Pure Talent 2019 @ IMM Cologne. Pop by Rongjie Yang - All images: courtesy of Koelnmesse.
Pure Talent 2019 @ IMM Cologne. Pop by Rongjie Yang – All images: courtesy of Koelnmesse and the designers.

IMM Cologne 2019 – What if lamp were self-sufficient and ‘isolation shells’ could switch on the meditation-mode? At IMM Cologne, the exhibition Pure Talent 2019 showcases interactive and cross-generational designs for both millennials and baby boomers. Check what we liked the most.


The pink aquarium/cabinet

Photo by Aylene Ruschke.
Photo by Aylene Ruschke.

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


The moody hanger

Photo by Michael Varga.
Photo by Michael Varga.

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


The ball-and-socket table lamp

Photo by Gal Bulka.
Photo by Gal Bulka.

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.


The intimate cuddling alcove

Photo by Mor Dagan
Photo by Mor Dagan.

Mor Dagan designed Piggo, a discreet modular seating furniture creating intimacy within a friendly and tiny space. Made of metal, wood and textiles the design aims to to make the often long waiting times at children’s hospitals more enjoyable for both the little ones and their parents.


The seat-less seat

Photo by Zohair Zouirech.
Photo by Zohair Zouirech.

Zohair Zouirech designed a ‘poetic’ chair with no seat. How’s that possible? If you want to accomodate you just have to tie a simple knot in its textile throw! The soft fabric creates an interesting contrast with the matter-of-fact tubular steel frame.


The shell where to stick the head in the sand

Pure Talent 2019 @ IMM Cologne. Pop by Rongjie Yang - All images: courtesy of Koelnmesse.
Pure Talent 2019 @ IMM Cologne. Pop by Rongjie Yang – All images: courtesy of Koelnmesse.

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.


The inspirational spreadsheet magazine holder

Photo by Anna-Maria Nilsson.
Photo by Anna-Maria Nilsson.

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.


The ‘Seat as you like’ seat

Photo by Mu Hau Kao.
Photo by Mu Hau Kao.

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


The self-sufficient lamp

Photo by Bastian Thurich.
Photo by Bastian Thurich.

Bastian Thürich’s SALT side lamp is powered only by copper, magnesium and salt and generates its own energy with no trace of the rare earth metals or harmful, environmentally damaging acids generally found in used batteries. When it’s turned the right way up, the saline solution sinks to the bottom and closes the circuit.


The dynamic sitting

Photo by Julian Ribler.
Photo by Julian Ribler. All photos of Pure Talent 2019: courtesy of Koelnmesse and the designers.

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.