07. 06. 2022

TALENTE – MEISTER DER ZUKUNFT 2022: Future-focussed skilled crafts exhibition!

The special exhibition TALENTE – MEISTER DER ZUKUNFT (talents - masters of the future) will be presenting works by young designers from all around the world as part of the «Handwerk & Design» trade fair at the Internationale Handwerksmesse 2022 (IHM). Innovations from various skilled crafts, including textiles, glassware, ceramics and jewellery, will be on show. From approximately 600 applications, a panel of experts selected a total of 96 participants from 30 countries, including China, Korea, Estonia, Georgia, Taiwan, Great Britain and Ukraine. From 6 to 10 July 2022, the international newcomers will be exhibiting their works to a broad spectrum of visitors in Hall B5.

Exceptional works by designers under 35 years old: that is what the special exhibition TALENTE – MEISTER DER ZUKUNFT will offer. Skilled crafts are traditionally heavily focused on materials and for that reason many young designers focus on material studies and research in their work: How can I do things differently? Which previously neglected materials could I use? What can be recycled? Where can waste be prevented? These are the questions being considered by young designers in skilled crafts today.

What stands out is their considerable interest in new ways of working with clothing and sustainable textiles. Melis Kiran, for example, in her project “yeni deri” (new leather) considers the possibilities of recycling discarded leather clothing. Because leather, a luxury natural material that was designed to be worn for years, is also being thrown away after increasingly shorter periods of wear. Melis Kiran processes the discarded leather clothing using various techniques to form new surfaces. Larger sections are cut and woven into leather strips; smaller pieces form the basis of a kind of powder that, when mixed with biopolymers and glycerine, can be shaped.

The young designer Amit Giladi developed her “UniQform” project in order to reduce the vast quantity of garments being produced. What look like patterned lengths of material are in fact the cutting patterns for her fashion designs: the Israeli designed three sets of clothing from easily degradable cotton. The designs are unisex and can be adjusted with a belt. The pattern and cut were printed together on lengths of material. They can be separated and sewn together to make pieces of clothing, making sure that no material is wasted. The material and form, technique and design are tightly interwoven here.

Textile designer Shalvah Gottlieb is also from Israel. She impressed the panel of judges with her type of hanging chair consisting of a beanbag and a hanging backrest made from knitted bamboo and rubber. The flexible backrest envelops the sitter looking for a peaceful place to rest. In public places, such as libraries, the chair provides a protected personal space to which the sitter can retreat.

Maartje van Dijck from the Netherlands will be demonstrating an entirely new approach to working with materials. In her project entitled “Play with machines”, she inserts conventional pieces of clothing into a embroidery machine in such a way that it creates as many folds as possible. The folds are then fixed by being embroidered into place. The garment acquires volume and a completely different silhouette. Sometimes the designer adds extra material or works with different colours. The industrial machine used here does not produce off-the-peg clothing as would normally be the case. Quite the reverse, in fact: a mass-produced item is turned into a very special, individual piece of clothing that may be appreciated more and worn for longer as a result.

Young glass artists are also displaying truly innovative design ideas coupled with masterful technical quality. The already award-winning young Swiss artist Jonas Noël Niedermann, currently based in Denmark, works with magnetism in his latest glass objects. He creates surfaces comprising several layers, with outer layers of glass of a different colour that are, on the one hand, attracted by the inner form and, on the other hand, seem to be repelled by it.

The search for new forms is also visible and palpable in ceramics. With her “Cityscape Vases”, Nadja Kim Schlenker  has created a series of objects that are equally reminiscent of architecture, nature and everyday objects: powerful bamboo stems seem to grow like skyscrapers from the base of what is rather a traditional vase form.

The desire to combine tradition with the modern is also noticeable in the furniture section. For his “Tendo” stool, Louis Rösner has bent plywood panels and fixed them in place with tensioning belts. The stool is assembled very easily and quickly from three elements without the need for any other tools. The flexible seat adapts to the sitter’s body and promotes a healthy, dynamic sitting position.

The selecting panel of judges received a particularly large number of applications from the jewellery section. The subject of material research played a major role here too: with recycled plastic being crocheted into a necklace, a silicon band with steel slats becoming a flexible bracelet and stones stuck with metal to a brooch.

Once again TALENTE – MEISTER DER ZUKUNFT emerges as a genuine cornucopia of possibilities and ideas. Such a wealth of creative and highly complex works by young designers can only induce a positive view of the future of skilled crafts in design.

An introduction to the special exhibition will be presented on the second day of the trade fair, Thursday 7 July 2022, at 1.30 pm on the Hall B5 stage. The TALENTE award ceremony will also be held in the same place on Saturday 9 July 2022 at 4.30 pm.

The TALENTE – MEISTER DER ZUKUNFT special exhibition is sponsored by the Chamber of Crafts for Munich and Upper Bavaria. The exhibition is also funded by the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, Regional Development and Energy. Further information on the trade fair is available at www.ihm-handwerk-design.com/en.


About «Handwerk & Design»

As part of the Internationale Handwerksmesse (IHM), the «Handwerk & Design» trade fair was established in 2008. The idea behind it is to combine outstanding achievements in the fields of handcraft, creative crafts and design under one roof at the Internationale Handwerksmesse (IHM). During IHM, the focus of everything in Hall B5 at the Munich Exhibition Centre will be on the combination of skilled craftsmanship and good design. The «Handwerk & Design» trade fair is characterised by special exhibitions like EXEMPLA, SCHMUCK or TALENTE – MEISTER DER ZUKUNFT, which are organised by the Chamber of Crafts for Munich and Upper Bavaria.

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  • Melis Kiran: “yeni deri”. Fabric made from recycled leather thread. Image rights: Melis Kiran
  • “UniQform”: printed lengths of material with integrated cutting pattern by Amit Giladi. Image rights: Danieala Abohav
  • Maartje van Dijck: Top from the series “Play with machines”. Image rights: Frijke Coumans
  • Glass objects from the series “Magnetics” by Jonas Noël Niedermann. Image rights: Cæciliie Philipa Vibe Pedersen
  • Ceramic “Cityscape Vases” by Nadja Kim Schlenker. Image rights: Nadja Kim Schlenker
  • “Tendo” stool by Louis Rösner made from plywood and tensioning belts. Image rights: Eva Jünger
  • Sabina Dragusanu: Crocheted necklace made from recycled plastic. Image rights: Sabina Dragusanu
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