On the first day of the international interiors show, the moment arrived once again: at imm cologne, the three winners of the 14th Pure Talents Contest were presented. From the 21 shortlisted entries, the jury awarded Bernhard Osann with his Neo lamp, Simon Diener with his Pong lamp and Christoph Hauf with his frameless mirror, Slanted Mirror.
When assessing the interior design products, the jury considers the overall concept, the autonomy of the design and its originality, conceptual and visionary quality, functionality, as well as the quality of the design and presentation. He winner were chosen by the five members of the jury â€” Sebastian Herkner, Sophie Lovell, Rianne Makkink, Tobias Lutz and Harry Paul van Ierssel.
First place this prestigious competitions for young designers went to Bernhard Osann with his Neo lamp. The jury statement explains why Neo convinced the entire panel: “This delicate LED lighting objects stands out by hardly being there at all. ItÂ´s about the moment of touching the wall. Although Neo appears to be very minimal and simple, it has an extraordinarily high level of innovative detailing.”
Simon Diener took second place in the Pure Talents Contest 2017 with his Pong lamp. Third was Christoph Hauf with his frameless mirror, Slanted Mirror. The three young designers and their prototypes outshone a total of 395 products by 494 designers from around the world. “The winning selection reflects a new kind of dialogue with space that mobile technology has begun to introduce. A shift in design is happening which means the disappearance of the object and changes in our relationship with both built and natural space. All three of our winners reflect these changes. All three are completed not just by the user, but by architectural environment as well,” said the members of the jury in the reasons for their selection.
This yearâ€™s special mentions include Christoph Buomberger and Tobias Pfister with the Klappstuhl chair, Vera Aldejohann with the wardrobe object Goldwaage, and Martijn Rigters and Fabio Hendry with The Colour of Hair.
The winners were announced by Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse. At the awards ceremony at the event platform â€śThe Stageâ€ť, she said: â€śSupporting the next generation of creative professionals is something we care deeply about. Young designers are immensely important for the interior design industry because they are synonymous with new inspiration, creativity and innovations. Many imm cologne exhibitors, including Ligne Roset, follow the Pure Talents Contest closely and are actively involved in career planning â€” they open up their collections to young designers to provide them with their first experiences of professional design work. And as a trade fair organiser, we are delighted to be able to support these up-and-coming talents at the start of their careers.â€ť