Two days ago I attended the launch of a US interior design platform in Germany and we got caught up in discussing what is typical German design for the US interiors market and I heard words like sleek and puristic design, industrial design, eco-friendly design. All true, I admit. But German design can be more than that – it can also be quirky and fun. Like the puzzle side table from the German design label ‘Herr M’.
But what’s a puzzle side table you might ask pretty puzzled? Inspired by a children’s toy the designers Christopher Heider and Vicky Müller have designed the side table named ‘Schiebepuzzle’. The front doors can slide both up and down and from side to side revealing just a little bit of the content at a time, the rest is a sort of seeking-game – for magazines and a little minibar for bottles, glasses, coasters or a deck of cards. A pretty smart side table for any home but especially for small apartments, don’t you think?
But what makes this quirky side table typical German? Not only that it is rooted in functional and sleek industrial design, but it also is impeccably crafted by hand in a carpentry in Porta Westfalica in Germany.
So I hope you are less puzzled now and appreciate this little design puzzle from Germany. Happy hump day, folks!