The German Design Council is one of the world's leading centers of expertise on design. As a service provider for businesses, we offer a unique forum for trans-disciplinary knowledge transfer on brand and design.
We support corporations in their brand and design development efforts and communicate the added value of design, both in Germany and beyond its borders.

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From bathroom fittings to websites and even cars - the Design Explorer mirrors current trends and developments in the world of product and communication design.
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New foundation members

The German Design Council is pleased to announce the following new members:
bau-for-mat Küchen GmbH & Co. KG, BRUNE Sitzmöbel GmbH, FREIFRAU Sitzmöbelmanufaktur GmbH & Co. KG, HAN Bürogeräte GmbH & Co. KG, Holtz Office Support GmbH, gmbH, JUTEC Biegesysteme GmbH, LMT GmbH & Co. KG, Merck KGaA, OLYMP GmbH & Co. KG, TROIKA Germany GmbH, VOLA A/S, Werkhaus Design + Produktion GmbH, WILO SE

All foundation members in an overview

XXI. Triennale Milano - Hands On Studio

From 2 April to 12 September 2016 the 21st Milan Triennale will take place under the title “Design after Design”. With significant support provided by the German Foreign Office, the German Design Council and the Deutsches Design Museum Foundation are setting up a design studio for young people called Hands On to coincide with Triennale 2016.

More information about the project


German Design Award 2016: The Award Ceremony

On 12. February more than 1000 guests celebrated the winners of the German Design Award 2016 in the context of an award ceremony.

Impressions of the award ceremony



Iconic Awards 2016: Interior Innovation. The award ceremony

Exceptional design and current trends: On 17 January, the German Design Council recognised the products awarded "Best of Best" at the ICONIC AWARDS 2016: Interior Innovation. The award ceremony took place jointly with the A&W Designer of the year tribute from Architektur & Wohnen magazine. Impressions of the award ceremony

The German Design Council has launched a brand competition in the form of the German Brand Award which presents prizes to ground-breaking brands, sustainable brand concepts and brand developers. Only companies which have been nominated for the award can take part in the competition. Further information

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German Design 
Award 2016

Automotive Brand
Contest 2015


German Design Award 2016 - Konstantin Grcic receives the Personality distinction

Konstantin Grcic represents the undogmatic contemporary German design throughout the world in an unparalleled manner and the jury of the German Design Award 2016 has honoured this achievement by selecting the Munich-based designer for the Personality distinction.

Unique. Valuable. The major German brands. 2015

The third edition of "The major German brands" has been published in autumn 2015 and is once again dedicated to this theme of excellence. The book release took place at an exclusive dinner at Soho House, Berlin.
Impressions of the evening and book order

German Design Award 2016: The newcomer finalists

German brand monitor 2015

The German brand monitor is Germany's biggest study on trends and factors of success of modern brand management.
Publishers of the study are the German Design Council and GMK Markenberatung. 

More information:

Extract of the study (German). 

Aus "Schüler entdecken Design" wird "Entdecke Design"

Eine starke Bewegung braucht ein starkes Leitmotiv: Unter dem Motto "Entdecke Design" lädt unsere bundesweite Bildungs- und Kulturinitiative Kinder und Jugendliche ein, in praxisorientierten Workshop-Programmen die Welt des Designs für sich zu entdecken und in eigenen Arbeiten umzusetzen. Stärker ansprechen und fördern wollen wir künftig auch junge Erwachsene und Pädagogen im Rahmen spezieller Fort- und Weiterbildungen.