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Present yourself in the spirit of Milan!
The international competition ein&zwanzig is aimed at you! Design students and graduates! Talents and newcomers! With innovative product and project ideas in the field of product design and lifestyle you are part of it. Participation in the competition is free of charge. 21 products and product ideas will be awarded, which benefit from worldwide visibility, comprehensive marketing measures and our international network. Take the opportunity to show your vision to the Who is Who of the design scene and get to know renowned designers and companies in our international network. Present yourselves!
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What the German Design Council offers you!
The German Design Council is one of the international centers of excellence in design. With the ein&zwanzig competition, it offers design students and graduates a platform to present themselves effectively to the public.
The top-class jury from the fields of business and design selects 21 designers whose work is presented to an international audience. In addition, the winners benefit from the comprehensive range of services and support that the German Design Council offers young up-and-coming designers.
ein&zwanzig: Best of Best 2021
Best of Best awardees Ivo Erichsen and Tobias Bihlmeyer in an interview
extended until: 16 April 2021
Online jury session
Announcement of the Shortlist
07 June 2021
Announcement of the Winners
02 August 2021
Announcement of the Best of Best
06 September 2021
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.
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.