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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…)

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…)

Exclusive – The Kids Design Award in the Matchmaking365-Community of Kind + Jugend 2015

The Kids Design Award again was an important event at this year’s Kind + Jugend.

Very exclusively, we will present the submitted ideas for the Kids Design Award 2015 under its own category in the Matchmaking365-Community, starting from November 2, 2015.

Kind + Jugend 2015, stand: Crane

Kind + Jugend 2015, stand: Crane

During the next months, members can review and comment on over 200 concepts and ideas from all over the world, and can contact the designers directly. (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

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

Kind + Jugend 2015: record trade fair ahead!

Even more diverse, more international, more high-quality: that is going to be Kind + Jugend 2015. With 1,141 exhibitors, the trade fair achieves a new record, and with a foreign share of 84 percent it consolidates its position as the world’s most important meeting point of the industry. The broad offer presented in Cologne ranges from children’s furniture, safety seats, strollers and sanitary products to toys and textile furnishings, and includes all the relevant and pioneering brands. Especially looking at the context of rising birth rates and encouraging prospects for the sector, you definitely should not miss Kind + Jugend 2015!

Kind + Jugend 2015 breaks all records!

Kind + Jugend 2015 breaks all records!

Baby Boom: good prospects for the sector

According to the German Federal Statistical Office (“Statistisches Bundesamt”), the birth rate has risen by 4.8 percent in 2014. At the same time more and more parents are willing to invest more money in their offspring: in 2014 parents spent around 1,058 euros per child in the first three years of their life, these are 3 percent more than the same period in 2013. Particularly manufacturers of strollers and child seats can benefit from that – since 2011 the sector is pleased with uninterrupted growth. (more…)

Kids Design Award 2015: And the nominees are …

Diverse, international and just overwhelming – that’s how we name the resonance of the drafts handed in for the Kids Design Award 2015.

Kids Design Award 2015 by Kind + Jugend

Kids Design Award 2015 by Kind + Jugend

252 up-and-coming young designers from 40 countries responded to the call of the Kind + Jugend and applied for the advancement award with their prototypes. Now a jury of experts nominated ten up-and-coming young designers: Annika Marie Buchberger (Cuxhaven), Jana Cerna (Karlstejn, Tschechien), Xinyang Du (Peking, China), Daniela Gardeweg (Düsseldorf), Constanze Hosp (Halle/Saale), Claus Kørup Jensen (Kolding, Dänemark), Sabine Lachnit (Fulda), Antonia Renate Lorz (Erlangen), Andreas Mikutta (Schongau), Maren Zielke (Berlin). The award ceremony opening the trade fair takes place on Thursday September 10th in hall 10.1, booth A070. (more…)

Successful market launch thanks to the “Kids Design Award” – Episode 5: From draft to market-driven design

A modular furniture system for kids and adults; high-class, modern and child-proof – for this, Bremen-based designer Jannis Ellenberger was honoured with the Kids Design Award 2014. The children’s furniture manufacturer Jörg de Breuyn, headquartered in Cologne, supports the design concept as a sponsor and helps it bloom into marketability. Which challenges do you have to overcome in such a process? Learn about them in our interview with both the designer and the manufacturer.


The prototypes for Jannis Ellenberger’s modular furniture system are being put to the test

Sometimes, the first draft of a piece of furniture and the actual finished piece are worlds apart. Mr. de Breuyn, how marketable were Jannis Ellenberger’s first designs from your point of view?

Jörg de Breuyn: Jannis Ellenberger is an experienced designer whose drafts were already really advanced – there were even first prototypes. When I discovered them last year at Kind + Jugend, I realised that a system like this is sorely needed. Integrated living is a trend, and the living areas for children and adults are increasingly merging. That’s also why the aesthetic aspect of children’s furniture is being much more focussed on now. In addition, I also see possibilities in non-residential buildings, for example when it comes to outfitting waiting rooms in a doctor’s surgery or lounge areas in hotels. (more…)

Successful market launch thanks to the Kids Design Award – Episode 4: Round table: Which children’s furniture does the market need?

Kind + Jugend supports innovative children’s furniture concepts and brings designers and manufacturers together. But how much importance is attached to design in the kids’ room anyway? Where is the trend headed? What does the market expect? These questions are discussed by Bremen-based designer Jannis Ellenberger whose modular concept was awarded with the Kids Design Award 2014, the children’s furniture manufacturer Jörg de Breuyn from Cologne, and Thomas Postert, project manager Kind + Jugend at Koelnmesse.

Kind + Jugend 2014

Kind + Jugend 2014


Successful market launch thanks to the Kids Design Award – Episode 3: The coming of age of a furniture system

For his modular children’s furniture system, Bremen-based designer Jannis Ellenberger was awarded with the Kids Design Award 2014 at Kind + Jugend. To help it bloom into marketability, the children’s furniture manufacturer Jörg de Breuyn from Cologne supports the concept as a sponsor. You already met both of them in episode 2 of our blog series – now you can follow the coming of age of the modular system from first draft to finished piece.

First drafts

First drafts of the modular furniture system

First drafts of the modular furniture system

Multi-functional furniture for children and adults that is made for playing and romping and at the same time mesmerizes by its clear, purist design – that’s the innovative design concept Jannis Ellenberger’s modular furniture system is based on. His first drafts show the layout with colours, shapes and styles. (more…)

Steppingstone into the market – the Kids Design Award is about to enter its second round

Design plays an ever increasing role – that also applies to the children’s items and furniture sector. Open floor plans, the fusion of once separated living areas and the digitization of the living room pose new challenges when it comes to creating furniture for the little ones. That’s why Kind + Jugend is picking up these future trends, supporting innovative design concepts and bringing together manufacturers and designers.


In 2015, Kind + Jugend will be hosting the Kids Design Award for the second time. And for the first time, it will be supported by the Verband Deutscher Industriedesigner (VDID), the German Association of Industrial Designers. As of now, design students and up-and-coming designers from around the world are asked to submit their ideas in the areas of children’s items and furniture. (more…)

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