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 â€śHello, Goodbyeâ€ť.
The lamp â€śPongâ€ť does have a cord, but nevertheless exhibits the characteristics of â€ścordlessnessâ€ť. 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.
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 DĂĽsseldorf. 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 2017â€™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.
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 (â€śUdKâ€ť). During his studies, he worked at Werner Sobek Design and Ingo Maurer and was a tutor at the UdKâ€™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 userâ€™s sense of smell.
Ulrike Becker, designer and mother, likes to be surprised. And she likes to surprise others. Especially with her work. And her work is design, craft and art. And everything that creates access and connections. We posed the student 10 questions and she gave us some surprising answers.