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[D3] Design talents: imm cologne’s competition format for promoting newcomers celebrates 10th anniversary

d3_2012 The imm cologne‘s talent show D3 Design talents is a constant for trade visitors and anyone with an interest in design. The exhibition of winning entries from the international newcomer competition D3 Contest is particularly popular. Thanks to the good framework conditions, the professional execution and the sophisticated presentation of the winners at the heart of the imm cologne, the D3 Contest is highly regarded amongst established designers as well. In particular, the trade fair’s commitment to supporting the participants and the selective presentation guarantee a first-class exhibition. At the coming furnishing fair, the platform for young designers will be celebrating its first two-digit anniversary.

For ten years now, the imm cologne has been providing young designers with a forum where they can present their ideas for furniture, home accessories, lighting, floor coverings, wallpapers, textiles and other forward-looking furnishing items to an international public: the D3 Contest. For the coming imm cologne, 671 products were entered from more than 40 countries – convincing evidence of the competition’s international standing.

Interior Innovation Award 2013: register until 7 November 2012 for the competition!

The Interior Innovation Award is one of the most prestigious design prizes in the international furnishing sector – companies from all product categories of the sector are now invited to enter the competition at www.interior-innovation-award.com. imm cologne is the conceptual sponsor of the competition, which is hosted by the German Design Council.

Companies with products listed in the categories Furniture, Outdoor Products, Bathroom/Wellness, Office/Workplace, Building Fixtures, Walls/Floors/Ceilings, Luminaires, Textiles and last but not least products for Kitchen/Household may register for the competition until 7 November 2012.

The Interior Innovation Award – Best of Best 2013 label will be bestowed to 15 products overall; as an additional highlight three up-and-coming designers will be selected for the Interior Innovation Award at the D3 Contest 2013 talent show. The prize winners will be announced at the imm cologne opening ceremony on 13 January 2013.

Kvadrat celebrates Hallingdal 65 as their first and most iconic fabric

Die Hängematte Quetzacoalt, gestaltet vom Pariser Designer Jean-Baptiste Fastrez, wurde kuratiert von Constance Rubini. (Foto: Angela Moore)
The hammock Quetzacoalt from Paris-based Jean-Baptiste Fastrez was curated by Constance Rubini. (photo: Angela Moore)

Seven international curators were invited to select design talents from seven key regions. The open brief presented each curator with the task of selecting designers that would reinterpret the classic textile Hallingdal, the founding textile of Kvadrat, in a modern context.

Hallingdal was designed by Nanna Ditzel in 1965. Today more than forty-five years later it remains one of Kvadrat’s best-selling products and has earned its place as a design classic. A familiar fixture in public spaces, hospitals, schools and homes, Hallingdal 65 is a textile that holds many associations for many people. In a celebration of Hallingdal 65’s longevity Kvadrat has invited a new generation of designers to create entirely new works using the textile and explore new applications for the fabric. For this purpose seven curators have nominated their pick of emerging design talents all around the world under the guidance of Patrizia Moroso & Giulio Ridolfo.

[D³] Contest: young designers present new furniture concepts at imm cologne 2012

A stool like a fibrous primeval mushroom, magnetically grown; a lamp made of folded concrete; furniture made of recycled plastic used like solid wood: materials that have undergone unusual processing and been put together or moulded in innovative ways. Visitors to the [D³] Contest exhibition will look for conventional furniture in vain.

What they will see instead are new interpretations of familiar object typologies and experiments with new furniture concepts: industrial warehouse shelves in the most delicate of veneer thicknesses and drawers that only reveal their precious interior by means of a chain-operated opening mechanism. There is nothing incidental about any of the furniture, accessories, lamps or furnishing elements – everything has been thought through down to the last detail and deliberately discourages superficial contemplation.

D3 Contest: commited to the promotion of young designers from all over the world


Mid-January is nearly here again. Furniture manufacturers, designers and interior designers will once again be turning the halls of the imm cologne into a huge exhibition area. The D3 Talents design platform has long ceased to be an “inside tip” and is now widely regarded as a “must” for anyone with an interest in design. For at the D3 talent forum, visitors can discover products that are still waiting for their future: experimental designs, original creations and clever new construction principles developed by the most promising newcomers the design scene has to offer.

“With D3, we deliberately offer young designers a unique opportunity to present themselves to international experts, the media and companies,” says Gerald Böse, CEO of Koelnmesse. “Our commitment goes down well with the international design scene too. At the end of the day, it’s precisely this encounter between experimental design and the market-driven offerings of the furniture industry, the contrast between the commercial and the experimental, that makes the imm cologne so attractive to so many people,” adds the imm cologne’s Creative Director Dick Spierenburg.

D3 Professionals: the exhibition of independent designers and design studios at imm cologne 2012

Boomerang by Atmosfera - D3 Professionals Aussteller auf der imm cologne 2011. (Foto: Atmosfera)
Boomerang by Atmosfera - D3 Professionals exhibitor at imm cologne 2011. (Photo: Atmosfera)

[D³] Professionals offers the opportunity for young and independent designers and design studios to present their  ideas to a wide audience and to achieve herewith contacts to the industry and the retail business. In 2011 28 young professionals from 9 different countries have presented their ideas in product design and interior design.

At imm cologne 2012 (16th to 22th January 2012) there will be the next opportunity for designers to present their visions and ideas for the future of furniture and interior design. We invite all interested designers and design studios to apply for participation. Become part of the [D³] COMMUNITY and apply today! The final deadline for your application is October, 31st 2011.

D3 Alumni: vivid designer network featuring former D3 Design talents participants

The assembled talent of the design scene at a glance: the Koelnmesse-sponsored website d3alumin.imm-cologne.de presents participants who have taken part in the D3 Design talents format between 2004 and 2011 – together with the product or installation they exhibited at imm cologne.

The D3 Alumni online platform offers a permanent update in young design and a staggering potential: so far 206 colleges and 390 designers and studios have taken part in the “D3 Professionals” forum and 335 graduates in the “D3 Contest”. Participants in the forerunner projects Future Point and inspired by cologne will of course be integrated as well. In compact form, the site presents all the products and faces that have featured in the imm cologne’s newcomer forum over the years.

[D3] Contest: special exhibition and contest for young designers at imm cologne 2012

Koelnmesse has commissioned the Rat für Formgebung/German Design Council to act as overseers and organizers of the young designers’ exhibition and prize at imm cologne 2012, the international furnishing show, which is named D3 Contest since five years and was formerly known as inspired by cologne.

Up to 30 new product designs, the work of design students and young designers from around the world, will be preselected and featured in a special exhibition for the ninth time. The jury for the design competition, the Interior Innovation Award 2012, (due to be held at imm cologne) will then choose the three most talented up-and-coming international designers for 2012 from these nominees.

Interior Innovation Award 2011 – award-winning products are being exhibited at imm cologne

As part of the opening ceremony for imm cologne, the Best of Best in this year’s Interior Innovation Award were announced on 17 January 2011. In addition, the three best international up-and-coming designers were presented with the Interior Innovation Award. All award-winning products are being exhibited in special shows at imm cologne.

The large Boulevard of Innovations award exhibition along the northern boulevard presents the products that the jury awarded the “Winner 2011” label as well as those from this preliminary selection proclaimed the 15 Best of Best 2011. The award-winning work of the three best newcomers together with around 30 prototypes from international up-and-coming designers can be seen in the [D3] Contest exhibition in Hall 3.2.