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Voting is open for the Unique Youngstar competition

Dezeen promotion: vote for your favourite outdoor product design shortlisted in the Unique Youngstar competition for the chance to win one of three Plicate timepieces by Benjamin Hubert from Dezeen Watch Store.

Voting is open for the Unique Youngstar competition
Micro Greenhouse by Åsa Agerstam. Top: Ar Vag by Thibault Penven

Winners of the new competition set up by event organiser Koelnmesse will exhibit in the Garden Unique section at the Spoga+Gafa trade fair in Cologne, taking place from 8 to 10 September.

Voting is open for the Unique Youngstar competition
Polyfine by Markus Bangerter

Seventy one young designers and teams submitted their products for outdoor living and judges selected a shortlist of 15.

Voting is open for the Unique Youngstar competition
Herbs Outdoors by Inesa Malafej, Studio etcetc

Shortlisted products include a miniature greenhouse in the shape of a pyramid, a fold-out fishing boat and lampshades made from bandages.

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Flask by Konrad Lohöfener

A jury will choose three winning designs and one further winner will be selected by public vote via the Unique Youngstar website.

Voting is open for the Unique Youngstar competition
Contio by Matilda Lindblom Design & Architecture

Voters will be automatically entered into a prize draw to win one of three Plicate watches by Benjamin Hubert from Dezeen Watch Store .

Voting is open for the Unique Youngstar competition
Klemmbrett Bank by Manuel Welsky Design Studio

For the full list of designs and more information about each project, visit the Unique Youngstar website.

The organisers sent us the information below:


Unique Youngstar: the nominees have been selected

Jury announces 15 finalists – exhibition of the prototypes within the “garden unique” format – official award-ceremony during the unique hour.

Voting is open for the Unique Youngstar competition
Pflix by Christian Heufelder

Once again this year the visitors of the spoga+gafa will hear the words: “And the winners are…”. Namely, since the successful introduction of the exclusive “garden unique” format in the year 2011, the accompanying young designer competition has been extremely popular. New this year: under the title “unique Youngstar” a total of 15 ideas will be showcased in a prototype exhibition at the world’s leading garden trade fair.

Voting is open for the Unique Youngstar competition
Circle by Konrad Lohöfener

Subsequently, the young designers will battle it out for the coveted title “unique Youngstar 2013”. The ultimate winners of the prizes endowed with prize-money totalling 7,000 Euros, will be announced during the “unique hour” on September 8th. In addition to the three winners selected by the jury, the Koelnmesse will also be awarding a prize that has been voted by the public.

Voting is open for the Unique Youngstar competition
Ter by Goula/Figuera Studio

In total 62 projects from 24 countries were submitted to the competition with the theme “Outdoor Living”. Design students and young designers, who have completed their studies no longer than three years ago, were eligible for participation. There was no limitation to the creativity of the competition entries: from outdoor furniture, to accessories or sunshade products, to outdoor lights, flooring suitable for outdoors or plant pots, through to grills – the submitted ideas didn’t make it easy for the jury to select their 15 favourites.

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Fleet by Carolin Thieme

The jury’s decisions are based on the following essential assessment criteria: overall concept, originality of design, conceptual and visionary quality, functionality and the quality of presentation.

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Stakes by Roee Magdassi

The competition once again boasted a star-studded panel of judges in 2013, comprising of the following team of experts: Tobias Lutz, founder and CEO of Architonic AG; Marcus Fairs, Chief Editor of dezeen; Eric Degenhardt, designer at Studio Eric Degenhardt; Karen Bofinger, Editor of the Architectural Digest, Camila Vega Faba and Harry Paul van Ierssel, both designers and co-founders of Harry&Camila.

Voting is open for the Unique Youngstar competition
Watercabinet by Francien Hazen

Prominently positioned

The prototypes of the designs of the 15 nominees will be exhibited at the spoga+gafa 2013 in the exclusive “garden unique” sector. In addition to having the opportunity to win the coveted prize, the young designers are also offered a unique presentation platform in an exclusive environment.

Voting is open for the Unique Youngstar competition
Hochbeet by Thinking Hands, Saskia Drebes, Cosima Geyer, Sandra Spoo, Simon Frambach and Tim Mackerodt

Those, who were not able to convince the international expert jury in the end, still have the chance to claim the prize awarded by the public. The 15 finalists will be presented on the competition’s homepage www.gardenunique.de/youngstars from May 24th to August 31st, 2013, since the prize awarded by the public will be determined by online voting.

Voting is open for the Unique Youngstar competition
Black Dogs by Yves Verhaegen

The results of the three prizes awarded by the jury and of the prize selected by the public will be announced at 5 pm on September 8th, in Hall 10.2 during the “unique hour”. The winners can look forward to prize-money to the value of 3,000 Euros (1st prize), 2,000 Euros (2nd prize), 1,000 Euros (3rd prize) and 1,000 Euros (Audience Award) respectively.

Plicate by Benjamin Hubert
Plicate by Benjamin Hubert

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