We’ve just finished our visit of the Tendence fair and want to share our impressions with you.
Tendence 2016 put special attention to young designers and newly founded design companies. In the area of “Talents”, young designers presented their projects from the arts & crafts and jewelery and accessories in two parts of Hall 9. Here the jewelery of Anne Sievers caught our attention. She has developed a modular system – “Tapylon” – made of filigree plastic elements, which allows you to tie togetjer different colors and shapes. In the arts, it was Kulor, who convinced us with their handmade porcelain dishes in soft colors and simple and elegant design.
The Hessian State Prize for Crafts was also awarded at the fair. Winners were on place 1 Katja Stelz, with their hand-woven carpets and blankets. Her carpet “Beta” was under the nominees of the German Design Award 2015. 2nd place took Kristina Rothe with her urn series out of paper. 3rd place got Clemens Stier and his simple silver teapot with striking wooden handle. Another prize went to Stefanie Götze for her unconventional jewelery creations made from enamelled pieces combined with quite unique materials such as wood, paper, pearls and the like.
Another platform to get a picture of the innovations from Tendence 2016 was the competition “Form”. All exhibitors were invited to select newly developed products from their range of products and have them evaluated by a jury of recognized experts. Innovative factor, material selection as well as the design element and the functionality played a role. Of the 108 participating companies, 216 products were finally selected and exhibited in Hall 9 E90.
Under the motto “NEXT” young creative companies were able to present their designs. These were creations from the areas of Young Gifts, Culinary Gifts, Accessoires & Jewelery and Modern Crafts. The designers showed a passion for their product and many of them also placed special emphasis on high-quality and detail-loving production. We liked the idea of oha-design very well. With their technically ingenious and colorful “Krempel” series, they combine functionality, clever design and wit. The “Krempel” are nominated for the German Design Award 2017. Unfortunately, the topic “NEXT” was not recognized by a lot of visitors, which is very regrettable, because there were really interesting and funny ideas.
Under the motto “Sustainability is a trend”, companies were characterized, whose range of products is produced sustainably and who value the responsible use of the available resources. The companies “Kinta” and “Eco Furn” convinced us.
Kinta is a company from the Netherlands, dedicated to Fairtrade and Fairtrade production.
All products presented by Kinta at the Tendence impressed by their beautiful design, the chosen material and the high-quality workmanship. Kinta not only sells home accessories, office supplies, key rings and bags, but also tablecloths, bowls, candlesticks, poufs and lamps. All Kinta products are made from natural materials. These include materials such as capiz, cotton, soapstone, acacia wood, mahogany, textile and paper. In small workshops these are then carefully produced in a traditional way. Workshop owners and employees enrich the range with new, creative approaches and possibilities of production and refinement.
It is particularly noteworthy that Kinta is also investing in the training of cooperation partners and puts importance to fair wages, adequate working conditions and good accommodation. The Kinta collection shown at the show is the result of a unique symbiosis between local production using local materials and western designs.
Another company that focused on ethical design was Eco Furn.
The Finnish company produces and sells wooden chairs for indoor and outdoor use, sauna, spa, terraces and garden. The different types of wood and colors offer a wide selection for every taste and atmosphere. The design is simple yet attractive. And the best – the design works completely without nails and screws. A 100% natural product. The chair design “EcoChair” as well as the matching side table “Lilli” are currently available. The types of wood are native woods such as alder, oak, birch, larch and pine in various varieties or colors (dark gray, natural, ash gray). Only the white version is lacquered.
The individual woods are held together by a strong rope. The packaging is very compact because the chair is disassembled and can be easily assembled thanks to a YouTube video from Eco Furn. The ecological footprint of these articles should be excellent. In addition, there is a small pillow of jute-like material that was surprisingly soft. Of course, we will keep an eye on more clever ecological design solutions from this company.
Overall the Tendence 2016 has once again convinced the visitors with a well-organized program and fascinated visitors with certain company concepts and design platforms. We will more articles on trends and “designers in the spotlight”. You cna definitely look forward to further impressions of Tendence 2016.