German Design Award

The winners of the German Design Awards 2022 have been decided

The German Design Awards have been presented by the German Design Council for the tenth time. The internationally renowned prizes are awarded to companies whose pioneering products and projects stand out in the categories of “Excellent Product Design”, “Excellent Communications Design” and “Excellent Architecture”. In addition to the “Winner” and “Special Mention” awards, the jury gave out a total of 81 “Gold” awards – the highest distinction of the German Design Awards.

The five finalists have also been nominated for this year’s “Newcomer” award. The winner will be announced as part of the awards ceremony for the German Design Awards 2022, which will be held in Frankfurt am Main in February 2022. The five finalists with a chance of winning the “Newcomer” award from the German Design Council are Anne Bansen (Industrial Design, HTW University of Applied Sciences Berlin), Maria Bürger (Communications Design, HTW University of Applied Sciences Berlin), Kalina Todorova Kondeva (Industrial Design, University of Wuppertal), Justine Masché (Fashion Design, Berlin University of the Arts) and Felix Thode (Sustainable Design, ecosign / Akademie für Gestaltung design academy).

You can find all of the winners in the online gallery of the German Design Awards 2022 at


German Design Awards 2022: ten years of award-winning pioneering design


The German Design Awards are the German Design Council’s most important prize and among the most recognised international design awards. For ten years now, the German Design Council has been honouring pioneering designers and their work with this coveted distinction. Entries are judged by an international jury made up of leading experts from all disciplines of design. Their judgement is invaluable – anyone whose product/project impresses this jury has demonstrated a high level of competence in design innovation and a sharp focus on the demands of their own customers and the market. In short, whoever wins here is one of the best. An award – whether “Special Mention”, “Winner” or “Gold” – makes the work globally visible and opens up a valuable network with international reach to the designers and companies.


Focus topic for the anniversary: “How designers think”


Inspired by the work of the visionary designer and design theorist Horst Rittel, the German Design Council has chosen the motto “How designers think” for this year’s German Design Awards: how can solutions be found to those challenges for which Rittel, together with Melvin Webber, coined the term “wicked problems” in the 1960s; problems that are – or only appear to be – unclear, contradictory, volatile or even unsolvable?

“The world in which designers live and work is constantly changing and demands outstanding answers to the continuous stream of new questions that arise – from digitisation to artificial intelligence and sustainability,” explains Lutz Dietzold, CEO of the German Design Council. “It is of vital importance that our awards always evolve and adapt to the times in which we live. Just like the people who develop innovative design, the German Design Awards have been at the forefront of driving forward pioneering solutions to the challenges of our time for a decade now.”


German Design Council – the organiser


The German Design Council is the German centre of excellence for design, branding and innovation. Its mission is to represent the German design scene and promote and make visible high-quality design. Established in 1953 as a foundation on the initiative of the German Bundestag, it supports industry in consistently achieving brand added value through design. In addition to trade associations and institutions, the exclusive network of members of the German Design Council foundation includes in particular the owners and brand managers of well-known companies. More than 350 companies are currently members of the German Design Council.


The German Design Council is an official partner of the New European Bauhaus initiative


The New European Bauhaus is a unique EU initiative for a sustainable, aesthetic and inclusive future. Located at the intersection of art, culture, science and technology, the initiative aims to explore ways of shaping our future living environment that will enable Europe to achieve climate neutrality by 2050 within the framework of the European Green Deal. It makes a link between the European Green Deal and our living spaces. It is a call to all Europeans to develop and realise ideas for a sustainable and inclusive, aesthetically, intellectually and emotionally appealing future together.

As part of the German Design Awards 2022, a jury will refer all projects that could be deployed in line with the New European Bauhaus to the initiative’s committee with commendation.

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