14.–20.01.2019 for all: 18.–20.01.2019

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All submissions for the Pure Talents Contest 2019 at the imm cologne

Rongjie Yang

Portrait Rongjie Yang

X-Work design team is based in Beijing, China with three product designers who share the same passion and determination of changing the status quo of China design. Congregated at X-Work, we strive only for the best future for Chinese designers.

POP | No need to bury your head in the sand!

Somewhere in our memory lies a perfectly formed soap bubble. People mature, but the child at heart remains, craves for a momentary of escape amidst the weights of reality. POP offers a space where you can pop your head in, take a break from noise and stress. The acoustic material allows you to meditate without interference. The transparent strip allows you to observe your surroundings, alleviates the claustrophobic sensation of an enclosed space.

POP Rongjie Yang

Q&As

Which ‘directions for use’ would you supply with your product?

For use, pop your head inside. Or just for a decoration purpose.

What do you think is your product’s field?

POP can be applied to workplaces, commercial properties, public spaces.

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

The conception of POP originated from its function: private space in public areas. Acknowledgedly speaking, products that offer this function are not uncommon. Considering the current forms of this kind of products, I have paired function with a spice of amusement or delight into the use of POP.

What is the story behind your product? Was there an inspiration?

The inspiration of POP comes from a deeper thinking and redefining of ‘privacy’: what does the secure feelings means? It came to me that, psychologically speaking, it only relates to two dominating senses: sight and sound. My solution to getting rid of the unnecessary, and hence the formation of POP, a product that is hanged up form a ceiling and only covers heads and shoulders.

What do you think are the current trends in design and interior design?

I believe that design trends correlate to the market needs. Recently, three key words are trending in the design industry in China: fun, personality and color. Chinese designers have started to build personalities into products. At the same time, market are more willing to pay for unique and fun designs as a way to show their individuality and attitudes towards life.

Why were you interested in the Pure Talents Contest?

We have seen the works of previous participants and found them to be interesting, convention-breaking, and critical, and we believe this contest values creativity, innovation and critical thinking. Our designs acquire the above qualities and due to this strong compatibility, this contest would be a great opportunity for us to display our works.

Michael Varga

Portrait Michael Varga

The 28-year-old industrial design student Michael Varga is in his fifth semester at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. Prior to his design studies, he obtained a degree in mechanical engineering and also trained as a metalworker specialising in chasing technology in an art foundry.

The Conscious Unconsciousness | Dialogue-ready products

Michael Varga's designs do not put materiality, production or ergonomics at the forefront, but rather revolve around dealing with our consumption in a conscious way. These days, it is very easy to buy cheap clothing without giving any thought to ethical considerations. The clothes hanger enters into a dialogue with the person by throwing clothes on the floor that have not been worn for some time. A conventional faucet is simply left running and a valuable resource is wasted. Here, the faucet only delivers the amount of water predetermined by pressing a ball. The High-Five light switch reminds you to turn off the light when leaving the room. Sometimes all that is needed for a major shift in perception are small changes such as the shape or positioning of an ordinary light switch.

The Conscious Unconsciousness Michael Varga

Q&As

What do you think is your product’s field?

Everyday life, habitual places.

What did you start with during development: more of the material, the form or the function?

My designs no longer focus on materiality, production or ergonomics. I wanted to highlight everyday products that promote overconsumption by changing archetypal forms in subtle ways. The aim of these minor inconveniences in everyday routines is to promote more conscious interaction with the products.

What is the story behind your product? Was there a desire?

The project is aimed at addressing overconsumption and taking a critical look at existing habits in relation to products. I was interested in the consumption of water, electricity and clothing so I analysed the product periphery of these areas, including the factors that promote overconsumption. I wanted to create that which forms the connection between people and the medium and is tangible in everyday life.

What is the interesting about the Pure Talents Contest?

The opportunity to receive constructive criticism on an international level and in front of a large audience.

Riku Toivonen

Riku Toivonen

Riku Toivonen was born in 1985 in Helsinki. In 2016 he received a Bachelor of Design from Lahti Institute of Design and is currently studying for a master’s degree in Design Products at the Royal College of Art. As a lively person with a wild imagina tion he aspires to create cool and functional as well as timeless products that consider the challenges of today.

Leppänen | Designed by nature

In August 2018, Riku Toivonen spent a month at an art residence in the middle of Finland. While there, he discovered a pile of beautiful birch next to a small sawmill, which had already begun to rot. Usually, this wood is used as support beams for transportation, but no longer in the furniture industry. However, Riku saw this as an enormous waste of such unique wood and wanted to give new life to these beautiful pieces. In designing the Leppänen dining table, the natural imperfections of the wood are included. The patterns for the final grain are created naturally when the wood is left outdoors for several years.

Produkt-Riku-Toivonen_1

Q&As

Which ‘directions for use’ would you supply with your product?

Dining table.

What do you think is your product’s context?

Eco design, furniture design.

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

Main starting point for this product was material. Key points for designing Leppänen - dining table was to utilise wasted material and respect the natural failures of rotten timber.

What is the story behind your product? Was there an inspiration?

There is a spot quite unknown to the rest of the world. A small village of about 4000 inhabitants that lies the middle of Finland and goes by the name Karstula. In August 2018, I spent a month there in an art residency called ArtRanta. During my stay, I met Markku Leppänen who runs a small sawmill close to the village.

On a visit to the sawmill, Markku showed me a pile of rotten birch that had previously been used in transportation as support beams and asked me whether I could design something out of it. Since the end of the 20th century, the furniture building industry in Finland has diminished and its demand for furniture wood has decreased. But as the country has a strong inclination toward forestry, huge piles of timber still accumulate, waiting to get used. Normally such material does not qualify for the furniture industry, which to me felt like a waste since there was something fascinating about the wood. When timber is left outside for years, the climate and humidity enable the wood to rot, creating a pattern in the wood. Each beam rots differently making each wood unique and interesting. I wanted to create something beautiful that celebrated this uniqueness. By designing a dining table, I was able to respect the material and showcase the captivating patterns of the wood end grains.

The Leppänen dining table utilises scrap material while embracing the natural imperfections of rotten timber. Each table varies depending on the patterns it displays. Assembling the body happens easily by sliding the legs into the frame and tightening a few bolts. When disassembled the table packs flat for efficient transportation.

What do you think are the current trends in design and interior design?

I hope to see some new functional inventions. Not only new colour selections. I have always been more interested in functionality. If there is a story behind the product, it is always easier to understand the purpose of the product.

Why were you interested in the Pure Talents Contest?

It is a good opportunity for young designers to show their works and discuss of the ideas and philosophy behind it. Also getting feedback from the industry as well as visitors is important.

Kevin Gerstmeier

Portrait_Kevin-Gerstmeier

Kevin Gerstmeier was born in September 1992. In August 2011 he began his apprenticeship in a small carpentry, which has its focus on design. This turned out to be the foundation of his future, his ideas and his first products. In his current studies at the Schools for Wood and Design in Garmisch-Partenkirchen he is concentrating on proportion, function and materials.

mahu | Universal room decoration

“mahu” is a chair reinterpreting the flowing and smoothing forms of the 1960s. Like branches out of a tree trunk the legs grow out of the back rest. The chair is an ensemble of organic design, solid wood and state-of-the-art CNC-technology. This chair is an eye catcher in its total appearance and can be appreciated in its entirety.

Produkt_Kevin-Gerstmeier

Q&As

Which ‘directions for use’ would you supply with your product?

Sit down and enjoy.

What do you think is your product’s field?

"mahu" is an elegant chair that accents any room.

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

The form originated from the idea. The development process of the prototype on the CNC machine played an important role.

What is the story behind your product? Was there an inspiration?

I was inspired by nature and the dream of designing a good chair.

What do you think are the current trends in design and interior design?

Geometric shapes, sustainable materials and more colours.

Why were you interested in the Pure Talents Contest?

As a young designer, the Pure Talents Contest gives me the opportunity to position myself in the market and present my design to the visitors.

Bastian Thürich

Portrait_Bastian-Türnich

Upon completing high school, Bastian Thürich began training as a carpenter at Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin in 2003. After a working stay in South Africa in 2006, he obtained a further qualification as a master carpenter. In 2011, he became independent and co-founded the design labels BYRK-moebel and Goodhabits. Since 2015, Thürich has been studying product design at Berlin University of the Arts.

SALT | Off when upside down

SALT is a self-sufficient, environmental friendly and fully recyclable luminaire. Powered by only copper, magnesium and saltwater, the SALT side-lamp completely dispenses with rare-earth metals and harmful acids in order to generate the electricity it needs. The copper wires are knitted structures where the salt in the water grows crystals, which break and reflect the light in the lampshade. Instead of adding a switch for turning the light on and off, the liquid properties of the salt water is used. When the lamp stands on its head, the light is turned off. Turning the lamp around the water flows from the Lampshade to the bottom, closes the current circle and the light goes on.

Q&As

Which ‘directions for use’ would you supply with your product?

Energy is precious, use it wisely!

What do you think is your product’s application?

SALT is a mobile luminaire, therefore it is very versatile.

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

Mainly from the function and material. With regard to the latter, it should be as eco-friendly to dispose of as possible or recyclable.

What is the story behind your product? Was there a reason?

Batteries allow our technical devices to be extremely mobile. However, this freedom has a price. Due to the harmful acids and rare earth metals contained in them as well as their limited lifespan, they are essentially small environmental catastrophes. This prompted me to look for alternatives.

What do you think are the current trends in design and interior design?

We live in a time where it seems like "everything" is available. At the same time, we are confronted with enormous environmental and social issues for which there do not seem to be any clear satisfactory solutions. It is therefore good to see many young designers embracing these topics and trying to show new ways.

Why were you interested in the Pure Talents Contest?

It is very interesting for me to experience the exchange with other exhibitors and visitors on an international level. Presenting and discussing your own work is also a fan.

Aylene Ruschke

Portrait-Aylene-Ruschke

Aylene Ruschke, aged 25 years, was born in the Ruhr area. In 2013, her studies took her to the University of Applied Sciences in Aachen. In 2016, she decided to do her internship semester at Hoffmann Kahleyss Design in Hamburg, where she worked on her bachelor's thesis afterwards.

Floating Boxes | A pink aquarium for your favourite pieces

The exhibition furniture Floating Boxes allows favourite pieces to be presented in a unique way. The top piece is made exclusively of glass and the interior is inaccessible. This creates a special presentation space with two inset floating glass cubes. These are the actual exhibition space. The cubes are loaded from above or the side.

Produkt_Aylene-Ruschke

Q&As

Which ‘directions for use’ would you supply with your product?

Look at your personal pieces of jewellery through rose-coloured glasses.

What do you think is your product’s application?

Unique handling of special display pieces.

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

I wanted my approach to be as emotional and philosophical as possible. Of course, the material, form, function and handling support this approach. From the beginning, it was clear to me that I wanted to use a lot of glass.

What is the story behind your product? Was there a task?

My motivation was to give a new interpretation to the classic display case. Most of all, I wanted to design a space for very different, personal pieces of jewellery. The idea is for the display case to give the products to be exhibited an aura of exclusivity. People who don’t have an emotional connection should be able to view the pieces through the rose-coloured glasses.

Why were you interested in the Pure Talents Contest?

The opportunity to present myself as a designer and meet well-known manufacturers and designers within a short period of time.

Ilja Huber

Portrait-Ilja-Hubert

Ilya Huber, born 1983 in Krasnoturinsk. After training as a toolmaker at Volkswagen in Emden, he studied product design with Glen Oliver Löw and experimental design with Jesko Fezer at the University of Fine Arts in Hamburg, where he obtained his master's degree in 2018. During his studies, he interned at MYKILOS (Berlin) and KASCHKASCH (Cologne).

Baschnja | Light divided by three!

For his final project on his master’s degree, Ilja Hubert examined the issue of lighting moods in living spaces. His idea was to design a light fixture that enables individually tailored lighting of space. His three-part light fixture Baschnja can be split into individual light sources and positioned freely in the room so that users can create precisely the lighting atmosphere that they want. Each light source can be operated independently. With the 360° rotation function in all light sources, the surrounding space can be illuminated with both direct and indirect light. When they are reassembled, the three battery-powered elements are charged by the main fixture.

Produkt-Ilja-Hubert

Q&As

What do you think is your product’s application?

The conceived of area of application is our living spaces.

When developing this product, what was your main starting point? The material, the shape or the function?

The focus was on function during development.

What is the story behind your product? Was there a task?

The individual design of the light atmosphere in our living spaces was the initial idea. My approach was to design a lamp that can be divided up into several lamps, in order to position the light sources individually and in new ways in the room.

What makes the Pure Talents Contest so interesting to you?

The Pure Talents Contest offers me the wonderful opportunity to present my project to a broad public and to find out how my idea and its realisation are being received.

Zohair Zouirech

Portrait Zohair Zouirech

Zohair Zouirech was born in Bni Kissan, Morocco, in 1983. Afret studying information management at the University of Koblenz-Landau and a shoemaker apprenticeship he began studying Studies at the University of Applied Art and Design Düsseldorf in 2014, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2018. In 2017, he spent a semester abroad in product design at ArtEZ University of the Arts, Arnhem, Netherlands.

2018 | Union of poetry and function

The chair 2018 is about attitude and perspective. The elegant lines aim to create transparency, the soft fabric contrasts with the functional steel tube. The seat is created from only a simple knot – as a union of poetry and function.

Produkt Zohair Zouirech

Q&As

Which ‘directions for use’ would you supply with your product?

The material is 2.50 m long and 1.50 m wide. The two ends of the material are tied together by a simple knot and drawn over the frame, thereby creating the surface of the seat.

What do you think is your product’s application?

The chair can be used in the contract sector or in a private home.

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

Taking the history of Bauhaus as a starting point, we designed a chair that establishes a connection between function, material and form. The basic idea is to create transparency through the elegant lines of the frame, but that is then set in contrast with the soft material.

What is the story behind your product? Was there a desire?

The chair was developed as part of my final Bachelor thesis. My objective was to establish a connection to the theme “100 years of Bauhaus”.

What do you think are the current trends in design and interior design?

There is a trend towards digitalisation. However, analogue things are gaining a special status as a result.

Why were you interested in the Pure Talents Contest?

The Pure Talents Contest provides an amazing platform for designers because it is an opportunity to present nominated works at the Interior Business Event in Cologne.

Alice Guidi

Portrait Alice Guidi

Alice Guidi is a designer interested in design research, materials and sustainability, often exploring and blending different fields. Eager to delve into the manufacturing process, her work usually combines technical aspects with intuition.

Paper Tiles | strong paper recycling

This project wants to re-evaluate waste and investigate the possibility of up-cycling paper. The material research combines exhausted paper with porcelain and results in a ceramic foam that reduces the amount of porcelain needed and reuses paper that would likely end up in the landfill. This material combination would save up to the 50% of porcelain and the resulting tiles would be also 50% lighter. Finally, the open and uneven structure of this porcelain is used to make sound dampening wall tiles, as it can infect absorb and break sound waves.

Produkt Alice Guidi

Q&As

What do you think is your product’s application?

Environments that need to improve acoustics (cafe', restaurants, offices, etc)

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

The material; I first dived into the paper waste and its recycling management then I looked at paper waste as material and searched for new applications.

What is the story behind your product? Was there a reason?

By mixing paper with other materials - such as glues or resins - to make it stronger, I started questioning the sustainability of these composite materials I was making. Therefore, I changed mindset and thought to use paper in a different way by combining it with porcelain so that I could act and improve the lightness of porcelain through the use of paper.

Joe Smith

Portrait Joe Smith

Joe Smith is a British Designer; his work exposes how objects are made through exaggerated components. He hopes to create work that is bold and distinctive with an industrial aesthetic. Being materially driven he combines machine manufacturing methods with traditional craft to utilise the strengths of the different materials. He aims to continue exploring how objects can showcase their construction and assembly.

Billy Chair | Material combination cubed

How can exaggerated components and construction methods inspire an appreciation of how things are made? With a striking aesthetic inspired by the work of Jean Prouvé and industrial assemblies, the Billy Chair aims to set an example against minimalist ideology and exposes how an object is made. The chunky aesthetic evokes feelings of security through strong Ash legs supported around the back by tubular steel and connected by stainless steel bolts. The colours were inspired by David Hockney’s paintings, in the hope to exaggerate the different materials and forms. The vibrant colours highlight the various aspects of the chair.

Product Joe Smith

Q&As

Which ‘directions for use’ would you supply with your product?

A lounge chair, that provides comfort.

What do you think is your product’s application?

The chair encourages the celebration and understanding of construction.

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

I shaped the design of the chair around the components and used them to influence the overall aesthetic. This resulted in the chair having a chunky, heavy form. Unifying different materials was made possible by involving the bolts which went on to result in the chairs overall composition.

What is the story behind your product? Was there an inspiration?

Inspired initially by the construction of trains and bridges in the North of England, the use of bolts was inevitable. I followed a brief that instructed the use of components as a method of magnifying how the chair was assembled.

What do you think are the current trends in design and interior design?

Big and chunky.

Why were you interested in the Pure Talents Contest?

Its a great opportunity to expose my work to a wider audience and meet creative like minded people.

Christian Cowper

Portrait Christian Cowper

Christian Cowper is passionate about design. His ability to reflect & appreciate his experiences has laid way for a more in-tune, mindful, & considerate approach to design. Christian has combined his talents with Claudia Surrage, to form Phat Design. Their ambition is to express an exciting, light-hearted, & fresh stance on furniture & product design.

Bench Gang | Let’s play!

The Bench Gang illustrate the unrefined qualities of fun & play – bringing life to the humble bench! This project ‘Play’, explores the mental benefits of playing – something that can become neglected as we grow older. The unrefined nature of Pine, the fat joints holding the benches together, the coloured ends & feet, all convey characteristics of creative play: embracing the material’s imperfections & allowing your imagination to run free!

Product Christian Cowper

Q&As

Which ‘directions for use’ would you supply with your product?

The Bench Gang are for sitting, or however else you like.

What do you think is your product’s context?

Un-intimidating, friendly, and social pieces of furniture.

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

The material.

What is the story behind your product? Was there a reason?

Ironically, during my research into fun & playful design, I was diagnosed with severe depression. Understanding that I have a mental illness and wanting to get through it was the reasoning behind this project.

Reflecting on the imperfections and acceptance that exists within crafts, there is a crossover we can connect with ourselves. Understanding that things can be imperfect and incomplete gives us a never-ending scope to improve and enjoy.

What do you think are the current trends in design and interior design?

I think there is a move away from minimalism, towards a renaissance of craft and colour, which is very exciting.

Why were you interested in the Pure Talents Contest?

I am curious and excited to exhibit internationally among other great designers.

Julian Marticke

Portrait Julian Marticke

Julian Marticke, born 1992, in Gummersbach, Germany. After completing his vocational training as a carpenter and gaining experience as a journeyman at a furniture maker in Münster, Westphalia, Julian have been studying integrated design at the Cologne International School of Design since 2017.

A Day at Zoo | Zoo for at home

Decoration and play. Geometric, colourful wooden blocks are brought to life. The built-in magnets allow the blocks to be combined together to form animals or fantasy creatures. Whether as a showpiece on the dining table, a distraction in the office or scattered on the playmat. The six animals are a constant source of delight for young and old alike. This mechanism is contagious.

Product Julian Marticke

Q&As

Which ‘directions for use’ would you supply with your product?

Just unpack and enjoy. Intuition doesn't need instructions.

What do you think is your product’s field?

Kindergarten, playroom (to promote creativity)

Office, living room (as a distraction)

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

The emphasis is clearly on the reduced abstract shape of the animals. Also, the material and function were very relevant right from the beginning. The feel and versatility of wood is especially well-suited for toys. By using magnets, I was able to achieve the desired function. The product can take many forms, is intuitive and easy to develop further.

What is the story behind your product? Was there a reason?

Initially, I developed the product in order to give children and their grandparents a medium for playing together. Playing connects people, it is an opportunity to learn from and get to know each other and have fun at the same time. It can make an exciting zoo experience for children more vivid and adults can reminisce about their childhood. The pieces promote creativity, coordination and imagination in old and young alike.

What do you think are the current trends in design and interior design?

Smart design and digitalisation are definitely a current trend in design and everyday life. I believe this trend is a further reason to create a toy made of wood in order to channel activity and sensory development into an analogue medium.

Why were you interested in the Pure Talents Contest?

It allows me to present and discuss my work and the ideas behind it. Many visitors are from the design and furniture industry. I am looking forward to feedback, international exchange and especially to the work of the other participants.

Julian Ribler

Portrait Julian Ribler

Originally, Julian Ribler has trained as a Carpenter and studied Material Sciences before completing a Bachelor in Industrial Design at UDK Berlin. Internships at both Barber Osgerby and Industria l Facility in London during his studies further enhanced and deepened focus on furniture and product design. Since graduation in 2018, alongside working as an independent designer for various clients, he is teaching at UDKBerlin.

Cléo | An A for dynamic sitting

Julian Ribler is closely considering the constant relationship happening and developing between ourselves and the physical objects we encounter everyday. With a focus on the strong impact these interactions have upon us, his designs both incorporate conceptual reasoning and look to provide opportunity for sensorial experiences which deepen our understanding and enhance our relationship to the environment around us. With Cléo, Julian Ribler applies this approach to an education scenario, challenging the traditional typology of school furniture with an imaginative and playful alternative. Cléo introduces a less prescriptive and more dynamic form, opposing the conventional where children are expected to sit straight and still in a fixed position, with the freedom to adjust the composition of both furniture and setting, supporting the notion of flexibility and adaptation within learning.

Product Julian Ribler

Q&As

Which ‘directions for use’ would you supply with your product?

Cléo is meant to be seen as intuitive flexible furniture.

What do you think is your product’s context?

Creative educational settings and schools.

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

All three ingredients are incorporated into the design in equal measure. A key focus however is the material and its tactile quality.

What is the story behind your product? Was there a desire?

The theoretical exploration of Friedrich Heubach's book Das bedingte Leben. Theorie der psycho-logischen Gegenständlichkeit der Dinge (The Conditional Life), visits to schools, interviews, research on school furniture and visits to manufacturers form the basis of my design. With Cléo, I want to ask questions about the current trend.

What do you think are the current trends in design and interior design?

A new understanding of sustainability and local production.

Why were you interested in the Pure Talents Contest?

The contact with manufacturers / exchange, critical assessment and feedback regarding my own position on design / presenting my product to a large audience.

Joca van der Horst

Portrait Joca van der Horst

Joca van der Horst is a Dutch / Brazilian designer. Having a background in industrial design and media design, his work ranges from interactive products to experimental publications. What they share are a research-driven and human-centered approach. After a Bachelor's at Eindhoven University of Technology, Joca is currently graduating at the MA Media Design of the Piet Zwart Institute.

Onda | Air purificarion as art

Onda is a decorative textile piece that purifies the air. It is constructed of fabric with a thin coating based on copper-doped titanium dioxide. When combined with this chemical coating, the textile uses daylight to create a reaction with pollution such as soot and odor, transforming them into harmless water molecules. Users can track the air quality by lightly pressing the fabric. This activates a light that will remain slow and calm while the air is clean, but become quick and frenzied when sensing pollution. Users can also momentarily boost air purification by pressing and holding the piece, lighting the frame to emit ultraviolet light, the most efficient method of rapid air purification. With interchangeable textiles and designs, Onda unites life-enhancing technology with personal expression.

Product Joca van der Horst

Q&As

Which ‘directions for use’ would you supply with your product?

Hang it on the wall, connect the power plug, wait a bit, enjoy cleaner air!

What do you think is your product’s field?

I imagine Onda hanging at home, as a showpiece in the living room.

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

The materials, and the interaction it enables! The nanocoating offers a way to make a different kind of air purifier. The textile is a good surface for this coating, not just in a technical sense, but also as a way to embed technology in a more subtle way in our homes.

What is the story behind your product? Was there a reason?

There is a lot of innovation in cleaning the air in public space. At the same time, people spend more than 80% of their time indoors. However, air purifiers still look like white functional boxes. I found out about a nano-coating researched at my university and saw an opportunity to combine it with textile to create a more subtle and beautiful way to clean the air. If an air purifier doesn't need to be a white boxy machine, can it be a painting?

What do you think are the current trends in design and interior design?

It is interesting to see that designers of electronic devices learn from interior design in terms of materials. I find it nice to see the important role of textile in devices like smart speakers. And the other way around, calm technology is finding its way into interior design. It's cool that different fields in design are inspiring each other.

Why were you interested in the Pure Talents Contest?

The Pure Talents Contest is a great platform to show the project to an international audience, and take the idea to a next level. And next to that, these kind of events are great fun and inspiring to me. I am looking forward to talking with the other designers, exhibitors, and visitors and see what they are dreaming of.

Felicia Schneeweis

Portrait Felicia Schneeweis

Felicia Schneeweis studied at the Bauhaus University Weimar and the National College of Art and Design in Dublin. After her Bachelor degree in Product Design she did internships with the Swedish design studio Front and in the Home&Living Department of the German company Tchibo.

Upside Down | Mirror, mirror under the table

Upside Down is a stereotypical looking side table, that matches every environment. From a certain angle it becomes a real eyecatcher, when the bottom side of the upper table top reflects in the mirror underneath and reveals its colourful character.

Product Felicia Schneeweis

Q&As

Which ‘directions for use’ would you supply with your product?

None, the interaction with the product should evoke surprise in the user.

What do you think is your product’s application?

Its simple design makes it suitable for different rooms.

What is the story behind your product? Was there a reason?

While looking for materials for an end table, I also thought about mirrors. The disadvantage that one often sees the not so attractive underside of the tabletop opened up completely new possibilities and became the key feature of the product.

Why were you interested in the Pure Talents Contest?

The variety of different products and of course the opportunity to exhibit at imm and make new contacts.

Gal Bulka

Portrait Gal Bulka

Israeli product designer, Bezalel Academy of Art and Design graduate, currently collaborating with different companies world wide.

Axis | apposite light

The Axis is a desktop lamp that enables it's user to change the light's incidence angle in different degrees thanks to it's round base and the concaved bowls of the storage unit in which it stands. This lovely twist allows the combination of two daily life objects in a playful way.

Product Gal Bulka

Q&As

Which ‘directions for use’ would you supply with your product?

None. I believe that the "Axis" explains itself beautifully.

What do you think is your product’s field?

It can be placed at the entrance to the house or on your desktop, and many other.

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

Function.

What is the story behind your product? Was there a desire?

The Axis is a desktop lamp that enables it's user to change the light's incidence angle in different degrees thanks to it's round base and the concaved bowls of the storage unit in which it stands. This lovely twist allows the combination of two daily life objects in a playful way.

What do you think are the current trends in design and interior design?

I believe that clean lines and aesthetic, which base on usability are the current trends in design and I do not think they will leave us so quickly.

Why were you interested in the Pure Talents Contest?

I hope to reach as many people as possible, and maybe to find a manufacturing house for my sweet 'Axis' lamp.

Mu Hau Kao

Portrait Mu Hau Kao

Mu Hau Kao, alumni from Camberwell College of Arts and ECAL, offers a new perspective on daily objects. Mu has reinterpreted many products, always revealing the obviousness no-one saw before. His approach is not only driven by a refined aesthetic, but also a smart optimisation of the whole. Redefining the codes of each typology he touches, Mu’s work reminds us that innovation can be simple and elegant.

Physical Sketchbook | 21 ways to seat

It all started with a good piece of pine Mu Hau Kao found in his workshop. What followed was an explorational research in seating. It was about how sitting influences our posture and brief movements, how it supports our body to gain temporary relief. To answer the question of what good sitting means in different contexts, Mu had created his personal physical sketchbook – a collection of possible seating options consisting of 21 prototypes.

Product Mu Hau Kao

Q&As

Which ‘directions for use’ would you supply with your product?

’Physical Sketchbook’ is a research project based on my curiosity in seating.

What do you think is your product’s application?

‘House Stool’ is for indoor public space events as the workshops in university.

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

For the ‘House Stool’ I started with an idea by sitting on different kinds of things to find a different sitting experience. By chance I found a leftover wood piece that already had a peaked shape, I tried it was quite comfortable considering how it looked. I then merely took two thin pine planks to make a simple structure for it to become a small sitting aid.

What is the story behind your product? Was there an inspiration?

The story of ‘Physical Sketchbook’ begins with a spontaneous piece I made. I found a good chunk of pine and some other materials in the workshop and just interacted with it, and felt how it should grow. Sometimes, it is a relief to put aside the design constraints and simply obverse the way it should be. So I took the opportunity of my diploma to conduct exploration in seating with a curiosity to question the typology of chair and stool.

What do you think are the current trends in design and interior design?

I am not sure about the current trends because of everybody design quite differently. However, I have to say there seems a mainstream to design objects very graphically with kinds of Scandinavian appearance.

Why were you interested in the Pure Talents Contest?

Pure Talents Contest is currently one the highest international recognition in our generation for young designers. Moreover, it is an honour to be selected as one of the candidate and exhibit during the show.

INDO

Portrait INDO

Founded by Rhode Island School of Design graduates Urvi Sharma and Manan Narang, INDO- is located in both Providence and New Delhi. Working with master craftsmen in India and abundant industrial resources in Rhode Island, we explore the gaps between traditional crafts and contemporary design to create distinct design objects for a global audience. By applying crafts innovatively, our work aims to create opportunities for both sides.

Ikat Credenza | something for illusions

The Credenza surface echoes the distortion inherent in Ikat fabrics, owing to its making process, yet shows the skill that is involved in such a labor-intensive technique. Each slat in the tambour screen, synonymous to the warp, is hand dyed prior to assembly. The uneven quality of the lines creates an enhanced sense of movement as the tambour turns a corner, creating the illusion of unrolling fabric.

Product INDO

Q&As

Which ‘directions for use’ would you supply with your product?

Should be placed with back against wall. Doors open by sliding handles sideways.

What do you think is your product’s application?

Residential, Hospitality

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

The purpose of creating the Credenza was focused on developing a process to translate a craft technique not traditionally used in furniture-making into a piece of furniture. By combining the techniques of dyeing Ikat fabrics and building tambour doors, we aimed to create a new relationship between different fields. We started by experimenting with dyeing wood, varying both the species and types of dyes used to create an Ikat-like appearance.

What is the story behind your product? Was there an inspiration?

We wanted to create a piece of furniture that was both new in terms of process, yet paid homage to its classic form. The form is inspired by the quintessential mid-century modern tambour credenza, not seen as often in the contemporary world yet instantly recognized. We also looked at the process of dyeing Ikat fabrics and how the end fabric, with all its accumulated distortions, serves to show the skill of the craftsperson who made it.

What do you think are the current trends in design and interior design?

We’ve seen a lot of young designers breaking out of the mold of following specific design movements and start experimenting with objects that speak more to their own personalities and how they view the world. Interior designers are also doing something similar, looking at the chemistry of mixed objects in a space to create the desired effect.

Why were you interested in the Pure Talents Contest?

For us, the ability to show our work in Cologne and be exposed to the European market is a new opportunity. Gathering feedback from the European market will help us understand the subtle differences in design sensibilities across continents and help us design our product so it reaches audiences across the globe.

Anna-Maria Nilsson

Portrait Anna-Maria Nilsson

Anna-Maria Nilsson is a twenty-five year old student, studying her third semester at the school of Industrial Design at Lund University. She enjoys creating design that efficiently use and respect the properties of the material and she strives to create design that is simple but significant.

Wire | Wired for impact

Wire is a magazine shelf that allows the creative user to keep magazines and spreads in an inspiring way. It was developed during a second semester project at the school of Industrial Design in Lund, Sweden. The task was to create a wall-hung steel wire storage, through efficient use of material with the stored object in focus. The goal of designer Anna-Maria Nilsson was to find a way to keep magazines more visible in everyday life and to get further inspired by favorite spreads. The result became a shelf made of steel wire in different dimensions bent and welded by hand.

Product Anna Maria Nilsson

Q&As

Which ‘directions for use’ would you supply with your product?

Put it on the wall and display your favourite magazines and spreads.

What do you think is your product’s context?

An everyday mood board for a living space or company.

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

The main starting point was a combination between the material and the function.

What is the story behind your product? Was there a task?

Wire was developed during a second semester project at the school of Industrial Design in Lund. The task was to create a wall-hung steel wire storage, through efficient use of material with the stored object in focus. I chose to store magazines because I wanted to find a way to store them in an inspiring way.

What do you think are the current trends in design and interior design?

Conscious interior design with minimalist shapes and focus on material and colour.

Why were you interested in the Pure Talents Contest?

I saw this as an opportunity to show my design.

Mor Dagan

Portrait Mor Dagan

Mor Dagan is living and creating in Tel Aviv. After doing her first degree in Psychology, she continued to industrial design studies. The connection between products and people is what fascinated Mor Dogan the most. She aspires to influence the mental state of people by what she designs. She believes design needs to be as simple as possible but still creative and challenging.

Piggo | More beautiful waiting

Piggo is a collection of modular seating designed for children's clinic waiting rooms. Children’s clinics are the only place where we always find parents and children waiting together, as a default. The waiting experience is complex for both. Their anxiousness is amplified by the noises, uncertainty, and strangers around them. Piggo was designed with a different type of interaction between parents and children in mind. The set creates an intimate space for its users, and offers a variety of possibilities for use in waiting areas.

Product Mor Dagan

Q&As

What do you think is your product’s application?

Furniture - Modular seating designed for children's clinic waiting rooms.

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

Function.

What is the story behind your product? Was there a reason?

The idea for my product evolved around my 6 year old nephew, who has been having chronic ear problems for the last 3 years. While accompanying him to the doctor, I was exposed first hand to the experience of waiting in several children's clinics. I felt that this space can offer something better for both parents and kids.