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

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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

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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.

The Stage: Poonam Choudhry about smart and sustainable design in an intercultural context

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Photo: poonamdesigners

Each design is in context. Every space has its poetry, every architecture is a mirror of its time. Our soul is more than ever required in these times. How do we design spaces of the future for our well-being? To what extent can they be sustainable and how much smartness do we need? In her presentation, she examines the wishes and needs of our changing society and shows sustainable and smart examples in an intercultural context.

The Stage: Chris van Uffelen shows how valuable pallets can be for the interior design

Photo: Chris van Uffelen
Photo: Chris van Uffelen

Today in Tokyo, tomorrow in Cape Town, Barcelona or San Francisco: pallets are universal symbols of globalisation and internationality. Their design is simple, their materials robust and their use functional – properties that inspire architects and designers to cleverly transform, reuse and recycle this apparently unremarkable transportation platform to produce their own creations. With the help of numerous projects from all around the world, this lecture will show that there are no limits to the diversity of the creative interaction with pallets.

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.

The Stage: Colour is fascinating – Christine Gottwald about phenomena, trends and tendencies

Photo: Akzo Nobel Deco
Photo: Akzo Nobel Deco

Each year the paint manufacturer Akzo Nobel invites international trend experts to filter the latest trends. Together with trend watchers and international experts in design, architecture and fashion, the team analyses and discusses current developments in art, technology, design and society. These analyses provide the basis for Colour Futures 2017. This talk presents the study on the latest trends and colour concepts

Blue is Germany’s favourite colour

Photo: e15, Kerman
Photo: e15, Kerman

The Germans love blue. With 19 per cent preferring this colour, it is ahead of green (14%) and red (13%) by a clear margin. The most popular colour spectrum overall runs from beige (10%) and yellow (7%) through to orange (6%). These are the findings of a representative nationwide survey of 1,000 Germans aged between 16 and 75, commissioned by the German Paint Institute in Frankfurt (DLI / Deutsches Lackinstitut).

The Stage: No more afraid of the first date.
Andrea H. Heppe gives interior tips for singles

Photo: Stilquelle
Photo: Stilquelle

You’ve always wanted to give yourself and your home a style check-up? Then we’ve got something for you: in her talk, designer Andrea H. Heppe will give you plenty of tips on how you can spice up the little touches in your home and how you and your interior design can win over your date with your style and charm, but without having to dress to the nines.