Hall 4.2 (Pure Talents)

Can the chair be reinvented? What can one produce from a circle and a square? How slender is light? How does one move without leaving one’s bathtub behind? The young designers at imm cologne provided the answers to these questions.

You certainly can’t accuse the next generation of designers of a lack of imagination. With a clear eye for the possibilities that lie hidden in a piece of furniture and the need to meet new demands for furniture that suits consumers of today (and tomorrow), they seek out fresh forms, material applications, and lifestyle expressions that are entirely rooted in the present.

Amongst other things, there are folding bathtubs made of carbon fibres, light that can be carried in collapsible baskets, and a workspace that can transform into a decorative illuminated object once the work is done.

These and other unconventional products by young design talent were on display at imm cologne 2016. A total of 19 designers were presenting their ideas and prototypes as part of the Pure Talents Contest special exhibition. They were able to distinguish themselves with their designs out of a wide array of contestants. Each year at imm cologne, Koelnmesse awards a prize to the winners. The Pure Talents Contest is organized in cooperation with the German Design Council.