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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 more than 65 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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Automotive Brand Contest

On 10 September 2019 the German Design Council will honour the winners of the Automotive Brand Contest and the Bicycle Brand Contest 2019 during the IAA in Frankfurt am Main. The honorary prize “Brand Manager of the Year” will be awarded to Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler-Thumann and Georg F. W. Schaeffler, shareholders of the Schaeffler Group. On the day of the awards ceremony, the German Design Council will officially open the call for entries for the next Automotive Brand Contest. Those interested...

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Bicycle Brand Contest

On 10 September 2019 the German Design Council will honour the winners of the Automotive Brand Contest and the Bicycle Brand Contest 2019 during the IAA in Frankfurt am Main. The honorary prize “Brand Manager of the Year” will be awarded to Maria-Elisabeth Schaeffler-Thumann and Georg F. W. Schaeffler, shareholders of the Schaeffler Group. On the day of the awards ceremony, the German Design Council will officially open the call for entries for the next Automotive Brand Contest. Those interested...

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Iconic Awards: Interior Innovation

Companies in the furniture industry and their partners in interior design can now register to compete in ICONIC AWARDS 2020: Innovative Interior at www.innovative-interior.com. Companies enjoy multiple benefits from winning an award in this competition: We will exhibit the award-winning projects at the Kölnischer Kunstverein venue with its social programme “Design im Kunstverein” (Design in the Art Society) from 13-19 January 2020.

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The winners of the prestigious ICONIC AWARDS 2019: Innovative Architecture competition have been chosen. The competition’s two special awards – “Architects of the Year” and “Interior Designers of the Year”, each endowed with a prize of €10,000, went to David Chipperfield Architects and Snarkitecture. The honorary prize “Architects’ Client of the Year” was awarded to the city of Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany.

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The German Design Council is launching the online platform ndion in order to make its knowledge on design, brand and innovation that has grown over 65 years available to larger target groups.

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