German Design Council

German Design Council

Our Vision:

The Foundation German Design Council was formed in 1953, driven by the BDI (Federation of German Industries) and by resolution of the German Parliament, to meet the increasing demand from business, politics and research for information on the subject of design.


What we do:

Today, the GDC is one of the world’s leading competence centres for communication and knowledge transfer in the field of design. The circle of members currently comprises more than 180 companies, who together employ over 1.8 million people.

German Innovation Awards 2018: New competition taps the pulse of the industry – Winners announced
Category: Members news

The winners of the first edition of the German Innovation Awards were honoured in a festive gala held at the Deutsches Technikmuseum (German Museum of Technology) in Berlin on 6 June 2018.

Summit meeting in Milan: The ‚ein&zwanzig’ jury selects the Best of Best
Category: Members news

The ‘ein&zwanzig’ (“twenty-one”) awards were presented on 16 April on the occasion of Milan Design Week 2018 in Zona Tortona.

21 young international design talents to be showcased at the Milan Design Week
Category: Members news

From 17 to 22 April 2018, the German Design Council will be showcasing the 21 winners of the young talents award ‘ein&zwanzig’. The innovative work of outstanding young product designers from all over the world will be on display as part of the Milan Design Week in the Tortona Design District.

German Design Award: The Competition Platform for the International Design Community
Category: Members news

The 2018 German Design Awards were held on 9 February 2018. In the competition’s 49 categories, a total of 45 gold prizes were awarded. 

Jil Sander receives the ‘Personality’ prize of the German Design Awards 2018
Category: Members news

Jil Sander, one of the most influential fashion designers of our time, is to receive the 2018 German Design Award’s Personality Prize. She will accept this prize at an Awards Ceremony in Frankfurt on 9 February 2018. 

German Design Award 2018 – Jil Sander Receives Personality Prize
Category: Members news

Jil Sander will receive the 2018 German Design Awards Personality Prize, in recognition of her iconic status in the fashion industry and her dedication to outstanding design.

ICONIC CONFERENCES – The conference series of the German Design Council

The ICONIC CONFERENCE is aimed at architects, engineers, interior designers, scenographers, technical planners, urban planners, agencies, design studios and companies in the construction and real estate industries.

From culture to retail – Iconic Architecture in Germany
Category: Members news

The German Design Council celebrate Hamburg’s new concert hall, and announce their Iconic Conference for retail.