Awards 2020

Culture Design Award
2500 Euro

Elena Blazquez
Folkwang University Essen

The Culture Design Award is awarded to a project with outstanding attitude, innovation and cultural and creative impact by three representatives of renowned cultural institutions and is endowed with 2500 euros.

The jury constisted of Dr. Angelika Nollert, (Neue Sammlung München), Dr.Claudia Banz, (Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin) und Tulga Beyerle, (Museum für Kunst und Gestaltung Hamburg).

2020 the Culture Design Awards goes to Elena Blasquez and her project 2064.

In her project 2064, designer Elena Blazquez takes up the current gender discussion and enriches it in a humorous and intelligent way. She specifically addresses the subject of bras, probably one of the most apparently feminine pieces of clothing. An item of clothing which in advertising usually perpetuates stereotypical images of beauty of women and usually suggests that a beautiful bra supports women’s success and attractiveness in this purely binary consumer world which is characterised by a male perspective and expectations. The project also convinces us in its courage to take an aesthetic beyond traditional ideals of beauty or even just its turn and recognition of the infinitely wonderful variety of our body shapes, regardless of gender. Thus, in her work and beyond this collection, Elena Blazquez makes an exciting and very concrete, enriching contribution to one of the most topical issues of our time.

Statement Culture Design Award Jury: Dr. Angelika Nollert, Dr.Claudia Banz und Tulga Beyerle

Social Design Award
1000 Euro

Felix Egle & Felix Schreiber
HbK Hamburg

The Social Design Prize is awarded to a project that initiates social change processes through design. The prize is awarded by renowned personalities and institutions in the field of social design and is endowed with 1000 euros.

The Hans Sauer Foundation stands for this claim to design and so Barbara Lersch from the Hans Sauer Foundation as Ambassador for Social Design presents the Award an 2020 to Felix Egle and Felix Schreiber with their project Vorplatzgestaltung Drogenkonsumraum and supports with network and knowledge exchange. The focus will be on process design, participation and the potential impact of the work created in the course of the scholarship.

Design Research Award
1000 Euro

Kilian Frieling
Muthesius Academy of Fine Arts Kiel

In 2020, the Institute for Design Research and Appliance (IfDRA), which is part of the German Design Council, will for the first time award a young talent prize for design research, the Design Research Prize, as part of the German Design Graduates awards ceremony.

For the Design Research Award, IfDRA has nominated 6 outstanding design projects from all submissions for the shortlist, which are at the interface between theory and practice and which produce special results through their combination and integration into the design process. Subsequently, the design community selected the project Smart Medication by Kilian Frieling as the winner from this shortlist via a Public Voting.

The young talent prize is endowed with a sum of 1,000.

As part of the project, Kilian Frieling has developed a 3D printer that is intended to enable individual treatment and precisely fitting dosages, especially for patients with a so-called multimorbidity. By dealing with the topic of digitalisation in the health care system, the designer has impressively dealt with two complex subject areas at once. We are pleased to award Kilian Frieling the prize for his final thesis and wish him every success for his professional future.

Statement Juror Shortlist Design Research Award: Stephan Ott

form Progress Award
1000 Euro

Esther Kaya Stögerer
Weißensee Kunsthochschule Berlin

The form Progress Award is presented by the design magazine form and, with Black Liquor by Esther Kaya Stögerer, honours a project that is not only innovative but also progressive.

If designers are critically involved in the development process of projects at an early stage, they can play a significant and responsible role in creating a better future. Design is always an opportunity for change, so the project should convey an independent design attitude that is closely aligned with current technological, ethical, social and political discourse.

form is an independent design magazine founded in 1957. It is dedicated to the design of the visible and invisible, classifying design socially and taking a critical – sometimes uncomfortable – standpoint. form attaches particular importance to promoting young people and their (design) perspectives.

form presents the first form Progress Award, endowed with 1000 euros, plus an intense form Feature one year Abo also in the belief that a promising opportunity lies in listening to young people.

The “Black Liquor” project is particularly convincing in terms of design consistency. Along the question of which materials are actually sustainable, the designers develop possible scenarios for the material future. For Stögerer and Kempkens, for example, the accessibility of the information gained plays just as much a role as the formulation of potential application practices for the material or the question of reintroducing it into an ecological cycle by testing its compostability. With this award we acknowledge the recognition that one’s own role in the design process is only relevant if it is perceived with attitude, conviction and last but not least with creativity and a free spirit.

Statement form progress Award Jury: Nina Sieverding und Anton Rahlwes