Cologne 2014: a storage rail based on a traditional Shaker-style peg board, a scaly room divider and a magnetic lamp were revealed as the winners of the [D3] Contest for young designers at the imm cologne trade fair today.
This year the [D3] Contest first prize was awarded to Swiss designer Christoph Goechnahts for his Ordnungshaber storage system - a reinterpretation of the peg rails common to furniture made by members of the Shaker religious sect in 1800s America.
Wedge-shaped pegs slot into niches spaced along wall-mounted wooden rails.
The wedge hook border is designed to run around the perimeter of a room and can also accommodate removable shelves.
In second place was Swiss designer Yann Mathys' Reverso room divider featuring synthetic paper scales made of Tyvek, a lightweight material produced from plastic fibres, with one side shinier than the other. These tiles can be flipped by dragging a hand over the surface to create patterns across the screen.
The magnetic Jella lamp by German designer Lena Schlumbohm was given third prize. The desk lamp comprises a light source at one end of a pastel-coloured magnetic wand, which can be placed on any of the metal base's angled faces.
The [D3] Contest awards prototype designs by up-and-coming designers as part of imm cologne each year.
Twenty-two nominated projects are currently display in Hall 1 of the Koelnmesse exhibition venue as part of the event, which continues until Sunday 19 January.
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