Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

 

While half of Australia is still in holiday mode, the first major show of the year on the busy annual design circuit, IMM Cologne 2017, is already behind us.

Today we focus on our favourite parts of the event – the Pure Talents Contest – an internationally renowned competition aimed at students, recent graduates and up-and-coming young designers. Now in it’s 14th year, Pure Talents Contest is responsible for showcasing 375 products from 474 designers from all around the world, some of which have been taken into production by well-known manufacturers.

Products were able to be entered from within the following interiors categories: furniture, home accessories, lighting, flooring, wallpapers and textiles, kitchens and kitchen accessories, and Smart Home category. Deciding on a shortlist was no easy task for the jury, who had to choose from among 444 entries. “The designers’ contributions were very inspiring, experimental, unconventional and, taken as a whole, incredibly multifaceted”, explains jury member Sebastian Herkner. “This is my first time as a member of the jury at the Pure Talents Contest and I have to say that I am overwhelmed by the creativity and the extraordinary designs. It was a real challenge for me and my fellow jurors to choose three winners from the 21 shortlisted entries.”

Alongside Sebastian Herkner on the jury were Sophie Lovell (Journalist, Berlin), Rianne Makkink (Designer, Studio Makkink & Bey, Rotterdam), Tobias Lutz (Managing Director and Founder of Architonic, Zurich) and Harry Paul van Ierssel (Designer, Studio Harry & Camila, Barcelona).

So without further ado, here’s a selection of our favourite products by the young participants showcased at IMM Cologne 2017.

 

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Collecta by Alberto Bellamoli at Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

Collecta by Alberto Bellamoli at Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

 

Collecta by Alberto Bellamoli // Collecta is a range of objects and furniture pieces that bring a new perspective on the Italian traditional material Terrazzo. The collection is composed by 2 coffee tables, 4 bowls and 4 candles. I think it’s love.


 

Edge by Roee Magdassi at Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

Edge by Roee Magdassi at Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

 

Edge by Roee Magdassi // Edge’ is a set of two coffee tables, which can be used either outdoor or indoor. The tables are made of powder-coated steel and aluminum and feature a carrying handle, which has both visual and functional values. The half ring shaped handle functions in two manners: making it easy to carry the tables around and when not in use, as an edge, making sure nothing slips off surface.


 

An Olfactory Clock by Partick Palcic at Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

An Olfactory Clock by Partick Palcic at Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

 

Es liegt was in der Luft/ An olfactory clock by Patrick Palcic // This olfactory clock allows the user to experience the passage of time in a different way. Instead of time being read, the clock hangs in the air and gets inhaled. At hourly intervals, a drop of essence trickles down onto the pre-heated copper dish and leaves behind a very delicate trace. A new fragrance can thus be assigned to each hour.


 

Flexit by Pieter Peulen at Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

 

Flexit by Pieter Peulen // Belgium-based designer Pieter Peulen was inspired during his time in school while living in student accommodations. Flexit is a structure made up of two vertical frames and one horizontal one. The horizontal frame can be set at three different levels – as a bed, a desk, or bunk bed. You can connect the two elements together to create more options or separate them and put them in different parts. The possibilities are endless.


 

Goldwaage by Vera Aldejohann at Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

Goldwaage by Vera Aldejohann at Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

 

Goldwaage by Vera Aldejohann // This wardrobe object works like a set of mechanical balance scales. If an item of clothing is removed or added, that side of the object lifts or drops. A balance can be achieved using the weighing pan on the other side. As a result, the user is provoked into taking action as a consequence of their usage. The wardrobe object responds sensitively and physically to being used and is an homage to the pre-digital era.


 

"Hello, Goodbye" Coat Hanger by Philipp Hermes & Dustin Jessen at Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

 

Hello, Goodbye by Philipp Hermes & Dustin Jessen // The cloakroom is a venue for social and personal rituals. You greet guests, and say goodbye to them again, and go through personal routines when entering and leaving your own four walls. The acts of putting on your jacket and shoes are part of the same story. Made from a strip of sheet metal, the coat hanger “Hello, Goodbye” combines clothes hanger and shoehorn into one product and is an attentive companion to your daily rituals.


 

Nascondino by Pierre Emmanuel Vandeputte at Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

 

Nascondino by Pierre Emmanuel Vandeputte // Nascondino is a collection of alcoves providing a moment of intimacy. Reminiscent of the youthful days of hide-and-seek, Nascondino creates a new space in which we can lose ourselves in reverie. When we leave our feet poking out, it’s usually because we want to be found.


 

Neo by Bernhard Osann at Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

 

Neo by Bernhard Osann // This lamp consists of a rod bent in two places, which leans against the wall. The points where it comes into contact with the wall and the floor are made of silicone and give the lamp a secure standing position. In the upper part of the rod, LED modules are embedded in the profile. Cooling vents are located on the reverse of the lighting segment which can be rotated, thus providing direct or indirect illumination. Neo was the overall winner of this year’s Pure Talents Contest.

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Paresse by Guillaume Morillon at Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

 

Paresse by Guillaume Morillon // Paresse is a daybed celebrating the lazy pleasure experienced at the beach. While sitting, spreading, or even laying, Paresse offers both a change of scenery and the comfort of an interior furniture. Combining specific materials and technics, the aesthetic of Paresse refers to sails, ropes, meshes and plastic inflatables encountered on seaside resorts.


 

Pico Balla by Enzo Zak Lux at Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

Pico Balla by Enzo Zak Lux at Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

 

Pico Balla by Enzo Zak Lux // The back surface of Pico Balla consists of 8 colour fields, on which surfaces of different heights are arranged in alignment with one another. Viewing the superimposed surfaces from different angles results in a fascinating game of constantly evolving compositions of colour and space. Three identical wall objects have been produced that appear strikingly different simply by being rotated by 90 degrees.


 

Pong by Simon Diener at Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

 

Pong by Simon Diener // This lamp, consisting of a lampshade, a battery and the power cable, is a versatile pendant luminaire. Here, the cable is not simply defined as a power line – instead it primarily serves a mechanical function, as a cord that allows the lamp to be loosely slung over banisters, suspended from beams or anywhere else.


 

SLANTED MIRROR by Christoph Hauf at Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

 

SLANTED MIRROR by Christoph Hauf // SLANTED MIRROR is a corner mirror. Its position in the corner of the room shifts the focus to an area that otherwise plays a somewhat marginal role in the home. Thanks to its elongated trapezoidal form, it can sit flush against walls and floor without the need for a frame. By reflecting the room on a diagonal, the mirror allows the space to be seen from a new perspective.


 

SOL by Jona Messerli at Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

 

SOL by Jona Messerli // SOL is a Japanese-inspired lamp, which allows the sun to continue to shine indoors. The table lamp, which is sculptural in nature, is flat-packed and can be assembled easily. Thanks to a unique cutting pattern, two layers of tear-resistant “MADOCA” shoji paper are stretched and mounted around the illuminant. This results in atmospheric mood lighting.


 

The Colour of Hair by Martijn Rigters & Fabio Hendry at Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

The Colour of Hair by Martijn Rigters & Fabio Hendry at Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

 

The Colour of Hair by Martijn Rigters & Fabio Hendry // The Colour of Hair is a collaborative project between Dutch designer Martijn Rigters and Swiss designer Fabio Hendry. The tables display their innovative process of transforming abundant human hair into a sustainable and resistant ink. By carbonizing the keratin from the hair into hardened aluminum, the duo has developed multiple unique patterns for a range of artifacts, as well as applied their printing wonders to floor and wall tiles.

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Tordu by Robert Hahn at Pure Talents Contest IMM Cologne 2017 | Yellowtrace

 

Tordu by Robert Hahn // The traditional technique of steaming and bending solid wood is reinterpreted with the valet stand “Tordu” and translated into a contemporary design. A flat timber profile is not bent during the finishing process, but twisted. The resulting torsion (twisting) becomes a functional and creative component in the frame structure.

 


[Images courtesy of IMM Cologne.]

 

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Dana is an award-winning interior designer living in Sydney, Australia. With an unhealthy passion for design, Dana commits to an abnormal amount of daily design research. Regular travel and attendance at premier design events, enables Dana to stay at the forefront of the design world globally. While she is super serious about design, Dana never takes herself - nor design - too seriously. Together with her life and business partner, Dana is Boss Lady at Studio Yellowtrace, specialising in Design Strategy, Creative Direction and Special Projects. The studio takes a highly conceptual and holistic approach to translating brands & ideas into places & experiences.

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