[D3] Contest @ Imm Cologne

January, 30 2013 10:00

Posted inCompetitions

In its 10th year of life, [D3] Contest is an international young talents competition that runs during imm Cologne to give selected young designers a public forum where to exhibit their ideas for furniture, lighting and furnishings of the future.


Sponsored by Koelnmesse and German Design Council, this year saw the best 21 pieces of 671 submitted, of which only three were then selected as the winners.


So, here are the winners of 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize, followed by a selection of ideas by other participants.






1st Prize: L´étagère en bois by Lucien Gumy


Lucien Gumy’s solid wood shelving unit requires no screws or nails, as the boards and uprights interlock. By mixing elements of different lengths, the unit’s size can be varied.




2nd Prize: Tilt by Tina Schmid


With a simple movement, the graphic becomes a three-dimensional object. The picture of a cube can be folded out as a table, the cubo­id as a valet stand. Both objects consist of a solid system of rods with jointed nodes that can be rotated as required.




3rd Prize: CMYK Lamp by Dennis Parren


It is light that colours the world. Dennis Parren’s “CMYK” lamp plays with this mystery of light and colour, casting a net of lines in cyan, magenta and yellow onto its surroundings.






Pilu by Leoni Werle


The shape of the oak base allows the floor lamp to switch between two different positions, like a seesaw. The con­nection between shade and base is jointed, allowing the beam to be directed downwards even when the lamp is in the angled position.



And A And Be And Not by Camilla Richter


This folding screen assembled from different transparent sections is a kind of “light mood machine”. The colour of the object and its surroundings is determined by the incidence of light and the position of the viewer, as well as the way the segments are combined.



C58 – Dressing Table by Florian Schmid


The dressing table divides the mirror vertically. On the left, the user has the full mirror surface, with the usual tabletop on the right. The shapes and proportions of the composition are echoed in the matching stool.




Per by Tim Mackerodt


“Per” confounds clear distinctions between inside and outside. The bulb is held in a double volume of mouth-blown glass by a light fixture concealed inside a cork segment. Mounted in a pane of pre-stressed safety glass, the lamp is a freestanding object in the room.



The New Old Light by Kimu Design


This traditional-style lantern with its plain paper and wood shade mixes complex and simple forms, eastern and western styles, old and new aesthetics. When the paper part is pulled down, its soft glow becomes a direct spotlight.





Dear Disaster by Jenny Ekdahl


“Dear Disaster” is a cupboard with a movable surface structure. The 2,000 wooden scales on the front can be reversed to create different patterns.




Images and captions from [D3] Press kit.