Dick Spierenburg: “We want to improve hall 11 with Pure Atmospheres and offer visitors added value.”

Foto: Koelnmesse, Dick Spierenburg

In the course of the continuing further development of the trade fair, on the occasion of imm cologne 2019, the structuring of the Pure design segment with the reformulation of hall 11 will be perfected to provide an architecturally looser, but atmospherically even more condensed hall of “Pure Atmospheres”. Dick Spierenburg is the architect of the redesigned hall 11 and explains the motifs for the trade fair update in an interview.

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.

Interview with designer Partick Frey:
“I’m a furniture designer by nature.”

© Patrick Frey

With TitanCeram, Villeroy & Boch has created a new kind of ceramic material, which combines delicate forms with unusually stability. The secret is the fusion of ceramic materials and titanium dioxide. The material now was used for the new bathroom collection Finion. The design of this collection is made by Patrick Frey, who is renowned for his unusual yet useful combinations of form and function in his works. In the interview, Patrick Frey talks the work with the material ceramic and the new collection.

Interview with Tassilo Bost: “I wanted to combine private accommodation with the view to the harbor.”

Interiot designer Tassilo Bost © Westin
Interiot designer Tassilo Bost
© Westin

The Elbphilharmonie has had to overcome a few difficulties until its completion. However, it’s fascinating shape, the artful wave design referring to the water around it as well as the union between the old Kaispeicher, a former warehouse building, with modern glass architecture make it already to a landmark of Hamburg’s Hafencity. And also at the inside, too, the building wants to set an example – as in the bathroom concept of the integrated hotel Westin. In this interview, Tassilo Bost talks about his design – and why the “sublimity of a location” can practically become an erotic experience in a bathroom with a view.

Interview with Patricia Urquiola: “Every space can be used in various ways.”

Patricia Urquiola, photo: Georg Jensen
Patricia Urquiola
Photo: Georg Jensen

Designing is not so much about making a table anymore, says Patricia Urquiola. It’s more about the way spaces evolve, how they are crossed by time. We talked with the Italy-based, Spanish designer and architect about what today’s changes in lifestyles mean for her work, and about her new task as art director of Italian top level product company Cassina.

Interview with Tom Dixon: “We try to cover as many disciplines as possible.”

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Tom Dixon
Photo: Peer Lindgreen

From the beginning, Tom Dixon did not only design things – he actually made them. An approach which taught him everything about materials as well as manufacturing processes, about creativity as well as business. A conversation about the connection between all these aspects, and how they help to create quality in a time when living, working and leisure are more and more merging.

Pure Talents Contest Nominee Susanne Tesche: “Creative chaos does not work for me.”

Photo: Susanne Tesche
Photo: Susanne Tesche

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 – 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.

Pure Talents Contest Nominee Guillaume Morillon: “The imm cologne is the place to be in Germany.”

Photo: Guillaume Morillon
Photo: Guillaume Morillon

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.