Dear Readers,

Even in the height of summer, there’s no shortage of news for you from the Design Center Baden-Württemberg!

In our September issue, we’d like to remind you of the upcoming award ceremony for the Baden-Württemberg International Design Award Focus Open 2022. We’ve conducted a new and intriguing interview on the subject of in-house sustainability for our RETHINK:DESIGN Climate Relevance format, and for newsletter readers who like to travel we’ve got a tip for a Paris trade show that’s well worth seeing. You’ll also find several great book tips from our Design Library at the end of this newsletter. But first things first: we’d like to start with an exclusive announcement about an anniversary that we’ll soon be celebrating here at our premises.

We hope you enjoy the latest issue of our newsletter!

The Design Center Baden-Württemberg team

Economy meets design

At the end of the year we’ll be celebrating another anniversary here at the Design Center. After marking 30 years of the Baden-Württemberg International Design Award Focus Open last year, we’re now commemorating the 60th anniversary of our existence.
The Design Center, which was still incorporated within the Baden Württemberg Office for the Promotion of Trade and Industry at the time, opened its doors in 1962 under the name LGA-Zentrum Form. As part of the state’s efforts to promote economic development, it has served as a facilitator at the interface between the economy, industry and the design community ever since.

We can’t wait to present our special exhibition celebrating highlights from the last six decades at the Haus der Wirtschaft in Stuttgart.

FOCUS OPEN 2022: countdown to the award ceremony!

It’s just a few weeks until this year’s award ceremony for the Baden-Württemberg International Design Award Focus Open 2022 on October 14. THE stage for the latest innovations and groundbreaking design quality! This year’s winners will be honoured at the Scala cultural venue in Ludwigsburg. We’d be delighted to see you there at 19:00 on 14 October!
After the ceremony, you are also cordially invited to attend the opening of the exhibition featuring the award-winning design solutions.

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

“It’s about a different mindset towards the way you do business!”

RETHINK:DESIGN: a conversation with Dr Odette Deuber of DO Climate

There’s a new instalment in our RETHINK:DESIGN Climate Relevance series. This time we had the pleasure of talking to Dr Odette Deuber of DO Climate.

A conversation about how companies can start working towards the universally desired goal of climate neutrality. It seems easy enough – or at least that’s what all the advertising suggests. But that’s not the case, says Dr Odette Deuber – ultimately, there’s a great deal more to it than you might first think and that means adopting a more far-reaching perspective.

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

Let’s think the future!

Click here for the interview.

A trade show tip for the spontaneous: Maison & Objet in Paris

Maison & Objet in Paris is an international trend showcase for home decor, giftware and tableware and serves as a communication and information platform for the industry.

Dates: 08.09.2022 - 12.09.2022
Venue: Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Center, Parc d’Expositions, F-95970 Paris, France
Admission: trade visitors only.

Find out more here.

Book recommendations from our Design Library

Zur Theorie wirkungsvollen Designs (In German)

Pierre Smolarski
Bielefeld, transcript Verlag 2022

Design is creation with the intention of producing an effect and – whether as practical art or accompanying theory – therefore benefits from rhetoric. Design rhetoric gives practice a language, gives theory arguments derived from the history of rhetoric, and embeds questions concerning the impact of design in an interdisciplinary context.

New Work - New Office
Ein Reader zu neuen Arbeitswelten (In German) 

Prof. Mark Phillips (Ed.)
Stuttgart, avedition 2022

How do you create humane office spaces? Are there any scientific studies, evidence or verifiable insights that are applied in practice? And how do future generations want to work? Students of the Interior Architecture programme at Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts researched these questions over a period of several terms. Supplemented by two expert articles, this reader provides a basis for an objective and scientific discussion of how tomorrow’s offices should be designed – so that rather than working in spaces that have been designed randomly, we can work in spaces that are designed to do us good.
Editor Mark Phillips is an architect, architectural researcher and Professor for Experimental Space at Coburg University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

Evergreen Architecture
Overgrown Buildings and Greener Living

Robert Klanten et al.
Berlin, gestalten 2021

As more of the earth’s surface is swallowed up by the built environment, architects are increasingly advised to integrate urban flora and fauna into their designs. Whether developing green roofs, living walls, abundant indoor courtyards, or balconies that connect interior and exterior spaces, the urge to intertwine nature and architecture has never been more apparent. Embracing this ubiquitous trend, Evergreen Architecture surveys a broad spectrum of residential, institutional, urban, and rural spaces. But as change occurs and solutions to the climate crisis are being integrated on the ground, many new questions are posed. How do residents keep moss-covered walls alive? How can a skyscraper uphold the weight of hundreds of trees? Evergreen Architecture investigates this movement from the perspective of the architects leading the charge whilst offering diagrams and plans to help the reader understand how each building came together and how it intends to survive.