The competition

Information and benefits

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.

Register now!

Are you interested in taking part at the ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Interior?
The registration period for the ICONIC AWARDS 2022: Innovative Interior is unfortunately over.

However, you are welcome to register for the ICONIC AWARDS 2023: Innovative Architecture.
We will inform you as soon as the new registration period starts.

Detailed information on participation and the competition can be found in our application documents. Download the PDF file here.

September 2021

Start of the submission period

24 September 2021

Early Bird-Deadline

05 November 2021

Deadline for registrations

10 November 2021

Jury meeting

13 December 2021

Announcement of the winners

17 January 2022

Awards ceremony at the Design Post Cologne

17 -23 January 2022

Exhibition of the winning projects
at the Design Post Cologne

Awards ceremony and exhibition 2020

 

The awards ceremony of the ICONIC AWARDS 2020: Innovative Interior took place on 12 January 2020 at the Kölnischer Kunstverein. On the same evening, the winners' exhibition was opened, which will be shown at the Kölnischer Kunstverein during the imm cologne – embedded in the »Design im Kunstverein« programme.

 

Source: German Design Council / Photos: Daniel Banner – www.bannerfoto.de

Your path to success

Create an account

Register in our online database »My Design Council« mdc.force.com/ MyDesignCouncil/ by using the button above (»Register here«). Log in with your access data or register as a new user.

Registration

For the online registration of your submission you will need a short description in English and German and at least one image. After that, complete your registration bindingly.
Please note: Participation in the competition and a possible award are subject to fees.

Delivery

Upload your digital submission for the jury session by October. This will take place in October. You will be informed about the jury’s results in writing.

Whitepaper

Would you like to find out how you can use your awards in your communication most effectively? Our whitepaper explains how to use the potential of awards.

Benefits

Barbara Friedrich on the benefits of participating in design competitions

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 at the Design Post Cologne.

Our Marketing Services

Use the 'Winner' label as a commu­ni­ca­tion tool within and beyond your industry.

Prominent placement

Winners are presented online in the ICONIC DIRECTORY.

Prominent presentation

From 17 to 23 January 2022 we will presenting the winning projects in an exhibition at the Design Post Cologne.

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

Building Fixtures

The whole range of building equipment – mailboxes, windows, switches, operating elements.

Building Fixtures

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

Lighting

Lights that convince - whether outdoors, at work or for decorative purposes.

Lighting

i.e. External Light Fixtures, Decorative Light Fixtures, Technical Light Fixtures, Work Light Fixtures

Furniture

Beds, wardrobes, cupboards, shelves, tables and other movable elements in the interior.

Furniture

i.e. Beds, Wardrobes, Closets and Storage, Seating Furniture, Special Furniture, Tables, Lifestyle Accessories

Outdoor Products

Furniture and accessories that make the garden and conservatory even more beautiful.

Outdoor Products

i.e. Garden Furniture, Conservatory Furnishings, Garden Accessories

Textiles

Fabrics you'll love: from bed linens to upholstery leather to bathroom textiles.

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

Registration and service fees 2022

Registration fees

Registration fees

EUR 320 plus VAT
per project including printing service

EUR 234 plus VAT
per project including printing service until 24 September 2021

EUR 75 plus VAT
Project handling for additional product samples up to 0.5 m (l/w/h) and up to 5 kg or for additional digital entries per project.
The entry of larger product samples is only possible upon an individual agreement with the German Design Council and will entail further mandatory costs.

Please note that in case of a distincion, the service fees for winners will apply.

Service fees

The following costs are compulsive after being awarded »Selection«, »Winner« or »Best of Best«:

»Selection«

Service fee »Selection«


1,850 EUR plus VAT

The award contains:

  • – use of the »Selection«-label for your communications
  • – two personalised winner documents
  • – access to our exclusive marketing services
  • – Two individual video clips for your award
  • – presentation of the prize-winning project in the ICONIC Directory
  • – basic public relations communications and social media coverage in relation to the competition
  • – Invitation to the awards ceremony and exhibition opening
  • – Digital presentation of the project in the exhibition

»Winner«

Service fees »Winner«


2,750 EUR plus VAT

The award contains:

  • – use of the »Winner«-label for your communications
  • – two personalised winner documents
  • – access to our exclusive marketing services
  • – Two individual video clips for your award
  • – presentation of the prize-winning project in the ICONIC Directory
  • – comprehensive public relations communications and social media coverage in relation to the competition
  • – Invitation to the awards ceremony and exhibition opening
  • – Physical presentation of the project in the exhibition

»Best of Best«

Service fee »Best of Best«


2,950 EUR plus VAT


The award contains:

  • – use of the »Best of Best«-label for your communications
  • – two personalised documents in a high-quality frame and one award trophy
  • – access to our exclusive marketing services
  • – Two individual video clips for your award
  • – presentation of the prize-winning project in the ICONIC Directory
  • – exclusive public relations communications and social media coverage in relation to the competition
  • – invitation to the awards ceremony and exhibition opening
  • – receipt of the distincion on stage
  • – physical presentation of the project in the exhibition

Grant programme

The German Design Council offers all small companies and start-ups the opportunity to obtain an exemption from the possible winner's fees via a request for support.

Our grant programme

The German Design Council offers all small businesses, freelancers and start-ups the opportunity to submit a grant proposal for exemption from the service fees for winners that may arise. Exemption shall only take effect following close examination of the financial circumstances. The prerequisite is that the company’s annual turnover did not exceed EUR 50,000.00 during the past two years. The proposal must be submitted by 30 September 2021 (received by the German Design Council).

You can download the application form here.

Detailed information can be found in our application documents 2022.

The Jury 2022

Carole Baijings

Industrial Designer (formerly Scholten & Baijings)

Amsterdam

Formerly of Scholten & Baijings | Co-Founder of the Amsterdam-based studio Scholten & Baijings until 2019, Carole Baijings is widely regarded as one of the most exciting, innovative and dynamic industrial designers in Europe. A self-confessed perfectionist, her work – which includes ceramics, glassware, textiles, rugs and furniture – is distinguished by a carefully considered use of colour, pattern and graphic elements. Her eye for detail is well-known. This has resulted in numerous partnerships with brands such as Samsung, IKEA, MINI, HAY, Herman Miller, Karimoku New Standard and Maharam among others. Always looking to challenge and rethink the way people interact and live with design, Baijings’ work has been featured in prestigious institutions such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Rijksmuseum.

Monica Förster

Monica Förster Design Studio

Stockholm

Monica Förster, creator of some of the most internationally renowned objects in contemporary Swedish design today, grew up close to the Artic circle in the very north of Sweden. Her work is characterized by a strong sense of pure form mixed with a never ending curiosity for new materials and technology. Always trying to work in a cross-disciplinary way, she invents and renews typologies in industrial, furniture and object design. Monica Förster, one of the top names within Swedish design, has created some of the future’s classic designs. Monica Förster Design Studio is based in Stockholm and works on an international level with companies such as Volvo, Tecno, Alessi, Cappellini, Poltrona Frau, De Padova, Bernhardt, Whirlpool, Georg Jensen, Eric Joergensen, Offecct, Swedese and Rörstrand.

Barbara Friedrich

Design Journalist

Hamburg

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.

Benjamin Wolf

Funktion Möbel

Darmstadt

Benjamin Wolf has grown up with the theme of design from childhood. After a short excursion into the world of industrial design, he turned to the sale of design icons and holistic interior design concepts in the premium segment. After two years at the furniture school in Cologne, he gained experience at bulthaup and vitra in London. Since 2010, he has been managing the Darmstädter Möbelhaus Funktion GmbH and advising the purchasing department of Cairo AG.

Sebastian Wrong

Established and Sons / Wrong Shop

London

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.

FAQ

HOW MANY PARTI­CI­PANTS ATTENDED LAST YEAR?

All in all, the 540 parti­ci­pants from 26 countries attended the ICONIC AWARDS 2021: Innovative Interior .

IN WHICH CATE­GO­RIES CAN I SUBMIT MY PROJECT?

The award 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 AWARDS?

Registration is via My Design Council.

WHO IS ADMITTED TO THE AWARDS?

All companies and stu­dios whose projects fit into the competition cate­gories.

CAN I REGISTER A PROJECT THAT HAS ALREADY WON ANOTHER GERMAN DESIGN COUNCIL AWARD?

Yes.

IS THERE A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF PROJECTS I CAN ENTER FOR THE COMPETITION?

No.

HOW OLD CAN THE SUBMITTED PROJECT BE?

The project may not be older than 5 years at the time of the jury session.

WHAT ARE THE COSTS AND FEES?

For each registered pro­ject the registration fee of 320 Euro will be charged. Depending on the award, additional fees may apply. Informa­tion on the costs of the ICONIC AWARDS 2022: Innovative Interior can be found in the 2022 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 here.