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Kind + Jugend is asking… an interview with Annika Marie Buchberger, winner of the Kids Design Award 2015

Annika Marie Buchberger developed the children’s furniture series “Ausgewachsen” (grown out) in the context of her final project for her course of studies. With this idea, the young designer from Cuxhaven was able to prevail against around 250 other creative designs and has now produced “Ausgewachsen” in series within the framework of a product sponsorship with the children’s furniture manufacturer Jörg de Breuyn. In an interview with Kind + Jugend, she tells what has happened since then.

Annika Marie Buchberger, winner of Kids Design Award 2015

Annika Marie Buchberger, winner of Kids Design Award 2015

In 2015 you won the Kids Design Award with your furniture series “Ausgewachsen”. What was special about these products? What distinguishes them?

What is special about “Ausgewachsen” is its ability to transform. (more…)

Kind + Jugend prepares ideas for the market – 3rd round of Kids Design Award for young designers

Kind + Jugend has once again proven that it is one of the most important meeting points of the industry as the leading international trade fair for baby and toddler outfitting with the product show in 2015. One of its unique selling points is the special promotion of young designers and promising concepts. In keeping with this, the Kids Design Award is now entering the third round.

Kids Design Award 2016

Kids Design Award 2016 of Kind + Jugend – apply now!

Wanted: the best young designer of 2016

When exceptional concepts and designs for children’s outfitting and furniture that are inventive and future-oriented in their function and design are sought effective immediately, that can only mean one thing: Kind + Jugend is looking for the young designer of 2016! (more…)

Functional diversity in furniture design

Kind + Jugend 2015 led the way: Durability and multifunctionality are still at the top of the list when it comes down to furnishing the children’s bedroom. This is demonstrated among others by “Grown up” – the furniture series that grows together with the child created by the designer from Cuxhaven, Annika Marie Buchberger, which was distinguished with the sponsorship award, the Kids Design Award.

Kind + Jugend 2015, stand: Design Parc, Perludi

Kind + Jugend 2015, stand: Design Parc, Perludi

Design: Simple shapes and contrasting tones

Thanks to a manifold selection of structured foils and décor as well as different facets and styles, taste is coming into its own in 2016. The modern and simple shapes create an air of timeless elegance in both the children’s and youth’s section. In this way, the furniture can be used for a long time and combined with each other. (more…)

Kind + Jugend 2015 – all around a full success!

The Kind + Jugend has cleared up top marks this year. With more than 21,000 visitors from 110 countries five percent more trade visitors had come to Cologne than last year. And with 1,141 exhibitors from 50 countries the trade fair has set a new record among exhibitors. Thus, it has once again presented itself as the most important trade fair in the baby and toddler outfitting sector. 

Kind + Jugend 2015, British collective booth, area 11.1

Kind + Jugend 2015, British collective booth, area 11.1

The significant visitor increase delighted the organizers of the trade fair – and apparently the many attendees spent successful days in Cologne. This could not only be felt itself in the good mood and relaxed atmosphere during the fair. Also the results of the visitor survey speak for themselves: 83 per cent were happy or very happy with the exhibition offering and their achievement of prior set personal goals. Over 93% of the visitors would recommend the Kind + Jugend to a business partner.

‘Not only the numbers but also the visitor survey show that quantity and quality of the exhibition was convincing all along the line. The concept of the trade fair which has a perfect offer for every market participant is worldwide regarding quality second to none’, said the manager of the Koelnmesse Katharina C. Hamma. On an area of 100,000 square meters exhibitors have presented novelties for four days and further product development serving kids furniture, safety seats and strollers, hygiene products, toys and fabric products. Also for Eric Wickbold, importer and distributor at Hightrade (Sao Paulo, Brasil), the days at the trade fair are essential. He sums up: ‘For us as a global operating import-agency the Kind+Jugend is certainly the most important place worldwide to meet all relevant companies and to support companies planning to enter the Brasilian market.’

At the Kids Design Award 2015 which took place for the second time now, Annika Marie Buchberger’s furniture series ‘full grown’ prevailed against 252 handed in drafts from 40 countries. Together with a kids’ furniture producer who had promised her his product-sponsorship after the awarding, the furniture series is going to be finished until it’s ready for the market.

The awarding of the Innovation Award which traditionally took place on the first day of the trade fair honored more happy winners. This year the jury got 174 drafts from 130 companies handed in from 25 countries.

We thank all exhibitors and visitors for a great Kind + Jugend 2015 and are already looking forward to next year:

Kind + Jugend 2016
15.-18.09.2016

What were your highlights at this year’s show? We look forward to your experiences and comments!