14.–20.01.2019 for all: 18.–20.01.2019

#livingkitchen

All submissions for the Pure Talents Contest ─ LivingKitchen Selection 2019

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Peter Sorg

Portrait Peter Sorg

Peter Sorg, 23 years old, has been studying industrial design at the State Academy of Art and Design in Stuttgart since 2016.

SPL 3650 | Cool kitchen lab

The SPL 3650, which is inspired by gastronomy and laboratory equipment, is supposed to represent an alternative concept to the conventional kitchen setup. The focus here is on fun with the preparation and active cooking. It calls for coarser as well as more intensive and ambitious processing of food. The entire preparation from cutting, cooking and rinsing is combined in one place, which can be completely rinsed off with an extractable shower. The immediate surroundings (including the rear and side walls) become part of the cooking area and act as a screen. A smooth transition allows easy cleaning.

Product Peter Sorg

Q&As

What do you think is your product’s context?

Large kitchen: additional element, small kitchen: main element, garden: additional element.

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

From necessity and the resulting function.

What is the story behind your product? Was there a reason?

Passionate cooking, creative handling of food.

When you think about the spectrum from campfire to high-end fitted kitchen, what would your dream kitchen look like?

Enough space, kind of archaic, little high-tech.

Tanita Klein

Portrait Tanita Klein

Before graduating in product design from HfG Offenbach in 2017, Tanita Klein did her Bachelor thesis at Design Academy Eindhoven in 2016. During her studies, she went to several international design schools such as ENSCI in Paris and Design Academy in Eindhoven. For her internships, she lived and worked in Copenhagen and Rotterdam. Ever since she graduated, she works as an interior and product designer.

The TLS Kitchen | The kitchen as centrepiece

The TSL kitchen moved in the center of the room in order to serve the new standards for kitchens in the 21st century. The central frame construction offers to fix all needed elements and gives the possibility of a two-sided interaction with the kitchen. Like this, the kitchen opens up for new movements within preparing food, eating and cleaning. The three kitchen compositions consist of nine different elements, which are composed according to the movements of cooking, dishwashing and eating.

Product Tanita Klein

Q&As

Which ‘directions for use’ would you supply with your product?

Cook together, not alone.

What do you think is your product’s context?

The kitchen concept is for people who place primary emphasis on flexibility.

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

From the sequence of movements in a kitchen, sociability and flexibility.

What is the story behind your product? Was there an inspiration?

The kitchen idea was inspired by the research of Grete Schütt-Lihotzky on the sequence of movements in the Frankfurt kitchen in the 1920s. I applied the movement analysis to our time and the demands of the 21st century.

What do you think are the current trends in design and interior design?

Flexibility (not wanting to commit oneself), sustainability, locality and quality.

Why were you interested in the Pure Talents Contest?

The right context for my design. Coming into contact with people who are concerned with similar issues.

What kind of new stimuli would you like to see in kitchen design?

To find sustainability in the flexibility of a kitchen. If I can take it with me and replace parts of it or modules, it will last me longer. I am no longer bound by the room geometry that I started out with when I originally planned the kitchen. If I move, I can take it with me. If I don't like a colour, I can change it. If something breaks, I can replace it.

When you think about the spectrum from campfire to high-end fitted kitchen, what would your dream kitchen look like?

Just like my design.

Lena Ohmstede & Larissa Siemon

Lena Ohmstede & Larissa Siemon

Designers Lena Ohmstede and Larissa Siemon studied product design together at Bauhaus University Weimar, and received their bachelor's degree in 2016. Lena Ohmstede then went to the Technical University of Munich where she obtained a master's degree in industrial design and Larissa Siemon went to the Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design in Halle. They both work on joint design projects during and outside of their studies.

Godbit | Kitchen to go

The Godbit mobile outdoor kitchen takes the social meeting point of the home outside and cooking itself becomes an adventure. During the warm summer months, the only time a grill is generally used is for eating outdoors. Other dishes are prepared in the house. The practical gas stove is suitable for preparing all kinds of different dishes.

Product Ohmstede Siemon

Q&As

Which ‘directions for use’ would you supply with your product?

Our tip: Go outside and find yourself a sunny spot to cook with Godbit.

What do you think is your product’s field?

Whether in the garden or patio, Godbit lets you enjoy cooking under the open sky.

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

The main idea was to create a garden kitchen. We took an in-depth look at the cooking process and applied it to outdoor use. This of course showed us the requirements for the materials. With our design, we take the form of the normal kitchen in order to symbolically move it into the garden.

What is the story behind your product? Was there a reason?

Many people are increasingly spending more of their work and even leisure time indoors. With the design of Godbit, we are questioning the classic location of the kitchen in the house. We wanted to create a new way to increasingly moving life outdoors again. After all, what could be lovelier in summer than cooking and enjoying delicious food together with friends and families in the garden.

What do you think are the current trends in design and interior design?

More and more, we are seeing a doing away with the usual room layouts. For example, a merging of bedroom and bathroom to become a place of retreat in the apartment. There has been growing interest in the kitchen and it is being used in a more flexible and collective way. We are also seeing a longing for nature, which is reflected in trends such as urban gardening, the slow food movements and ecological materials.

Why were you interested in the Pure Talents Contest?

We are really looking forward to the opportunity afforded by the Pure Talents Content to present our Godbit design to an international audience as part of the Living Kitchen Selection and make contacts in the industry.

What kind of new stimuli would you like to see in kitchen design?

Even more openness, flexibility and especially sustainability.

When you think about the spectrum from campfire to high-end fitted kitchen, what would your dream kitchen look like?

It goes without saying that our personal dream kitchen would be in the garden. We love and enjoy the experience of spending time outdoors and cooking together with friends.

Johan Vilardrich

Portrait Johan Vilardrich

A pure design with essential forms is what characterises the aesthetic of Johan Viladrich. In his work he aims to reveal the inherent beauty of materials through refined surface treatments and subtle combinations. Johan attaches as much importance to the final appearance of his pieces as to the details making them exist. His designs are transparent and each piece is a search for balance, only reachable through a meticulous work of proportions.

Elder | viewed from a different angle

Elder consists of a set of two objects in mirror polished steel dedicated to the elderly. They are an attempt at breaking the cliches associated with old age by proposing trans-generational designs meant to provide the user with more pride and sensory joy. The kitchen knife is designed to be held while seating, providing the user with a stronger grip and a more comfortable angle for the wrist. The shoehorn is designed to be used standing, and allow the user not to bend down. More than being functional products, both objects are a visualisation of an approach to design for the elderly.

Product Johan Viladrich

Maxime Augay

Portrait Maxime Augay

Maxime Augay is a French designer based in Lausanne. After graduating from ECAL in Master Product Design with the project The Portable Kitchen Hood, he stayed as a Teaching Assistant for the Master programme.

The Portable Kitchen Hood | You take my damp away

This small extractor catches the cooking smokes and vapors right above the pan, before it rises. It purifies it through two different filters that are removable and easy to wash: the oil filter at the front gets rid of the fats, and the activated charcoal filter at the back recycles the air before it is sent back in the room. The handle makes it easy to move around and store by hanging it, in order to save some space when it is not operating.

Product Maxime Augay

Q&As

Which ‘directions for use’ would you supply with your product?

Place the extractor fan next to the cooking plate, facing the pan or the pot.

What do you think is your product’s application?

The portable kitchen hood is meant to help recycling the air in tiny kitchens.

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

I started with the function, which was the portability of such a typology of object. The challenge was to find the right shape/bulk for it to work with most of the pans and pots in most of the tiny kitchens.

What is the story behind your product? Was there a reason?

In addition, with the portable aspect, the inspiration was the kitchen hood in my own flat. Despite the fact that it is very important for the health of a kitchen, it gets dirty quite quick and it is difficult to clean. I wanted to facilitate the maintenance of such a product as well.

What do you think are the current trends in design and interior design?

Minimalism and flexibility in the usage.

Why were you interested in the Pure Talents Contest?

My product was fitting well in the new category “living kitchen”.

What kind of new stimuli would you like to see in kitchen design?

I would like better and more eco-friendly materials to be more accessible to people, like solid wood, stainless steel, glass, etc. Reducing the amount of plastics in low budget kitchens and kitchen tools would be great.

When you think about the spectrum from campfire to high-end fitted kitchen, what would your dream kitchen look like?

Including a campfire in a high-end fitting kitchen would be an amazing idea, but I would need to work on another version of my project to extract this amount of smoke!

Jingbei Zheng

Portrait Jingbei Zheng

Jingbei Zheng is an independent designer who founded her own Sweden-based studio in 2017, during her Master program at Lund University. With an exploratory and experimental approach, she brings subtle consciousness and soft emotions to the process of designing objects from raw materials, combining with philosophic and poetic concepts. Her works are the embodiment of her observation and perception on nature, materials, culture and life.

Rebrush | Pumkin is the new sponge

Rebrush is a renewable kitchen cleaning set, offering an enjoyable cleaning experience for users without environmental impact. Inspired by this natural and traditional material loofah, REBRUSH explores new possibilities in its modern utility. With an easily assembled loofah head, users can replace only this part to avoid complete product waste. The jewelry-like handles produce an elegant feeling, which turns cleaning into a pleasant thing to do.

Product Jingbei Zheng

Q&As

Which ‘directions for use’ would you supply with your product?

To become careful and enjoyable about kitchen cleaning with Rebrush. :)

What do you think is your product’s context?

A set of natural, elegant and decorative tools for gentle kitchen cleaning.

When developing this product, was your main starting point the material, the shape or the function?

In terms of Rebrush, material was what matters the most. With an Asian cultural background, I remember my grandparents had used loofah a lot as the natural source of scrubbing sponge in bathroom and kitchen, which I always find fascinate about. So when I tried to design something by learning from the traditions, loofah just came into my mind naturally.

What is the story behind your product? Was there a task?

Rebrush is a result of a school project. The theme is "analogue ways". By learning about a process in the modern industry, we need to explore an innovative solution to transfer the linear production process into a cyclic one without environmental impacts. I found so many possibilities to improve on those disposable plastic dish brushes. To introduce a naturally functional material with nice design, it will make a difference on kitchen cleaning.

What do you think are the current trends in design and interior design?

Sustainability is definitely one of the current and coming trends, both in design and in a wider industry. With the development of urbanisation and the growth of global population, natural resources like space, air and water are getting more and more precious. What's more, product and interior design for small space living and co-living are also on its way, combined with nature and technologies like artificial intelligence.

Why were you interested in the Pure Talents Contest?

As a young designer who recently graduated, I have a keen desire to set out my career. Pure Talents Contest is an ideal platform to show my products and get to know other talented designers and meet the extraordinary group who work behind it. No one will say no to this opportunity of learning from the best, right?

What kind of new stimuli would you like to see in kitchen design?

It is always preferable to see brilliant ideas and concepts that can impress and inspire others. For kitchen design, I expect new applications of sustainable materials in the modern context, and simple but smart concepts.

When you think about the spectrum from campfire to high-end fitted kitchen, what would your dream kitchen look like?

Food sharing is always a nice way to bring family and friends together. Though campfire and high-end fitted kitchen are totally different superficially, what matters the most is a cozy feeling of sharing food with intimate people around. For me, my dream kitchen will have minimalistic and neat design, as well as something that can softly remind me of nature. It is like a gentle touch of emotions, which can evoke those warm feelings and memories.