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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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The 21 winners of the German Design Council’s ein&zwanzig newcomer awards put on a firework display of creativity. A total of 21 product and project ideas from international design...

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Iconic Awards: Interior Innovation

The registration phase for the international ICONIC AWARDS 2020: Innovative Architecture has started. These awards recognise the crème de la crème of architecture and innovative interior and product design, as well as outstanding communication concepts and singularly innovative materials. The winners will be honoured at the awards ceremony on 5 October 2020 at the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich.

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German Design Award

On 7 February the Forum at Messe Frankfurt played host to a top-class design event: the awards ceremony for the German Design Awards 2020. The event attracted roughly 1,600 international guests and offered attendees the opportunity to talk and exchange ideas. The highlights of the ceremony included honouring Jasper Morrison with the “Personality of the Year” award, and the presentation of the “Public Choice Award” to Thailand-based company Design Alternative. The winner of the Newcomer award,...

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On 1 March 2020 the German Design Council will launch the Institute for Design Research and Appliance (IfDRA). The new institute has an international focus and will be dedicated to exploring the relationship between findings in design science and practical requirements, with particular emphasis placed on strengthening the understanding of design as a core discipline in the strategic development of products, brands and services. The institute’s founding director will be the former chief editor of...

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Iconic Awards: Innovative Interior

Minimalistic design language, smart product solutions, but also the return of the ornament: the winners of the ICONIC AWARDS 2020: Innovative Interior competition have been named, and they are indicative of new trends that draw on a wide range of inspiration. The German Design Council will be presenting the winning projects in an exhibition in Cologne in January 2020.

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