Dear Readers,

The leaves are changing colour outside, and we at the Design Center Baden-Württemberg have got an interesting mix of topics to keep you up to date as the days get shorter!

In our November issue we’re celebrating the winners of Focus Open 2022 and presenting them not just on our website but in an exhibition at Ludwigsburg Museum in the MIK as well. The next instalment of our Rethink:Design Climate Relevance series will be available soon, featuring a fascinating interview about climate-friendly construction and Designers in Residence is inviting international young designers to Pforzheim again.

Happy reading!

The Design Center Baden-Württemberg team

International Design Award FOCUS OPEN 2022:
And the winners are...

On 14 October 2022, the State of Baden-Württemberg presented the Baden-Württemberg International Design Award Focus Open 2022. Focus Open is one of the most prestigious German design competitions with an international orientation.

Dr Patrick Rapp MdL, State Secretary at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Labour and Tourism, and Susanne Bay, President of Stuttgart District Government, honoured a total of 44 prize winners at the Scala in Ludwigsburg. “Design expertise and creativity are important success factors for Baden-Württemberg and play a valuable role in its economy – as demonstrated once again by the outstanding works that have won awards in the Focus Open competition,” emphasised State Secretary Dr Patrick Rapp MdL in the course of the evening’s celebrations.

“For more than 30 years now, the Baden-Württemberg International Design Award has been illustrating design’s importance when it comes to ensuring that industry and companies have the ability to innovate,” he continued. Susanne Bay, President of Stuttgart District Government, emphasised the broad spectrum of expertise the discipline requires: “I never fail to be impressed by the wide-ranging and multifaceted nature of designers’ work. It’s also commendable that they are increasingly factoring sustainability into the products they design.”

A six-strong jury of experts was responsible for selecting this year’s prize winners. In addition to classic design products like furniture and household appliances, the award-winning entries also include products such as a power supply unit for charging electronic devices like tablets and smartphones on planes or a ski touring boot – objects which might not initially attract attention on account of their design, but which were honoured because their innovative and user-oriented approach adds value.

Many of the Focus Open 2022 winners come from small and medium-sized enterprises – and as Dr Rapp MdL pointed out, “That is very much in keeping with the philosophy behind the Baden-Württemberg International Design Award. It is an important part of the state’s efforts to promote economic development and a fantastic opportunity to present innovative products to a broader public – regardless of whether you’re an established company or a young, up-and-coming firm.”

Click here to find out more about this year’s award event.

FOCUS OPEN 2022: The exhibition at MIK Ludwigsburg

The award-winning design solutions are currently on show at the MIK (Museum – Information - Art) in Ludwigsburg. Virtually all the winning entries can be admired in the form of the actual product or work.

The countdown has started! 

The exhibits will be on show until 20 November, with a guided tour by design journalist Armin Scharf on 17 November.

Exhibition venue
MIK Museum Information Kunst
Eberhardstraße 1
D-71634 Ludwigsburg

Opening times
Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00 – 18.00
Closed on public holidays.
Admission is free.

Guided tour (circumstances permitting)
Thursday, 17 November 2022, 16.30

For all other information regarding Focus Open 2022, click here.

RETHINK:DESIGN: A conversation with the Focus META winners 2022!

Coming soon: the next instalment in our RETHINK:DESIGN Climate Relevance series:

Under the name urbanharbor, a project to make an old industrial complex in Ludwigsburg fit for the future has been underway for some years now and has already implemented an array of innovative steps.

The Design Center Baden-Württemberg conducted an interview with the winners of the Focus META award from maxmaier urbandevelopment and its architectural partners, SFP Architekten. They explain how the urbanharbor transformation project is setting new standards for sustainable energy management.

Don’t miss it: the interview will be published on our website on 16 November.

The RETHINK:DESIGN format shows what impact design has on resource use, emissions, the circular economy and climate protection.

Let’s think the future!