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.
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.
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.
An interview with architect Kai-Uwe Bergmann, partner at BIG â€“ Bjarke Ingels Group, about changing lifestyles in Copenhagen and about the office’s visions on an international level
An interview with architects Bolle Tham and Martin VidegĂĄrd, Stockholm, about Scandinavian influences in their work and a home built by 2 million Swedes
An interview with Michele Rossi, partner at Italian architecture firm Park Associati, about spaces that fulfil various needs and about design as a means of communication