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The Stage: Sebastian Herkner, Marco Dessí and Harry Thaler about the Pure Talents contest and their career

Photo: Koelnmesse
Photo: Koelnmesse

Original designs, intelligent solutions and sustainable products from young designers will be the focus of the Pure Talents Contest since almost 14 years. In the course of the last 13 years, a total of 395 products from 494 designers from all over the world have been presented to the trade audience at imm cologne as part of the contest exhibitions – presented, above all, to the industry’s decision makers, for whom the contestants would love to design. Many of these products have found their way into the collections of well-known manufacturers following the fair.

With Sebastian Herkner, Marco Dessí and Harry Thaler, three of the former participants report on the competition and their subsequent professional career. Marco Dessí for example said about the contest: “The contest gave me a leg-up into the professional network in the furniture scene. I got to know colleagues, people from the press and Richard Lampert – who saw my Prater chair there and added it to his range! For me, everything began with this contest.”


Lecture: Panel discussion Pure Talents Contest: From Competition to Business
Speaker: Sebastian Herkner, Marco Dessí and Harry Thaler
Host: Stephan Ott
Date: Tuesday, 18th January 2017
Time: 4:15 pm
Place: The Stage, hall 3.1, D002

The complete programme you will find here.