About Müller.Zeiner

Müller-Zeiner has been working as a specialist in the packaging and load carrier industry for over 100 years. Maximum protection of the goods is the top priority – no matter where it goes. 

With the quality of its products, the Berlin family-owned company meets the highest requirements of the wood and packaging industry and fulfills all safety criteria.

State-of-the-art mechanical equipment and trained specialist personnel set standards in cost optimization. The planning and development departments advise and manufacture exactly according to customer requirements: Whether packaging of turbines or individualized solutions for art objects – a welcome challenge for the company.

In addition to custom-made packaging, customers can also choose from standardized products, such as the wooden pallet, which has been a classic manufactured by the company for years.

Support 2021

The 2021 GDG’s exhibition concept focuses entirely on sustainability with exhibition furniture made from prefabricated wooden pallets.
Pallets and wooden beams were made by the Müller-Zeiner company for the GDG exhibition, are transported back to the company after the event without any assembly residues and then enter the cycle of further recycling.
Pallets are a symbol for the do-it-yourself culture, they stand for improvisation in design.

In the GDG exhibition concept, this results in a constructive architectural landscape, which playfully forms platforms for the presentation of the graduates’ work with beams and strips. The exhibition design was developed by Constantin Schmidt.


About German Design Council

The German Design Council considers the promotion of young talent to be one of its core tasks. It makes it easier for young design talent to enter the professional world and increases their visibility with the international young talent competition ein&zwanzig and the endowed newcomer award of the German Design Award. The finalists of both competitions are networked with the German Design Council and have the opportunity to make relevant contacts.

Support 2019 – 2021

The German Design Council has supported the German Design Graduates with a financial grant and awards Green Cards to 3 GDG’s for the shortlist of the annual ein&zwanzig exhibition in Milan. Hereby the German Design Council wants to help to increase the visibility of graduates of German design schools and give them a possibility to present themselves. 

Support from 2022

Since 2022, the German Design Council has been the project leader of German Design Graduates.

Rat für Formgebung

About Ifdra

The Institute for Design Research and Appliance (IfDRA) sees itself as an interface, mediator and advisor for the various exponents from theory (teaching and research) and application-oriented practice (users, designers, entrepreneurs). The institute sees its fundamental task not only in supporting academic-scientific basic research, but also in backing practical design research.

Förderung ab 2020

The Institute for Design Research and Appliance (IfDRA), based at the German Design Council, has been awarding prizes for work in the field of design research since 2020.


About Hans Sauer Stiftung

The Hans Sauer Stiftung 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 provide measurable social and ecological benefits. One focus of the foundation’s work is now social design.

Förderung ab 2019

Social design aims to initiate social change processes through design.
The Hans Sauer Foundation stands for this demand on design and therefore presents the Social Design Award and the Circular Design Award (since 2021) as ambassador. The Hans Sauer Stiftung also provides support in the form of networking and knowledge exchange.

Hans Sauer Stiftung

About Ambiente

Ambiente is the leading international trade fair and the world’s No. 1 for products for the table, kitchen and housewares, furnishing and decorative accessories, living concepts, gifts, jewelry and fashion accessories. It is “The Show” for an entire industry. Due to its unrivalled product range in terms of breadth and depth, it is unique worldwide. At Ambiente 2019, 4,460 exhibitors from 92 countries showed their product classics and innovations to around 136,000 trade visitors from 167 countries for five days. The most important global consumer goods trade fair simultaneously offers a wide range of industry events, young talent programs, trend showcases as well as award ceremonies and is part of Messe Frankfurt’s event portfolio.


Ambiente supports the German Design Graduates with a financial contribution.

In addition, at least one participant in the German Design Graduates Show will have the chance to take part in the Ambiente Talents program. This includes a free exhibition space in one of the two Talents areas at the fair. These are located in the immediate vicinity of well-known exhibitors from the consumer goods sector.

Ambiente Talents

About Nils Holger Moormann

Nils Holger Moormann prefers to take a seat between conventions and make himself comfortable with his furniture, which is all a bit like himself – ascetic, well thought-out, with a small, almost imperceptible wink. As a self-taught designer, career changer and free spirit, Nils Holger Moormann has been developing furniture with a reduced design language and precise detail solutions since 1982, mostly with young, unknown designers.

The guiding principles of simplicity, intelligence and innovation run through the entire company philosophy. From the original company headquarters in Aschau am Chiemsee to the purist design classic FNP and the unusual guest house ‘berge’ – ideas are certainly not put on the back burner at Nils Holger Moormann.


Nils Holger Moormann supports German Design Graduates financially and is a jury member for the Design Practice Ambassadors to select projects for the German Design Graduates Show.


About Swiss Krono

SWISS KRONO TEX GmbH & Co. KG manufactures high-quality, ecological, sustainable and healthy wood-based materials on the basis of debarked native pine and spruce wood. The company understands environmental protection to mean the safety and health of its employees as well as the “health” of nature.


Swiss Krono supports the German Design Graduates Initiative as a material sponsor with panel materials for the implementation of the exhibition furniture.

Swiss Krono