Founded in 1999, Markanto has since established an excellent reputation as one of Germany’s leading providers of unique design furniture and furnishings. Specialised in modern and contemporary design, the Markanto Store offers a broad variety of objects from internationally renowned designers and manufacturers like Artifort, Knoll International, Vitra or Zanotta.
Our vintage design devision contains a constantly changing collection of original vintage classics from the last century. All pieces have been carefully selected, are 100% original and of high quality to ensure that design lovers get their money’s worth. Browse our selection online or visit the Markanto showroom in Cologne.
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We are looking forward to sharing our passion for design with you!
Please find an overview of our exhibitions in our showroom Cologne:
100 Years Harry Bertoia, January - March 2015
Together with Knoll International we showed an overview of the furniture designs by Harry Bertoia. The highlight was a Harry Bertoia coffee table 401, which was only produced in Germany and discovered by Markanto again. Also we showed different Sound Sculptures by Harry Bertoia and played his music (from his 12 albums) from the 1960ths and 70ths. Our exhibition poster was made by Rosemarie Trockel. More information you an find in our Blog.
The work of Margarete Heymann-Loebenstein, september - november 2014
Born in Cologne in 1899, the ceramic artist and Bauhaus student got totally forgotten in her native town. For the first time Markanto show the work of the Jewish artist in Cologne and be a member with this project at the Cologne Museum Night 2014. More information about her history you can find in our Blog (in German language only).
Børge Mogensen - 100 years traditional modern, january - february 2014
Together with Fredericia Furniture from Denmark we present an overwiew about the work of Børge Mogensen. Inspired by traditional Shaker furniture and english club furniture Mogensen created in the 1940ths - 70ths many denish icons. At our opening Thomas Graversen, CEO Fredericia Furniture, gave a impressive presentation about the life and work of this famous denish designer.
Pierre Chapo - The french woodworker, january 2014
At the culture program PASSAGEN at the Cologne furniture fair Markanto show several objects by the french woodworker Pierre Chapo. To our opening the family of Pierre Chapo came extra from the south of France - thank you very much!.
Ceramics from the Bauhaus, May 2013
In a small installation we present original ceramics from artists like Eva Zeisel, Otto Lindig, Magarethe Heymann-Loebenstein, Hermann Gretsch or Marguerite Friedländer.
Ferdinand Kramer - the rediscovery of an avantgardist, January - February 2013
Together with the German furniture brand E15 we showed the re-edition of classics by the famous Frankfurt architect and designer. Guest of our exhibition were the widow of Ferdinand Kramer, Prof. Lore Kramer and of cause Philipp Mainzer, chairman of E15. The opening speech was made by Dr. Gabriele Lueg from the Museum für Angewandte Kunst (MAKK) in Cologne.
ROCK IT BABY, January 2013
Rock it Baby - that was the name from our second exhibition during the Passagen 2013. Markanto showed important rocking chairs from the last century from architects and designers like Verner Panton, Willy Guhl, Hans Wegner, Charles and Ray Eames, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Ralph Rapson and the legendary Shaker rocking chair. A big thank you to ClassiCon, which give us for the exhibition a prototype of the new chair by Jader Almeida.
"Günter Beltzig" and "Take a Seat", January 2012
At the culture program "Passagen" during the furniture fair in Cologne Markanto presented two different projects: Together with Löffler Edition we showed the reedition of the furniture of Günter Beltzig from the 1960ies. Highlight was the visit of Mr. Beltzig in our showroom to sign some of his children furniture. Our second project "Take a Seat" showed above 30 different chairs from designers and architects and was a cooperation with the Cologne Design Museum MAKK (which made at the same time a big exhibition about architects furniture too).
The world of Aldo Londi, September 2011 - November 2011
In a holiday on the mediterranean island Mallorca in 2004 we reconized in a small craft-shop the Rimini Blu ceramics from the Italian artist Aldo Londi. After the holiday, we directly contact the manufacturer Bitossi in Italy and start the distrubition of this designs in the German market, specially the Rimini Blu series. In 2011 Aldo Londi have turned 100 last year and we make an exhibition about his great ceramic designs.
100 Jyears Eero Saarinen, September 2010 - Januar 2011
Eero Saarinen, the noted Finnish-American architect and designer, would have turned 100 last year. In cooperation with Knoll International, Markanto is showing a selection of Saarinen's furniture classics – such as his Womb Chair and Tulip Chair (the first one-legged chair!) – which made a mark on 20th century interior design.
The work of Poul Kjærholm, January 2010
Together with the manufacturer Fritz Hansen Markanto made an exhibition about the work of Poul Kjærholm. Together with Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner and Verner Panton, Kjærholm belongs to the importants designers of Denmark. Kjærholm was a trained carpenter and continued his studies at the Danish School of Arts and Crafts. He had a particular interest in different construction materials; especially steel which he considered a natural material with the same artistic fineness as other natural materials.
Wie Wohnen, September 2009
60 years ago was the exhibition "Wie Wohnen” in Stuttgart, one of the first shows about design in Germany after the world war 2. At the first time the designs from Egon Eiermann were presented and many more new creations from the young Republic of Germany. Markanto, now online since 10 years, made an exhibition about this important exhibition – showing rare vintage objects from Egon Eiermann, Jens Risom or Hugo Häring.signs in the German market, specially the Rimini Blu series. In 2011 Aldo Londi have turned 100 last year and we make an exhibition about his great ceramic designs.
100 years George Nelson, January 2009
The american designer, architect and author was one of the importants persons for design in the second part of the 20 century. In his office many design classics were created – for exsample the coconut chair, the marshmallow sofa, the different walk and table clocks Clock, the bubblelLamps or the action office.
Stools, January 2008
Over 50 different stools show our exhibition at the Cologne Passagen 2008 – for exsample vintage classics from Poul Kjaerholm, Charlotte Perriand, Verner Panton, Jean Prouvé, Ilmari Tapiovaara or Sori Yanagi. But of cause temporary designers like Herzog de Meuron, Jasper Morrison or Bruno Rainaldi were mentioned too.
Jean Prouvé and Serge Mouille, January 2007
Together with Vitra and Edition Serge Mouille we show different creations of these two french designers. The Vitra editions of the bar-stool and the shelf by Jean Prouvé where here shown the first time.
The World of Knoll, May 2006
In cooperation with the gallery Gabriele Heidtmann this exhibition shows vintage furniture and lighting from Knoll International, like creations from Florence Knoll, Eero Saarinen, George Nakashima, Clay Mitchie, Harry Bertoia, Sigrid Wylach, Wolfgang Bauer or Roberto Sebastian Matta.
Lights, March 2005
Markanto shows different lamps and lamp sculptures from Joe Colombo, Serge Mouille, Verner Panton, Egon Eiermann, Isamu Noguchi, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Poul Henningsen, Sergio Mazza and Vico Magistretti.
Ilmari Tapiovaara, September 2004
The finish designer Tapiovaara won in the 1950ths more medals at the Triennale in Milano like any other one In cooperation with the gallery Gabriele Heidtmann we show original vintage classics together with the new reedition from Aero Design.
2 celebrations, January 2004
In 2004 was the 50ths birthday of the legendary scchol HfG (Hochschule für Gestaltung) in Ulm and the 100. birthday of Prof. Egon Eiermann. Markanto show objects of this time after the second world and the young republic of Germany by companies like Junghans, Helit, Richard Lampert, Wilde + Spieth and the Vitra Design Museum.
99 years Egon Eiermann, January 2003
Prof. Egon Eiermann was one of the importants german architects and designers in the 1950ths. Together with the manufacturers Richard Lampert, Tecnolumen and Wilde + Spieth we show an overview of his furniture designs.
Carpet creations, January 2002
In cooperation with the Vitra Design Museum Markanto presents the reditions of the carpets from Verner Panton and Sigrid Wylach. Special guests: Marianne Panton and of cause – Sigrid Wylach.
Design made in Germany, January 2001
Together with the three gallerys PopDom, Stefan Reinke and Sign of the Times we make a big overview about german design of the 20. century. The book, we produced for this event, is now hard to find – cause it shows many german items, which where a little bit forgotten. Our special guests: Dieter Rams, Volker Albus, Peter Maly, Claudia Schneider-Esleben, Michel Veith, Günter Beltzig or Peter Ghyczy.