Tiles made of paper, tabletops from waste timber and lamps with salt batteries are amongst the products selected for the Pure Talents Contest exhibition at IMM Cologne 2019 in January.
21 December, 2018
Tiles made of paper, tabletops from waste timber and lamps with salt batteries are amongst the next generation products ideas that will be exhibited at IMM Cologne’s Pure Talents Contest 2019 in January.
The Pure Talents Contest is the trade fair’s tradition dedicated to designers who are still studying or have recently completed their education. The Pure Talents Contest 2019 received a total of 926 submissions from 69 countries.
The contest’s esteemed jury, comprising designer Rianne Makkink of Studio Makkink & Bey, Chief Curator of Helsinki Design Museum Suvi Saloniemi, designers Sebastian Herkner and Cristian Zuzunaga, journalist Johannes Hünig of IDEAT magazine and Managing Director of Minimum Einrichten GmbH Wilfried Lembert conferred in Cologne in October to narrow down the submissions to 26 nominated products.
“I think that the result is a good combination of very beautiful, saleable objects and designs that make you think,” said Saloniemi of the shortlisted products. The jury acknowledged the sustainability concepts of many designs and the combination of familiar and new, as yet unconsidered materials.
A total of 20 designs from the shortlist will be exhibited at IMM Cologne’s Pure Talents Contest Exhibition in hall 3.1 from 14 to 20 January 2019 while the remaining six designs will be curated in a stand-alone LivingKitchen competition, which focuses on kitchen accessories, appliances and concepts. There will be four prizes up for grabs.
This year’s Pure Talents Contest reflects the new generation of designers’ engagement with issues relating to the use of resources and materials recycling, as Lembert points out: “… [I]t is not about designing something that’s cutting edge and special, but rather something that’s simply well made and useful. That way, it lasts. The trend is moving away from consumption and towards usefulness. And those products that are consumed should be manufactured from environmentally friendly or recyclable materials.”
Here are 10 of our picks:
Powered only by copper, magnesium and salt, Bastian Thürich’s SALT side lamp doesn’t contain any of the rare earth metals or harmful, environmentally damaging acids found in used batteries. The mobile lamp generates its own energy. When it’s turned the right way up, the saline solution sinks to the bottom and closes the circuit.
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