Axis Lamp, Tech Chair and Buddy
by Bao-Nghi Droste


Axis Lamp by Bao-Nghi Droste

Cologne 2011: these lamps with a mechanism derived from marking tools were among a collection of furniture presented by German designer Bao-Nghi Droste at imm cologne.

Tech by Bao-Nghi Droste

Exhibiting as part of [D3] Design Talents, Droste also showed a set of stacking chairs (above) and a side table with spun metal top (below), which can be mounted to form either a flat top or dish.

Buddy by Bao-Nghi Droste

imm cologne took place 18-23 January. See all our coverage of the event here »

Axis Lamp by Bao-Nghi Droste

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Axis Lamp by Bao-Nghi Droste

Here are a few details from Bao-Nghi Droste:

Tech Chair, an archetypical Side Chair the wooden frame of which features cuts and milled out portions for positioned stacking.

Axis Lamp by Bao-Nghi Droste

Axis Lamp, a floor lamp adapting the principle of a sliding level for being adjustable in height and depth.

And Buddy, an occasional table in different heights and a table top that can be mounted in two different ways, either offering a bowl for storing or a flat surface for placing objects.

Tech by Bao-Nghi Droste

Enjoy the latest products designed by Bao-Nghi Droste!

Buddy by Bao-Nghi Droste

Bao-Nghi Droste was born in Stuttgart, Germany, in 1977.

Buddy by Bao-Nghi Droste

After an apprenticeship as a cabinetmaker, he studied Industrial Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Darmstadt, Germany.

Buddy by Bao-Nghi Droste

Gathering further work experience at the offices of Werner Aisslingler in Berlin, Germany, and Hannes Wettstein in Zurich, Switzerland, he finally set up his own studio in Heidelberg, Germany, in 2007, focussing on furniture-, product- and interior design.

Buddy by Bao-Nghi Droste

See also:


Forbidden Fruit by Glimpt at Cologne 2011 Forest Light by Ontwerpduo
at Cologne 2011
Beaugars by Meike Langer
at Cologne 2011

Posted on Wednesday February 2nd 2011 at 5:00 pm by Catherine Warmann. Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • eyeontheworld

    Well, I suppose one positive emanates from the above assortment, the next Starck has quite clearly not been found, and so Dezeens necessary work can continue.

    • friction coefficient

      this work is quite nice. people are free to do things. its no competition of who is the next so and so.
      isn't the point of design to improve life? if you think its a fame game, then your values are pretty shallow.
      grow up.

      and anyway, there are some incredibly smart and talented people out there if you look hard enough, why put Starck on a pedestal? i guess when looking at self promotion/marketing maybe.

    • kirby

      Starck is over and these guys are here, real design with some soul

      • douglas

        Starck gets way too much flack. If Starcks so 'over' then why do punters, users, or whatever we want to call them, still like what he does enought to part cash for what he designs?

        And if you tell me the users/purchasers of his products are mere dupes to hype or slick promotion, then thats a pretty patronising view of people that pay their hard-earned cash to keep designers in hard-earned cash.

        • Kirby

          Sadly punters are stupid and know no better, marketers feed on this, Starck monopolises the brands and media to satisfy his ego.

          The consumers get another pointless, soon to be outdated, transparent chair and some false modesity about him being a poor toothbrush designer.

          • douglas

            'soon to be outdated'

            well the La Marie chair was designed in 1998?… its still selling by the bucketload, so its taking its time becoming passe


            whats pointless about buying a chair to sit on, especially if you happen to like it?

            'transparent chair'

            is transparency inherently bad then?

            'punters are stupid and know no better'

            Are you designing? cos if you are then whats sadder is you've adopted a p*ss poor condescending attitude towards users.

            'false modesty'

            That trues, but I'm not a 'fan', just think he deserves some credit – he's become the butt of a lot of sour grapes with very little rationale to justify it.

          • kirby

            @Douglas, Starck has been given credit for the last 20 or so years so don't worry about him.

            La 'transparent' marie chair was relevant back in 98, less so now considering the ecological issues the world faces. Not sure that it still sells so well.

            A designer should consider the real ethics or their designs and give the world 'honest' products as opposed to 'ego/image driven', the consumer doesn't really control this so it remains in the hands of the marketing&designer.

          • douglas

            All designers have ego's apparent in their design philosophy … I'll tell you whats falsely immodest; the current emphasis on 'honesty' and 'simplicity' – both over-rated and conveniently vague characteristics, and much easier to achieve than complexity and excitement.

          • Farley's Rusks

            That's one of the best comments I've read in a long time. So much design today bleats on with this 'simplicity' and 'usability' and 'honesty' and 'real objects for real people' as a smoke screen for people who just want to make nice, but pretty boring things…… its a kind of distant distant distant echoing of modernism without any of the relevance or balls… In reality, we live in a much more complex world, and it takes a bit more vision than flicking through design magazines to reflect this in products. it's fine, if you want to make monochrome, powder coated blah… but don't come over with all the modernism shlock. Just be honest, you like Barber Osgerby and Gricic and you want to make things that remind you of their work. That's okay, people will buy it.

            … oh… that was off topic right….. the stuff above is okay… but the top light looks a bit like lights by Mathias Hahn Studio! German too?

  • Dono

    concerning the lamps of Bao-Nghi Droste: watch
    by mathias hahn, member of the okay studio london. and these were made in 2008. still a nice work, but too similar to mathias's work