Are you a design newcomer?
We take you to Milan!
The international ein&zwanzig competition is aimed at you! Design
students and graduates! Talents and newcomers! Join us with innovative
products and product ideas in the product design and lifestyle sector.
Participation in the competition is free. Twenty-one products and product ideas will be honoured with awards and exhibited during the Tortona Design Week in Milan. As well as offering financial support for transport, travel and accommodation, the German Design Council will support and promote the winners with extensive marketing measures.
Due to the postponement of the Salone del Mobile and Tortona Design Week, the winners will be presented with their awards on our various digital platforms.
What the German Design Council offers you!
The German Design Council is an international centre of excellence for design. With the ein&zwanzig competition, it provides design students and graduates with a platform to present themselves effectively to the public. The high-calibre jury drawn from the fields of economics and design honours those who will be presenting their works in Milan to an international audience. Moreover, winners will benefit from a comprehensive service and support package, which the German Design Council provides to young, up-and-coming designers.
24 January 2020
extended until 31 January 2020
Online jury session
15 to 17 February 2020
Announcement of the Shortlist
09 March 2020
Announcement of the Winners
24 March 2020
Announcement of the Best of Best
20 April 2020
Impressions of the exhibition and award ceremony at Tortona Design Week 2019. Video: Birk Poßecker
Best of Best 2019
»It went really well for me and the exhibition certainly gave me the necessary publicity and the presentation framework to attract the attention of the right people.«
Simon now is working for designer Konstantin Grcic and is working on his own products independently as well. After Milan, he was contacted by a manufacturer interested in producing his chair and since then they are working on getting the product ready for series production and to bring it to the market.
»Thank you so much for the great exhibition in Milan! It is so nice to have this kind of opportunity as a young designer.«
After the exhibition, Jingbei has been contacted by a studio focusing on sustainable products. Now they are working together to bring »Rebrush« into the market. »Rebrush« has been published in magazines as »Der Feinschmecker« and some design blogs like »ArchDaily« and »Haute Innovation«.
Gal Bulka & Ori Shifrin Anavi
»Thank you very much for the opportunity to exhibit at the Milan Design Week. The preparations and general organization were impeccable.«
In the aftermath of the exhibtion Gal and Ori got in touch with several companies and their project was published in several magazines.
Jan Christian Schulz
»Milan was a few months ago now and besides the super nice time and the great people you got to know there, I also notice the lasting effects at the moment.«
After the ein&zwanzig award, Jan was able to develop his project further and besides several releases, he was interviewed by a magazine. Through the exhibition he also got in touch with a manufacturer with whom he planned the next steps to develop a product.
Lennart & Lauren Leerdam
»We are very happy with the results. Lets see what will happen in the upcoming weeks after all those positive reactions and inspiring leads.«
After the ein&zwanzig award, Lennart and Lauren had the chance to exhibit their product at several exhibitions and fairs as »Selected 2018 – Out of the frame«, at »Neue Galerie Graz«, at »Venice Design«, at the »Design.ve festival« and at the »London Design Fair 2018«. Also they were finalizing their project for the market.
Jury members 2020
Eva Marguerre, Marcel Besau
ULI BUDDE DESIGN OFFICE
Andrea Trimarchi, Simone Farresin
Mathias Hahn Design Studio
Germany, United Kingdom
Studio Sebastian Herkner
German Design Council
Nils Holger Moormann
Nils Holger Moormann GmbH
Arianna Lelli Mami, Chiara Di Pinto
Daniera ter Haar, Christoph Brach
Studio Hanne Willmann
We would like to thank our media partner
Media partner of this year's ein&zwanzig is Dezeen. Dezeen is the world's best-known and most influential architecture and design magazine with 2.5 million monthly users. With offices in London and New York, Dezeen also runs Dezeen Jobs, the global job fair for architecture and design.