Young designers take the lead in trendsetting for DOMOTEX 2017

“Young Designer Trendtable”, from left: Hanne Willmann, Victoria Wilmotte, Stefan Diez, Klaas Kuiken, Bilge Nur Saltik, Christy Cole. Image: Verena Kathrein.

Creative thinkers from five countries were brought together by designer Stefan Diez and Deutsche Messe for a new DOMOTEX venture “Young Designer Trendtable”.

Turkish-born Bilge Nur Saltik (now based in the UK), Jane Briggs and Christy Cole (Scotland), Klaas Kuiken (Netherlands), Hanne Willmann (Germany) and Victoria Wilmotte (France) now face the challenge of brewing up with something special for DOMOTEX, the world‘s leading trade fair for flooring.  

They will be tasked to develop trendsetting flooring concepts and designs that will wow the trade by storm when unveiled at DOMOTEX 2017.

The new “Young Designer Trendtable”is part of Innovations@DOMOTEX, which will be staged for the fourth time in 2017. Exhibitors can submit their product innovations, which will be assessed on the basis of their originality by a jury chaired by Stefan Diez. The best products will then be exhibited at DOMOTEX 2017. The introduction of the Young Designer Trendtable concept will underline the commitment to progress and design for the future.

All designers agreed that special attention should be paid to innovative materials, design authenticity and the kind of print systems required in the production of flooring materials of different designs and textures. Project mentor Stefan Diez said, “I immediately warmed to the participants, who quickly began teaming up to make innovation accessible and tangible to all. In my opinion this marks a big step forward for Innovations@DOMOTEX. The workshop is moving in the right direction – it brings designers from different countries and design traditions together within the international trade fair DOMOTEX. It is great and very inspirational to see how this taking shape.”