16.–21.01.2023 #immcologne

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19. Pure Talents Contest

All three winners of the Pure Talents Contest 2022 stand out for the feasibility and market potential of their designs, as well as the sustainable concepts they’re based on, found the jury. The accolade would have given them the opportunity to join the winners of the Pure Talents Contest 2021 and present themselves to a first-rate audience of trade professionals in a special exhibition at imm cologne 2022. The fact that the pandemic meant the international interiors fair couldn’t be held this year either was particularly difficult for the young creatives, who are now limited to media platforms again. “Over the last two years, a lot of products have been presented in purely digital form, but could never be experienced physically. And at the end of the day, design is all about sensory experiences,” says jury member Sebastian Herkner of the unfortunate situation.

1. Prize – Stéfanie Kay, Statement Marcel Besau

An attractive, fuss-free, conical design that the user can convert from ambient light to?a spotlight for reading by means of a simple, self-explanatory gesture. A minimalist?lamp with different lighting moods.

Helia from Stéfanie Kay

2. Prize – Rania Elkalla, Statement Jennifer Reaves

First and foremost, it was the aesthetic, colourfulness and materiality of the hanger system that we found so compelling. In addition to providing a storage function, the arrangement of multiple elements results in an attractive wall decoration with spontaneous appeal.

Pebble hangers from Rania Elkalla

3. Prize – Francois Lafortune, Statement Norbert Ruf

The chair picks up on a furniture typology that’s very familiar from school and teaching contexts and tackles it in a very elegant way – and that goes for both the design and the details. The aesthetic qualities of this design succeed in toning down the school-like character; as a result, the chair is suitable for other contexts like co-working environments or private settings as well.

Clap from François Lafortune