commercialized.
Now there's something new in town: for the first time there will be Rheindesign - a non-commercial event that is concentrating on design not in aspects of saleability. Rheindesign is supposed to be an event that consists of over 30 projects that are spread all over Cologne.
Alongside the participation of big names like Jean-Marie Massaud or ora-ito, I'm mostly looking forward to the experimental projects that are going on there: for example a concert with washing-mashines on the Neumarkt or the exhibition »From Vandalism to Fandalism« that is organized by students of the Köln International School of Design.
I think this event could really become something social in design: getting out on the streets and involve people in design processes wether it be by provocation, involvement or demonstration. For all those who won't be able to come to Cologne: the ROGER Designmagazine will put up a blog and hopefully report from all of the 30 events. Here's a link to the blog, that will work only in three or four days.