In 2022, the international furniture and interiors fair imm cologne will once again be holding its popular design contest for up-and-coming talents, the Pure Talents Contest, which numbers among the world’s most highly recognized competitions for promoting young creatives.
As of now, design students and graduates who qualified no longer than three years ago can register for the Pure Talents Contest 2022 and enter their designs for contemporary, sustainable objects for the home in the six categories: furniture, floor coverings, wallpapers and textiles, lighting, smart home and home accessories.
Both individual and group works can be entered for the contest.
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A jury of experts will nominate up to 20 current works by international design students and young designers.
The three winners and one Audience Prize will be invited by Koelnmesse to present their prototypes to the community of interior professionals at the international furniture and interiors fair imm cologne 2022 (from 17.1. to 23.1.2022) in an exhibition: a great opportunity to present yourself to a broad-based professional audience in an attractive and top-class context and make initial contacts with manufacturers and media representatives.
The exhibition costs and travel expenses will be covered by Koelnmesse.
The remaining 16 nominees will be presented on a “nominees wall” that forms part of the exhibition. All nominees and their designs will receive high-profile publicity via imm cologne’s expanded digital platforms and the associated business and press networks.
The three winning designs — which, among other things, will receive prize money of €1,500, €1,000 and €500 — will be announced during the imm cologne trade fair, as will the audience prize of €500 prize money.
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.
Full details on how to take part in the contest and the online registration process are available on the official website.