Jury 2019

Werner Aisslinger
Product designer, recipient of numerous international design awards, inclusion in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Neue Sammlung in Munich

“Ecological rethinking in the design and manufacturing process is a challenge for creatives and companies alike. Change is in the air.”

Prof. Anna Berkenbusch, head of the jury
Communication designer, professor at Kunsthochschule Halle, many national and international awards, member of the Type Directors Club New York

“In discussing ecodesign, there are fundamental issues that simply cannot be avoided. A sustainable product or examples of environmentally conscious behaviour by individuals can seem like a drop in the bucket when contrasted with an economic model that is oriented primarily towards continuous consumption and discarding. It is thus all the more important that the discussion surrounding mindless consumerism and consumption processes is both vehement and outspoken. In this respect, the award can provide impetus.”

Andreas Detzel
Managing director at ifeu Heidelberg and head of a working group on the topics of bio-based plastics, packaging, foodstuffs and corporate carbon footprints

“Ecodesign is a concept for designing and manufacturing products and services that place the smallest possible burden on the environment and make optimal use of energy and raw materials. This approach is critical for providing consumers with sustainable options in spending and other actions. Ecodesign is active at the interface between providers and users – a key component of sustainable consumption.”

Prof. Matthias Held
Product designer, professor at the School of Design Schwäbisch Gmünd, board member of the German Society for Design Theory and Research DGTF

„Unfortunately, sustainable products and their attendant or substitutive services are yet to gain broad acceptance as the only sensible and sustainable aspiration for innovative retail. It is crucial to provide support and visibility for the exemplary designers and companies that pursue this goal. The German Federal Ecodesign Award achieves this exceptionally well and in a manner that is singularly consistent and sound.“

Prof. em. Günter Horntrich
Emeritus Professor of Design and Ecology at the Köln International School of Design

“Sustainable design is never a passing fashion. On the other hand, trends wear out and accessories become disposable commodities. In this light, sustainable products can be seen as comparatively unpretentious. They are often less ostentatious and convince with sophisticated concepts and without recourse to bombast. The selection of materials as well as construction and service play a key role.”

Maria Krautzberger
President of the German Federal Environmental Agency

“The modern product world comes hand in hand with serious environmental consequences. Indeed, a major part of the environmental impact of a product is already determined in the design phase. Alongside, too little attention is paid to ecological product design criteria. For this reason, ecodesign must assert itself both as a core skill for design professionals and as a key economic competitive factor. The German Federal Ecodesign Award shows us what is already possible today. For other designers, such successful examples are the best incentive for integrating ecological product design in their own design processes.”

Dr. Claudia Perren
Architect, director of the Bauhaus Dessau Foundation, numerous national and international publications and exhibitions

“The intelligent use of materials was at least as much a topic of discussion at Bauhaus as the formal language of architecture. At the time, the focus was on the optimisation of the construction process. Today, for the sake of the ecology, we must consider energy and materials together.”

Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter
Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety

“Energy and resource-efficient products are examples of sustainability in practice and represent a competitive advantage for the business location Germany. The energy revolution can only succeed if we continue to take the leading role in this area. The German Federal Ecodesign Award recognises companies and designers that make an important contribution to sustainable economic and social development through their products.”

Prof. Friederike von Wedel-Parlow
Fashion designer and founder of Beneficial Design Institute

“The German Federal Ecodesign Award promotes successful design that represents the integral combination of quality with innovation and aesthetics. Quality that encompasses ecological and social issues and which utilises these as an indisputable basis of design in the creation of viable solutions for society.”

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