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Innovations wanted?

May 3, 2018

Something unusual, something new or simply something different: at Tendence there will be two areas dedicated to up-and-coming talents, where a select few designers and craftspeople will introduce themselves and their ideas and where they will showcase their individual one-off items, prototypes and short-production runs.

Necklace from the ‘Slast’ collection by Alena Willroth
Necklace from the ‘Slast’ collection by Alena Willroth

How do innovations actually come about? When we give new ideas space to develop, for example. Or indulge ourselves in an intellectual voyage of discovery some way off the beaten track. And throw convention completely to the winds. 43 designers, craftsmen and women will demonstrate at Tendence, from 30 June to 3 July, just how it happens and, above all, what can then emerge from the process.

Accessories & Jewellery

They develop new techniques, work with unusual materials and use the entire spectrum of expressive possibilities that leather work and jewellery creation have to offer. In the Accessories & Jewellery section of the ‘Talents’ in Hall 11.1, the focus is on the work of 21 exceptional designers. Buyers will find here some individual pieces – highlights with which to set off their selections.

The pieces of jewellery from Czech designer Alena Willroth are guaranteed to catch people’s eye. This designer, who has chosen Berlin as her home, creates extraordinary micro-shapes from sheet polyethylene. For her new collection ‘Slast’, Willroth has developed a special welding technique. Her pieces are all exclusively hand made.

Wladimir Arutti, too, breaks new ground with his bag designs. For his first product line, ‘Trillion’, the fashion designer has drawn inspiration from Japanese cities and used architectural elements in his work. The design could only be realised as a result of developments in the techniques for cutting out the patterns.

Laura Christmann, on the other hand, plays with simple geometrical forms in her jewellery pieces, constantly re-combining them in new variations. Modern techniques such as 3D-printing and laser cutting are used in the jewellery of this designer from Dusseldorf, alongside traditional goldsmith’s craftsmanship.

Modern Crafts

Retailers in search of something a little special, outside of the mainstream, will find what they are looking for in Modern Crafts: in the ‘Talents’ area in Hall 9.0, 22 craftsmen and women will be showcasing their individual pieces and short production runs. Textile pieces are just as likely to be found here as small furniture items, lamps and skilfully worked objects in porcelain and earthenware.

In their diversity, Martin Schlotz’s pots have one thing in common: they open up possibilities for unusual glazes. The result is sometimes rough, sometimes smooth and sometimes polished and shiny. At the same time, the stoneware and porcelain vessels are underpinned by a rhythmic use of form and colour. Schlotz achieves the very special surface textures in his work by boiling the glazes he uses.

In their work, jewellery designer Veronika Watzková and product designer Stanislav Holý have combined ideas from a variety of fields in an artistic joint project - ‘Vessels’. Both graduates of AAAD (Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague), they will be presenting their first collection ‘Bon’ at Tendence: a fusion of the Czech art of glass blowing with the filigree delicacy of jewellery design.

100 percent organic cotton, 100 percent sustainable production, 100 percent artistic creation: with the tagline ‘Art touches design’, conceptual artist Verena Rempel will be presenting her first collection of home textiles ‘Mimesis’. The abstract, geometrical ornamentation and the surreal landscape motifs emerge from the combination of photographic images of the artist’s hands and fingers in various poses.

Tendence will be taking place from 30 June to 3 July 2018.

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Tendence – international trade fair for consumer goods

Tendence (30 June to 3 July 2018) is Germany’s most international order venue for the second half of the year. The wide-ranging product portfolio covers fields of the home, furnishing, decorating, gifts, jewellery, fashion accessories, tableware, kitchenware, home textiles and outdoor living. Special shows and a wide-ranging complementary programme of events are multi-faceted sources of sales-boosting impulses for retailers. Strong brands and key communicators use this new-products platform to present their trends for the winter and Christmas season. At the same time, they give bulk buyers from the international trade the chance to place orders in good time for their spring and summer collections.

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