Presented for the first time in 2017, the German Design Council’s ein&zwanzig Award has established itself as a leading arbiter of the work of up-and-coming international designers. This year, 1,035 items (25 per cent more than last year’s 824) from 74 different countries were submitted for the jury’s consideration, with the 21 winning entries providing a display of creativity that was positively pyrotechnic! The destination of the ultimate “Best of Best” award will be announced on 20 April.
Lutz Dietzold, Managing Director of the German Design Council, is delighted with the competition’s growing success and regrets that the 2020 awards ceremony cannot take place as usual in Milan during Tortona Design Week: “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 – first and foremost in the online gallery at www.ein-und-zwanzig.de, on social media (#einundzwanzigcompetition) and at www.ndion.de.”
The 2020 submissions are testament to a spirit of invention and research, the courage to experiment and a profound understanding of both aesthetic and practical solutions to problems. The experimental approach is about materials and form, as well as perceptions and usability. The spectrum of submissions ranges from seating furniture and lamps that develop an independent character through interaction with people, to designs which are highly diverse in their form and function. The tendency among the submissions towards the domains of kitchen, furniture and lighting, as well as textiles, was particularly notable. All in all, the works present a kaleidoscope of current design.
For information on the awarded products visit >> http://www.ein-und-zwanzig.com/awardees/
All photos: Rat für Formgebung / German Design Council