Next Design Generation.

Do you need decades of experience to create future-oriented designs that combine aesthetic quality, humour and a lightness of touch? The Ambiente Talents demonstrate that’s absolutely not the case! We’re going to hear a lot more about these gifted newcomers.

Clever roommates

“Birch bark was used in the past like plastic.” Anastasiya Koshcheeva describes a material typical of her native Siberia. Now based in Berlin, she works in collaboration with some of the last craftsmen to practise this Siberian craft and makes storage boxes, lights and stools from the bark – traditionally without adhesives but now combined with modern laser technology. According to the designer, this material has great advantages: “Birch bark is antibacterial and moisture-repellent.” What’s more, the velvety bark is extremely comfortable to sit on, as proven by her wicker stools – a modern adaptation of traditional craftsmanship.

 

Women is showing a lamp and containers made of birch bark to a fair visitor in the Talents area at Ambiente 2018
Stool and bins from birch bark in the Talents area at Ambiente 2018
Anastasiya Koshcheeva

With their velvety electrostatic flocking, the sculptural lights by Marta Cherednik are lovely and soft to the touch. The complex shapes themselves come from a 3D printer. Russian-born and Singapore-based Cherednik is visibly inspired by nature and her eggcups designed for a London restaurant look like birds’ nests.

Lamp in white from the 3D printer in the Talents area at Ambiente 2018
Women is holding an egg cup in bird's nest optics from 3D printer in the Talents area at Ambiente 2018
Marta Cherednik

Speaking of birds, Pavla Boháčová from Pilsen likes to play with swans and other animals. Her original wooden zoo is based on geometry and hemispheric movement.

Woman holds a swan wooden toy in the Talents area at Ambiente 2018. In the back are horses and ducks wooden toys
Pavla Boháčová

Japanese product designer Takeshi Nishio amazes us in a quite different way – and takes the principle of the accordion rack to a new level. He constructs fixed shelving units whose height can be varied – ideal for micro-apartments, just like the wall mirrors that open out like purses.

Man presents accordion rack to fair visitor in the Talents area at Ambiente 2018
Man looks into wall mirror in the Talents area at Ambiente 2018
Takeshi Nishio

Calculated stylish eccentricity

Isaac Monté grows crystals in his Rotterdam studio. Only when you look more closely, can you see that these fairytale-like exteriors hide a kettle, a lemon squeezer and other design icons. “Preserved for future generations,” says the 29-year-old. The technology is interesting for restaurants, where whole walls can be designed in this way.

 

Man shows crystal dragonfly to fair visitor in the Talents area at Ambiente 2018
Isaac Monté
Crystal vases and objects in the Talents area at Ambiente 2018

Daniel van Dijck would also like to see his experimental designs in restaurants. The artist from The Hague creates bizarre effects in the kiln using peas, which disintegrate and leave their spherical shape solidified on earthenware plates. By contrast, copper dishes appear “wrinkled” thanks to a combination of different casting techniques, and his cutlery looks as if it has been roughly carved. “The tactile designs symbolise processes that take place during digestion in the body,” says the 31-year-old. Eccentricity at its best, in our opinion.

Plates and vases made of clay in the Dining Talents area at Ambiente 2018
Daniel van Dijck

Instead of pottery, G. William Bell creates glass from fire. In a multi-stage process, the Florida glass blower forms geometric vessels from coloured rods. With their colour gradients, some of them resemble Petri dishes containing laboratory samples – a parallel that is confirmed by the virtuoso craftsman.

Glass vessels with colour gradient in the Dining Talents area at Ambiente 2018
Woman and man talking in the Talents area at Ambiente 2018
G. William Bell

Then there’s the ingenious trick with the soap that Timo Heinen has invented. Hand soap stays dry when placed in this stainless-steel bowl, which slides the bar of soap into an upright position.

Man holds tray in stainless steel in the Talents area at Ambiente 2018
Timo Heinen

Decorative one-offs

The growing desire for individuality makes one-off items of jewellery more and more attractive: not everyday creations but creations that can be worn every day. Take, for instance, the ancient statements created by Anne Kaden – silver rings cast in the earth. “On a trip to Iceland, I cast several rings at the foot of a volcano,” explains the silversmith. The sulphide and oxide compounds in the earth led to fascinating and rugged colour effects. “This kind of snapshot appeals to couples who have a personal association with the place. For instance, they may have first got to know each other here.

Silver rings and earrings in the Talents area at Ambiente 2018
Woman presents jewelry in the Talents area at Ambiente 2018
Anne Kaden

” Uniqueness is also the key for Maria Joanna Juchnowska. She uses waste products from the ceramics industry: “Above all, I recreate distinctive items such as putto heads, for example from the Meissen Archive, and convert them into pendants and earrings,” says the Norwegian-based designer. With her contemporary interpretation of fragmentary “heirlooms” from large manufactories, she creates attractive recycled inspirations.

Women talking about jewelry in the Talents area at Ambiente 2018
Maria Joanna Juchnowska

Güzin Büyük amazes us with the design possibilities of tubular knitwear. Her collection is the result of a family-inspired investigation that formed her bachelor thesis; her mother was a passionate dressmaker. By combining traditional and new crocheting techniques, she creates sophisticated objects for the neck, shoulder and décolleté.

Lace necklace in the Talents area at Ambiente 2018
Woman with lace necklaces in the Talents area at Ambiente 2018
Güzin Büyük