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Mon 31.1.

When We Were Young: [D3] Design Contest at imm cologne

Posted by Simon Keane-Cowell on 31.01.2011 - Tagged as: , , , , , ,

From goldsmith to golden ticket: jewellery-designer-turned-furniture-designer Harry Thaler, who was named joint winner of this year's D3 Contest for young international design talent

Punching well above their weight this year at imm cologne were the young guns exhibiting in the sixth edition of the [D3] Design Contest, the platform for emerging international design talent. Here, we talk to one of the two joint-winners, Harry Thaler, plus select some of the most interesting designs from the convincing and highly polished body of creative work on show.

AKKA's 'OLA' folding table at the D3 Contest show in Cologne, where the Swedish design duo became joint-winners of the final award. A clever folding system means the table remains free-standing when closed

Ah, youth. All fresh-faced and bright-eyed. But let’s not forget its curiosity and creative energy. There was plenty of this in evidence at this year’s [D3] Design Talents show during the recent Cologne Furniture Fair. Most design fairs now offer, as standard, a forum for new creative talent alongside its established commercial exhibitors, usually pegged to some kind of award. These can sometimes be somewhat patchy affairs, leaving you with the feeling that the selection criteria could have been, well, a little more rigorous. Not so the case with the sixth and latest edition of [D3], which presented a cogent collection of work from 28 young, international designers, strong on concept, execution and presentation.

Beyond the visual virtuosity of Dohoon Kim's 'Tension Bentwood Chair' lies a compelling production process. The young designer uses laminate wood that is bent using tension only, without recourse to steaming, moulding or pressing



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