Jury 2021


In 2021, the jury will consist of Nicolette Naumann (Ambiente), Sandra Groll, Robert Suk (Rosenthal) and Dr. Angelika Nollert (Director Die neue Sammlung).

Nicolette Naumann

In her role as Vice President, Nicolette Naumann has been focusing entirely on Ambiente, the world’s leading trade fair for the consumer goods sector, since June 2016. Previously, she was Divisional Director for Ambiente and Tendence from April 2002 to June 2016.

Naumann is also responsible for the international strategy of Ambiente Brand. This includes the events Interior Lifestyle Tokyo and IFFT/Interior Lifestyle Living in Japan, Interior Lifestyle China, Interior Lifestyle Middle East and Interior Lifestyle India presented by Ambiente India.

The art and design connoisseur is a jury member of various awards, including the German Design Award, the Hong Kong Smart Design Award and the Home Style Award China.

In 2001, Naumann launched the “Talents” promotional program. This supports young designers on their way to a successful career, opens up distribution channels and brings them together with trade visitors and exhibitors from all over the world at Ambiente.

Dr. des. Sandra Groll

Dr. des. Sandra Groll is a design scholar and member of the Board of International Research in Design at Birkhäuser Verlag. From 2016 to 2018, she was a substitute professor for Theory and Practice of Design in the Product Design program at the Kunsthochschule Kassel.

Sandra Groll studied product design, philosophy and aesthetics at the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Karlsruhe. She received her PhD in design theory from the Hochschule für Gestaltung in Offenbach. In addition to design-historical and design-theoretical issues, she researches the relationship between design and society with a focus on systems theory.

Robert Suk

Robert Suk has been Design Director at Rosenthal GmbH since 2002. There he is responsible for the design development of all Rosenthal brands: Rosenthal Studio line, Rosenthal Home/Hotel, Versace, Thomas, Arzberg, Hutschenreuther. In his career he has gained 40 years of experience with porcelain, ceramics and glass, as well as the related development processes.

Prior to his position at Rosenthal, he was a guest lecturer at the UdK Berlin (1998 – 2002) and assistant to Enzo Mari (1993 – 1998), among others.

Currently, Robert Suk holds a project professorship at KhK.

Dr. Angelika Nollert

Dr. Angelika Nollert is director of the Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum.

With over 100,000 objects from the fields of Industrial Design, Graphic Design, Computer Culture, Mobility and Arts and Crafts, the Neue Sammlung – The Design Museum is one of the largest and most important museums of 20th and 21st century applied art in the world. It is not only considered the oldest design museum, but also a leader in the fields of Industrial and Product Design.

From the very beginning, Die Neue Sammlung set itself apart from the simultaneously existing museums of applied art or museums of art and commerce by committing itself decidedly to the modernism of its time and thus to contemporary design. This founding claim continues to shape the museum’s program to this day.

“I am very honored to be able to serve on the GDG jury.
The overall range and quality of the submissions was very impressive. Despite Corona and the obstacles it creates for practical work as well, there were exceptional designs and models again this year.
It’s good that GDG exists to support design students.”

Claudia Neumann und Georg Maurer

Claudia Neumann and Georg Maurer are the owners and managing directors of neumann communication, a communications agency in Cologne specialized in design and architecture. Clients include, among others, Salone del Mobile. Milano, Thonet, Kvadrat, Foscarini, Arper, Carl Hansen and FSB.