As Germany’s leading authority on design and brands, the German Design Council works to promote society’s awareness of design and supports companies on all matters relating to brand and design development. We provide a forum for interdisciplinary knowledge transfer and give our members a competitive edge: independently, internationally and competently.

1&20 2024

Call for entries: one&twenty


The German Design Council is looking for the 21 best international design talents for its young talent competition 1&20!

Students and graduates from international universities now have the opportunity to submit their work. We are looking for innovative and forward-looking work in the following categories: Interior Design, Lifestyle, Eco Design, Social Design, Medical and Rehabilitation, Materials and Textiles, Techniques and Processes for Design, Public Design and Digitally Supported Design.

From all the projects submitted, the international jury of experts honoured a total of 21 outstanding works: once with "Best of Best" and 20 times with "Winner".

The award-winning products will be shown in a special exhibition in Brera from 16 to 21 April 2024 during Milan Design Week on the occasion of the Salone del Mobile 2024.

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Issue 2024 - connect. collaborate. continue.

The Major German Brands - Available now!

This year's edition is now available and was presented in a festive setting at the Design Gala at Soho House in Berlin.

In this year's edition "The Major German brands - connect. collaborate. continue." we draw attention to the increasing relevance of knowledge-networked and collaborative approaches in transformation. In this way, industries often open up into new spaces and open up far-reaching opportunities for brands today. The focus of the eleventh volume is on brands that position themselves for the future in a solution-oriented way and dare to approach transformations with an open mind.


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German Innovation Awards 2024

Into the next round!

Our German Innovation Award is going into the next round and is now opening its registration and submission portal.

The German Innovation Award of the German Design Council honours international and cross-sector products, projects and pioneering achievements that sustainably improve life through innovation and progress. From green mobility, digital healthcare and new work to exceptional engineering achievements in all areas - every innovation counts. Because positive AS nderstandings that influence and enrich the lives of the most diverse target groups have always come about through innovation. The German Innovation Award provides a platform for these innovative solutions and shows where innovations can take us.


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Walk The Talk

New dates

We have new dates for you with exciting topics - take a look, remember and register now!

Our popular format Walk The Talk is an exclusive online event for our foundation members. In this format, we facilitate a short and content-rich exchange on the topics of brand, digitalisation, design and innovation. Guests from well-known names in industry and business give a keynote speech and then answer the participants' questions.

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Frankfurt is World Design Capital '26!

And The German Design Council is Partner

The World Design Organization™ (WDO), based in Montreal, Canada, announced that Frankfurt and the RheinMain Region will become World Design Capital for the year 2026.

Frankfurt RheinMain was nominated with the content concept Design for Democrcacy. Atmospheres for a better life, along with Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, was one of the two finalists selected by the WDO's international committee, which represents all continents, and prevailed with its concept.

The German Design Council is a partner of the initiative and, together with the implementation company under the direction of Prof. Matthias Wagner K, is delighted about the well-deserved project award.


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The third german design debate

70 years of the German Design Council!

2023 is the anniversary year

»70 Years of the German Design Council – 70 Years of Design Culture«

The celebration of the 70th anniversary of the German Design Council took place on June 22. 2023 in the Paulskirche in Frankfurt. It was celebrated traditionally celebrated with the international event Third German Design Debate "Creating Community", which was also open to the public.

The event is designed to promote collaborations and interdisciplinary interdisciplinary networking, which are playing an increasingly important role in design increasingly important role for design processes. Speakers from design, business, science, politics and culture were again expected, science, politics and culture. This time the speakers were

Francesca Bria
Kate Crawford
Sunny Dolat
Hartmut Esslinger
John Maeda

Recordings of the Third German Design Debate - Creating Community is available on our website and on our Youtube channel.

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Studies and reports

Reports and Studies

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"The Value of Design"

Here you will find a compilation of reports and studies from recent years that deal with this topic.


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Mono Residency - German Design Graduates

German Design Graduates x MONO

40 years of MONO and 10 perspectives

Ten art and design objects, developed by young designers of the German Design Graduates, celebrate the 40th anniversary of Mono Tea. The closing event of the "Mono Residency" and exhibition will take place on 5.7.2023 in Berlin.

As ambassador of the German Design Graduates, Mono initiated the "Mono Residency", which is aimed directly at young designers.

In 1983, the family-owned company Mono launched the first Mono teapot together with the designer Tassilo von Grolman. In the following decades, it became a design icon. The 40th anniversary is the occasion and theme of the first edition of the "Mono Residency". Mono invited participants to play, intervene, deconstruct and recontextualise. By exploring the materials of the Mono teapots and their iconic look, the designers developed new perspectives on the classic. The result of the project is ten creative individual pieces - ten art and design objects that take up the materiality and typology of the Mono teapot and stand for themselves through their originality and strong aesthetics.

Photo: Nadia Morozewicz

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