written by:
January 17, 2013
Chief among our interests at any international design show is the work of young designers. That's why on our first day of imm Cologne 2013, the fair held annually in one of Germany's oldest cities, our first stop was to spy the finalists of The [D3] CONTEST. Since 2004 the competition has honored innovation and creativity among newcomers to the design realm, and this year sparked more than 800 submissions. Here we share the finalists' pieces, a lively mix conceived by tomorrow's generation of talent.
Modern glass and cork lamp by Tim Macerodt

per by German designer Tim Macerodt is a mouth-blown glass light pendant that holds a bulb within its double volume and a fixture within a cork end-piece. The lamp is freestanding, mounted within a pane of pre-stressed safety glass.

1 / 20
Modern red and white chairs by Tsuo-Ning Hu and Yu-Chih Chang

Beams Chair by Berlin-based design duo Tsuo-Ning Hu and Yu-Chih Chang is a lightweight wooden piece with a form inspired by the T-frame structure of the Golden Gate Bridge. Two thin wooden boards comprise the main frame, resulting in a high degree of stability.

2 / 20
CMYK lamp by Dennis Parren

CMYK Lamp by Dutch designer Dennis Parren is a fascinating sculptural piece that's captivated us since we spied it at the 2012 Interieur furniture fair in Kortrijk, Belgium, a few months back. Casting a spidery network of cyan, magenta, and yellow shadow onto its surroundings, the lamp functions both as a light-emitting device as well as a sculptural form.

3 / 20
Reflection Range by Kim Thome

Reflection Range by London-based designer Kim Thome is a curious combination of semi-reflective glass mirrors and graphically bold pattern, resulting in the object's constantly shifting show of light and line.

4 / 20
Modern cabinet by Tuomas Markunpoika Tolvanen

Engineering Temporality by Dutch designer Tuomas Markunpoika Tolvanen is a statement about impermanence of memory and time. Prompted by his grandmother's battle with Alzheimer's disease, Tolvanen experimented with various pieces of existing furniture, covering each one with a custom network of steel rings. Next he would set the entire piece on fire, waiting for the furniture to burn away and leave the steel mesh behind. The result is the designer's statement about lost objects that were once emotional attachments.

5 / 20
Modern bench

Slagbaenk by Danish designer Rasmus B. Fex is a bench inspired by traditional Scandinavian furniture, based on a simple concept: five boards join two chairs to form a bench with integrated storage space. The size of the bench depends on the dimensions of the boards used.

6 / 20
Modern chair

Platzhalter-Stuhl by German designer Julian Sterz is another rumination on object and perception—one conventional chair becomes four new, different chairs, each with a missing part replaced with a metal frame.

7 / 20
Tilt clothes hanger

Tilt by German designer Tina Schmid is a morphing object, moving from a flat graphic on the wall to a three-dimensional object. With a simple movement, the image of the cube can be folded downward into a table, the cuboid as a valet on which garments can be hung. Both objects boast an ingenious system of rods with jointed nodes that can be rotated as needed.

8 / 20
Felt rugs

Fanions by Swiss design trio Linn Kandel, Dimitri Bahler, and Ismael Studer is a collection of three wool felt rugs that offer yet another optical illusion, tricking the eye into glimpses of a three-dimensional object.

9 / 20
Modern dressing table

C58 - Dressing Table by London–based designer Florian Schmid is a seemingly rudimentary form comprised of a circular mirror bisected by a horizontal plane of wood. The proportions and shapes are then echoed by its matching stool. The interplay of surrounding light lends texture and depth, resulting in a piece that is anything but simplistic.

10 / 20
Shingle shelves

Shingle Shelves by German designer Hanna Kruger playfully suggest the act of opening and shutting cupboard doors—combinable rawhide modules act as sliding doors and overlap like shingles on a roof.

11 / 20
The New Old Light

The New Old Light by Taiwanese design trio Lin YiHsien, Shih HsiaoChun, and Yeh TingWei is two lights in one—when one pulls the paper portion down from the wood shade, a soft glow morphs into a direct spotlight. The piece is meant to suggest the interplay between simple and complex forms, Eastern and Western style, and old and new aesthetics.

12 / 20
Dear Disaster cupboard

Dear disaster by Swedish designer Jenny Ekdahl is simply a cupboard with a movable surface structure. Perhaps not so simply, its surface is comprised of 2,000 wooden scales, which can be reversed to create a constant shift of pattern.

13 / 20
Modern shelving unit

L' étagère en bois by Swiss designer Lucien Gumy is a solid wood shelving unit that requires zero screws or nails—each of the boards and uprights interlock perfectly. The overall size can be varied by using differing lengths of elements.

14 / 20
Modern consoles

Invader by Danish designer Maria Bruun is a stackable storage module in three sizes that can provide storage or display space as needed. Its stability is ensured by a metal core within. As the designer's statement reads: Home is where your stuff is.

15 / 20
Upholstered walnut stools

The Royal Family by German designer Ellen Heilmann is another creation we've admired at other shows this year. A modular family of American walnut stools topped by dark cotton fabric, The Royal Family can be disassembled for use as stool, table, or pillow—or all three.

16 / 20
Modern stools

Swell by Dutch designer Rachel Griffin features a production methodology that ensures that each piece is a one-off—the foam fills the fabric, acting as a binder between material and frame. The foam expands differently each time, creating a unique piece every time.

17 / 20
modern multicolored screen

And A And Be And Not by German designer Camilla Richter is a mesmerizing folding screen assembled from different transparent sections that allow light through and reflect passersby. It can be assembled and combined in many different orientations.

18 / 20
Geometric oxidized mirror

Transience mirrors by Dutch design collaborators David Derksen and Lex Pott is a groovy geometric piece that exhibits the absolute beauty of the oxidation process, resulting in a an elegant formation of hues and pattern.

19 / 20
Modern table lamp

Pilu by German designer Leoni Werle is a table and a floor lamp in one. An oddly shaped oak base allows the lamp to toggle between two positions. The connection between shade and base is jointed, allowing the beam to be directed downwards even with the lamp is in the angled position.

20 / 20
Modern glass and cork lamp by Tim Macerodt

per by German designer Tim Macerodt is a mouth-blown glass light pendant that holds a bulb within its double volume and a fixture within a cork end-piece. The lamp is freestanding, mounted within a pane of pre-stressed safety glass.

Join the Discussion

Loading comments...

Latest Articles

Italian Apline home with double-height walls on one facade.
Every week, we highlight one amazing Dwell home that went viral on Pinterest. Follow Dwell's Pinterest account for more daily design inspiration.
February 05, 2016
A built-in sofa with Design Tex upholstery marks the boundary between the two-level addition and the bungalow. Leading up to the master bedroom, a perforated metal staircase, lit from above, casts a Sigmar Polke–like shadow grid on the concrete floor.
From a minimalist Walter Gropius design to a curving sculptural stair, these six stairways run the gamut.
February 05, 2016
distant structure lakeside prefab norway facade stones green roof
Dwell has traveled all over the world, from Tasmania to Indonesia, to report on modern houses.
February 05, 2016
modern lycabettus penthouse apartment master bedroom atrium
Get ready for a weekend of rest with these sleepy, little cocoons.
February 05, 2016
lamp show 99 cent plus gallery 0
At Brooklyn's 99¢ Plus gallery, 30 artists and designers re-imagine the lamp in an illuminating light show.
February 04, 2016
Hidden storage stairwell with raw brass hardware
Having ample space to stow items is a daily struggle—peep these modern homes for some ideas on maximizing your square footage.
February 04, 2016
modern fairhaven beach house blackbutt eucalyptus living room Patricia Urquiola sofa
Whether it's along a coast in Australia or the French Alps, wood provides a natural touch in these interiors.
February 04, 2016
Glass and steel sculpture in Printemps store of Paris.
In the Paris' venerable Printemps department store, two Toronto-based firms were tasked with enlivening a new atrium and creating a unique experience for visitors. YabuPushelberg, partnering with UUfie, designed this stunning steel "sail" embedded with vibrant dichroic glass.
February 04, 2016
Monochromatic Master Bedroom in Copenhagen Townhouse
Whether it's to maximize limited light or create a soothing interior, these five projects go white in a big way.
February 04, 2016
EQ3 Assembly quilt by Kenneth LaVallee
The new Assembly collection from EQ3 celebrates up-and-coming figures in Canadian design. Discover this newly appointed class, which debuted at Toronto's Interior Design Show, here.
February 03, 2016
The Greenhouses of Half Moon Bay
Each week, we tap into Dwell's Instagram community to bring you the most viral design and architecture shots of the week.
February 03, 2016
Deck of Australian addition to Edwardian home.
A 1,500-square-foot home in Melbourne welcomes a modern black and white kitchen, dining, and living area.
February 03, 2016
open plan concrete home in japan
Embracing the organic, imperfect material, these raw concrete surfaces are a step up from exposed brick.
February 03, 2016
Renovated DC Row House loft space with Arne Jacobsen Egg Chair.
The classic designer's signature and comfortable forms continue to be popular in homes today.
February 03, 2016
Zinc-roofed cabin France.
An architect builds an energy-efficient home near one of France’s most popular pilgrimage sites.
February 03, 2016
1973 Palm Springs home
Made for casual design enthusiasts and Palm Springs connoisseurs alike, Unseen Midcentury Desert Modern offers a peek into 51 buildings—some not open to the public—in that Southern California mecca of modernism. Begun in 2008 by photographer Dan Chavkin, the book is set for release this February 9th and will be available on Amazon and at multiple venues of Modernism Week in Palm Springs, February 11 - 21. Here we preview some of its images.
February 03, 2016
Millennial concept home with an outdoor living area
A concept home aims to reflect the requests of the Millennial market.
February 03, 2016
The two twelve-by-sixteen-foot bedrooms, directly above a comparable pair on the first floor, feature a glass transom that follows the pitch of the roof. “The stair and railings were very simple,” Depardon observes. “We added a bit of design, with panels
Skylights needn't be simple overhead daylighting; sometimes they can truly define a room.
February 03, 2016
Modern small space Rhode Island cottage with landscaping and cedar cladding
Surrounded by nature, these cottages are tranquil retreats from the city.
February 03, 2016
The couple kept original touches, including the arch.
Historic archways belie these contemporary homes with physical reminders of each structure's storied past.
February 03, 2016
modern guesthouse in norway with angular facade and cutaway patio with spruce cladding and ikea chair
These houses make room for nature, not the other way around.
February 02, 2016
Modern kitchen with yellow sectioned walls and monochrome appliances
Whether it's a splash of color or bold strokes, this collection of interiors brightens up these homes.
February 02, 2016
Rust-washed concrete wall in Moscow apartment renovation.
This 590-square-foot apartment was stripped down to admit sunlight and dramatically reveal forgotten surfaces.
February 02, 2016
Nendo's collection of objects inspired by Star Wars
In a galaxy not so far away, Japanese studio Nendo has released a versatile collection of objects inspired by classic Star Wars characters.
February 02, 2016
Monti catered to his mother’s love of cooking by giving her ample storage areas along the 70-foot long walnut wall-slash-cabinet. The refrigerator, kitchen items and other goods easily disappear into the wall when not in use. The nonporous, stain-, scratc
Sometimes the earthy colors and vivid grain of a wood like walnut is all you need to make a space.
February 02, 2016
renovated modern home in Austin interior kitchen
From California to Connecticut, these midcentury interiors still shine through thanks to the careful attention of architects and residents alike.
February 02, 2016
Outdoor dining area at a Saigon home.
A city home honors the local culture with communal outdoor space and reclaimed materials.
February 02, 2016
Affordable Portland home upper floor wrapped in black corrugated steel
These homes revel in both nature and city life.
February 01, 2016
London bedroom with exposed beams.
These homes show their bones to great effect.
February 01, 2016
Bar in an Amsterdam loft.
Bend an elbow with us at these very local watering holes.
February 01, 2016