[D3] Contest winners announced
at imm cologne

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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.

D3 Contest winners announced at imm cologne
Ordnungshaber wedge hook border by Christoph Goechnahts

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.

D3 Contest winners announced at imm cologne
Ordnungshaber wedge hook border by Christoph Goechnahts

Wedge-shaped pegs slot into niches spaced along wall-mounted wooden rails.

D3 Contest winners announced at imm cologne
Ordnungshaber wedge hook border by Christoph Goechnahts

The wedge hook border is designed to run around the perimeter of a room and can also accommodate removable shelves.

Reverso scaly room divider by Yann Mathys
Reverso scaly room divider by Yann Mathys

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.

Jella magnetic lamp by Lena Schlumbohm
Jella magnetic lamp by Lena Schlumbohm

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.

Jella magnetic lamp by Lena Schlumbohm
Jella magnetic lamp by Lena Schlumbohm

This year's judges included Scholten & Baijings cofounder Carole Baijings and British designer Sebastian Wrong.

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.