The Talents, as they are known, have outstanding ideas. Conventions are not a priority for them and creating innovative products is what they value most. These are selected designers and artisans, who are looking for the way into an exciting consumer-goods market with their prototypes, unique items and small product series. From 24 to 27 June 2017, they will be showcasing their work in two sponsored areas at Tendence.
Talents Modern Crafts area in Hall 9.0 will focus on contemporary products. Here you will find retailers who want product ranges that are outside the mainstream and who are hoping that selected individual pieces will send an attention-grabbing signal to potential customers. You will find artistically crafted lamps in this area, alongside small pieces of furniture and porcelain items.
Blue Sunday: Blue Sunday is a porcelain series by Berlin designer Anna Badur. She applies the traditional underglaze cobalt blue colour in a playful way. The results are organic-looking, high-contrast structures and every piece is a unique item.Light 1.0: Czech designer Lenka Záhorkavá is developing, among other things, the glass-free pendant lamp ‘Light 1.0’. To make this, she uses white porcelain, which has a translucent beauty. A special handmade process gives the lamp its extraordinary surfacetexture.
NIU: The special twisted appearance of the stool from NIU is not immediately apparent. This small stool is made from ash, oak, walnut or with a varnished finish, and it combines traditional craftsmanship with exciting design. In addition to the stool, the Swiss label also produces a variety of side tables and benches with the ‘Twist’ feature.
Accessories & Jewellery
Leather working, as well as the crafts of gold – and silversmithing, are the focus of attention in the Talents Accessories & Jewellery area. It is here that hand-picked designers put their jewellery and accessory creations in the spotlight. From prototypes to small product series, retailers in Hall 11.1 will have the opportunity to source specific highlights for their product ranges. The product portfolio of the exhibition area includes archaically geometric rings, trendsetting shoes wound from cord, and brooches which seem to come from the depths of the ocean.
Portuguese influence: The creations of Q Architektural in the jewellery section combine geometric shapes from contemporary architecture with archaic-looking stone and metal compositions. The Portuguese design company creates design contrasts with its precious items for the hand, finger and wrist. But the company also embellishes shoes with elegant designs.
From Stuttgart: Stuttgart designers, June-Noa Gschwander and Robin Kuhnle, have created a completely new design vocabulary with their products. Using an innovative winding process, the duo manufactures three-dimensional clothing, shoes and spectacles instantaneously.
British design: Hundreds of moving acrylic beads go to make up brooches, bracelets, necklaces and rings. Put together entirely by hand by British jewellery creator, Li Wanshu, the pieces have an almost maritime appearance, which is heightened by luminescent nylon and colour.
Other exhibits include highly innovative products from selected Italian designers and craftspeople, who are showcasing their work as part of both Talents areas. You will find further information at Tendence.