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Design that stands out

HEY-SIGN, Loop. Photographer: Reimund Braun

The German Design Award is one of the most coveted and prestigious awards of its kind in the world. The names of the 2021 winners, picked from among 4,200 entries from 60 countries, have just been announced. 

The award for Personality of the Year went to the Italian architect Paola Antonelli, who is a Senior Curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, where she has been working since 1994, and also writes articles on the subject of design for numerous magazines such as Harper’s Bazaar, Metropolis, Metropolitan Home and The Harvard Design Review. “For many years now, she has used her roles as curator and author to impressively visualize the strength with which design influences the development of culture and society and shapes the world we live in,” stated Lutz Dietzold, CEO of the German Design Council, quoting the jury citation.

Among the products honored is Loop, is a module from HEY-SIGN for improving indoor acoustics. As a material Loop employs felt the acoustic properties of which are further enhanced by its three-dimensional shape and arrangement. In the jury’s view, “room acoustics is a topic of growing relevance, whether in public places or in the office. The LOOP elements are an original acoustic solution, inspiring creativity and giving rooms a touch of individuality. Bringing oval elements into their characteristic loop shape using just steel clasps was a clever solution.”

With its Galaxy, Kutahya Porselen has introduced innovative methods of tableware production. The way granules with different colours and particle-size distributions for isostatic pressing are used here represents a totally different and unique departure for the tableware industry. “The crockery made from special granulate gives the Galaxy collection a special look that is further enhanced by the irregular, almost organic-looking styling of the plates with their softly rounded corners. An interesting collection that stands out everywhere,” concluded the jury.

The state of the art, when it comes to writing implements, is exemplified by Take 4 from Schneider. With this handy four-colour ballpoint pen, you can switch colours at the push of a button, making it a great all-rounder in the office for planning, organizing and structuring. “The fact that it also looks so stylish and is made of 92% recycled plastic, makes it a contemporary writing device,” ran the jury’s verdict.

You can admire all the winning entries for the German Design Awards 2021 in the online gallery and also vote there for the winner of the Public Choice Award any time between now and 5 February 2021.

The winners of the German Design Awards 2021 will be announced and the winning entries presented in February 2021 in the context of an awards exhibition at the Museum Angewandte Kunst(Museum of Applied Art) in Frankfurt, where the winners of the Newcomers and Public Choice awards will also be announced. 

Further information: 

>>  Personality of the Year 

>> Online gallery featuring all the winners of the German Design Awards 2021

>> Public Choice Award

>> German Design Award Newcomer


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