Registration Workshops

GDG SHOW 23 Workshops
Participate design

Friday-Sunday, 6-8 October 2023

Location: Freiraum at MK&G, participation free of charge, registration required (via this site)

In cooperation with the Freiraum im MK&G, the Hans Sauer Stiftung and German Design Graduates at the German Design Council, workshops with five outstanding graduates on a wide range of topics will take place from 6 to 8 October. The young designers from various disciplines will not only offer an insight into their practice, but will also give participants the opportunity to become active designers themselves using participatory methods and to enter into a discussion on topics and methods of design practice today and in the future.

The workshops will take place in the open meeting place of the museum and are free of charge. Binding registration via the forms below is required. Depending on the capacity of the workshops, participants can also be added spontaneously on site.

All workshops will be held in German.

Friday, 6 October 2023


06.10.2023, 15:00 – 17:00

A workshop on making soap from Japanese knotweed with Beatriz Oria Lombardía, winner of this year’s GDG Design Research Award with her project (non-) local lab, in which the young designer explored the problem and potential of invasive plant species in Thuringia through design.

During the workshop we will make soap from the roots of Japanese knotweed. This species is one of the most widespread invasive plants in Europe. The rhizomes from which it grows are rich in natural dyes that give the soap orange to pink tones. As a participant, you will have the opportunity to engage with invasive species in a multi-sensory and unconventional way and take home the soap you make.

The workshop is suitable for people aged 6-99. Max. 12 people.

Registration for the workshop “INVASIVE WHAT? DIY KNOTWEED SOAP”:

Saturday, 7 October 2023

Inclusion in cooking

07.10.2023, 11:00 – 12:30

A workshop for more inclusion in everyday life with GDG Inclusion Award finalist Marie Kurtjens, who has developed COOK/ABILITY, a service concept for self-determined cooking in everyday life for people with tetraplegia.

People with disabilities are often not taken into account when designing everyday objects and are thus excluded from social interactions. Using the example of the cooking process, this workshop aims to show how inclusion can succeed in everyday life. Through an open discourse and process, the needs of people with participation impairments will be made visible and approaches to solutions will be developed. The workshop is aimed at all those who are interested in cooking and want to learn more about the practice of interdisciplinarity and participatory design.

Max. 12 people

Registration for the workshop “Inclusion in cooking”:

Mise en Place (Making a Meal from Some Things) 

07.10.2023, 13:00 – 14:30 Uhr

A workshop with artist and designer Lizzy Ellbrück as an invitation to take up the ritual of communal eating, preparing and serving as a process of creative shaping and to ask about the sculptural potential of what is collectively served. Lizzy Ellbrück’s work Making Something from Some Things can be seen in the GDG exhibition.

A prepared meal is understood as a symbolic form of attention. It is a social object, a code and a discursive site. Table fellowships are linked to motifs of hospitality and friendship, trust and respect.
The workshop takes up the ritual of communal eating and the preparation and serving of food as a process of creative shaping and asks about the sculptural potential of what is collectively served.

The workshop can take place with a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 10 participants. It is suitable for people who want to articulate verbally and visually, exchange and share knowledge, methods and food.

Anmeldung für den Workshop “Mise en Place”:

Toxic Legacies

Unfortunately we had to cancel this workshop

A workshop that questions conventional notions of recycling and addresses the lack of transparency. The workshop will be led by Leila Walliser, winner of the GDG Circular Design Award, who has dealt intensively with the topic of greenwashing with her project Toxic Legacies.

Sunday, 8 October 2023

Children’s Rights and 10210 Good Things

Unfortunately we had to cancel this workshop

A workshop by Sabeth Niemann that offers a playful and interactive approach to the topic of children’s rights for children aged 6 to 12. Sabeth Niemann’s work Children’s Rights and 10210 Good Things can be seen in the GDG exhibition.

About Freiraum
The Freiraum, located in the heart of the MK&G Hamburg, is the meeting and project space for the museum’s guests and staff and Hamburg’s direct and indirect neighbours. The Freiraum is accessible free of charge during the museum’s opening hours and cordially invites visitors to linger, read, work and discuss. In correspondence with the exhibitions of the museum and in cooperation with groups and initiatives of the city, the curatorial team of the Freiraum also develops events, meetings and occasions that temporarily activate the space and invite mutual mediation.

Freiraum at MK&G

Rules at Freiraum

About Hans Sauer Stiftung

The Hans Sauer Foundation is a non-profit foundation that is primarily operational. It was founded in 1989 by the inventor and entrepreneur Hans Sauer and its purpose is to promote science and research. Hans Sauer established his foundation with the vision that innovations in the future should generally arise from a social and ethical motivation and thus create measurable social and ecological benefits. One focus of the foundation’s work is now social design.

About German Design Graduates

German Design Graduates is an initiative with the purpose of promoting the next generation of product design graduates and presenting state-recognised universities, art colleges and universities of applied sciences. The initiative was launched in 2019 by Prof. Ineke Hans, Prof. Hermann Weizenegger, Prof. Mark Braun and Katrin Krupka. GDG is funded by the German Design Council Foundation, which has been the project sponsor of the initiative since 2022.

About German Design Council

The German Design Council has been operating since 1953 as a leading global centre of excellence for communication and knowledge transfer in the field of design, brand and innovation. With international offers, support for young designers and memberships, it is part of the global design community and has always contributed to establishing exchange and networks worldwide. Through events, congresses, awards, jury meetings and expert circles, the German Design Council networks its members and numerous other international design and brand experts, promotes discourse and provides important impulses for the global economy. Its membership currently comprises more than 350 members.