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.

And the winners are: imm cologne presented the awardees of the Pure Talents 2017

The three winners, Katharina C. Hamma of Koelnmesse and the members of the jury. Photo: Lutz Sternstein, Koelnmesse
The three winners, Katharina C. Hamma of Koelnmesse and the members of the jury.
Photo: Lutz Sternstein, Koelnmesse

On the first day of the international interiors show, the moment arrived once again: at imm cologne, the three winners of the 14th Pure Talents Contest were presented. From the 21 shortlisted entries, the jury awarded Bernhard Osann with his Neo lamp, Simon Diener with his Pong lamp and Christoph Hauf with his frameless mirror, Slanted Mirror.

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

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.

The Stage: colour psychology and practice – Axel Venn presents colour for body, mind and soul

Photo: Axel Venn
Photo: Axel Venn

After months of low temperatures, the dull monotony of winter, cloudy skies and long nights, we dream of bright light, heat and the arrival of spring. And we long for colours. The colour spectrum for body, mind and soul is based on a scientific research project that Professor Axel Venn will be presenting in his lecture. The results of this study help, in particular, to give vital insights into the quality of life and quality of living in one’s own home.

Versatile platform: imm cologne 2017 promotes contract business

Motorola Headquarters, Chicago/USA (architecture by Gensler), Scope Seating by COR
Foto: COR

Exhibitors and trade visitors appreciate imm cologne as a platform for contract business. The equipping of hotels, shops and other projects is of increasing importance for manufacturers from the furniture and interior design segments. In Cologne from 16 to 22 January 2017 they will present a diverse offering for these segments, from new products through individual consultation to tailored solutions.

The Stage: Pallets furniture, design hotels and furniture industry overview at Book Lounge 2017


Also returning to “The Stage” in 2017 is The Book Lounge, organised in collaboration with Westermann Kommunikation. This year, interior designer Sylvia Leydecker gets the programme underway with an overview of her work. With the theme “Alles Paletti” (It’s all made of pallets!), Claudia Guther presents furniture made of pallets, for indoor and outdoor use, whilst Serdar Kutucu discusses design hotels and Sabine Wöll presents the Red Dot Year Book 2016/2017.

The Stage: Sebastian Herkner, Marco DessĂ­ and Harry Thaler about the Pure Talents contest and their career

Photo: Koelnmesse
Photo: Koelnmesse

Original designs, intelligent solutions and sustainable products from young designers will be the focus of the Pure Talents Contest since almost 14 years. In the course of the last 13 years, a total of 395 products from 494 designers from all over the world have been presented to the trade audience at imm cologne as part of the contest exhibitions – presented, above all, to the industry’s decision makers, for whom the contestants would love to design. Many of these products have found their way into the collections of well-known manufacturers following the fair.

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.

Design exhibition at Cologne museum MAKK during imm cologne: FULL HOUSE – Design by Stefan Diez

Photo: MAKK
Photo: MAKK

Stefan Diez is one of Germany’s most internationally acclaimed designers. His designs are a combination of classic elegance, perfect craftsmanship and an ambitious will to find the right form derived from the material. “FULL HOUSE: Design by Stefan Diez” is a comprehensive exhibition featuring the work of the last 15 years.