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Tendence Talents Programme revealed

Tendence will be an important platform for contemporary arts & crafts, with products made of wood, glass and ceramic form set to be unveiled

The participants of this year’s Talents programme focusing on Modern Crafts are a credit to the subject of arts & crafts – the works of the 19 participants who will be making presentations at Tendence in Frankfurt am Main from 30 August to 2 September 2014 are artistically significant, extraordinary and perfectly made.

On show in the Interiors & Decoration section in Hall 9.0 will be individual items and small product series made chiefly of wood, glass, ceramic and textiles. This year, the designers taking part in Talents come from six countries. With them, they will bring numerous successful examples of modern arts & crafts, which stand out in many respects.

“The portfolio of products at Talents is characterised by well thought-out, intelligent products that meet not only the highest aesthetic and artistic standards but also have a definite purpose without losing sight of ecological aspects”, says Nicolette Naumann, Vice President Ambiente and Tendence.

The participants are selected by Messe Frankfurt in cooperation with the German Arts & Crafts Association (Bundesverband Kunsthand–werk) and the Museum for Applied Art in Frankfurt. Together with the exhibition of the renowned ‘FORM 2014- the best from Crafts and Industry’ competition and the presentation of the Hessian State Award for German Arts & Crafts, the Talents area focusing on Modern Crafts gives expression to the great importance attached to handicrafts and art at Tendence.

A new look for classic products: wood a versatile material ‘ply’ is an extraordinary furniture collection distinguished by resource-friendly and robust workmanship coupled with timeless design and a high artistic standard. Moreover, designer Christoph Friedrich Wagner makes skilful use of the special properties of wood: plywood sheets made of thin, transverse-glued layers of veneer form the basis of his furniture collection, which ranges from beds, via lamps to bed-side tables and desks. Made up of individual sheets, the items of furniture have a monolithic appearance, as if machined out of a solid block of wood.

To make practical pieces of furniture using natural raw materials and traditional hand-crafting methods – that is the ambitious aim of Studio Drevo. Behind the Slovenian label are Nadja and Dejan Pfeifer, two designers who are not prepared to compromise, especially when it comes to materials: their wood comes solely from controlled ecological forestry, the glue and varnish used are completely non-hazardous – aspects that are increasingly the subject of consumer attention.

The best proof that wood is suitable not only for making furniture but also for stylish home and decorative accessories is provided by Christoph Finkel and Friedemann Bühler. For his sculptural dishes, Christoph Finkel uses the specific, natural qualities of wood as his basis and this includes all deformations and cracks. The result is unique and unmistakable articles that stand for the vitality and changeability of the material.

In his studio, Friedemann Bühler creates wooden objects characterised primarily by elegance and timelessness. The artist carefully chooses the right tree trunks, generally ash, oak or sycamore. The blanks are soaked in water and turned while still wet. Drying results in asymmetric shapes while brushing and sand-blasting causes the grain to stand out as attractive lines.

Always good for a surprise: excellence in glass and ceramic
Life and vitality are the major topics of designers Scholle and Deubzer. A trained glass blower, Rike Scholle makes innumerable individual parts that she assembles to create new works. For example, ‘Boom’ has 160 parts and thrives primarily on the unique combination of glass and light. The luminaires of Eduard Deubzer are distinguished by a very special production process: Deubzer grinds the blown glass on stones.

The work of Jun Murakoshi from Japan revolves around unusual combinations. He decorates the openings of his hand-blown vases and dishes with an elaborate pattern of coloured yarn – an artistic element with a practical function that enables flowers and fruit to be arranged effectively.

Pure form is all important for Christine Ruff when it comes to her collection of ceramic vessels, which fall into a category between art and design and between ornament and commodity. Elegant in appearance, the stoneware-clay vessels are fired at 1,200 °C, which makes them particularly strong and, therefore, suitable for everyday use.

Although reduction and functionality are the characteristic features of Beate Leonards’ works, harmonious, coherent designs are of the essence for the silversmith. She creates free, object-like and sculptural shapes that emerge from a sculptor’s approach. At the same time, she attaches particular importance to the right choice of material, in most cases, silver, bronze, aluminium or porcelain.
Textile design for man’s best friend

Thanks to Monika Pioch, cats’ and dogs’ sleeping places no longer have to be hidden in the far corner of a dark room. Her clear and reduced design vocabulary means the ‘living quarters of cats and small dogs’ need not be concealed but can be integrated as eye-catchers in existing living rooms. All models are hand-felted and made of pure new wool from Alpine sheep.

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