Pure Talents Niominee Enzo Zak Lux:
“The best ideas come to me when I’m out jogging.”

Photo: Enzo Zak Lux
Photo: Enzo Zak Lux

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.

Pure Talents Contest Nominee Christoph Hauf: “I am interested in diving into different production methods”

Photo: Christoph Hauf
Photo: Christoph Hauf

Christoph Hauf, born in Karlsruhe, Germany, in 1991, studied product design in his home town. With his corner looking glass, “Slanted Mirror”, he was nominated to take part in imm cologne 2017’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.

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

Photo: Thélonious Goupil
Photo: Thélonious Goupil

French industrial designer ThĂ©lonious 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. ThĂ©lonious 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.