Young designers at imm cologne

Pure Talents Contest 2022 - The nominees, the products

Despite the cancellation of the 2022 event, the international furnishing fair imm cologne is sticking to the tradition of the competition for young designers. This has paid off: the designs nominated by the expert jury for the 19th Pure Talents Contest show great market potential and are convincing in terms of both aesthetics and craftsmanship. Above all, however, the next design generation is looking for one thing: sustainable product concepts.

Jan 20 2022

In the past 18 years, a total of 502 products by 555 designers from all over the world have been presented at imm cologne as part of the contest exhibition. Many of these products have found their way into the collections of well-known manufacturers.

Up to 20 current pieces of work by design students and young designers from all over the world will be nominated in this years 19th edition. From this selection, the three most talented international up-and-coming designers in 2022 will be chosen by the jury.

The Jury 2022

  • Marcel Besau, Designstudio Besau-Marguerre
  • Jennifer Reaves, Managing Director DesignFest, Stuttgart
  • Norbert Ruf, Creative Director and Co-Director of Thonet GmbH
  • Sebastian Herkner, Designer, Offenbach

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The Pure Talents Contest is the platform for the start into professional life

The Pure Talents Contest has established itself as a starting point for design careers. Many products found their way into collections of renowned manufacturers. The contest offers excellent coverage and attention via the imm cologne. The jury of experts judges according to the following criteria:

  • Overall concept
  • independence of the design / originality
  • conceptual and visionary quality
  • functionality / quality of use
  • design and presentation quality / sustainability

Meet designers and products here 

Contact persons
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Karen Pudlat Marketing
Koelnmesse GmbH
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