Young designers to showcase product innovation at imm cologne

Here are some of the designs selected addressing issues of multifunctionality, climate change, small spaces, sustainability as well as asethetic appeal.

Peter Sorg – Cool kitchen lab:

With SPL 3650, Peter Sorg offers a counterproposal to the conventionally structured kitchen. It brings all the different aspects of food prep together in one compact module for chopping, cooking, rinsing and washing up. Made of Corian, the seamless workstation is reminiscent of an outsized sink and can be cleaned using the integrated pullout spray.

Maxime Augay – A fat lot of good

The Portable Kitchen Hood by Maxime Augay is a small, handy extractor fan that intercepts cooking fumes and vapours directly above the frying pan or saucepan. The trendy, retro-look extractor purifies the air by means of two removable and washable filters made of stainless steel and active carbon.

Jingbei Zheng – Pumpkin is the new sponge.

The kitchen cleaning set by Jingbei Zheng goes by the name of Rebrush and is based on renewable raw materials. Made of luffa – a member of the pumpkin family – it makes for a pleasant cleaning experience without impacting the environment. What’s more, the dainty, elegant handles turn cleaning into an aesthetic experience.

Johan Viladrich – A new angle

The Elder kitchen knife by Johan Viladrich is made of mirror-polished steel. The unusual arrangement of handle and blade makes it particularly suitable for elderly users who need to sit while chopping vegetables. It also prevents the problems associated with overstretching the wrist.

Tanita Klein – The kitchen as centrepiece

Tanita Klein’s TSL kitchen moves the kitchen away from the wall and into the middle of the room, thereby encouraging communication and flexibility. Thanks to a central frame construction that the nine different elements made of powder-coated steel, wood and linoleum can be attached to, the units can be used from both sides and create greater transparency in the kitchen.

Riku Toivonen – Stopping the rot

The Leppänen dining table by Riku Toivonen celebrates the imperfections of old birch, the grain of which is emphasized when the rotting process sets in. The designer created tables with unique patterns out of blocks of discarded lumber that are generally only used to secure goods during transport.

Mu Hau Kao – 21 ways to be seated

The Physical Sketchbook by Mu Hau Kao is based on his explorative research into what constitutes good seating in different contexts. The result was 21 prototypes that add up to a wide-ranging collection of seating options.

Julian Marticke – A private zoo

A Day at Zoo by Julian Marticke is both a decoration and a game. Thanks to the magnets integrated into the colourful elements, the geometric wooden blocks can be brought to life and combined to create animals or fantasy creatures.

Julian Ribler – An A for dynamic sitting

Cléo is a table-and-chair ensemble by Julian Ribler and represents a new type of school furniture for alternative learning spaces. Thanks to its imaginative, playful and dynamic design, Cléo challenges traditional school furniture typologies that generally force children to adopt an upright, static position.

Felicia Schneeweis – Mirror, mirror under the table

Despite its inconspicuous shape, the side table by Felicia Schneeweis is a real eye-catcher when you take a closer look – and realise that the bicolour underside of the tabletop is reflected in the mirrored surface of the bottom shelf

Ilja Huber – Light divided by three!

Baschnja by Ilja Huber is a three-part lamp that uses the 360° rotation of its individual segments to provide both direct and indirect light. Stacked one on top of the other, the three battery-powered elements are charged via the base unit and can then be positioned separately anywhere in the room.

Kevin Gerstmeier – Lean on me

 mahu by Kevin Gerstmeier is a classic armrest chair made of stained and varnished oak and is a new take on the soft, organic forms of the 1960s. The legs grow out of the backrest like branches from a tree trunk.

Zohair Zouirech – Less is sometimes more.

The 2018 chair designed by Zohair Zouirech derives its poetry from the fact that its volume is left undefined: the chair has no seat at all until the user ties a simple knot in its textile throw. The soft fabric creates an interesting contrast with the matter-of-fact tubular steel frame.

Mor Dagan – Everything will be fine

With Piggo, her modular seating furniture made of metal, wood and textiles, Mor Dagan aims to make the often long waiting times at children’s hospitals more enjoyable for both the little ones and their parents by providing them with a protected space for closeness and interaction.

Anna-Maria Nilsson – Wired for impact

Anna-Maria Nilsson’s storage solution for magazines and double-page spreads ensures they’re always in full view so they can inspire their owners. Her Wire shelf is made of steel wire in different thicknesses, which is bent into shape and welded by hand.

Joe Smith – Chunky is the new beautiful

In a revolt against minimalist ideology, the Billy Chair by Joe Smith features starkly contrasting materials and vibrant colours. At the same time, it turns a deliberately unsophisticated construction method into an aesthetic principle

Christian Cowper – Let’s play!

The Bench Gang by Christian Cowper is a family of three light-hearted and dynamic benches. Made of pine, Bench Gang is meant to visualize the simple qualities of fun and play and bring the humble bench to life!

Manan Narang and Urvi Sharma – At your service

The low tambour credenza by INDO- (Manan Narang and Urvi Sharma) is a highly original alternative to conventional sideboards. This new interpretation of a popular 19th-century furniture item was inspired by the Ikat weaving technique, in which each warp end is dyed individually or in bundles – a principle the designers transferred to the individual wooden slats of the sliding doors.

J.P. van der Horst – Let there be fragrance!

Onda by J.P. van der Horst is an interactive textile accessory for the home. Hung on the wall, it looks as decorative as a picture – and uses nanotechnology to purify the air. Thanks to a coating that reacts with daylight, the textile converts polluted air into harmless water-based molecules.

Alice Guidi – Pushing paper

With her upcycling-based Paper Tiles, Alice Guidi shows how recycled paper can be combined with porcelain to create sound-insulating wall tiles that absorb and deflect sound waves.

Gal Bulka – Light that’s a perfect fit

Gal Bulka’s Axis design is a colourful two-part desk lamp. The angle of incidence is adjusted by means of a playful and totally flexible mechanism: the round base sits in one of three different hollows in a separate element – just like a ball-and-socket joint.

Michael Varga – Need a little reminder?

The Conscious Unconsciousness by Michael Varga is a plea for greater awareness when it comes to everyday consumption habits. Here, for instance, a clothes hanger enters into a dialogue with its human user by throwing off clothes that haven’t been worn for a long time

Bastian Thürich – Self-sufficient

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. Instead, 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.

Aylene Ruschke – A pink aquarium for your favourite things

The glass presentation case Floating Boxes by Aylene Ruschke creates an exclusive space for collectibles and special trophies. Her reinterpretation of the classic display cabinet comes with a surprising twist: the integrated cubes look as if they’re floating in mid-air.

Rongjie Yang – No need to stick your head in the sand!

POP by Rongjie Yang provides a protective, soundproof shell – a private sphere for taking a bit of time out in public spaces, enjoying a meditative moment or just making a phone call.

Lena Ohmstede – Kitchen to go

Godbit is a compact outdoor kitchen by Larissa Siemon and Lena Ohmstede that enables users to celebrate the entire cooking process in the fresh air – from rinsing and chopping the ingredients all the way to serving the food. And if the weather turns bad, you simply wheel it into the garage.

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