A coveted prize for sought-after brands: The ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Interior function both as a trend barometer and an important distinction in a steadily growing market.
Detailed information on participation and the competition can be found in our application documents. You can download them as PDF here.
Want to attract more international attention and measure yourself against the best in the industry? Register here by 28 October 2018.
Deadline for registrations
Notification of the jury's decision
in the context of imm cologne 2019
14.01. to 20.01.2019
Exhibition of the winners
in the context of »Design im Kunstverein«
In the focus of the industry
The ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Interior guarantees you international attention in the industry — because only the best innovative achievements are honoured with awards.
Nominated for the premier prize
When you win an ICONIC AWARD: Innovative Interior prize, your product is automatically nominated for the German Design Awards.
Our reach for you
Take advantage of our far-reaching communications work for the ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Interior via our media distribution lists and social media channels.
Expand your network
Establish contacts to relevant industry representatives via the ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Interior competition.
A STAGE FOR THE BEST
As a winner you will be invited to the award ceremony in Cologne. The event takes place on the occasion of the imm cologne.
Our Marketing Services
Use the 'Winner' label as a communication tool within and beyond your industry.
Winners are portrayed in our ICONIC Magazine and presented online in the ICONIC DIRECTORY.
At the Kölnischer Kunstverein, we will be presenting the winning projects in an exhibition to an international audience in January 2019 as part of the »Design in the Kunstverein« programme.
Nine categories of success
Bathroom and Wellness
The bathroom as a living space - from noble fittings over high-quality sanitary objects to bath accessories.
Bathroom and Wellness
i.e. Bathroom Fittings, Bath Accessories, Bathroom Furniture, Sanitary Installations
Office and Workplace
The home of workplaces and workplace equipment that wow, including furniture, writing instruments, filing systems, accessories and more.
Office and Workplace
i.e. Office Accessories, Office Devices, Office Furniture, Writing Utensils, Filing Systems
The whole range of building equipment – mailboxes, windows, switches, operating elements.
i.e. Building Automation, Post Boxes, Linings, Energy Technology, Windows and Doors, House and Door Signage, Switches and Control Elements
Kitchen and Household
Everything that counts to the kitchen world - from crockery to cutlery, kitchen faucet to household appliance, electrical appliance to kitchen furniture.
Kitchen and Household
i.e. Kitchen Fittings, Cutlery and Accessories, Large Electrical Appliances, Small Electrical Appliances, Dishes and Accessories, Household Appliances, Kitchen Furniture, Kitchen Accessories
Lights that convince - whether outdoors, at work or for decorative purposes.
i.e. External Light Fixtures, Decorative Light Fixtures, Technical Light Fixtures, Work Light Fixtures
Beds, wardrobes, cupboards, shelves, tables and other movable elements in the interior.
i.e. Beds, Wardrobes, Closets and Storage, Seating Furniture, Special Furniture, Tables, Lifestyle Accessories
Furniture and accessories that make the garden and conservatory even more beautiful.
i.e. Garden Furniture, Conservatory Furnishings, Garden Accessories
Fabrics you'll love: from bed linens to upholstery leather to bathroom textiles.
i.e. Decorative Fabrics, Upholstery Fabric, Upholstery Leather, Table and Kitchen Linen, Bath Linens, Bed linen
Wall, Floor, Ceiling
Wallpaper, tiles, floor coverings including carpeting and rugs – everything that beautifies your home.
Wall, Floor, Ceiling
i.e. Wallpaper, Tiles, Carpets, Floor Coverings, Wall Coverings
The Jury 2019
Barbara Friedrich was the editor-in-chief from 1999 to 2016 and, most recently, the publisher of A&W Architektur&Wohnen magazine at the Hamburg Jahreszeiten publishing company. She studied communication sciences, literature and philosophy at the University of Bochum and has been involved in the fields of design, living and architecture for more than 30 years as a journalist. She was a member of the German Design Council executive committee for many years.
German Design Council
Frankfurt am Main
Andrej Kupetz has been General Manager of the German Design Council in Frankfurt since 1999. He studied Industrial Design, Philosophy and Product Marketing in Berlin, London and Paris. In 1997, after various positions in Design Management and university liaison, Andrej Kupetz joined German Railways (Deutsche Bahn AG) where he was responsible for brand management in the DB Group and for the implementation of various corporate-design processes. Kupetz is member of the advisory board of the Design Management Institute Boston. Since 2011 Kupetz has been a member of the Higher Education Council of the Hochschule für Gestaltung Offenbach. That same year the European Commission appointed him to the European Design Leadership Board.
Textile and Colour Designer
Giulio Ridolfo, former fashion designer, is now a colour advisor for leading textile, furniture, and interior companies. He graduated with a Master in Fashion Design from Milan’s Domus Academy in 1985. Since then, he has worked as a colour advisor to several of the world’s leading interior, clothing and footwear companies, like Moroso and Vitra to develop advanced colour systems for textile application. Ridolfo’s textile designs display a relevant array of colours more expressive of his idiosyncratic approach than the traditional offering of a full-spectrum palette.
Gerhard Wolf was the initiator and co-founder in 1995 of Cairo AG and has since been responsible for product range policy and the Cairo Design catalogue. On the executive board of Cairo AG, he is responsible for purchasing and he is jointly responsible for the strategic direction of the company with his boaed collegue Gero Furchheim. In addition to his role at the Cairo AG, Wolf has been operating the Darmstadt furniture store Funktion Gerhard Wolf GmbH for more than 40 years. He is also the co-founder of Creative Inneneinrichter GmbH & Co. KG, a group of associated owner-managed furniture stores in the premium segment. Wolf is also a member of the supervisory board here.
Established and Sons / Wrong Shop
Sebastian Wrong is a designer, creative director and specialist in modern manufacturing. His fifteen year career has seen him work with some of the most preeminent designers and companies of the era. His portfolio of work spans furniture, lighting accessoiries and gallery projects. He was a founding member oft he British manufacturer Established & Sons, and under his guidance as design director, the company produced the most iconic designs of the decade. In 2011, Wrong launched the Wrong Shop, an online platform that sells edition prints by notable designers and artists from around the world. He is currently the creative director of the London based lighting manufacturer, Wrong.London. The company is progressive and independent in spirit, tapping into the idiosyncratic joy of the city in which it is baded. Wrong works closely with a talented roster of international designers who like to play with the possibilities of product. Together, they celebrate diversity, eclecticicm and good ideas.
Your path to success
Register and fill out our form at mdc.german-design-council.de.
We'll support you with detailed documentation.
Benefit from the reputation of the award.
HOW MANY PARTICIPANTS ATTENDED LAST YEAR?
All in all, the 500 participants from 15 countries attended the ICONIC AWARDS 2018: Innovative Interior .
IN WHICH CATEGORIES CAN I SUBMIT MY PROJECT?
The competition is divided into nine categories. You can find them here.
WHICH AWARDS ARE PRESENTED?
At the ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Interior the awards "Selection", "Winner" and "Best of Best" are presented.
WHERE CAN I REGISTER FOR THE COMPETITION?
Registration is via My Design Council.
WHO IS ADMITTED TO THE COMPETITION?
All companies and studios whose projects fit into the competition categories.
CAN I REGISTER A PROJECT THAT HAS ALREADY WON ANOTHER GERMAN DESIGN COUNCIL COMPETITION?
IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF PROJECTS I CAN ENTER FOR THE COMPETITION?
HOW OLD CAN THE SUBMITTED PROJECT BE?
The project may not be older than 5 years at the time of the jury meeting.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS AND FEES?
For each registered project the registration fee of 280 Euro will be charged. Depending on the award, additional fees may apply. For more detailed information, please refer to the current application documents.
CAN I BE EXEMPTED FROM THE FEES?
The German Design Council offers all small businesses and start-ups the opportunity to be exempted from the possible winning fees by means of a funding application. Details can be found in our application documents.
WHAT ARE THE DATES AND DEADLINES?
All dates and deadlines can be downloaded here.