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The German Design Council is one of the world’s leading competence centres for design. Created by the German Parliament and sponsored by German industry, it has been supporting companies on all matters relating to brand and design development for over 60 years and works to promote German design as a national economic factor. It plays a key role in shaping Germany’s design culture and offers a unique forum for knowledge transfer in the field of brand and design expertise.

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ein&zwanzig

The vernissage for 'ein&zwanzig' was held today in the Zona Tortona. This international competition and its awards were initiated by the German Design Council to support young designers at the start of their careers. 'The high quality of so many international entries fills me with pride,' commented Andrej Kupetz, the executive director of the German Design Council and chairman of the jury.

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Iconic Awards

The ICONIC AWARDS of the German Design Council honour interdisciplinary work in an independent architecture and design competition, because 'the holistic approach to design and its quality often reveal themselves only in a larger context,' explains Andrej Kupetz, Chief Executive Officer of the German Design Council.

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ein&zwanzig

The winners of 'ein&zwanzig', the international competition for the next generation, have been selected! A total of 574 works from 36 countries were submitted in the first round of the competition. 'The intricacy and complexity of the projects entered is surprising, and reflects the transformation of the discipline,' said Andrej Kupetz, chairman of the jury and executive director of the German Design Council.

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ein&zwanzig

From 4–9 April 2017, the German Design Council will present the works of twenty-one upcoming talents during Tortona Design Week as part of the Salone del Mobile 2017 in Milan. The names of the twenty-one contestants will be announced on 13 March. The shortlist of the top 56 projects with a chance of receiving a spot in the exhibition in Milan is now available at www.ein-und-zwanzig.com

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German Design Award

• Prof. Dr. h. c. Hasso Plattner receives the Personality Award

• Awards ceremony on February 10th, 2017 at the Ambiente trade show in Frankfurt

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Design Plus powerd 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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ein&zwanzig

The Hamburg-based design studio Besau Marguerre came up with the exhibition design for the presentation of the winners of the international next-generation competition 'ein&zwanzig* ('twenty-one'), which the German Design Council is hosting for the first time this year. Only three years ago, the designer duo Eva Marguerre and Marcel Besau themselves were among the finalists for the 'Newcomer' prize of the German Design Awards in 2014.

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Iconic Awards: Interior Innovation

The winners of the ICONIC AWARDS 2017: Interior Innovation competition have been chosen. More international designers and manufacturers than ever before competed for the coveted prizes awarded by the German Design Council.

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