German Design Awards 2022

German Design Awards 2022

The German Design Awards are celebrating their tenth anniversary this year and being accompanied by a campaign focusing on the theme of “How Designers Think”

How can the sustainable transformation of our industry and society succeed? What new ways of thinking, materials and economic models are needed to achieve this goal?

Today more than ever, outstanding design means providing answers to the challenges of our time, promoting thinking in circular models and realising visions of a better world based on the design of actions. Sometimes it is only small changes or ideas that have a big impact, sometimes it is entire business models. The top-class international jury of the German Design Award honours these groundbreaking design achievements – and the German Design Award makes the design trends visible across all sectors in a glittering setting.

The German Design Council promotes talented, up-and-coming designers with its “Newcomer” award. This year, Anne Bansen is the winner in this category. She was selected from among four competing finalists, Maria Bürger, Kalina Todorova Kondeva, Justine Masché and Felix Thode.

About the Newcomer 2022: Anne Bansen

Anne Bansen completed her Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design with distinction at the Berlin University of Applied Sciences. She also completed numerous internships, including at the Fraunhofer Center for Responsible Research & Innovation (CeRRI), the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin für Materialien & Energie and at Brose Fahrzeugteile, Innovationswerkstatt. In her work, the designer focuses on universal design and user experience, with the topic of safety in everyday life playing a decisive role. Her previous work impressively proves how great the design potential and talent lie within the designer. This is shown, for example, by the “Emergency Monster NoMo”, the smart pillbox “Pillbuddy” or “Tast(e) Food” – a package on whose surface you can feel whether the food inside is spoiled.

The personality of the Year: Sir David Chipperfield

David Chipperfield studied architecture at the Kingston School of Art and the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. After graduating, he worked in the offices of Douglas Stephen, Richard Rogers and Norman Foster. In 1985, he founded his own office in London and later opened offices in Berlin, Shanghai and Milan. For many years, Chipperfield has impressed with an iconic architectural quality resulting from a clear, Japanese-influenced, minimalist formal language as well as a confident handling of light, space and material, a distinctive style of his own that he has continuously developed with his office over the years. The work of David Chipperfield’s office has been awarded various international prizes for outstanding design, including the RIBA Stirling Prize 2007 for the Literaturmuseum der Moderne in Marbach, the Mies van der Rohe Award (European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture) and the German Architecture Prize 2011 for the Neues Museum, Berlin.

CYKLÆR: Public Choice 2022

The »Cyklær« combines innovative technologies and high-end components with a unique design. The frame design is characterized by a kink at the top tube to the seat stay and the unique free-standing rear axles. As an intelligent e-bike made of carbon, it is designed with many innovative features, such as a digital rear view mirror. It is an urban racer for daily use in the city as well as for sportive rides on the roads or country lanes.

German Design Awards 2022: Ten years of award-winning pioneering design

The German Design Awards are the German Design Council’s largest awards competition and among the most-recognised international design awards. For ten years now, the German Design Council has been honouring examples of pioneering design with this coveted distinction. Entries are judged by an international jury made up of leading experts from all disciplines of design. Their judgement is invaluable, and anyone whose product/project impresses this jury has demonstrated a high level of competence in design innovation and a sharp focus on the demands of their own customers and the market. An award – whether “Special Mention”, “Winner” or even “Gold” – makes the work globally visible and opens up a valuable network with international reach to the designers and companies. *Sourced from

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