Passages Cologne is an event and exhibition program on current trends in design, especially in interior design with exhibitions in Cologne showrooms, galleries, furniture stores, cultural institutes, museums and colleges. Querverweise, organized by Manuel Welsky and Burkhard Schäller, were part of Passages Cologne 2011. As a symposium with exhibition rooms, they provided a platform for product and furniture designers.
The design concept is based on the subtitle of the exhibition: Dialogues in design. The imaginary statements of the seven main exhibitors are represented by an ornament made of speech bubbles, from which seven color fields emerge. For print media, the individual speech bubbles were filled with a layer of Pantone luminous yellow, overprinting each other. Thus the most overlaps created the brightest spots.