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.

Design Plus powered by ISH is the international competition for ISH exhibitors regularly organised by the German Design Council for Messe Frankfurt.


Winners of Design Plus powered by ISH 2019 can be found here

Download the winners list (PDF)

The next events

04.01.2019 Deadline online registration Design Plus 2019
11.01.2019 Deadline postal entry Design Plus 2019
23.01.2019 Jury session Frankfurt am Main
11.03.2019 Awards ceremony in Frankfurt am Main
11.03.2019 15.03.2019 Exhibition during the ISH

Awards ceremony during ISH 2019

The jury

Sandra Hofmeister

Chief Editor, DETAIL Business Information GmbH

Sandra Hofmeister ist Chief Editor of the publishing house DETAIL Business Information GmbH in Munich. The publisher produces the renowned journals DETAIL, RECYCLING magazine as well as DIGITAL PRODUCTION and acts as organiser/presenter of the animago AWARD & CONFERENCE.

Linda Stannieder

Managing Partner, Graft Brandlab GmbH

Linda originally trained as an architect before specializing in branding. After her master degree at the University of Applied Arts Berlin-Weissensee, she relocated to China in 2005 for her Chinese studies, where she lived and worked 6 years. Living and working in China, Linda came to the world of brand when she was approached by the branding agency MetaDesign to help establish and creatively lead their new Beijing office in 2008. In her previous position as Head of Brand Environments and member of the management board at MetaDesign Berlin she started working back in Berlin in 2011, where she also started her own business in 2014.



Udo Wirges

Head of Technical Division, German Sanitation, Heating and Air Conditioning Association (ZVSHK)

Udo Wirges is in charge as head of technical division at the German Sanitation, Heating and Air Conditioning Association (ZVSHK) which is the professional organization for 25,000 contractors with about 215,000 employees. He started in 1998 as a technical consultant. Since 2014 he is in charge for the technical division comprising five separate technical departments. Udo Wirges, born in 1964, is a graduate engineer on energy and building technology (building services engineering) and worked in an engineering office for eight years bevor he changed to ZVSHK.

Jens Wischmann

Managing Director, German Sanitary Industry Association (VDS)

Jens Wischmann is Managing Director of the German Sanitary Industry Association (VDS) and Managing Director of the Association for the Promotion of Sanitary Industry in Bonn. Since 2001, he has been responsible for the common interests of the members of the umbrella association in the field of bathroom and sanitary. Prior to this activity, he was assistant to the board and the general management of the German Sanitation, Heating and Air Conditioning Association (ZVSHK) in St. Augustin. Previously, he worked as a lawyer in the law firm of Prof. Dr. med. Hümmerich & Partner in Bonn. Wischmann, born 1966 in Reinbek, studied Law, German and Economics and obtained his Executive MBA at the Kellogg-WHU / Otto Beisheim School of Management, Vallendar.

Christian Zanzotti


Italian-born Christian Zanzotti, studied industrial design at the University of Design in Munich, following which he worked for Hannes Wettstein and then for IDEO. In 2013 he established the ZANZOTTI INDUSTRIAL DESIGN studio in Munich. The fields in which he is involved range from the automotive and mobility sector to furniture, consumer goods and lifestyle products. Christian’s work is notable for his passion for technology, innovation and materials, as well as his careful analyses and willingness to experiment. In 2014 he received the »Newcomer of the Year« award from the German Design Council.


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