Collection by Amanda Dameron

Emerging Design Talent at imm Cologne

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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.

per by German designer Tim Macerodt is a mouth-blown glass light pendant that holds a bulb within its double volume and...
Beams Chair by Berlin-based design duo Tsuo-Ning Hu and Yu-Chih Chang is a lightweight wooden piece with a form...
CMYK Lamp by Dutch designer Dennis Parren is a fascinating sculptural piece that's captivated us since we spied it at...
Reflection Range by London-based designer Kim Thome is a curious combination of semi-reflective glass mirrors and...
Engineering Temporality by Dutch designer Tuomas Markunpoika Tolvanen is a statement about impermanence of memory and...
Slagbaenk by Danish designer Rasmus B. Fex is a bench inspired by traditional Scandinavian furniture, based on a simple...
Platzhalter-Stuhl by German designer Julian Sterz is another rumination on object and perception—one conventional chair...
Tilt by German designer Tina Schmid is a morphing object, moving from a flat graphic on the wall to a three-dimensional...
Fanions by Swiss design trio Linn Kandel, Dimitri Bahler, and Ismael Studer is a collection of three wool felt rugs...
C58 - Dressing Table by London–based designer Florian Schmid is a seemingly rudimentary form comprised of a circular...
Shingle Shelves by German designer Hanna Kruger playfully suggest the act of opening and shutting cupboard...
The New Old Light by Taiwanese design trio Lin YiHsien, Shih HsiaoChun, and Yeh TingWei is two lights in one—when one...
Dear disaster by Swedish designer Jenny Ekdahl is simply a cupboard with a movable surface structure.
L' étagère en bois by Swiss designer Lucien Gumy is a solid wood shelving unit that requires zero screws or nails—each...
Invader by Danish designer Maria Bruun is a stackable storage module in three sizes that can provide storage or display...
The Royal Family by German designer Ellen Heilmann is another creation we've admired at other shows this year.
Swell by Dutch designer Rachel Griffin features a production methodology that ensures that each piece is a one-off—the...
And A And Be And Not by German designer Camilla Richter is a mesmerizing folding screen assembled from different...
Transience mirrors by Dutch design collaborators David Derksen and Lex Pott is a groovy geometric piece that exhibits...
Pilu by German designer Leoni Werle is a table and a floor lamp in one.
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