Pioneering and outstanding design achievements are at the
heart of Focus Open 2022, one of the most renowned German
design competitions with an international orientation. For many
years, it has been an exclusive platform for companies and
professional designers from around the world – from industrial
heavyweights to small enterprises.
TThis yearbook presents all the award-winning products of 2022.
High-quality images and detailed product descriptions are
supplemented by the lively commentary of the jurors. The prize
winners come from fi elds such as investment goods, healthcare,
bathrooms, kitchens, interiors, lifestyle, lighting, consumer electronics,
leisure, building technology, public design, mobility,
service design and materials + surfaces.
After over two years of
COVID-19, there is now a bright light at the end of the tunnel: most events can
take place again. New formats and digital approaches have become established
and professionalised and the industry has gathered a wealth of valuable
But despite the waning
pandemic and the tangible delight about every event, the restart is not proving
easy due to a lack of personnel and war along with many still unanswered
questions surrounding digital and hybrid experiences.
and many of the 45 projects in this edition show new approaches, but in some
respects still no overall ideal answers. And that is quite alright – because we
are in the middle of a learning process!Katharina Stein is a specialist journalist and a connoisseur of the event design scene. In 2009 she founded eveosblog together with Henning Stein, one of the best-known and most widely read event blogs in Germany.
The book describes the potential of both design objects and concepts, as well as design as a process, with a specially strong focus on the process of design engineering in the past, present and future. The book makes a stance by referring to historic and current design parameters in industry in relation to certain training methods. It compares these within Europe, explicitly the approach taken by Germany, Great Britain and Scandinavia – and highlights best-practice examples. The range of design disciplines, especially an in-depth look at classic product and textile design, leads to new “blueprint” possibilities and interactive design methods. As industrial designer and master tailor, Marina-Elena Wachs has been a professor for design theory at Hochschule Niederrhein since 2010 and graduated 2007 from Braunschweig University of Art with work on the topic “Material mind – new materials in design, art and architecture”. Since 2008 she has been cooperating with European universities.Search inside on ISSUU.com
“We need new concepts for trade fairs as places of chance encounters. This might also be showrooms and brand worlds in places where people and ideas converge. What we need are open forums for critical and competent dialogue.” You will find lots of demands like this one expressed by Ranger Design in this special edition: The industry has given us an outlook of the near future and shows what they have achieved in the last few months, where they had to find alternatives, what new concepts evolved and how the trade fair format has changed in recent months (centuries).Sabine Marinescu and Janina Poesch are both architects, journalists and founders of PLOT – the network in the field of spatial staging. Since 2008 they have been publishing their own print and online magazines and reference books about scenography.The standard reference work in the trade fair design world.Search inside on ISSUU.com
How do you actually build a popular theatre? It should be as simple as necessary to prevent any threshold fears among the public, and as chic as possible because at the theatre the spotlight is cast not only on the stage. This is the answer given by the architecture firm Lederer, Ragnarsdóttir, Oei (Stuttgart) and the construction firm Resch (Bad Saulgau). Their Münchner Volkstheater presents itself as a powerfully poetic brick building, which gives the quarter an important cultural impulse in a dialogue with the old buildings of the former Munich stockyard.LRO Lederer, Ragnarsdóttir, Oei Architekten was founded in 1979 and currently has around 50 employees. Jürgen Tietz is a freelance architecture critic and publicist.Search inside on ISSUU.com
The LAMY 2000 fountain pen and the KM 3 food processor are well known even beyond design circles. Nevertheless, their designer, Gerd A. Müller, has faded into obscurity. His designs can be considered pioneering for the development of a new, pared-back design language among well-known companies. Together with Dieter Rams, he was one of the first form designers at Braun. Now, for the very first time, the highly diverse body of work created by this industrial, graphic, ecological and exhibition designer from Frankfurt has been compiled in a publication. Here, the focus is firmly on Gerd A. Müller’s product designs, which have helped shape German industrial design to this day.Lucia Hornfischer is working as an industrial designer. She studied design at the Offenbach University of Arts and Design and at Tongji University in Shanghai and worked at the Dieter Rams Archiv at the Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt/Main.Search inside on ISSUU.com
Special EditionFor over a year, the coronavirus has been holding us in its grip. Live events and brand experiences are either not possible at all or only with significant restrictions. The consequences and problems for the industry are enormous. But alongside this, it enabled us to learn a lot, surprise us and fascinate us with new ideas. Digital and hybrid experiences have developed dynamically, initiating new and creative approaches that are to perfected over the forthcoming years.An exceptional year that is summarised with a Special Edition. This edition builds bridges between events before and since the coronavirus, between analogue, hybrid and digital events.Katharina Stein is a specialist journalist and a connoisseur of the event design scene. In 2009 she founded eveosblog together with Henning Stein, one of the best-known and most widely read event blogs in Germany.
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Lighting Design for ArchitectureLicht Kunst Licht is an international lighting design office with locations in Bonn, Berlin, Barcelona and Bangalore. More than 30 employees work on a diverse portfolio of projects, including mixed-use, office buildings, museums, governmental buildings, traffic and transportation projects, retail and hospitality projects as well as exterior and landscape masterplans. With over 800 completed projects, many of which have been honoured with the most prestigious awards and appreciations, Licht Kunst Licht is one of the world's most successful specialists in lighting design.The publication is a display of their expertise through a select compilation of projects such as the Oscar Niemeyer Sphere in Leipzig, the National Museum of Qatar, or the Baden-Württemberg State Parliament in Stuttgart.
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European Architectural Photography Prize 2021architekturbild, the European Architectural Photography Prize, has been awarded on a two-yearly basis since 1995. The theme for 2021 is "The Urban in the Periphery".Migration between conurbations and rural areas, their respective attractiveness and independence, but also dependence and interdependence with one another: What would be more predestined to trace the subtle or even obvious effects of the urban-rural movement than architectural photography?Search inside on ISSUU.com
Pioneering and outstanding design achievements are at the heart of Focus Open 2021, one of the most renowned German design competitions with an international orientation. For many years, it has been an exclusive platform for companies and professional designers from around the world – from industrial heavyweights to small enterprises.
This yearbook presents all the award-winning products of 2021. High-quality images and detailed product descriptions are supplemented by the lively commentary of the jurors. The prize winners come from fields such as investment goods, healthcare, kitchens, interiors, lifestyle, lighting, leisure, public design, mobility, service design and materials & surfaces.Search inside on ISSUU.com
Plants change working environments, adding a touch of nature and style and improving the indoor climate. Through their form, colour and type of growth, they represent a living design material. Whether it is in an open-plan office, co-working space or employee lounge, their positive effect on people is visible and tangible.This book is targeted towards all those who want to integrate plants into their spatial concepts. With current examples of biophilic design, artistic plant constellations and insights into the design of plant pots, along with background knowledge from exemplary projects and interior architecture with botany.The qualified carpenter and certified product designer Miriam Köpf is specialised in spatial installations. She has worked at various design agencies in Stuttgart and in 2015 founded the botanical design studio Phyllis. Her focus is on the integration of indoor plant installations, especially in working environments. She has coined the term greenterior design and conveys her approach through conceptual plant pop-up shops, constructive cooperations with architects and inspiring workshops for students.#designbooks: Miriam Köpf about her book on YouTube (German only)Search inside on ISSUU.com
The mayhaus in Frankfurt's Römerstadt is the only residential building in the style of the Neues Frankfurt of the 1920s that has been completely restored. The book explains the functions of the model house using current photographs and historical plans. Via the text level, which zooms from the city via the housing estate and then the street into the building, the mayhaus, including the famous Frankfurt kitchen, is classified in terms of architectural history and socio-cultural aspects. Philipp Sturm and Christina Treutlein are the managing
directors of ernst-may-gesellschaft e.V. Sturm is a political scientist and since 2008 a freelance curator and author at the Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Frankfurt/Main. Treutlein is an art historian and is currently working on her dissertation on Carl-Hermann Rudloff, an architect of the Neues Frankfurt, who was responsible for the Römerstadt and especially for the mayhaus.Search inside on ISSUU.com
The book explains the development history of experimenta in the context of the educational institutions Science Center, Planetarium and Schülerlabore (Educational Laboratories). In addition, the contentual and methodological-didactic concept is conveyed clearly. The volume is rounded off with further information about the architectural design concepts of the two experimenta buildings: the repurposed historical Hagenbucher warehouse and the spectacular glass and steel new building by Sauerbruch Hutton.Wolfgang Hansch, Dr. rer. nat. habil., studied geology, was responsible from 2005 for the concept and structure of experimenta that opened in 2009 in Heilbronn, and has been its Managing Director since 2007. He is the author and editor of numerous publications about earth history and cultural history topics. He has a seat on various educational committees and chairmanship of the Regional Association for Natural Science-Technical Youth Education in Baden-Württemberg.Search inside on ISSUU.com
What’s next? The question of whether future retail design will be analogue, digital or hybrid has long since been answered. Especially the mature inner cities are facing enormous innovation pressure. Smart alliances are being formed and daring retail concepts are being tried out that add value in the urban space. The new yearbook shows solutions that accompany us worldwide into the "new normal".Dr. Jons Messedat studied architecture and industrial design in Aachen, Stuttgart and London. He has been teaching the building and space module at the HAWK in Hildesheim with a focus on corporate interior. In 2018, he was appointed onto the jury of the state prize for architecture by the chamber of architects for the federal state of Lower Saxony.Search inside on ISSUU.com
The processes of change throughout the retail sector have rapidly gained dynamism through the COVID-19 pandemic. In an unprecedented situation, social distancing has fuelled the integration of digital shopping functions and at the same time the yearning for real places of encounter. "Retail Design International" addresses these shifts and presents over 40 brave concepts that drive the retail shift forwards.The editor Dr. Jons Messedat is an architect, designer and author. His expertise in the building of corporate identity is in demand among global companies, as a jury member in architecture and design competitions, as well as at universities in Germany, Switzerland and the USA.Search inside on ISSUU.com
How must design studies be structured in order to not
only keep pace with the changes in the economy and society but also to shape them? How much artificial intelligence and coding must be conveyed during studies? This book documents five years of international research on these questions, which 250 designers participated in worldwide.The iF Design Foundation is dedicated as a non-profit organisation to design as a phenomenon and practice in the context of education and culture, science and the economy, politics and society. It promotes the development of design-specific discourses and supports the sharing of design-relevant knowledge and findings.Search inside on ISSUU.com
On the occasion of the 15-year anniversary of Idee und Klang Audio Design (Idea and Sound Audio Design), a publication has been created that is dedicated to sound scenography and at the same time reflects the work of the atelier. It includes questions about the still young field of acoustic exhibition design as well as personal experiences in the area of audio creation. The topic is framed by interviews and texts by guest authors within this discipline.With numerous sound examples via QR codes / Soundcloud appIdee und Klang Audio Design is a team of composers, sound designers and technologists who create artistic, historical or commercial living environments with sound and music. The works of the studio founded in 2005 comprise sophisticated media installations, exhibitions and brand facilities such as the National Museum of Qatar, BMW Museum in Munich and Imperial War Museum in London.Search inside on ISSUU.com
It is interdisciplinary teams with complex compositions that develop and realise exhibitions. Groenlandbasel directs a network of specialists and with "Spaces and Stories" enables an insight into the cooperation and the dedicated efforts of a wide range of involved parties. Exhibition thinkers and exhibition makers express themselves alongside each other in essays, shorter highlights and interviews.
The texts are accompanied by a diverse selection of projects by Groenlandbasel: museum developments, special and permanent exhibitions, architecture, as well as indoor and outdoor installations. With text contributions including: Dominic Huber, Director Rimini Protokoll, Zurich; Nina Gorgus, Curator Historical Museum Frankfurt; Ramon De Marco, Sound Designer Idee und Klang, Basel; Daniel Tyradellis, freelance curator, Berlin; Beat Hächler, Director Alpine Museum of Switzerland, Bern; Sibylle Lichtensteiger, Director Stapferhaus Lenzburg.#designbooks: Book presentation by Groenlandbasel on YouTube (German only)Search inside on ISSUU.com
The new edition of this successful series presents the status quo in exhibition design and scenography with over 110 projects and 15 interviews. The focus is on current trends and corresponding methods, renowned firms, exceptional designers and curators. The manifesto "Indian method – design in difficult times" takes a stand regarding the current social and political discourse and opens up new strategies for poetic spaces. The editors: Prof. Uwe J. Reinhardt, M.A., is a cultural scientist, journalist, exhibition maker, since 2005 professor of text/verbal communication at the Design department of Peter Behrens School of Arts at the Hochschule Düsseldorf and teaches together with Philipp Teufel, director at the edi – Exhibition Design Institute. Teufel is a communication designer and teaches as a professor in the fields of Exhibition Design, Retail Design and 3D Communication. 2012−2016 he was the artistic consultant for the exhibition design of the Humboldt Forum at Berliner Schloss, together with Ralph Appelbaum Associates.
110 projects by Atelier Brückner to C&G Partners, Kossman.dejong, Holzer Kobler, Ralph Appelbaum and Sagmeister & Walsh to Hans Dieter Schaal and Tokujin Yoshioka 15 interviews with leading designers and cur ators about current trends and challenges.#designbooks: Prof. Uwe J. Reinhardt interviewed by Dr. Petra Kiedaisch on YouTube (German only)#designbooks: Book presentation by Prof. Uwe J. Reinhardt on YouTube (German only)Search inside on ISSUU.com
"Idea (sketch), concept (presentation drawing), execution (photograph)": structured by these three aspects, Axel Müller Schöll presents in his book "House building and the Like" a variety of different projects that have to do with an interior or structural architect’s classical portfolio in varying degrees. They are, however, all developed on the basis of the classical toolkit that is part of every architect’s training and then of their professional work. It is still the idea that makes all the difference and that serves as a basis for a draft in the following step.
Axel Müller-Schöll, architect and interior architect, since 1994 professor for Interior Architecture and Interior Fittings at Burg Giebichenstein University of Art and Design Halle. He founded the idea ...Institute (Institute of Interior Design, Environment and Architecture), which serves as a basis for research, projects, supporting graduates and issuing subject-specific publications.
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Professional design has never been as important and par for the course as today. Pioneering and exceptional design achievements are at the centre of Focus Open 2020, one of the most renowned German design competitions with an international orientation. For many years, the competition has been an exclusive platform for companies and professional designers from all around the world – from industrial heavyweights to small companies.
The yearbook presents all the prize-winning products of 2020. The award winners come from e.g. the sectors of investment goods, healthcare, bathrooms, kitchens, interiors, lifestyle, lighting, consumer electronics, leisure, building technology, public design, mobility, service design and materials & surfaces. Focus Open, the state prize of the Baden-Württemberg state, shows what is state-of-the-art in terms of design, innovation and sustainability.Search inside on ISSUU.com
Das Motto von Walter Gropius zur ersten Bauhaus- Ausstellung 1923 im Haus Am Horn in Weimar lautete: „Kunst und Technik – eine neue Einheit“. Die Integration beider Felder fand in den 1920er-Jahren am Weimarer Bauhaus jedoch nicht nur enthusiastische Anhänger, sondern auch leidenschaftliche Gegner – eine Kontroverse, die bis in die heutige Zeit reicht. Der Sammelband reflektiert Grundfragen der Weimarer Zeit sowie darauf aufbauende Entwicklungen seit den 1950er-Jahren – etwa an der HfG Ulm – und macht die Diskurse für die Herausforderungen des digitalen Zeitalters fruchtbar.
Mit Beiträgen von Katia Baudin, Michael Braun, Meret Ernst, Annette Geiger, Siegfried Gronert, Franziska Lampe, Julia Meer, Robin Rehm, Theres Rohde, René Spitz.Zu den Herausgebern: Prof. Dr. Siegfried Gronert ist Vorsitzender der Gesellschaft für Designgeschichte (GfDg) und Honorarprofessor an Universitäten in China. Von 1993 bis 2011 lehrte er Geschichte und Theorie des Design an der Bauhaus-Universität Weimar. Dr. Thilo Schwer ist Produktgestalter und Designwissenschaftler. Seit 2011 lehrt er Designtheorie, Designmethodologie und Theorien der Produktsprache.
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Until spring 2020 the trade fair sector was still boasting: “You can’t email a handshake!” Then corona came along and everything was turned upside down: exhibitions were postponed, cancelled or relocated into digital space. It also brought forth new concepts with which we had not reckoned a couple of years ago: virtual twins, AR or VR walk-through stands, online exhibitions with new meeting formats, or quite different ideas that are currently turning the sector upside down, providing new impetuses and making the trade fair a place as we have never known it before. The new Trade Fair Design Annual presents not only the most exciting exhibition settings of the previous year but also entices us into virtual space.
Sabine Marinescu and Janina Poesch are both architects, journalists and founders of PLOT – the network in the area of spatial installations. Since 2008 they have been publishing print and online magazines as well as reference books in the wide field of scenography.#designbooks: Book introduction with Sabine Marinescu and Janina Poesch on YouTube (German only)#designbooks: Interview with the editors on YouTube (German only)Search inside on ISSUU.com
The world is changing. A host of developments are impacting our lives: sustainability, values, equality, purpose, digitisation or "Gen Z". However, a consideration of the majority of brand experiences gives rise to the question: Where is the change? It occurred: with COVID-19! And suddenly it was about people’s lives, about our supply system and saving our and many other sectors.
This is therefore a special Event Design Yearbook. It allows us to revel in projects that have been prohibited for months in 2020. It also shows experience concepts from the time before COVID-19. With all the foreseen changes after the pandemic, as described for example by Cedric Ebener in the interview, one can only speculate how the concepts presented here might look in future.#designbooks: Author Katharina Stein about the book series on YouTube (German only)Search inside on ISSUU.com