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Heimtextil presents 'Young Creations Award: Upcycling'
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Jan '16
The 'Young Creations Awards: Upcycling' were presented to young talents focusing on the closed-substance cycle for the fourth year running at Heimtextil.

“The awards went to young designers who are Katrin Krupka from Potsdam and Marina Varfolomeeva from Milan,” a press release from Messe Frankfurt, the organiser said.

“The subject of sustainability has also been an important aspect of the fair for some years and is more than just a short-lived trend for us,” said Ulrike Wechsung, Heimtextil director.

“With the competition, we have once again succeeded in creating a platform that draws the attention of trade and industry to young designers,” she added.

“With over 26 entries, the competition proved very popular among up-and-coming designers, interior architects and interior decorators, especially from European academies,” Messe Frankfurt added.

A new feature of the award was the opening of the competition to master students and young master craftsmen from the interior-decoration trade.

Accordingly, Heimtextil expanded the competition to include the 'Room Concepts' category and the first winner of the new category was Marina Varfolomeeva of the Domus Academy in Milan with her project entitled 'Renewal Room'.

The winner in the 'Contract' category was Katrin Krupka, a graduate student of Potsdam University of Applied Sciences for her project entitled 'Recreate Textiles – Collection of Materials made from Industrial Cotton Waste'.

“The successful project is based on uncompromisingly applied scientific principles and extensive research into materials,” the jury members said.

“In the final analysis, the designer focused her material study on industrial waste and in this way, she has formed a creative basis in the sense of upcycling with a wide variety of potential new applications,” they added.

Second prize went to Detlef Nordemann of Oldenburg Chamber of Commerce for his project, 'Loom', an armchair creation based on the backrest of a chair and a big cushion.

In third place came Wuthigrai Siriphon of the Royal College of Art in London with his project, 'Hand-woven textiles for next-generation craftspeople'.

With recycled plastic threads, he breathed new life into an almost extinct handicraft whereby, fully in the sense of upcycling, he replaced yarn with plastic threads to create a multi-functional 3D fabric that can be used as a room divider or wall.

Additionally, the Heimtextil management gave a special award to Lars Dahlitz of the Faculty for Applied Art in Schneeberg for his project entitled 'Furniture from old wood. (AR)

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