Relationship between people and objects:
Pure Talents Contest 2018

Photo: Xiang Guan

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 – all this takes on a shape in this year’s winning entries for the Pure Talents Contest. Two of them we present today: Yohay Alush from Israel and Xiang Guan from China.

A storage furniture with a cord and stained carpet pattern: Pure Talents Contest 2018

Photo: Muller, Cesbron

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.

A lamp that mimics daylight and a collapsible desk – Pure Talents Contest 2018

Photo: Ivo Hovsté

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. Let’s start with Sofia Souidi and her product Gradient and with the design trio Arends, Bucher, Kim and their table Fold It.

Dezeen and [D3] Design Talents team up for Dezeentalks at imm cologne 2010

[D3] Design Talents and Dezeen, the world’s most influential online architecture and design magazine, has teamed up with at the design fair imm cologne (19.-24.01.2010) in Cologne to present a series of interviews with upcoming and established designers and design-world figures.

Dezeen editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs will interview figures including Benjamin HubertPhilippe MalouinGam Fratesi and Tomás Alonso, all of whom have exhibited at [D3] Design Talents in the past.

Established designers including Tomoko AzumiJames Irvine and Erik Degenhardt will also feature. All interviews will be filmed and broadcasted on after the show.

Dezeentalks at [D3] Design Talents will take place at 12.30 each day from Tuesday 19 to Friday 22 January in the lounge area of the D3 Design Talents Hall. We hope to see you there!

Venue: D3 Lounge, Hall 3.1, Stand B 030/E 049 imm cologne

Tuesday 19 January

12.30 James Irvine
12.45 Tomás Alonso
13.00 Tomoko Azumi

Wednesday 20 January

12.30 Philippe Malouin
12.45 Erik Degenhardt
13.00 [D3] Design Talents winners

Thursday 21 January

12.30 Marco Dessi
12.45 Gabrielle Amman
13.00 Gam Fratesi (Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi)

Friday 22 January

12.30 Benjamin Hubert
12.45 Kai Linke
13.00 Reinhard Dienes