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Pure Talents Contest Nominee Thélonious Goupil:
“You have to learn from the material.”

Photo: Thélonious Goupil
Photo: Thélonious Goupil

French industrial designer Thélonious Goupil graduated from Ensci-Les Ateliers in 2016. During the writing of his thesis, titled “Formality,” he became interested in the way objects relate to their surrounding environment, driving him to design products dedicated to specific places. One of these products is Seaside Bench. It was designed for the beach of Saint-Pierre-en-Port. Thélonious Goupil will be presenting this bench at Pure Talents Contest at imm cologne 2017.

Pure Talents Contest Nominees Hermes/Jessen:
“Here in Cologne it is almost like a family reunion.”

Photo: Hermes / Jessen
Photo: Hermes / Jessen

Philipp Hermes and Dustin Jessen have been working together since they met at Folkwang University of the Arts (UdK) in Essen, Germany, in 2006. After their degrees, they initially worked at the studio of Cologne designer Eric Degenhardt. In 2017, they are taking part in the Pure Talents Contest with the coat hanger “Hello, Goodbye”.

Interview with Pure Talents Contest Nominee Simon Diener: “I’m a strong believer in traditional crafts.”

Photo: Simon Diener
Photo: Simon Diener

The lamp “Pong” does have a cord, but nevertheless exhibits the characteristics of “cordlessness”. This is because the cord does not end in a plug, instead it leads to an elongated cylinder, which contains a battery. This also serves as a counterweight to the light fitting. The idea comes from the drawing board of Simon Diener, who studies product design at Karlsruhe University of Art and Design and is one of the finalists in the Pure Talents Contest. In out blog, the student from Offenburg talks about his work.

Pure Talents Contest Nominee Vera Aldejohann: “I am more strongly affected by conceptual work.”

Foto: Vera Aldejohann
Foto: Vera Aldejohann

After training as a goldsmith, Vera Aldejohann initially worked at jewellery manufacturers Schmuckwerk in Ratingen, in western Germany, before she studied art and design at the University of Applied Sciences in Düsseldorf. During her degree course, the designer from Wuppertal was already gaining experience through numerous exhibitions and events, both in Germany and abroad. With her wardrobe object, Aldejohann qualified for imm cologne 2017’s Pure Talents Contest. The object represents a set of weight-sensitive, oversized scales and is an analogue response to the increasing digitisation of the home.

Pure Talents Contest Nominee Patrick Palcic: “For my work I need coffee, music, fun and a sketchbook.”

Photo: Partick Palcic
Photo: Partick Palcic

Patrick Palcic, born in Stuttgart, Germany, came to design via a circuitous route. After training as an architectural draughtsman, he initially worked as an engineering draughtsman until, in his late twenties, he began to study product design at Berlin University of the Arts (“UdK”). During his studies, he worked at Werner Sobek Design and Ingo Maurer and was a tutor at the UdK’s porcelain studio. Palcic is taking part in the Pure Talents Contest at the upcoming imm cologne. His entry is an olfactory clock, which appeals to the user’s sense of smell.

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