Design Plus powered by Light + Building

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. The Design Plus competition is run by the German Design Council on behalf of Messe Frankfurt.

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.

Awards ceremony during Light + Building 2018

The jury

Till Armbrüster

Head of Product Design, Licht Kunst Licht AG

As a product designer, Till has devoted himself to light and lighting. Over the course of nearly a decade as assistant to Ingo Maurer and working with Ron Arad and Moritz Waldemeyer, he has created prize-winning luminaires and light sculptures, some of which are in the collections of prominent museums such as New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). Since 2015, Till has been head of the product design department of Licht Kunst Licht AG, where he creates groundbreaking designs for architectural and industrial projects.

Barbara Friedrich

Design Consulting & Publishing, Hamburg

Having held a number of senior positions at Ambiente, Elle Deco and Architektur&Wohnen magazines, in 1993 Ms. Friedrich became editor-in-chief of Zuhause Wohnen magazine, and in 1999 of A&W Architektur&Wohnen magazine.
She was editor-in-chief of the latter magazine until 2016, and was latterly also the magazine’s publisher. Ms. Friedrich has since gone freelance, and is now an author, moderator and juror in the design sector.

Volker Hohmann

Founder and General Manager, Ikarus Design Handel GmbH, Gelnhausen

Mr. Hohmann is always open to new things. Having trained as a dental technician, in 1989 he founded a printing company, in 1986 a creative auto upholstery company, and since 1989 has immersed himself in the history of architecture – an endeavor that won him the 2008 Hessischen Denkmalschutzpreis (State of Hesse Landmark Building Protection Prize). Mr. Hohmann then took the next logical step, which was to turn his attention to the field of design. In 1993 he founded a mail-order catalogue called ikarus, and in 1997 an online retail platform. Since 2005, he has been in the retail furniture business, via stores in Frankfurt and Stuttgart.

Prof. Michael Lanz

Managing Partner, designaffairs Group, Munich

In 2007 and again in 2010, Mr. Lanz was a lecture in TU Dresden’s technical design department. There, he regularly gave lectures on design, the design process, and design trends, and has often served on juries for various prominent international design prizes, including the iF design award and the German Design Award.
Mr. Lanz is also a co-managing director of designaffairs, professor of Product and Transportation Design at the internationally renowned Joanneum in Graz, Austria, and since April 2014 head of the eponymous department, the Transferzentrum, and the bachelors and masters programs.

Sabine Loeser-Schoeps

Managing Director, LS Architecture & Interiors, Frankfurt

Career path, 2005-2010: Five years as project director and drafting director for the leading Swiss architecture and interior design firm Ramseier&Associates (named one of the Top 10 Swiss Architects). She has worked on numerous successful projects such as the following: construction and interior design of various homes and apartment buildings; designing corporate headquarters; development of corporate architecture and design concepts; modernisation and renovation of shopping centres; a number of first prizes in competitions and for commissioned studies.

Impressions of the jury session 2018


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