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 â€“ all this takes on a shape in this yearâ€™s winning entries for the Pure Talents Contest. Two of them we present today: Yohay Alush from Israel and Xiang Guan from China.
The numbers alone are already gigantic: the tabletop, which has been produced from a single piece of acacia wood, measures 420 x 150 cm. At their trade fair premiere, the Berlin table manufactory Conte Caserta thus really wants to do things in a big way. They also announce with the corresponding self-confidence that it is the largest table made of this type of wood that has been exhibited at imm cologne to date.
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.
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. Letâ€™s start with Sofia Souidi and her product Gradient and with the design trio Arends, Bucher, Kim and their table Fold It.
The imm cologne trends forum â€śThe Stageâ€ť will again be the home for discussions and responses to current issues in the world of interior design this coming January. Here, experts talk about trends in home living, designers shed light on their concepts and industry insiders discuss future developments. In 2018, the established lecture forum in Hall 3.1 of Koelnmesse will once more be offering an overview of current trends in interior design.
As urbanisation continues to gather pace, attractive living spaces in large cities are becoming increasingly sparse. Indeed, more people than ever are living within a shrinking footprint. With Mini Living, Mini is addressing these developments and creating the first co-living project in China. Together with Chinese project developer Nova Property Investment Co., Mini is about to transform a former industrial complex in Shanghai into a multi-layered co-living initiative made up of apartments, working spaces and cultural/leisure offerings. The conversion work is slated to begin before the end of this year.
With his distinctive love for detail, Gdansk-born fashion designer Dawid Tomaszewski is known for his avant-garde design and uncompromisingly perfect fits. Art, architecture and music are the sources of inspiration for his creations. Now, Tomaszewski has produced a new design to clothe a wing chair from the â€śfreistilâ€ť (freestyle) range by sofa label Rolf Benz. The result can be seen this coming January at imm cologne.
Glamping is a new trend that has set out to take camping to new heights with its equation â€śglamourâ€ť + â€ścampingâ€ť. And it has nothing to do with sleeping in damp, uncomfortable places, wearing soggy clothes and getting wet feet. Glamping accommodation simply cannot be compared to conventional tents. Comfortable beds with sprung mattresses, proper furniture, stoves for welcoming warmth â€“ the interior can even include a bathroom complete with bathtub.
OLEDs are a relatively recently developed illuminant. The technology is predominantly used in TVs, smartphones and tablets. But OMLED luminaires also employ OLEDs. Their new lamps go by the name of OMLED Round and transform glare-free light from the light-emitting diodes â€“ which are in fact square â€“ to give the light source a circular appearance.
Can lights be turned on without flicking a switch? Nimbus shows how this can be done in a very smart way in the new building for the Neckar-Fils regional group of SĂĽdwestmetall in Esslingen, southern Germany. Throughout the building, lights are activated independently â€“ and only when they are needed. This is made possible by a wireless network of LED lights with innovative lighting control.