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DOMOTEX 2018, 12 - 15 January

DOMOTEX 2018, 12 - 15 January
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Identifying trends

Young Designer Trendtable

Five ambitious designers and Stefan Diez develop pioneering floor designs for DOMOTEX 2017

Young Designer Trendtable: Exhibition (Halle 9, Stand C41)

DOMOTEX: Young Designer Trendtable - Exhibition

DOMOTEX: Young Designer Trendtable - Exhibition

DOMOTEX: Young Designer Trendtable - Exhibition

DOMOTEX: Young Designer Trendtable - Exhibition

DOMOTEX: Young Designer Trendtable - Exhibition

DOMOTEX: Young Designer Trendtable - Exhibition

DOMOTEX: Young Designer Trendtable - Exhibition

DOMOTEX: Young Designer Trendtable - Exhibition

DOMOTEX: Young Designer Trendtable - Exhibition

DOMOTEX: Young Designer Trendtable - Exhibition

DOMOTEX: Young Designer Trendtable - Exhibition

DOMOTEX: Young Designer Trendtable - Exhibition

Creative thinkers

Young Designer Trendtable
Left to right: Hanne Willmann, Victoria Wilmotte, Stefan Diez, Klaas Kuiken, Bilge Nur Saltik, Christy Cole (© Verena Kathrein)

Creative thinkers from five countries, brought together with designer Stefan Diez at a workshop in his Munich studio, make up a dream team destined to pioneer the latest trends.

The group of experimental designers was invited by organizers Deutsche Messe and Stefan Diez to attend the workshop in Munich on 6 July to help realize the new DOMOTEX venture "Young Designer Trendtable". A multinational lineup comprising Turkish-born Bilge Nur Saltik (now based in England), Jane Briggs and Christy Cole (Scotland), Klaas Kuiken (Netherlands), Hanne Willmann (Germany) and Victoria Wilmotte (France) now face the challenge of brewing up with something special for DOMOTEX, the world‘s leading trade fair for carpets and floor coverings.

In the coming months these young designers are tasked with developing some trendsetting flooring concepts and designs which will take the trade by storm when they are showcased at DOMOTEX 2017.

Innovative materials, surprisingly novel techniques

Young Designer Trendtable Workshop

The first task of the workshop was to define the issues and keynote themes that the designers should address over the next few weeks. It was agreed that special attention should be paid to innovative materials, design authenticity and the kind of print systems required in the production of flooring materials of different designs and textures. Project mentor Stefan Diez enthused: "I immediately warmed to the participants, who quickly began teaming up to make innovation – which can be an abstract concept – accessible and tangible to all. In my opinion this marks a big step forward for Innovations@DOMOTEX . The workshop is moving in the right direction – it brings designers from different countries and design traditions together within the international trade fair DOMOTEX. It is great and very inspirational to see how this taking shape."

The new concept Young Designer Trendtable is part of Innovations@DOMOTEX, which will be staged for the fourth time in 2017. Exhibitors can submit their product innovations, which will be assessed on the basis of their originality and groundbreaking qualities by a jury chaired by Stefan Diez. The most imaginative and visionary products will then be exhibited at DOMOTEX 2017. The introduction of the Young Designer Trendtable concept will underline the commitment to progress and design for the future.

Designers have time until September 2016 to research and experiment, draw, design and develop trendsetting ideas. In January 2017 trade visitors at DOMOTEX will be able to review the efforts of aspiring international designers in a special exhibition and engage in a roundtable discussion involving the designers. A desire to research, develop and experiment with materials, creative ideas and new design concepts is the common denominator shared by each of the five designers, despite their diverse cultural backgrounds and career paths.

Young Designer Trendtable

Hanne Willmann: New Authentics

Along new paths

The projects of the Young Designer Trendtable is slowly taking shape. And the young designers are questioning the customary manufacturing methods with their personal visions for the floors of tomorrow that they will present at the DOMOTEX. They're still tweaking the details. more

The Designers

Bilge Nur Saltik from Turkey/En

"I am inspired by cities and the specific cultural patterns, behaviors and habits of people in these environments." more

Jane Briggs and Christy Cole from Briggs&Cole, Scotland

The designer team of Christy Cole (1977) and Jane Briggs (1977) enjoys experimenting with rough textured and unevenly structured materials. more

Klaas Kuiken from the Netherlands

"Each of my designs is imbued with my fascination with technique and materials and the need to embrace and understand them and how this interplay defines the process", says Klaas Kuiken (1984). more

Hanne Willmann, Germany

Berlin designer Hanne Willmann (1987), who obtained her degree in industrial design in 2014 at the University of the Arts in Berlin, has already been honored with this year's "German Design Award – Newcomer Finalist". more

Victoria Wilmotte, France

The Parisian Victoria Wilmotte (1985) studied interior architecture before embarking on a master‘s program in product design at the Royal College of Art in London. more