Originally published in Destination: Limited Edition Design (Mondadori Electa, 2008).

Cologne is one of Europe’s oldest cities, dating back to the Roman Empire, but its premier gallery for contemporary design has one of the most original, up-to-the-minute approaches of any gallery in the world. Gabrielle Ammann established Designer’s Gallery in 2006, following a career as an interior architect and consultant. The gallery presents furniture, experimental objects, and architectural drawings by some of the foremost architects and designers working today. From her former career, Gabrielle has developed a deep affinity with work that bridges the disciplines of architecture and design. She typically organizes solo exhibitions, rather than multi-designer thematic programs. This is partly due to the fact that each designer that Gabrielle represents shares a dedication to both technical and conceptual innovation. The pieces found in Designer’s Gallery have all been created through groundbreaking, usually high-tech processes. Even so, these pieces also carry powerful narratives that push the boundaries of design aesthetics and forms. Artists, designers, and architects represented include: Ron Arad, Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas, Johanna Grawunder, Zaha Hadid, Mark Newson, Satyendra Pakhalé, Rolf Sachs.

Designer’s Gallery – Gabrielle Ammann

Teutoburger Strasse 27

50678 Cologne