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Pure Talents Contest

The hosting of the Pure Talents Contest at imm cologne 2020 marks the seventeenth year for one of the most internationally renowned design competitions for young designers – the starting point for a successful design career for many of the chosen participants.

The Pure Talents Contest is conceived exclusively for designers who are still pursuing their studies or have just left university. The competition, organized by Koelnmesse on the occasion of imm cologne, offers with the exhibition of the chosen participants a first step into the interior design business and furthermore awards prizes for the best three products in the competition. For the first time the imm cologne awards an Audience Prize whose winner will be determined by a social-media-based public voting. The participants of the exhibition as well as the winners of the first three prizes will be selected by an international jury, which consists of the following design experts:

The jury

Gesa Hansen, Designerin, The Hansen Family, Paris

Gesa Hansen is a german-danish Designer, she studied at the Bauhaus University and the Nagoya University of Arts in Japan.
She founded her Studio the Hansen Family after working for Jean Nouvel and H5, a label with a strong regard to handcraft.

Since 2009 she teamed up with Ai Bihr and Pascaline Feutry and launched the Interior Design Office Hansen feutry Bihr.
Recently she exposed at the Wallpaper Handmade Exhibition and won 2 Red Dot Awards and the Good Design Award of the Chicago Atheneum.

Giulio Cappellini, Art Director Cappellini, Mailand

Giulio Cappellini was born in Milan in 1954. In 1979 he obtained a degree in architecture and then went on to attend the Bocconi University School of Business Management in Milan. In 1979 he joined Cappellini S.p.A., where he initially focused on its corporate image before taking over the company’s management.

Giulio Cappellini personally handles the image and products of the Cappellini brand, not only in his role as Art Director but also as a designer. Many Cappellini products can be found in the permanent collections of the most important contemporary art museums. He also collaborates with opinion leaders in compiling various texts on the history of design. He was recently selected by Time magazine as one of the ten global trendsetters in the field of fashion and design and as ambassador of excellence of Italian design worldwide.

Giulio Cappellini is also Art Director for the company Ceramica Flaminia, a market leader for bathroom furnishings, some of whose products he has designed and the Istituto Marangoni School of Design in Milan. He is also Art Director of Icone Luce, an Italian design lighting company. He lectures as a visiting professor in many faculties of design and architecture throughout the world and organizes exhibitions and events, comprising the “Temporary Museum for Design” at the Superstudio Più in Milan and “Italian Hospitality” in Singapore. Recently He was the art director of I MADE, an exhibition about Italian design at Saatchi Gallery London. He also collaborates as project manager with Oikos and Tod’s on special projects with the involvement of several designers coming from all over the world. The most authoritative international design magazines have written about him.

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Philippe Malouin, Designer, London

British-Canadian Philippe Malouin holds a bachelor’s degree in Design from the Design Academy Eindhoven. He has also studied at the École Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris and University of Montreal. He set up his studio in 2008 after working for English designer Tom Dixon. Philippe has also taught at the Royal College of Art in London between 2012-2015. He is also the director of POST-OFFICE, the architectural and interiors design practice ( www.postofficelondon.co.uk ).

His diverse portfolio includes tables, rugs, chairs, lights, art objects and installations. Philippe’s client list includes: SCP, Marsotto Edizioni, Resident, OTHR, Hem, Ace hotel, Matter-Made, Established & Sons, Roll & Hill, 1882 ltd., Kvadrat, Umbra Shift, Caesarstone, IZÉ, Swarovski, Bloomberg, Aesop, Touch Digital.

Philippe is represented by Salon 94 Design gallery in New York City. He has recently won the Wallpaper* Magazine 'designer of the year' award. Philippe Lives and works in London, where he operates his design studio.

Sebastian Herkner, Designer, Offenbach

Sebastian Herkner (born 1981) studied Product Design at HfG Offenbach University of Art and Design. During his studies he began to focus on designing objects and furniture, honing his keen sense for materials, colors and textures. For a short while he then worked for Stella McCartney in London. In the year 2006 Sebastian Herkner founded his own studio. Since that time, he has designed furniture, lamps and smaller items for manufacturers such as Ames, and Tradition, Cappellini, ClassiCon, Dedon, Ex.t, Fontana Arte, Gubi, Linteloo, Moroso, Pulpo, Rosenthal, Schramm Werkstätten, Thonet, Wittmann and Zanotta.

Herkner also realizes interior architecture projects and museum and exhibition design. His works have won numerous accolades – among others the IF Award, the Iconic Award and the Elle Deco International Design Award (EDIDA). As Guest of Honor to imm cologne 2016, Sebastian Herkner provided the design for “Das Haus”. Maison&Objet has elected him 2019 “Designer of the Year”.

An unconditional love for traditional craftsmanship paired with a good feel for new technologies, a true flair for color, authentic materials and textures, an unadulterated curiosity for different cultures, for embracing and integrating them, and a commitment to taking responsibility for the things and people one works with, not to mention consideration and respect for all of the details and steps necessary to create an extraordinary object...: Since the success of the Bell Table for ClassiCon in 2012, Sebastian Herkner has never looked back, while remaining true to his word – and himself. Balance and intuition are important and enduring factors in his work, which he sees as a continuous dialogue that straddles the disciplines: It takes him to the far corners of the world in search of almost forgotten crafts techniques, of manufactories that have a tradition going back centuries, to the crafts Sleeping Beauties that he can awaken from their slumber.

In the process he creates not just chairs, sofas, lamps, tables, vases and carpets, but an entire cosmos that shines a new light on how objects can appeal to the senses, and where beauty is cultivated from within the process itself and his empathy towards people.

Text written by Martina Metzner

Sebastian Herkner

© Evelyn Dragan.

Suvi Saloniemi, Chief Curator, Design Museum Helsinki

Suvi Saloniemi (b. 1980) is specialist in contemporary and historical design. Since 2012 she has been the Chief Curator of Design Museum Helsinki.

Saloniemi’s expertise is in Scandinavian design, collectible design, critical practices, museums and global design networks. Her international tasks include projects in NYC, London, Stockholm, Moscow and Seoul.

Saloniemi has worked in many of Helsinki’s largest cultural institutions, starting her curatorial career in Kiasma Museum for Contemporary Art in 2003 and currently being positioned at the Design Museum. She speaks and lectures internationally and has many positions of trust such as Member of the Advisory Board for Chart Design Fair, Copenhagen, Nominator for the annual Designs of the Year in London Design Museum, and Member of the Board for The Finnish Institute in St. Petersburg.

Saloniemi’s background is in art history studies at the University of Helsinki and at the University of Stockholm, and in curating studies at the Aalto University of Art, Design and Architecture.

Johannes Hünig, Editor IDEAT Magazine, Hamburg

Johannes Hünig (born 1981) works for the design magazine IDEAT as an Editor and its Chief Copy Editor. He studied Art History and German Language and Literature at Julius Maximilian University in Würzburg and Hamburg University.

He has written for many prestigious architecture and design magazines as a freelance contributor. He worked as an Editor for SCHÖNER WOHNEN before moving in 2014 to London, where he served as Press Officer for an architectural practice.

In 2016, he returned to Germany and has covered design and architecture issues for IDEAT since then.

The winner and nominees of the Pure Talents Contest 2020 at the imm cologne

The young designers of the 17th Pure Talents Contest introduce themselves and their products.

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