Young designers are thinking about sustainability, interactivity and cross-generational design for all ages, entering the 16th edition of the Pure Talents Contest.
POP by Rongjie YangOf 926 products submitted from 69 nations only 27 made it through to the exhibition, which will attract many designers and design enthusiasts to imm cologne. This year’s jury is made up of high-profile designers, museum curators and journalists among others.
The 27 nominated designs represent the product areas of furniture, flooring, wallpapering and textiles, lighting, smart home, household accessories and kitchens.
In view of LivingKitchen taking place alongside imm cologne, kitchen products will be curated as a stand-alone competition segment for the first time. For the LivingKitchen Selection of the Pure Talents Contest, six products have been nominated from amongst kitchen accessories, kitchen appliances and kitchen concepts. A separate prize will be awarded for the LivingKitchen Selection, meaning that the Pure Talents Contest will offer a total of four prizes this year. The self-contained presentation 'FutureDesign' is another new addition to the LivingKitchen event.
2018 by Zohair ZouirechThe jury was struck by the many international entries. ‘I think that the result is a good combination of very beautiful, saleable objects and designs that make you think’, says Suvi Saloniemi, commenting on the jury’s selection. The competition, promoted and organized by Koelnmesse, is specifically aimed at designers who are still studying or have recently completed their education, helping to launch new talents in the world of design.
The jury’s selection acknowledges the sustainability concepts of many designs and the combination of familiar and new unconsidered materials.
Pure Talents Contest 2019 entry by Jingbei ZhengThe broad spectrum of functions, materials and different approaches seen in the chosen designs includes: a series of 21 prototypes designed as a study on sitting; a piece of bubble-like architectural furniture that creates a private area within a public space; and a lounge chair that looks almost clunky and radiates a bold industrial look thanks to its undisguised combination of steel tubing and heavily screwed wooden planks.
Billy Chair by Joe SmithJury member Johannes Hünig sees this positively: ‘I like it when designs are initially visually challenging and you have to spend a little time with them first. You have to work for some designs. In return, they are much more sustainable in the way you live with them’.
The names of those taking home prizes will be announced in an awards ceremony at the event forum 'The Stage' on Monday, 14 January 2019.
Axis by Gal Bulka
A Day at the Zoo by Julian Marticke
SALT by Bastian Tharich
Ikat Credenza by Manan Narang und Urvi Sharma
Pure Talents Contest 2019 entry by Maxime Augay
Pure Talents Contest 2019 entry by Mor Dagan
Baschnja by Ilja Hubert
Paper Tiles by Alice Guidi
Onda by J.P. van der Horst
Pure Talents Contest 2019 entry by Peter Sorg
Leppänen by Riku Toivonen
Floating Boxes by Aylene Ruschke
Physical Sketchbook by Mu Hau Kao
The Conscious Unconsciousness by Michael Varga
Bench Gang by Christian Cowper
Pure Talents Contest 2019 entry by Anna-Maria Nilsson
mahu by Kevin Gerstmeier
Upside Down by Felicia Schneeweis
Cléoby Julian Ribler
Pure Talents Contest 2019 entry
Pure Talents Contest 2019 entry by Tanita Klein
Pure Talents Contest 2019 entry by Johan Viladrich
Pure Talents Contest 2019 entry