Markanto. The German web page for design classics.

Originally created in 1999 as an exchange site for second-hand design objects, a year later Markanto metamorphosed into a curated online shop for design classics. Markanto was the first German online trade partner for manufacturers such as Knoll International, Vitra and Zanotta and introduced a German web audience to many designer ranges: the ceramics of Jonathan Adler and Aldo Londi, creations by Piero Fornasetti and furniture design by Pierre Chapo, Ralph Rapson, Ilmari Tapiovaara as well as Fabricius & Kastholm. Our own product lines – like the reedition of the 1970s Knoll carpet range – complete the panoply of designer goods on offer at Markanto.

Specialised in modern and contemporary design, Markanto offers today a broad variety of objects from internationally renowned manufacturers like Artifort, Cassina, ClassiCon, Fritz Hansen, Knoll International, Vitra, Zanotta and many more.

Our vintage design section 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.

Condition of Sales: You can pay by credit card, PayPal or bank transfer. 3% discount is granted to advanced payments. If you are interested in buying a larger quantity of a product, please ask for our special sales conditions. Sale prices include VAT and free delivery to Germany and to all German neighbour countries. Please enquire for other destinations via Email or via phone: +49/221/9723920.

We are looking forward to sharing our passion for design with you!

Exhibition overview

Please find an overview of past exhibitions in our showroom in Cologne (Markanto Depot):

Young Talents with Great-Grandfathers, May 2017

Caterina Licitra Ponti is the great-granddaughter from the italian architect Gio Ponti, Lutz Könecke the great-grandson from Otto Lindig, the famous potter at the Bauhaus in Weimar. Together they present a new generation of designers.

Isamu Noguchi - Commuters between the worlds, January 2017

Together with Vitra we present during the Cologne furniture fair IMM an overwiew about the furniture and lamps by the american-japanese designer and artist Isamu Noguchi. Supported by the Noguchi Garden Museum in New York we show many historical images fromm his great artworks too.

Furniture by Rockhausen from the 1920ths - October - November 2016

Beginning of the last century the German furniture company Rockhausen created a range of plywood chairs. Together with Rockhausen we made this exhibition about the forgotten designs icons. Our small catalog about the Rockhausen furniture you can find here (pdf version).

Zwischen Kunst und eEsign

GRENZEN - Zwischen Kunst und Design, June - July 2016

Is it a chair or a piece of art? Our installation GRENZEN - Zwischen Kunst und Design offer different objects between design and art. Created by artists and designers like Bär + Knell, Robert Wilson, Franz West, Heinz Landes and Christoph Siebrasse.

Europe meets America, January - February 2016

At the IMM furniture exhibition we presented the Neutra collection by VS Vereinigte Spezialmöbelfabriken. This eedition is based on the Richard Neutra furniture designs from the 1920ths to the 50ths for his iconic houses in California.

In this concept we show the table and floor lamps by the french industry designer Michel Buffet from the 1950ths, which are now produced by the Editions Serge Mouille in France. Michel Buffet got famous in the 1960ths for his interior of the Concorde airplanes.

Sie nannten ihn Gütsch - The work of Hans Gugelot, september - november 2014

The famous Braun Phonosuper SK4, the Kodak slide projector, the Ulmer Hocker, the first modular furniture system M125, the plastic car K67 or the first plastic case for beer and water - all this designs were created by Hans Gugeot (some objects together with Max Bill or Dieter Rams). His industrial design was very important for Germany in the 1950ths and 60ths. More informaton about Hans Gugelot you can find in our blog.

100 Years Harry Bertoia, january - march 2015

In cooperation with Knoll International we presented an overview of the furniture designs by Harry Bertoia. The highlight was an original 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 presented 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 design icons. At our opening Thomas Graversen, CEO Fredericia Furniture, gave an 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 presented several objects by the french woodworker Pierre Chapo. On our opening the family of Pierre Chapo came extra from the south of France - thank you very much!

Bauhaus service

Ceramics from the Bauhaus, May 2013

In a small installation we presented original ceramics from modern artists like Eva Zeisel, Otto Lindig, Magarethe Heymann-Loebenstein, Hermann Gretsch or Marguerite Friedlaender-Wildenhain.

Ferdinand Kramer - the rediscovery of an avantgardist, January - February 2013

Together with the German design brand e15 we showed the re-edition of design classics by the 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 presented 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 including the legendary Shaker rocking chair. A big thank you to ClassiCon, which give us for the exhibition the prototype of the new rocking 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 re-edition of the furniture of Günter Beltzig from the 1960ies. Highlight was the visit of Mr. Beltzig himself in our showroom to sign his children furniture. Our second project Take a Seat offers above 50 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

The world of Aldo Londi, September 2011 - November 2011

In a holiday on the mediterranean island Mallorca in 2004 we reconised 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 his designs in the German market, specially the lovely Rimini Blu series. In 2011 Aldo Londi have turned 100 last year and we made an exhibition about his great ceramic designs.

100 Jahre Eero Saarinen

100 years Eero Saarinen, September 2010 - Januar 2011

Eero Saarinen, the well-known Finnish-American architect and designer, would have turned 100 in 2010. In cooperation with Knoll International, Markanto presented a big 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.

Das Werk von Poul Kjærholm

The work of Poul Kjærholm, January 2010

Together with the manufacturer Fritz Hansen we made an exhibition about the work of Poul Kjærholm. Together with Arne Jacobsen, Hans Wegner and Verner Panton, Kjærholm belongs to the most important 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.

100 Jahre George Nelson

Wie Wohnen, September 2009

60 years ago was the exhibition Wie Wohnen in Stuttgart, one of the first shows about design in Germany after World War 2. At the first time the modern designs by Egon Eiermann were presented and many more creations from the young Federal 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.

100 Jahre George Nelson

100 years George Nelson, January 2009

The designer, architect and author George Nelson was one of the importants americans 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, different wall and table clocks, the Bubble Lamps or the Action Office. This exhibition was in cooperation with Vitra.

Stools, January 2008

Over 50 different stools were shown in 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. Our small stool catalog is still online: download PDF-catalog

Jean Prouvé and Serge Mouille, January 2007

Together with Vitra and Editions Serge Mouille we presented different creations of these two great french designers. For the first time the Vitra editions of the Prouvé barstool and the Rayonnage Mural shelf were presented in this exhibition to the public.

The World of Knoll, May 2006

In cooperation with the gallery Gabriele Heidtmann this exhibition showed vintage furniture and lighting from Knoll International, like creations from Florence Knoll, Eero Saarinen, George Nakashima, Clay Michie, Harry Bertoia, Sigrid Wylach, Wolfgang Bauer or Roberto Sebastian Matta.

Lights, March 2005

Markanto showed different lamps and lamp sculptures from designers and architects like Joe Colombo, Serge Mouille, Verner Panton, Egon Eiermann, Isamu Noguchi, Ilmari Tapiovaara, Poul Henningsen, Sergio Mazza or 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 showed original vintage classics together with the new reedition by Aero Design from Finland (Markanto was at this time the distributor for the German market of the Tapiovaara collection, now made by Artek).

2 celebrations, January 2004

In 2004 was the 50ths birthday of the legendary school HfG (Hochschule für Gestaltung) in Ulm and the 100. birthday of Egon Eiermann. Markanto presented objects of this important time after World War 2 and the young republic of Germany by manufacturers 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 showed an overview of his furniture designs classics.

Carpet creations, January 2002

In cooperation with the Vitra Design Museum Markanto presented the re-editions of the carpets from Verner Panton and Sigrid Wylach. At this time we started the distribution of our former Knoll International carpet collection. 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 made 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.