Designer: Kerstin Rudat and Anissa Wagner for Matoi
Written by: Michelle Hermans
Location: Gallaria, German Design Awards
German Design Award winner ‘imagno Farm’ is an interactive building set for toddlers, consisting of eight beechwood blocks with integrated sensors and magnets. With the use of a free app, that can be used with both IOS and Android, the blocks can be programmed with the sound of farm animals. When the blocks are arranged into a specific form, for example a horse, the child receives acoustic feedback, such as sounds, songs or stories. The package with four possible figures for the blocks, comes with a corresponding sound package, also available in English. Also included are animal cards, a booklet and a charging cable.
The imagno Farm is a perfect example of the trend Simplify, which is all about living a more minimalistic lifestyle with fewer products in your home and life. The things that you do use and purchase should have more value or quality. The idea of a minimalistic lifestyle is consuming less and making room for more meaningful experiences. The high-tech elements in combination with the traditional wooden toy add new value to the design of the imagno Farm.
Kerstin Rudat and Anissa Wagner, founders of start up Matoi, have won the German Design Award 2018 in the category Baby & Child Care. The funding of the production of the imagno Farm will be partially covered by a crowdfunding campaign. For more information, visit this website, and this one if you would like to order the product.
Matoi. (2018). Holzklötzchen-Set imagno "FARM" im Köfferchen & App. Geraadpleegd op 12 februari 2018, van https://www.matoi.de/produktseite/imagno-farm
At the Galleria, Booth on the lower level we found items for daily use created by Japanese artisans. An example at this booth is the clock ‘time and space colorfultimes’. It is a manifestation of the trend Rewind.
It is made of copper and brass, using a traditional Japanese colouring technique. The company Momentum Factory Orii is based in Japan and the clock is produced there using the traditional technique.
In this design it is clear that looking back at classical traditions from the past is used as an inspiration to create new designs. This clock is therefore an example of the trend Rewind. Momentum Factory Orii is creating a modern interpretation while using the old, traditional techniques.
Written by Marjolein van Es
All over Japan there are many craft industries, which have been there since ancient times. The techniques have been passed down for generations and have been cultivated and honed by the rich history and tradition of Japan’s regions. The spirit and technology of the traditional craftwork can be considered the roots of Japan’s modern-day manufacturing industry.
Washi is one of those techniques. It is used by Aoya, which is a company and region in Japan. They’re both known for the ‘Washi’ production. It is a technique to produce traditional Japanese paper and has been used for more than a thousand years.
The Washi technique is used in the lamp by N Meister, this design is a manifestation of the trend Touch Thirst.
This lamp has been produced by AOYA in collaboration with nendo – nendo, a design studio. The vision behind this lamp is to bring some “!” in your life.
The wrinkles in the lightning are applied in the upper parts of the ball-shaped lamp, to guide the light trough the plain ball and to make it look unique and floating.
With the seamless surface and the smooth curve, the light illuminates the space gently. The washi paper invites you to touch the paper and have a tactile experience, that’s why this is a manifestation of the trend Touch Thirst.
Aoya can be found at Galleria, Stand A04/A05.
Written by Marjolein van Es
In the foyer of 4.1 we have found a stand that contains a couple of designs from students of the Tomas Bata University in Zlín Tjech Republic. They were asked to redesign a historical object from the Museum of Glass and Jewelry in Jablonec nad Nisou. “All designers built their work mainly on the results of their predecessors”, says doc Petr Stanicy.
The vase above, designed by Tomás Krejcí, is one of the products you will find at the stand, He was attracted by the colour and structures of the original vases which looked malleable. In his design he created a vase that was made out of glass combined with a flexible material. He merges those two materials together so people can modify their vase to their liking. The flexible material invites people to play with the vase and fold it in the way they prefer.
This design is a great example of the trend Touch Thirst, because the design invites people to have a tactile experience.
Written by Jaap Meijers
Source: stand Tomas Bata University Ambiente
Photo by Cas Hendriks
This year Ambiente has chosen Italy as the Guest Country. This means that a lot of Italian design is represented on the fair and in different Italian cafés are placed throughout the buildings. Paola Navone was asked to design one of these hospitality areas, where she created the inspiring café Milano Milano.
Paola Navone is a well-known designer from Italy. She became famous in her country since it has a mostly dominant male design elite and she is an exception to that. She was also an active member of the avantgarde design movement Alchimia and Memphis. The first is a radical movement that focuses mainly on utensil design. The second is Memphis and is focused on a postmodern style, with colourful decorations and asymmetric shapes.
The design of café Milano Milano is inspired by Memphis, which you can recognise by the different patterns, colours and shapes which are characteristic for this movement.
Café Milano Milano’s eye-catcher is definitely the ‘Panda Lux’ lamp, which Navone has designed for Cappelini. The lamp is the size of a real-life panda and is just as adorable like the real ones. The Panda Lux lamp is inspired by Chinese culture, which shows that Navone isn’t afraid to cross cultural bounderies with her designs.
Ever hugged a panda? Now you can. Go over to café Milano Milano, in the center of Hall 4.1.
Every year the German Design Awards are presented at Ambiente. The German Design Council presents this award.
Designs that have won previous awards are nominated and judged by a jury.
The winning designs in the product design category are presented at Ambiente whilst the winners of the ‘Young Talent’ and ‘Grand Prix’ category appear in a special presentation.
One of my personal favourites is the Bentley – EXP 10 Speed 6, which won gold in the ‘Excellent Product Design’ – Transportation. The most fascinating about the car is its interior.
Instead of the standard plastic or leather material you would expect, they have used high quality wood.
You can see the superior craftsmanship.
The exterior is inspired by aviation; muscular, athletic but yet elegant. Which gives the car that classic ‘Don Draper’ feel.
Another design worth mentioning is Paper Box, which won gold in the ‘Excellent Product Design’ – Retail category.
Paper box is a simplistic yet innovative design which is used to display items in a retail environment. It can be combined to create a uniquely styled display for your booth. Besides being very light to transport the boxes are also flame resistant, which creates a sustainable solution in the area of trade show constructions.
Go visit the German Design Awards yourself, at the galleria 1.
Written by Jaap Meijers
On behalf of the Ambiente Trendtour Team 2016.