By Igor Josifovic // www.happyinteriorblog.com:
Igor looks back at the many talents presented at Design Trade’s Talent Street.
The ‘Talent Street’ in Hall B is a dedicated area for young and upcoming designers presenting their works at this year’s DesignTrade fair. Seeing the work of young and creative talents and speaking to them is the best way to understand the design process and the incredible amount of work, mental and physical, going into one piece of design. These young people have brought their creative ideas into shapes and deserve lots of attention.
Miriam Ortwed is a young and aspiring product designer with a playful eye when it comes to materials and shapes. For example, she uses cut out oak wood pieces as an ornamental cover on cushions. If I had not tried it, I would have thought it is uncomfortable – but I can assure it is super comfortable. She also features a happy collection of handmade vases/candleholders that catch the beholder’s eye with their irregular shape and colour glazing.
The design collective PROUD from Estonia features a rug named Float, pebble poufs and an eclectic collection of vintage porcelain that has been reinterpreted with the use of concrete. While the rug appeals to colour loving tastes with a stark pink element, the porcelain collection is an interesting twist of grandmother’s cups and saucers gone wild in raw concrete. The look is surprisingly cool and unexpected. Annike Laigo and Raili Keiv are the creative minds behind this label.
Jesper Su Rosenmeier is a talented young man who is focusing on furniture design and presented his chair collection named NORD. The chair speaks of a maritime and Nordic heritage and has an interesting twist: There is a sharp graduation that forms the chair – where it needs more materials, it is added, where it needs less, it is cut off sharply. Smart and edgy!
Copenhanger is not a misspelled version of Copenhagen but the reference to the Danish capital is given. The Copenhanger by Møberg & Vilslev is a funky hanger that has not to be mounted to a wall but hung from the ceiling. It is an intrinsically urban home accessory addressing the problem of small sized urban dwellings. It takes up no space as it is hung from the ceiling and it can be used either as a coatrack or a rack for kitchen accessories. Or anything else by that matter!
Marianne Viktor features a new range of handwoven rugs. Her rug collection was mainly inspired by the Caucasian ethnic ornaments which she used and enriched it with a Scandinavian DANN – she reduced the rich patterns to the central ornament and focused on its mere shaped to accentuate the rug’s design. Mellow colours have been chosen to easily match wooden as well as metallic furniture.
A very female touch is presented by Alexandra Raben Design. The young charming designer presented her Intricate lampshades that are sculptural and fragile at the same time. 40 hours of hand weaving are necessary to create one lampshade that is fixed on a specially made metal framing. The weaving technique is inspired by Peruvian folk tradition and is executed with a special fish net needle. These lampshades are real handicraft gems for beautiful and sensual interiors.
Nye Streger is a funky design collective of young guys focusing on wooden furniture. A chair that has a seat just like a hairy broom? Or a wheathered bookcase simply called Regol? Or do you fancy a puzzle table? These guys approach design with wit and playfulness and have definitely caught my eye!