Chairs, Stairs & Tables
Design Post Köln
2023-06-02 - 2023-06-07


Chairs, Stairs & Tables
Exhibition at Design Post Köln


„A piece of Furniture is a vehicle, it is a tool to communicate, to create connections between people.“

Craft and industry, wood and metal, round and square, theory and practice. As a trained carpenter and studied designer, Thomas Schnur works as a designer and university lecturer to unite and manifest contradictions in objects of everyday use.

In the first part of the exhibition, the final designs are juxtaposed with initial sketches, photos and models. These include various already established pieces of furniture, like K5 and K7 for TECTA, but also prototypes, such as the ARFINIO Chair, made of a new, recyclable plastic, which was created in collaboration with the material manufacturer COVESTRO.

In part two, the series is completed by a reading room with the publication CHAIRMAN. Here, table designs by the Cologne designer enter into dialogue with his selection of pioneering seating furniture by different designers and manufacturers.


Design Post Köln

Deutz-Mülheimer Str. 22A


    Online Course

    Thomas Schnur Domestika Online Course


    In the online course Intro to Sustainable Product Design with Wood, you will learn why sustainability in design is above all about a holistic view of the process. Deepen your knowledge of product design by planning and building a piece of wooden furniture.



      Book & Exhibition
      2021-01-18 - 2021-01-24


      The publishing house of Buchhandlung Walther und Franz König presented the Chairman Book by Thomas Schnur. In addition to the book, the furniture designs for Tecta, Echtstahl, Magnus Mewes und Valentin Winder documented in the book are presented in the bookshop's window on Ehrenstraße in Cologne.


      More about the book and the exhibtion

        Generation Köln x CIAV Meisenthal
        2021-01-18 - 2021-01-24


        Generation Köln x CIAV Meisenthal


        Wat does a design exhibition during the Corona Lockdown look like? Does it make sense at all to design products now and to show them, when nobody is allowed to go to a cultural event?


        Video documentary by Sven Lützenkirchen on youtube

        More Information about Generation Köln at


          K7 for Tecta

          Tecta k7 Thomas Schnur

          Presentation of K7 for Tecta.

            K5 for Tecta
            2020-01-13 - 2020-01-19


            Presentation of K5 side table series for Tecta.


            IMM Cologne 2020

            Hall 3.2 Stand F40.

              Holzbank for
              Jan Kurtz
              2020-01-13 - 2020-01-19

              Thomas Schnur Holzbank imm2020

              Presentation of Holzbank for Jan Kurtz during IMM Cologne.


              IMM Cologne 2020

              Hall 11.1 Stand A 024 / 028.

                Walther König
                2020-01-13 - 2020-01-19

                Thomas Schnur Walther König passagen2020

                Imaginary archive in the shop window of Buchhandlung Walther König during Passagen 2020. Group exhibition with Kai Linke, Antonia Henchel and Jonathan Radetz.


                Passagen 2020

                Buchhandlung Walther König
                Ehrenstraße 4
                50672 Köln


                  Süddeutsche Zeitung Edition

                  MAGAZIN Süddeutsche Zeitung Edition

                  MAGAZIN and Süddeutsche Zeitung Edition are inviting at November 6th at 7:30 pm to MAGAZIN Munich to a product presentation of ALI hook stand and three other products in special colour combinations

                    Kunsthochschule Kassel
                    2019-06-03 - 2019-06-04

                    Workshop and Lecture at Kunsthochschule Kassel. On Invitation from Kai Linke.

                      UdK Berlin
                      2019-04-15 - 2019-07-14


                      Visiting Lecturer at UdK Berlin to the STANDARD project of Design & Social Context course. On Invitation from Ineke Hans.

                        Milan Design Week
                        2019-04-09 - 2019-04-14


                        Two door handle concepts in cooperation with Kober and Olivari will be presented at Enter Porcelain Exhibition during Milan Design Week at Palazzo Litta.

                          Magnus Mewes
                          2019-01-14 - 2019-01-20


                          New chair project for Magnus Mewes. A metal frame will be combined with pressed wooden parts for the seat and backrest using a technology developed by Magnus Mewes and Walter Amrhyn. On show during IMM Cologne. Hall 3.1 / G40.


                            German Design Award Winner


                            German Design Award Winner with NORA Chair for Jan Kurtz. Photo by Thomas Wiuf Schwartz.

                              Twist at Orgatec


                              Functionals will launch Twist Petit and Twist Glass at Orgatec. Hall 11.2 Stand E020.

                                Coburger Designtage

                                Talk about the Common Things Book during Coburger Designtage. Invited by Njustudio.

                                01 June 2018, 5.30 pm
                                Pakethalle | Historischer Güterbahnhof Coburg

                                  2018-05-29 - 2018-05-31

                                  The Factory of Ideas, an installation for Covestro, will be on show at UTECH.

                                    Grund & Schnur
                                    2018-05-22 - 2018-05-25


                                    Selected Works by Klemens Grund and Thomas Schnur at Galerie HBK Saar. Initiated and curated by Mark Braun.

                                      Common Things
                                      2018-03-03 - 2018-03-11


                                      Common Things Exhibition from 3th to 11th of March during MCBW in Munich. Lecture on Thursday, 8th of March at 6:30 pm in Blumenstraße 22.

                                        Talk at
                                        IMM Cologne


                                        Talk about the reason for the Common Things Book at THE STAGE during IMM Cologne. Thursday, 18 January in Hall 3.1. at 12:15 pm.

                                          In Arbeit
                                          2018-01-15 - 2018-01-21


                                          In Arbeit exhibition, featuring unpublished three dimensional studies and prototypes by Thomas Schnur and Klemens Grund at Bismarckstraße 56 in Cologne.

                                            Wood Chair
                                            2018-01-15 - 2018-01-21


                                            New year, new chair. Wood chair Nora for Jan Kurtz will be presented at IMM Cologne in Hall 11.1 Stand A24.

                                              Generation Köln
                                              2018-01-15 - 2018-01-21


                                              Second edition of Generation Köln exhibition will show selected projects of Cologne-based designers Karoline Fesser, Klemens Grund, Meike Harde, Tim Kerp and Thomas Schnur, as well as interior photographer Thomas Wiuf Schwartz at Bismarckstraße 70 in Cologne.

                                                2018-01-15 - 2018-01-21


                                                123 table system for Echtstahl will be on show during IMM Cologne at Hall 3.1 Stand D11.

                                                  Ethics for Design


                                                  From a small metal part at grandparent's courtyard to understanding as a key to a respectful dealing with the environment. Thomas Schnur is talking about his practice in Ethics for Design documentary from Gauthier Roussilhe.

                                                    Dutch Design Week
                                                    2017-10-21 - 2017-10-29


                                                    New variations of Twist Table for Functionals will be presented in the frame of Generation Köln exhibition during Dutch Design Week. Including one version with a black glass table top and an outdoor version.

                                                    Kazerne Expo
                                                    Paradijslaan 2-8
                                                    5611KN Eindhoven

                                                      Common Things
                                                      2017-10-19 - 2017-10-22


                                                      During Designers Open Leipzig, the Common Things Exhibition presents a collection of anonymous everyday objects of our industrialized world: objects that have become archetypes of particular functions due to their technical efficiency and global trade. In the framework program Thomas Schnur, Volker Albus and Jens Thiel, will lecture about the meaning, as well as our appropriation and relationship to these overlooked things.



                                                      Lützner Str. 91



                                                        Frankfurter Buchmesse
                                                        2017-10-11 - 2017-10-15


                                                        The Common Things Book will be published by Trademark Publishing. It's first presentation will be at Frankfurter Buchmesse in Hall 4.1. | Stand H83.

                                                          State of Design
                                                          2017-06-01 - 2017-06-04


                                                          Station Table for Magazin will be presented at State of Design in Berlin.

                                                            2017-05-16 - 2017-05-19


                                                            The Factory of Ideas, an installation for Covestro, will be on show at Interzum in Cologne. Hall 10.2 Stand F041.


                                                              2017-04-29 - 2017-07-29


                                                              Bench Chair is part of the second exhibition of Luform at Ludwig Forum in Aachen.

                                                                20 Years
                                                                Salone Satellite
                                                                2017-04-04 - 2017-04-09


                                                                Gravity Rack edited by Nomess Copenhagen and Rubber Table are selected for the 20 years anniversary exhibition from Salone Satellite. The show will take place at Fabbrica del Vapore, via Procaccini 4 during Milan Design Week.

                                                                  Ludwig Forum
                                                                  2017-03-09 - 2017-06-09


                                                                  Holzbank is part of Luform - the new exhibition series of Ludwig Forum in Aachen.

                                                                    Construct for Magazin

                                                                    Construct Table is now in production by Magazin. The Table is available in two sizes and three colors at the shops and the website.


                                                                      Monobloc Project
                                                                      2017-02-11 - 2017-03-02


                                                                      Bench Chair is part of the Monobloc Project exhibition by Michel Kowalski and Franck Dujoux at cultural center ARCADE / Château de Sainte Colombe in Auxois, France.

                                                                        21 Common Things
                                                                        2017-01-16 - 2017-01-22


                                                                        In the Common Things exhibition and the eponymous book, Thomas Schnur reflects on everyday objects that have become stereotypes of common use. Besides the book presentation, selected everyday objects are presented on furniture designed by Thomas Schnur, visualising a dialogue, between his research and practice.


                                                                        Address: Bismarckstraße 68, Cologne

                                                                          Twist for Functionals
                                                                          2017-01-16 - 2017-01-22


                                                                          During PASSAGEN Functionals will be presenting the Twist Table at NODD Office, Marsilstein 6 in Cologne.

                                                                            2016-10-25 - 2016-10-29


                                                                            At Orgatec the stand up tables collection will be presented with Objekten at Hall 8.1 Stand B021.

                                                                              Dutch Design Week
                                                                              2016-10-22 - 2016-10-30

                                                                              The result of the collaboration with  Functionals will be presented during Dutch Design Week at the Kazerne.

                                                                                Beijing Design Week
                                                                                2016-09-23 - 2016-10-07

                                                                                  Missing Object

                                                                                  Thomas Schnur will speak about his research on the thematic of the Missing Object. The talk will be held at C-HUB at 6:30pm in  in the frame of UNCOVER Mannheim.

                                                                                    2016-06-24 - 2016-06-26


                                                                                    Thomas Schnur will exhibit 10 selected objects at the event "Klarheit und Form" - parallel to the ongoing exhibition "Bauhaus - Alles ist Design" at Bundeskunsthalle in Bonn.







                                                                                      From Object
                                                                                      and Space
                                                                                      2016-06-13 - 2016-06-16


                                                                                      The Exhibition From Object and Space displays furniture projects by Thomas Schnur in the store of Funktion Schnitt at Ehrenstraße 84 in Cologne. The Funktion Schnitt Store also designed by Thomas Schnur builds the perfect setting for this exhibition as it brings furniture and interior projects together so that the approach of the designer becomes visible.


                                                                                        2016-06-06 - 2016-06-10


                                                                                        Workshop Funktionale Umformung - from sheet metal to an article of daily use at HBKsaar.

                                                                                          Grid at Ventura Lambrate
                                                                                          2016-04-12 - 2016-04-17


                                                                                          Grid will be presented as part of the Another Perspective 4 exhibition in Ventura Lambrate.

                                                                                            Meine Freunde
                                                                                            Meine Feinde


                                                                                            Text and Photos for the column 'Meine Freunde / Meine Feinde' at issue 17 of the german domus magazine.

                                                                                              2016-01-18 - 2016-01-24





                                                                                              The exhibition Funktionsraum by Thomas Schnur and photographer Sven Lützenkirchen juxtapose furniture and photographic pieces, this giving rise to associative cross references that allow new perspectives on their work.

                                                                                                Together at
                                                                                                Depot Basel


                                                                                                In the context of Forum for an Attitude Thomas will talk about his practice and Richard Sennett's book 'Together'. Saturday 17 October at 8 pm at Depot Basel.

                                                                                                  Gravity at
                                                                                                  Maison & Objet
                                                                                                  2015-09-04 - 2015-09-08

                                                                                                  Gravity Wardrobe by Thomas Schnur


                                                                                                  Gravity Wardrobe for Nomess Copenhagen will be presented at Maison & Objet 2015 in Paris at Stand A17, Hall 7.

                                                                                                    Another Perspective at Ventura Lambrate
                                                                                                    2015-04-14 - 2015-04-19


                                                                                                    Four new Objects are ready for the Another Perspective Exhibition and will be on show from 14th to 19th of April at Ventura Lambrate in Milan.

                                                                                                      Gravity edited by
                                                                                                      Nomess Copenhagen


                                                                                                      Gravity Wardrobe now edited by Nomess Copenhagen

                                                                                                        Objects in Between
                                                                                                        2015-01-19 - 2015-01-25


                                                                                                        The group exhibition Objects in Between organized by Karoline Fesser, Kai Linke, Torsten Neeland, and Thomas Schnur presents 10 designers and their objects on the theme of in between.

                                                                                                          Supermarket in Prague
                                                                                                          2014-12-11 - 2014-12-14

                                                                                                          Rubber Table


                                                                                                          Rail and Rubber Table will be part of the exhibition Verschiebung in the framework programme of Designsupermarket in Prague.

                                                                                                            Jeux de Design
                                                                                                            2014-10-29 - 2014-11-02



                                                                                                            Holzbank and Rubber Table are part of the exhibition Jeux de Design at Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie

                                                                                                            in Paris.



                                                                                                              Speed Talk


                                                                                                              The 7 Minute presentation Perspektivenwechsel is now available with english subtitles. The Speak was held at the frame of K Fair on the Fairstand from Bayer Material Science.

                                                                                                                Designpreis der Bundesrepublik


                                                                                                                Nominated for Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland 2014. Together with Samuel Treindl for the submission of Construct Table & Construct Table Shelf.

                                                                                                                  Design Report Award




                                                                                                                  Design Report Award 2014 Special Mention


                                                                                                                  Jury Members: Jurgen Bey, Marco Dessí, Yael Mer, Ludovica Palomba, Lars Quadejacob, Timo Salli, Carola Zwick


                                                                                                                  "A mirror, a side table, a table lamp, a shelf and a wall-mounted coat rack: Thomas Schnur scored high points from the jury for design diversity. Their attention was primarily drawn to the “Rail” coat rack."


                                                                                                                    Objects and the Factory featured in German Domus.



                                                                                                                      Objects and the Factory
                                                                                                                      2014-01-13 - 2014-01-19



                                                                                                                      The group exhibition Objects and the Factory organized by Kai Linke, Karoline Fesser and Thomas Schnur presents 11 designers and their objects on the theme of factory.



                                                                                                                        In the 7 Minute presentation Thomas explains a part of his work under the titel Perspektivenwechsel. The Speak was held in german (translation will follow soon) at the frame of K Fair on the Fairstand from Bayer Material Science.

                                                                                                                          German Design Award

                                                                                                                          German Design Award


                                                                                                                          Nominated for German Design Award 2014.