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Products beyond space and time – without a clear definition: Pure Talents Contest 2018

Photo: Pia Regenbrecht

As a platform for young design, the Pure Talents exhibition format draws together imm cologne’s activities in support of the next generation of international designers. Its highlight is the Pure Talents Contest, which is entirely financed by the trade fair and looking forward to celebrating its fifteenth birthday at imm cologne 2018. Participants of this anniversary issue are Pia Regenbrecht with her collection Hyperreal and Julien Manaira with his plastic shelf The once liquid plastic.

Fabric furniture hacking and a suggested privacy: Pure Talents Contest 2018

Photo: Denys

In the Pure Talents Contest, students and graduates who have recently completed their education, can apply with designs and prototypes that are not yet in production from different fields of interior design and smart home. Just like Anton Hendrik Denys with his Foam Fence and Anne Schmiederer with her Blue Ruffle Chair did. And now we will see them with their products at imm cologne.

Maximal reduced forms and fragrant lucky charms: Pure Talent’s Contest 2018

Photo: Marcel Pasternak

In terms of entrants to the Pure Talents Contest, the field has rarely been as international as it is this year, featuring 671 designers from 53 countries. Many entries were submitted by students and young graduates from every major university, including the RCA London, Design Academy Eindhoven, LASALLE Singapore, ECAL, Aalto University, Konstfack Stockholm, Pratt Institute NY, ArtCenter Pasadena and many others.

Flexibility for eyes and back:
Pure Talents Contest 2018

Photo: Hiroyuki Morita

The special exhibition “Pure Talents Contest” at imm cologne (Hall 3.1) will show smart product concepts, offbeat ideas and solid craftsmanship in a tremendous diversity encompassing everything within the world of interior design, from ultra-simple furniture and textile works to home accessories and lamps through to conceptual design. Today we present the lamp 60° of Svenja Katharina Jakobs and Jonas Wansing and the two seating furniture Cellastic and Temi of Hiroyuki Morita.

Relationship between people and objects:
Pure Talents Contest 2018

Photo: Xiang Guan

Do we actually need furniture, or is it furniture that needs us? This year it was 3/4 striking how many young designers addressed the relationship between man and object: our era, the users themselves and almost forgotten craftsmanship – all this takes on a shape in this year’s winning entries for the Pure Talents Contest. Two of them we present today: Yohay Alush from Israel and Xiang Guan from China.

A storage furniture with a cord and stained carpet pattern: Pure Talents Contest 2018

Photo: Muller, Cesbron

The internationally renowned Pure Talents Contest has already provided a career springboard for many young designers. In the last 14 years, over 500 nominated gifted designers have presented more than 400 products during the international interiors show, imm cologne. And, after the seven-day presentation at the trade fair, many nominees have succeeded in having their designs featured in the collections of renowned furniture manufacturers. This time we present the French-Dutch designer duo Pierre Alexandre Cesbron und Matthieu Muller with its furniture series Liga and the Israel based designer Irena Artzi Mirer and her Stained Carpet.

A lamp that mimics daylight and a collapsible desk – Pure Talents Contest 2018

Photo: Ivo Hovsté

On the first 15th January 2018, the moment arrives one again: The imm cologne opens its doors and on that day the young talent competition Pure Talents Contest will take place for the 15th time. Young design talents from all over the world can present themselves and their prototypes on an exhibition at the Cologne interior fair. At the news blog, we introduce the products of this anniversary event and let the creatives themselves have their say. Let’s start with Sofia Souidi and her product Gradient and with the design trio Arends, Bucher, Kim and their table Fold It.

And the winners are: imm cologne presented the awardees of the Pure Talents 2017

The three winners, Katharina C. Hamma of Koelnmesse and the members of the jury. Photo: Lutz Sternstein, Koelnmesse
The three winners, Katharina C. Hamma of Koelnmesse and the members of the jury.
Photo: Lutz Sternstein, Koelnmesse

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.