German Design Award

German Design Award: Benjamin Würkner is winner of the Newcomer Award 2017

Benjamin Würkner and his products

A well-kept secret until the very end: it was announced only at the awards ceremony of the German Design Award 2017 that Benjamin Würkner was named Newcomer of the Year. In the selection process, Würkner prevailed over 120 young designers who were nominated for the prize. More than 1,400 guests attended the ceremonial presentation and celebrated this special honour, which is awarded annually, together with the young designer.

The targeted promotion of talented next-generation designers like Benjamin Würkner is a top priority of the German Design Council. This unique prize for young designers impressively highlights this objective and simultaneously accelerates the professional development of the designers honoured in this manner. The prize money of €15,000 is only one component of the support provided. The targeted establishment of new contacts and the generation of attention in the media create numerous new opportunities as well.

The four other finalists Dirk Biotto, Janine Dasbeck, Peter Otto Vosding and Philippe Vossel will likewise benefit from these opportunities. At exclusive events, the German Design Council establishes direct contacts between all finalists and its foundation members, who are leaders in design-oriented industry in Germany. In addition each of them will receive prize money of €2,500.

'With the Newcomer Award, we can offer especially promising designers a genuine career boost and simultaneously direct public attention to the importance of supporting the next generation in design', explained Andrej Kupetz, CEO of the German Design Council. 'And it is support that produces a tangible impact — a number of the prize winners from past years now work for renowned companies and are excellent representatives of a young, innovative design scene', Kupetz adds.

Deutsche Telekom is once again sponsoring the Newcomer Award this year. Philipp Thesen, Senior Vice President of Design at Deutsche Telekom, said, 'For Deutsche Telekom design is increasingly a change agent in the digital transformation. This requires a new mindset that we hope to find particularly among young designers. That's why we support the newcomers. We love the assurance with which Benjamin Würkner researches the use of materials and new process technologies and develops innovations based on these. Our sincere congratulations go to Benjamin Würkner on his award!'.

Benjamin Würkner is the winner of the Newcomer Award in 2017
Benjamin Würkner, born in 1988, studied design at Offenbach University of Art and Design from 2009 to 2015. He is particularly interested in parametric design methods and the use of generative processes inspired by bionics and materials. Würkner is the co-founder of Spacekitchen Frankfurt — a studio for interdisciplinary design and architecture. He has already won several important design prizes and honours, and with the Newcomer prize of the German Design Award, he can now add a further relevant award to his collection.

Prof. Dr. h. c. Hasso Plattner receives the 2017 Personality Prize of the German Design Award
SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner was honoured with the Personality Award today. For more than a decade, Hasso Plattner has been actively promoting design thinking internationally, particularly via the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford University in Palo Alto, California and the HPI School of Design Thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam. Thanks to his outstanding commitment, design thinking has now been acknowledged as a recognised method by top corporate management. Ulrich Weinberg, Head of the HPI School of Design Thinking, gave the laudatory speech for the entrepreneur from Potsdam.

The winners in the category of product design will be exhibited from February 10th-14th, 2017 at the Galleria Nord during the Ambiente trade show in Frankfurt am Main. The winners in the category of communications design will be exhibited from February 11th – 26th, 2017 at the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt. In addition, the five finalists for the Newcomer Award and Hasso Plattner, winner of the Personality Award, will be presented at both exhibitions. The vernissage at the Museum Angewandte Kunst will take place on February 10th, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.
All 2017 German Design Award winners will also be presented in the German Design Council's online gallery at: 

German Design Award
The German Design Award is the German Design Council's premium international prize and is one of the world's most renowned design competitions. 'Since our founding in 1953, our primary task has been to observe, analyze and evaluate what is happening in design on an international level', explains Andrej Kupetz, CEO of the German Design Council. 'The winners each year not only exemplify the economic and cultural value of outstanding design, but they also provide direction and are representatives of current themes and trends', adds Kupetz.

The German Design Council
The German Design Council is one of the world’s leading centres of expertise for communication and knowledge transfer in the area of design. Currently, more than 260 companies belong to its foundation. The German Design Council was founded in 1953 on the initiative of the German Bundestag to support and enhance the design expertise of German industry. It pursues a wide range of activities with a single goal: to increase brand value on a sustained basis via the strategic use of design in communication.