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.
Susanne Tesche studies product design at Kassel College of Fine Arts (KHK) in Germany. In a woodworking machinery course, the designer from Wuppertal obtained a grounding in metal and plastics processing, model making and conceptual thinking. Even before starting her degree, she gained important experience through periods abroad lasting several years â€“ in Orlando, Florida (academic high school exchange) and in Australia (working and travelling). In her interview, the nominee for the Pure Talents Contest talks about career opportunities for designers, her entry in the competition and about silence.
The French designer Guillaume Morillon graduated from the Ensaama Olivier de Serres (Paris) in 2009 and from the Design Academy Eindhoven (Netherlands) in 2014. His work is based on experimentations with materials, colours and textures and aims at creating powerful images. Nevertheless, sometimes his work is celebrating the lazy pleasure experienced at the beach. Just like Paresse, a daybed he will be presenting at Pure Talents Contest 2017.
German based Robert Hahn is a product and furniture designer. He became a cabinetmaker and now he is studying interior architecture at Burg Giebichenstein Kunsthochschule Halle. His work is focused on minimalistic and functional furniture and products.
Roee Magdassi is a product designer, born in Jerusalem and currently working and living in Tel Aviv. In his point of view, design should be practical, striving for simplicity and straightforward. Such as the coffee table set â€śEdgeâ€ť, he will present at Pure Talents Contest in Cologne.
Pieter Peulen, born in 1993, is an interior and furniture designer based in Belgium. A solution thinker that likes to keep it simple. The inspiration for Flexit had Pieter Peulen during his time in school while living in student accommodations. Because of the frame structure, Flexit can be a bed, a desk, or bunk bed. In the interview, Pieter Peulen talks about the how it came to this idea.
An interest in photography and fashion led David Ciernicki, born in DĂĽsseldorf, Germany, in 1987, to Berlin University of the Arts (UdK). This is where he discovered his profession â€“ product design. He believes that, in a world that produces too much waste, ceaselessly striving to emulate trends is the wrong approach.
Born in Berlin, Germany in 1992, Enzo Zak Lux studies design at Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design. Whilst studying, he has worked at various studios, including Werner Aisslinger in Berlin and Philipp Mainzer / e15 in Frankfurt am Main. The designer is taking part in the Pure Talents Contest at imm cologne 2017 with a wall object that constantly reveals new compositions of colour and space.
Christoph Hauf, born in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1991, studied product design in his home town. With his corner looking glass, â€śSlanted Mirrorâ€ť, he was nominated to take part in imm cologne 2017â€™s Pure Talents Contest. Thanks to its elongated trapezoidal form, the mirror can sit flush against walls and floor without the need for a frame. By reflecting the room on a diagonal, Slanted Mirror wants the space to be seen from a new perspective. Hauf describes his relationship with design in our interview.
The industrial designer Bar Gantz grew up in a small village in the countryside of Israel. Furthermore, she grew up in a house full of cars, tractors and three elderly brothers. Thatâ€™s why she found herself interested in mechanical fixing and technical problem solving.