The curated exhibition of the winning entries submitted for the [D³] Contest, which is held in collaboration with the German Design Council, has been drawing crowds for years. Only students and graduates who qualified less than three years ago are eligible to enter the competition. This year, young designers from all over the world submitted no fewer than 689 entries. Only the best 28 products will be shown at the imm cologne 2012, of which only three will be presented with the sought after Interior Innovation Award by an international jury. The participants come from Germany, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Great Britain, the USA, Canada and Korea. The diversity of the design scene they represent is echoed by the mix of highly imaginative product ideas, which range from innovative seating furniture to hall stands and from recycled materials all the way to a specially developed plastic.
Jólan van der Wiel was presented the Interior Innovation Award 2012 – D3 Contest for his winning piece, The Gravity Stool.
It’s not the designer but gravity that determines the final shape of the stool developed by Dutchman Jolan van der Wiel. He merely sets the parameters for the magnetic field in which plastic particles with metal cores arrange themselves into an object that you can actually sit on. Van der Weil, who has just graduated from Amsterdam’s Gerrit Rietveld Academy, constructed the machine consisting of wooden frames and magnets and chose a soft, very malleable plastic for the manufacturing process he developed. The final shape assumed by the special plastic is random, organic and bizarre. The design makes the invisible visible
by materialising the magnetic fields into a product.