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16th Oct 2023

Calling all creatives, 

Are you ready to make your mark on the design world? The Pure Talents Contest , renowned as one of the most prestigious international design competitions for emerging talents, is now open for submissions.

This is a unique opportunity to present your creative ideas and innovative concepts to established industry figures – at no less an event than Germany’s biggest interior design trade fair, imm cologne! 

Koelnmesse has successfully promoted the world of design for 19 years – now it’s time to take the Pure Talents Contest in a new direction. In order to steer the design competition into the future and address the challenges that lie ahead, it’s important that we adapt the concept and send out a strong sign that change is here – and that imm cologne in January 2024 is changing too.

Koelnmesse’s Pure Talents Contest celebrates outstanding design and promotes talented creatives who are shaping the future. The aim of the competition is to find promising designers who will have a lasting impact on global issues and the interior design industry.

imm cologne is looking for the best up-and-coming designers!

Closing date for application: October 16 2023

The brief & Prizes

Three themes have been chosen

  • Lifestyle and home living in cities with limited space
  • Lifestyle and home living in a circular society
  • Lifestyle and home living as a statement/message/concept

One winner for each of the themes will be selected by the jury and will receive prize money of Euro 1,000.

Objects and Spaces

The competition will be divided into objects (products) and spaces (interior design concepts).

Objects: products should be recent and may not be in series production.

Spaces: interior design concepts that bring the chosen theme to life and depict visions of future living.

The categories will be given equal consideration by the jury.

Who can participate

The competition is open to students and professionals from all around the world from the fields of product design, interior design, industrial design, scenography, architecture, interior architecture or related disciplines, who are still in education/training or have been working in their field for up to five years.

Entrants will be required to submit a short CV to confirm their eligibility.

Take part in the Pure Talents Contest and show us your skills! Take advantage of this unique springboard into the interior industry and kick-start your career - register today!

Link for submitting entries:

The participation in the Pure Talents Contest is free of charge.

For further details please see the ‘conditions of participation ’ published on the website of imm cologne.

The evaluation criteria

The Circular Design Rules will play an important role in how the entries are evaluated. The submissions will be judged primarily according to the following criteria:

  • Overall concept
  • Independent nature of the design/originality
  • Quality of the concept and vision
  • Functionality/quality in use
  • Quality of the design and its presentation
  • The submission’s sustainability and circularity potential, for example in terms of:
  • Materials (renewable or recycled materials, reusable or degradable materials, minimal materials)
  • Components (separability, modularity, reuse of existing components)
  • Systems (product-service systems, design concepts, services supporting the whole life cycle)

Link for submitting entries: