D3 Design Talents 2013

Transience mirrors by David Derksen & Lex Pott.

Every year since 2004, design fair imm Cologne presents D3 Design Talents, a show of up-and-coming design students and recent grads. We have already covered the winners of the competition - you can see that story here, with first prize going to Lucien Gumy.

But with so much talent to choose from, why stick to showing just the winners? Here are some of our favourites from the 21 designs shown this past week. These designers include some of our past favourites from Dutch Design Week and our autumn issue of Frame featuring this year's best graduate work, Frame #89.

1. Transience mirrors by David Derksen & Lex Pott.
An overlapping series of oxidized mirrors by the Netherlands-based designers.

2. The Royal Family by Ellen Heilmann.
A series of walnut stools with removable, customizable pieces.

3. Dear Disaster by Jenny Ekdahl.
The Swedish designer has created a cupboard with 2,000 cardboard scales that can be formed into different patterns.

4. Slagbaenk by Rasmus B. Fex.
Based on simple Scandinavian design, this bench by Danish designer Fex combines storage space.

5. per by Tim Mackerodt.
A mouth-blown glass lamp with the lighting fixture hidden within the cork.

6. C58 – Dressing Table by Florian Schmid.
A complimentary table and circular mirror with a matching stool.

7. Fanions by Linn Kandel / Dimitri Bähler / Ismael Studer.
The traditional rug is turned on it's head, with a fringe converted into graphic wool mats.

8. Reflection Range - Buren / Circus by Kim Thome.
Reflective, techni-colour glass by a British-based designer.

9. Engineering Temporality by Tuomas Markunpoika Tolvanen.
A seriers of cabinets and chairs composed of the steel exo-skeletons of burned-away furniture.

10. Pilu by Leoni Werle.
A see-sawing design allows this map to switch positions easily.

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