ein&zwanzig 2019: Are you a design newcomer?
Once again, a jury of renowned experts will choose 21 outstanding entries: 20 Winners and one Best of Best. The winning products will be exhibited in Milan from 9-14 April 2019 during Tortona Design Week at the Salone del Mobile 2019. This is an invaluable opportunity for designers to present themselves and their work to an international audience.
The German Design Council enables the winners to take part in the world's most important design event and to establish contact with members of the GDC's unique network, who can offer them ongoing opportunities.
Andrej Kupetz, CEO of the German Design Council, explained the significance of this competition: 'Ein&zwanzig is right at the heart of our core mission: to foster new talent while promoting good design internationally.' Not only is participation in this competition free of charge – the German Design Council also provides the young talents access to its key assets: its international networks and professional communication on an international platform.
After the high-profile exhibitions of the winning projects in Milan in 2017 and 2018, designed by Hamburg-based Studio Besau-Marguerre and the Danish designer Nina Bruun respectively, a prominent design studio will once again draw plenty of attention to the young designers' work in 2019 as well: Studiopepe, founded in 2006 in Milan by the designers Arianna Lelli Mami and Chiara Di Pinto, known not only for their iconographic designs but also for their experimental, multidisciplinary approach.
The most important information at a glance:
- Deadline for registrations: 25 January 2019
- Participation is free of charge.
- The exhibition: 9–14 April 2019, Via Tortona, 31, 20144 Milan
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. If a piece of work is given an award, we will require a 1:1 model of the product from February 20th, 2019. The designer must be personally present in Milan (from April 7th until 11th, 2019).
The deadline for registration will be on January 25th, 2019.
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.