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INVITATION FINISSAGE

We would like to cordially invite you to two events in the coming week at the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin: 

On Thursday, October 28, the vernissage Utopia Kulturforum – Bee Prepared & I can see you – will take place as a media intervention on the exterior facades of the Kunstgewerbemuseum. Prior to this, the IDZ will present three selected graduates at the Museum of Decorative Arts as part of the IDZ Meet-Up. 

The finissage of this year’s double exhibition of German Design Graduates will take place on Sunday, October 31, 2021 from 3 – 5 pm at the Kunstgewerbemuseum Berlin. We are very much looking forward to celebrating the success of the successful double exhibition together with our hosts of the museum, exhibitors, award winners, ambassadors, colleagues and friends in a relaxed atmosphere on Sunday. 

Please find details in the program information below – We are looking forward to your coming!
Kind regards, Prof. Ineke Hans, Prof. Hermann Weizenegger, Prof. Mark Braun, Katrin Krupka (Initiators & Organizers GDG)
Dr. Claudia Banz (Host GDG & Curator Kunstgewerbemuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin – Preußischer Kulturbesitz)

PROGRAM SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31, 2021
FINISSAGE GDG DOUBLE EXHIBITION
FACADE PROJECTIONS UTOPIE KULTURFORUM

+++ When visiting the Kunstgewerbemuseum, the regular GGG regulations apply. Please show your status at the entrance – without proof, no admission. Medical mouth-nose protection is mandatory. Information on Corona compliant visit can be found here. Please book your online ticket here directly via the website of the Kunstgewerbemuseum. +++


MEET THE GDG-EXHIBITORS
15 – 17h
You will have the opportunity to visit the GDG exhibition one last time, see great projects, meet young designers, old and new friends. 

FINISSAGE DESIGN LAB 9: NEOBIONTEN
14 – 16h

Since 2019, the exhibition series “Design Lab” has invited selected design studios, students and activists to present current projects and to enter into a discourse with the collection of the Museum of Decorative Arts. The series is curated by Claudia Banz, Curator of Design at the Kunstgewerbemuseum. It is sponsored by the Kuratorium Preußischer Kulturbesitz. At the finissage of the exhibition Neobionts, the students will report personally on their projects.

MEDIA INTERVENTIONS UTOPIE KULTURFORUM
from approx. 18h

Piazetta in front of the Kunstgewerbemuseum
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Kulturforum
Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin

INTERVIEW WITH KIMIA AMIR-MOAZAMI ON NDION.DE

Stephan Ott and Jessica Krejci from IfDRA did an interview for ndion.de with the winner of the Design Research Award Kimia Amir-Moazami, which you can read here.

IDZ MEETUP

This year, the IDZ has awarded three supports to graduates of the German Design Graduates. The three winners will present their projects on October 28 at the IDZ Meetup at the Kunstgewerbemuseum. As usual, the IDZ will stream the Meetup live via Zoom. You can register for the Zoom session here.

ONE COUNTRY MANY STORIES
Pecha Kucha & Round Table

16.10.2021, 11:00 – 12:30 h
Lipsiusbau Dresden 

As part of the exhibition ” Deutsches Design Design 1949 – 1989. Zwei Länder, eine Geschichte” (“German Design Design 1949 – 1989. Two Countries, One History”), Thomas A. Geisler, Director of the Kunstgewerbemuseum, and Katrin Krupka, Visiting Professor at the HBKsaar, will moderate a talk with selected graduates of the German Design Graduates. They will also present their projects in short lectures.

With: Tobias Trübenbacher, Maximilian Schatz, Lukas Keller, Emilie Burfeind, Anna Ulmer and Friederike Brings.

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OPENING OF THE GDG EXHIBITON

MANY THANKS to everyone who made this evening a special one. Even though the pandemic put some obstacles in our way, we can look back with pride on a successful evening.

HERZLICHEN GLÜCKWÜNSCH auch an alle unsere Preisträger*innen. Hier finden sie alle Awards, Supports und Greencards in der Übersicht. CONGRATULATIONS to all selected graduates! All awards, supports and Green Cards can be found here.

Images © Andrea Vollmer

Design Talks

Talks will be held as part of the GDG exhibition to discuss new design attitudes. Tickets for the talks can be booked free of charge.

Magazine Talks

Saturday, October 9
13:00 THF Radio Talk
16:00 Paneltalk moderated by our mediapartner ndion.

Design Reflection Talks

Sunday, October 10
13:00
UdK Design Talk by Amelie Klein
16:00 Talk by Sebastian Herkner

13:00 THF Radio Talk
Saturday, October 9
16:00 THF Radio Talk
Saturday, October 9
13:00 Amelie Klein
Sunday, October 10
16:00 Sebastian Herkner
Sunday, October 10

GDG EXHIBITION OPENING AT KUNSTGEWERBEMUSEUM


The Kunstgewerbemuseum once again presents German Design Graduates – this year, due to the pandemic, in a double exhibition of the classes of 2020 and 2021. The exhibition presents the current attitude of graduates of German design colleges in the field of product and industrial design. This year, over 80 positions from two years of 15 of the best German design colleges are on display, selected by a renowned jury of experts.

Further information on the exhibition

WE ARE ANNOUNCING THE EXHIBITORS 2021!

PROJECTS 2021 ONLINE

On our GRADUATES PLATFORM you will now find all registered PROJECTS from 2021! 

Click through the 175 exciting projects submitted by 15 of the best german universities. From mobile experiment kits for children to innovative material discoveries, everything is there. A really great range from which ambassadors will be selecting young designers for green cards, supports and awards in the coming weeks.

Application Deadline extended!

The registration period has been extended by 2 weeks! The new deadline is therefore June 30, 2021 (23:59h).
You can submit the previous 2 semesters, i.e. in 2021 the summer semester 2020 and the winter semester 2020/2021. Submit your entry here.

SELECTED GRADUATES

Out of 15 graduates, 6 GDG’s were selected through a public voting, who will now have the opportunity to participate in the newly founded Design Campus 2021. Further information about the scholarship holders and their projects can be found here.

In 2021, the newly founded Design Campus will award six scholarships for workshops of the summer school.

Thomas A. Geisler, Director of the Kunstgewerbemuseum and initiator of the Design Campus, together with his team, selected 15 young graduates from all participating universities for the shortlist from the works submitted in 2019 and 2020.

Now you are invited to cast your vote for the most interesting works!

AWARD CEREMONY MOVIE 2020

Celebrate the GDG Greencards, Awards & Supports 2020 awards ceremony with us. Our ambassadors have also awarded numerous cash prizes and grants in the second year of the German Design Graduates Initiative. We are very much looking forward to announcing the award-winning projects and young designers at a digital awards ceremony next Monday, 2 November 2020 after 6pm.

SELECTION FOR AWARDS, SUPPORTS & GREEN CARDS 2020

OVERVIEW AWARDS, SUPPORTS & GREEN CARDS
Here you can get an overview of all award winners
Awards 2020
Supports 2020
Green Cards 2020

SCHOOL PROFILE PROJECTS

A university is characterised by the teaching and the lecturers, the location, the work rooms, the workshops but above all – by the students and their work! What makes a university what it is, is perhaps best shown in the final projects.

With our new format SCHOOL PROFILE PROJECTS, we give participating universities the space to put their own TOP 5 graduate projects in the spotlight. With their project selection, the professors* at the universities show work that is representative of their own university. Especially in times of a pandemic, when annual exhibitions are either not possible at all or only to a limited extent, this can become a digital exhibition that compensates for what is omitted.

During October we will feature the SCHOOL PROFILE PROJECTS on our social media channels and thus focus on successful final projects. These projects are permanently integrated on the GDG profile page of the universities.

INSTAGRAM
UNIVERSITY PROFILES

POSTPONEMENT AWARD CEREMONY

We are currently working flat out to support the ambassadors* in the selection of their sponsors. Digital does not always make everything go faster – unfortunately, for organisational reasons, we have to postpone the digital awards ceremony until 2.11.2020 and ask for your understanding.

READ MORE ABOUT GDG ON BAUNETZ INTERIOR | DESIGN

READ MORE ABOUT GDG ON NDION

SPECIAL EDITION 2020

Due to Corona, the 2020 analog exhibition will only take place together with the coming year 2021. The decision was made with a heavy heart, but we came to the conclusion that this is the only responsible solution. We hope for your understanding and will inform you about further news. Nevertheless, the exhibitors have already been selected – an overview can be found here.

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

The young designers award is endowed with a sum of 1,000 euros for the winner, who, after preselection by IfDRA, will now be chosen directly by the design community via public voting. Now you are called upon to cast your vote for the most interesting work!

JULY 2020
JURY UND JURYSITZUNG 2020

In an intensive process, the independent, interdisciplinary jury of experts
selected 45 projects for the German Design Graduates Show
from 154 submitted theses!

STEPHANIE HOBMEIER AWARDED BY HANS SAUER STIFTUNG

Find our more about the statements of Stephanie Hobmeier and Barbara Lersch from Hans Sauer Stiftung.

NIKLAS BÖLL SUPPORTED BY MAGAZIN

Find our more about the statements of Stephan Dornhofer (Managing Director at MAGAZIN) and Niklas Böll.

PODCAST STEFAN DIEZ TALK ON VIMEO
TRAILER STEFAN DIEZ TALK ON VIMEO

During the opening of the first GDG exhibition on 12 October, Stefan Diez will talk about the many faces of his work and projects as well as new design possibilities.

The postproduction of the GDG Design Talks was made possible by the research budget of HBK Saar, edited by Christian Befeldt and Tobias Kirschner from the faculty Media Art & Design.

AMBIENTE TALENTS

Frankfurt am Main

Meet German Design Graduates
7-11 February 2020
Hall 8.0

SUPPORTED GRADUATES

Marie Radke
Shanmei Yao
Jonna Breitenhuber

PODCAST DAMN TALK ON VIMEO

As part of the opening of the first GDG exhibition, the DAMN-Talk took place on 12 October 2019 at the Kunstgewerbemuseum in Berlin.

The moderator Emma Lucek (DAMN MAgazin) spoke with Sophie Lovell (author, editor, curator and consultant in the fields of architecture, design and publishing), Orlando Lovell (Lovell_Studio), Alexander Römer (ConstructLab) and Dr. Sascha Peters (Haute Innovation) about information and communication in design.

The postproduction of the GDG Design Talks was made possible by the research budget of HBK Saar, edited by Christian Befeldt and Tobias Kirschner from the faculty Media Art & Design.

PODCAST DEAR TALK ON VIMEO

In a panel discussion with GDG ambassadors, designers and experts, the GDG culture prize winner and a green card winner, the topics we are dealing with now and topics designers are confronted within the near future were discussed.

Moderator: May-Britt Frank-Grosse (DEAR Magazin)

The postproduction of the GDG Design Talks was made possible by the research budget of HBK Saar, edited by Christian Befeldt and Tobias Kirschner from the faculty Media Art & Design.

N-TV TELEVISION CONTRIBUTION

Sent Tuesday 14.1.2020, 18:35
by Lisa Vieth

MEET & GREET AT IMM

MONDAY 13 JANUARY 2020
4 PM
PASSAGE 2/ 3

The German Design Graduates Initiative was also represented with a stand at the IMM. Looking forward for inspiring conversations – many thanks for passing by!

GDG TALK AT IMM: WHAT DO YOU EXPECT?

MONDAY 13 JANUARY 2020
3 – 3:45 PM
PURE CAMPUS FORUM, HALL 3.1

In the GDG-Talk What do you expect? manufacturers and young design graduates talk about cooperation. What are the mutual hopes and expectations of the cooperation and: What goes well, what goes wrong?

Moderator: Jasmin Jouhar
With: Stephan Dornhofer (Magazin), Nicola Stattmann (Stattmann Neue Möbel), Verena Hutter (Kunsthochschule Kassel, exhibitor GDG stand at IMM), Philipp Hainke (UdK Berlin), Valentin Koller (HS Hannover)

SUPPORTED GRADUATES BY IMM

VERENA HUTTER/ KH KASSEL
LUKAS WINTER/ HBK SAAR
PASSAGE 2/ 3

For the first time, IMM Cologne awarded Greencards to two selected graduates of the German Design Graduates 2019, who will be able to present their work in the environment of young design in Passage 2/3.

Visit the GDG stand of Lukas Winter from HBKsaar and Verena Hutter from Kunsthochschule Kassel at IMM!