Originally published in Destination: Limited Edition Design (Mondadori Electa, 2008).
Cologne is renowned for its rich cultural offerings, including a dynamic contemporary art scene, over thirty museums, hundreds of galleries, the Art Cologne Fair, and the International Furniture Fair. The city is also home to Ulrich Feidler’s gallery, one of the most important dealers of Bauhaus artifacts in the world. Since 1986, Ulrich has dealt in outstanding examples of twentieth-century, especially German and Austrian, applied art, including furniture, lighting, electronics, and photography. Tending toward work that displays technical and mechanical brilliance, Ulrich’s selections share a structural interest that is at once sculptural, architectural and poetic. The gallery space is restricted and Ulrich’s exhibitions comprise a somewhat limited quantity of objects; however his curation is so precise and the pieces are so rare, only a few are required to produce a powerful impact. Artists, designers, and architects represented include: Peter Behrens, Marianne Brandt, Marcel Breuer, Achille Castiglioni, Eileen Grey, René Herbst, Kalman Lengyel, Wassili and Hans Luckhardt, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, László Moholy-Nagy, Gerrit Reitveld, Gino Sarfatti, Henry van de Velde, Wilhelm Wagenfeld.