Cologne: 19.–22.09.2019


Kind + Jugend 2018: Young designers distinguished

Design is especially important for children's products, because it can encourage and challenge, develop creativity and abilities, create a connection with the environment and, most especially, be fun. In the context of Kind + Jugend, the world's largest trade fair for baby and children's outfitting, the theme of design therefore traditionally plays an important role. In order to also offer primarily young designers the opportunity to present themselves to the trade world and in this way establish contacts, the trade fair presents the KIDS Design AWARD each year. It promotes product concepts and studies that are not yet commercially available. Ten designers and their designs are nominated. Kind + Jugend enables all ten nominees the chance at a product sponsorship, because their designs are presented to the manufacturers and traders at the trade fair in an attractive special event. The goal of the sponsorship should be to jointly develop a prototype to the point of market maturity. The winner will be announced on the Trend Forum stage on the first trade fair day of Kind + Jugend. The KIDS Design AWARD special event takes place in hall 11.1, stand E 50 F 59.

140 submissions, originating from industry, design and science, were presented to the expert jury for evaluation. Following intensive discussions, the winner was distinguished and honourable mentions made. However, the jurors expressly praised the high design quality of the competition as a whole and of the submitted designs.

Gintare Cerniauskaite is the winner of the KIDS Design AWARD 2018
This year, the Lithuanian designer Gintare Cerniauskaite, who completed her training at the Vilnius Academy of Arts, won the KIDS Design AWARD with her "Upe" product.

Upe is an educational wooden building game that helps children learn to read, write and count by composing letters and numbers from pre-cut shapes. In that the main shapes of the letters and numbers are recognised and can be independently constructed, a child is encouraged to experiment with various possible forms of writing. These forms can also be used to create roads, bridges, castles, cartoon figures or anything else one can imagine.

Honourable mention for Lisanne Koning
The jury felt that the "Inside the box" product from Lisanne Koning was also deserving of an honourable mention. Help sometimes comes in boxes, and there is no place for toys there. Food, medication and clothing are of course important, but toys are also important for children in disaster areas.

The 'Inside the box' cardboard box is a standard box with templates printed onto the inside of the box for creating toys from the box itself. Toys can in this way be sent to disaster areas and the box be used again.

The other nominees:
·Dorja Benussi, Ivan Benussi: Tink Things – sensory kids furniture
·Heinrich Kerth: hoch zwei
·Martin Hensel: flexmobil
·Pascal Heußner: Cradle to Cradle
·Florentine Voigt: well140 / welle60
·Philipp Cartier: Bruno
·Zlatomira Cirhanova: LOONO
·Elena Gomez de Valcarcel Sabater: FAMILIA
 Koelnmesse – Global Competence in Furniture, Interiors and Design: Koelnmesse is the world’s top trade fair organiser for the areas of furnishing, living and lifestyle. At the trade fair hub of Cologne, the leading international fair imm cologne as well as the trade fair formats of LivingKitchen, ORGATEC, spoga+gafa, interzum and Kind + Jugend rank among the internationally renowned and established industry meeting places. These fairs comprehensively represent the upholstered and case furniture segment, the kitchen industry, the office furniture sector and outdoor living as well as the innovations of the furniture supply industry. Over the last few years, Koelnmesse has specifically added international fairs in the most important fast-expanding markets to its portfolio. These include CIKB in Shanghai, interzum guangzhou in Guangzhou and Pueri Expo in Sao Paulo. With ambista, the online portal for the interiors business, Koelnmesse offers direct access to products, contacts, expertise and events relevant to the industry all year round.

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The next events:
CIKB - The platform for the Kitchen Industry in China, Shanghai 10.10. - 12.10.2018
China Kids Expo - China International Baby Articles Fair, Shanghai 16.10. - 18.10.2018
ORGATEC - New visions of work, Cologne 23.10. - 27.10.2018

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