Autumn is exhibition season at the Design Center Baden-Württemberg! Our retrospective of 30 years of the Baden-Württemberg International Design Award will be open to the public until the beginning of next year, and the winning products from the Focus Open 2021 competition have been selected and are now on view at the MIK in Ludwigsburg.The Blickfang design fair is taking place as a pop-up event at Stuttgart’s newly renovated Liederhalle Culture and Congress Centre, while the GeschmacksSache (A Matter of Taste) exhibition at Württemberg State Museum explores the question of what actually constitutes good taste. Last but not least, Württemberg State Library invites visitors to undertake a journey back in time to the Roaring Twenties with the exhibition Schönheit, Glanz und Träume (Beauty, Glamour and Dreams) from the Lucius Collection.

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The Design Center team

Anniversary Exhibition

30 Years of the Baden-Württemberg International Design Award

In the last 30 years, the Baden-Württemberg International Design Award has established itself as a constant in the state’s economy and is today held under the Focus Open label. The Design Center Baden-Württemberg is celebrating this anniversary with a retrospective exhibition that brings together original prize-winning products from the last three decades – including a mobile phone that fits into a waistcoat pocket from 1991, but also other things that have long since been erased from memory. Because it’s not just technology that evolves; our aesthetic preferences change as well. Consequently, the exhibition at the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart is a journey back in time too.

The 30 Years of the Baden-Württemberg International Design Award exhibition is open to the public until 28 January 2022. Opening hours: Monday to Friday, 11.00 – 18.00

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Focus Open 2021

Experience the award-winning products up close!

Ludwigsburg, 09.10. - 21.11.2021

13 times Focus Gold! 15 times Focus Silver! 20 Special Mentions! The 31st edition of the Baden-Württemberg International Design Award is once again presenting outstanding design from a broad spectrum of fields – and looking into the near future with the Focus Meta.

This time round, the winners include a trolley case with skater qualities, a classic watch powered by invisible solar technology, ergonomic binoculars with excellent optics, a lifter for people who can’t manage alone, and a clever tool for vehicle diagnosis.

The Design Center Baden-Württemberg traditionally shows the results of the Focus Open competition at the MIK Museum, Information, Kunst in Ludwigsburg – enabling visitors to experience the qualities of the award-winning products for themselves.

The comprehensive yearbook presents all the award-winning products in both German and English. Top-quality images and detailed product descriptions are supplemented by vivid commentary and assessments from the jury.

Published by Design Center Baden-Württemberg
Stuttgart, 978-3-89986-354-3

The exhibition runs from 09.10 – 21.11.2021. Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00 – 18.00
Guided tours: Sat. 23.10.2021 (12.00), Thurs. 18.11.2021 (16.00)

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Exhibition: GeschmacksSache

Landesmuseum Württemberg

Stuttgart, 18.11.2021 - 01.05.2022

There’s no accounting for taste? That opinion was definitely not shared by Gustav E. Pazaurek, a leading light at Stuttgart’s former Landesgewerbemuseum from 1906 to 1932. He believed that taste could be shaped by good and bad examples. This prompted him, from 1909 on, to compile a much acclaimed “collection of offenses against good taste” – a drastic demonstration of what he considered the “wrong” taste.

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Blickfang design fair


Stuttgart, 28 - 30 October 2021

BLICKFANG is colourful, international and innovative – due in no small part to its designers, who all have one thing in common: the high design quality of their work.

This year, the well-established and popular BLICKFANG concept will be surprising visitors to the freshly renovated Liederhalle Culture and Congress Centre with a completely new design.

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Exhibition: Schönheit, Glanz und Träume

Württembergische Landesbibliothek

With the Schönheit, Glanz und Träume (Beauty, Glamour and Dreams) exhibition, Württemberg State Library is showing a retrospective of the years between World War I and National Socialism.

With the cleverly compiled and extremely diverse Lucius Collection, the exhibition presents some exceptionally high-quality and expressive works on the themes and media of a highly attractive style. Even a hundred years later, the image of the Roaring Twenties seems to have lost nothing of its fascination – in these crisis-ridden times, the dream of beauty and glamour is more topical than ever.

The exhibition runs from 19 October to 02 January 2022.

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