Entry and registration

Entry & registration

Who can take part?

ein&zwanzig is the competition for design students and graduates who finished their studies no more than three years prior to registration. Individuals and groups of up to three people may register, whereby all group members must satisfy the specified conditions.

What kind of works can be entered?

Products from the areas of furniture, home accessories, lights, flooring, wallpaper, textiles and lifestyle can be submitted. The works should not be more than one year old and they should not be available on the market. The prize-winning works must be available for the exhibition in Milan as a 1:1 model or a prototype.

How are entries submitted?

Entries for the competition are to be made online in the MyDesignCouncil system. As well as information about the product, up to three printable images for each product must be uploaded. The closing date for applications is 24 January 2020. If a piece of work is given an award, we will require a 1:1 model of the product from February 2020. The designer must be personally present in Milan (from April 20 until 26, 2019). 

The registration for ein&zwanzig 2020 is closed!

Which criteria will be assessed?

The work submitted will be assessed based on the following criteria, whereby the jury reserves the right to determine their weighting: overall design, autonomy of the design, originality, conceptual and visionary quality, functionality, quality of use, design and presentation quality.

Who will go to Milan?

The jury will determine who will go to Milan in two phases. An initial shortlist will be created from all the entries and posted on the website from the middle of February. In the second phase, twenty products from the shortlist will be honoured as “Winners” and one as the “Best of Best”, and their designers will be invited to the exhibition in Milan.

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This is what you get


The “Shortlist”, “Winner” and “Best of Best” awards may be used with no spatial or temporal restrictions for the person’s own communication.


The prize-winning works will be exhibited in Milan in the context of the Salone del Mobile 2019 from April 9th-14nd, 2019 in the Via Tortona. The designers are invited to present their products personally to an international audience.


The prize-winning works and the designers will be presented with detailed profiles in the competition publication.

Online exhibition

The winners and their works will be introduced to a wide audience online at www.ein-und-zwanzig.com

Press package

The German Design Council will support the winners in professional public relations and will incorporate them in comprehensive communication measures for the competition.


All participants in the exhibition will receive a high-quality certificate at the exhibition opening in Milan.

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Information about the competition

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