Outstanding! The smart combination of technology and design.

One of the leading design competitions in Germany, Design Plus pays tribute to outstanding product achievements at trade fairs such as ISH or Light+Building. Every year, the competition honours products that intelligently combine technology and design and offers exhibitors a unique opportunity to present and differentiate their products in the sometimes confusing diversity of trade fairs.

Over the years, the Design Plus seal of quality has advanced to become a coveted mark of distinction, and the competition is now a valued communications platform for companies.

Creative innovation at Light + Building Design Plus powered by Light + Building.

A competition for all exhibitors at Light + Building, for students and graduates: Design Plus powered by Light + Building honours pioneering products at the trade fair – thus reflecting the creative innovation in their product worlds: the competition shows how lighting, electrical engineering and building automation can impress not only in terms of comfort and technology but also in their design.

Eligible to participate are all exhibitors at Light + Building, as well as students and recent graduates of product and industrial design or architecture/interior design. The expert jury assesses the entries with regard to design, ecology and innovation; all of the award-winning products are shown at a special exhibition organised during the trade fair.

The next events

27.11.2019 Deadline online registration for young professionals
03.01.2020 Deadline online registration for exhibitors

The jury

Sebastian Brink

CEO, Carl Prediger GmbH & Co. KG. Hamburg

Georg Sebastian Johannes Brink, finished his studies the Hamburg School of Business Administration (HSBA) as a business economist. Afterwards, he worked for the light manufacturer ERCO in Lüdenscheid and as head of sales. Since 2000, he is managing partner of Carl Prediger GmbH & Co.KG. During this time, he transformed Prediger into a modern omnichannel company and focused on the development of lighting solutions.

Oliver Jahn

Editor-in-Chief AD Architectural Digest, Munich

Oliver Jahn has been editor-in-chief of AD Architectural Digest Germany since 2011. The AD brand, a journalistic style instance of the international design, interior design and architecture scene, is tailor-made for Oliver Jahn: The bibliomaniac - who owns more than 15,000 books - studied linguistics, literature and philosophy in Kiel.
Oliver Jahn first worked for Suhrkamp Verlag in Frankfurt and for the art magazine Monopol before joining AD in 2006.

Julia Knaak

Architektin, Sauerbruch Hutton Gesellschaft von Architekten mbH, Berlin

Julia Knaak studied in Berlin and Haifa and obtained her architecture diploma at the Technical University of Berlin in 1998. From 1998 to 2006, she lived in Paris and worked for several renowned offices, including Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Valode & Pistre.

In 2006 she joined Sauerbruch Hutton as project manager. Her focus is on French-speaking projects at Sauerbruch Hutton. As manager responsible for competitions and projects, she has broad experience and knowledge of planning and implementing sustainable construction concepts in Germany, Switzerland and France. She is a member of the Executive Group.



Prof. Michael Lanz

Managing Directory, designaffairs Group, Munich

Michael Lanz came to designaffairs in 1991 (then design department of Siemens AG) after completing his studies at the University of Wuppertal, specializing in product design. There he worked in different positions.

During his time at Siemens and designaffairs, Lanz has won a number of prestigious design awards. Lanz worked as a lecturer in technical design at TU Dresden in 2007/08 and 2010/11. He regularly gives lectures on the subject of design, design process and trends and is a frequently member of the jury of various internationally renowned design awards.

In addition to his role as a managing director of designaffairs, from mid-April 2014 until end of July 2018 Michael has been head of the institute “Product & Transportation Design" as well as head of the bachelor and master program "Industrial Design" at the internationally renowned FH JOANNEUM in Graz, Austria.

Since August 2018 Michael Lanz is a Managing Director at Accenture/designaffairs and head of the designaffairs studio Munich.



Sandra Rohlf

Project Manager Light Planning of the Schatte Group and Head of the Leuchtenhaus, Lübeck

Sandra Rohlf has been managing the Schatte Leuchtenhaus in Lübeck since 1997. After the reorganization and the extension of the headquarters of the Otto Schatte GmbH to a Lichthaus, she developed an extensive, exclusive assortment and creates lighting concepts for the demanding customer wishes in the commercial and also in the private sector.

Press releases

Design Plus powered by ISH

Design Plus powered by ISH ist der internationale Wettbewerb für Aussteller der ISH, durchgeführt vom Rat für Formgebung für die Messe Frankfurt. Am Eröffnungstag, dem 11. März 2019, wurden um 14 Uhr die Gewinner auf der Preisverleihung geehrt. 114 Unternehmen, davon 48 deutsche und 66 internationale, nahmen am Wettbewerb teil. Die Jury prämierte 37 Produkte, die vom 11. bis 15. März 2019 im Rahmen einer Sonderschau im Foyer der Halle 4.2 präsentiert werden.

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Design Plus powered by ISH

In the spotlight: intelligent and individual bathroom solutions as well as high-tech and convenient products from the heating and air-conditioning technology sector

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