Designers Open Leipzig
The young German design scene never fails to come together in autumn for the Leipzig Designers Open. What was once a more-or-less local event has become a young, international meeting-place for creative designers, thanks to the fair’s close cooperation with the Grassi Museum of Applied Art (see below).
An international trade fair for tool and mould construction, design and product development, focusing on industrial design.
Design + Design
Online edition of this trade magazine with information for design collectors.
Magazine on design and architecture, with data bank search on design institutions, universities and academies, professional associations, museums, German and international trade magazines. Edited by: Rat für Formgebung (German Design Council).
form – The Making of Design
Since 1957, form has reported on themes and trends in the international design scene; with special focus on current developments in industrial design, graphics design and multi-media.
form + zweck
Magazine with articles on the history and theory of design.
Kunsthandwerk & Design (i.e. handicrafts and design)
This magazine offers comprehensive reporting on national and international handicrafts and design trade fairs, exhibitions, artists and their works, actions by institutes and organisations, and announces competitions.
novum – World of Graphic Design
The monthly international edition (German/English) presents outstanding works in the areas of graphics design, illustration, photo design, new media, corporate design, packaging, advertising, and typography. It also introduces novum – World of Graphic Design Newcomer and pinpoints current trends.
Bauhaus Archive, Museum of Design, Berlin
History and influence of the Bauhaus (1913–1933). An important school of 20th century architecture, design and art. A comprehensive collection documenting the school’s history and all aspects of its work.
BMW Museum, Munich
The firm’s museum offers insights into the history and process of BMW design, among other things.
The Braun GmbH’s collection in Kronberg, Taunus, conveys the history of this manufacturer of electric household appliances with respect to technology and design in a permanent exhibition. Alternating exhibitions illustrate individual aspects.
Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich
Internationally oriented covering the period from 1900 to the present. With over 70,000 objects from the areas of industrial design, graphics design, photography and arts and crafts, Die Neue Sammlung – The International Design Museum Munich is one of the world’s leading museums of 20th century applied art. Permanent and temporary exhibitions in the Pinakothek der Moderne (i.e. museum of modern art) in Munich, in the Neues Museum – Staatliches Museum für Kunst und Design (i.e new museum – state museum of art and design) – in Nuremberg as well as in Weiden.
Dornier Museum, Friedrichshafen
The museum, opened in summer 2009, is devoted to the history of the former family-owned and -run Dornier enterprise and aeronautics. Models of the famous Dornier airplanes offer insights into the development stages of airplane construction and design.
The Kragstuhl Collection of the furniture company Tecta, located in Lower Saxony, documents the development of the “chair with no back legs” to its final form as the “free-swinging” chair.
Museum of Decorative Arts, Berlin
The museum offers an important collection of European applied arts and has two locations: the Cultural Forum and Castle Köpenick. It presents the applied arts from the Middle Ages to the present.
MARTa Herford is a forum for young and contemporary creative work which seeks to investigate the close and complex relationships between art, design, architecture and industry. The collection, under development since 2001, makes reference to the museum’s special orientation.
Mercedes-Benz Museum, Stuttgart
The company museum offers insights into the history of Mercedes-Benz automobile development and design on the basis of personal, racing and record-breaker cars. Alternating exhibitions offer in-depth treatments of this history.
Miele Museum, Gütersloh
The museum of the household appliance manufacturer Miele presents the history of the company and its products within the context of overall developments in society.
August Kestner Museum, Hannover
With its own department of design, this museum presents objects of formal and ceremonial usage from Europe as a whole from the Middle Ages to the present.
Museum of Applied Arts – Grassi Museum (Museum für angewandte Kunst – Grassimuseum), Leipzig
European and non-European arts and crafts from their beginnings to the present. Collection focus: objects from the 1920’s and 1930’s and ceramics from the second half of the 20th century. Following a comprehensive remodelling of the entire museum complex, all collections are being reopened until 2010. Starting in 2010, the collection “From Art Nouveau to the Present” will conclude the programme.
Museum Thonet, Frankenberg
The museum of the Hessian furniture manufacturer Thonet presents a collection of bent wood furniture from the 19th century to the present. 150 years ago, the company founder Michael Thonet revolutionised the furniture trade with the production method of the Coffee House Chair No. 14.
Porsche Museum, Stuttgart
Approximately 80 vehicles and numerous mini-exhibits in this auto manufacturer’s museum provide insights into the history of the company and its products. Special exhibitions offer in-depth treatment of individual aspects.
Industrial Design Collection, Berlin
The collection encompasses objects of everyday life and design objects from the DDR/SBZ. The collection with its approx.160,000 objects, books and photos has belonged to the Haus der Geschichte Foundation since 2005. The collection is presently only open for research purposes.
Vitra Design Museum, Weil am Rhein
A private cultural institution, active world-wide. The museum offers changing special exhibitions, researches and imparts design in its many and varied expressions: focus on furnishings and interior design. Also offers an archive and a specialised library.
Volkswagen AutoMuseum, Wolfsburg
The company museum is devoted to all products of this brand as well as unique exemplars and prototypes. Special exhibitions contribute to making a part of German automobile history accessible.
Up-to-date blog focusing on Berlin, providing articles on exhibitions in Berlin and competitions throughout Germany. In addition interviews and tips on events that may well be a bit off the beaten track of design.
The network Create Berlin views itself as a meeting place for creative designers and their projects and ideas in Germany’s capital. Its Berlin office and showroom is an interface for design, press and politics. Create Berlin also curates and organises projects originating in Berlin internationally.
Info page for creative designers, with news from the areas of design, typography, photography, paper and printing.
designlinks.de offers an extensive editorial collection on the themes of graphics design, design theory, competitions and much more. Clearly arranged links to competitions and training options, magazines, universities and academies, and professional associations on the themes of web design, graphics and screen design.
Internationally oriented blog from Cologne informing readers daily about new works, trends and visions in the design world. Designers introduced are presented and are given a type of profile in which additional information is indicated.
Designwissen is an information data bank aimed at educators, school children, students and interested persons. It offers texts, images and videos on varios aspects of design, with primary focus on teaching design in schools.
An interdisciplinary design platform promoting exchange among designers and artists. DMY Berlin organises the annual International Design Festival in Berlin and represents the German capital throughout the year as the “City of Design” (UNESCO) through its exhibition projects.
International competition for students of visual communication.
red dot design award
The red dot design award is an international competition whose logo, the red dot, serves as a symbol of good design. The competition is awarded in three categories: product design, communications design and design concept (annually in Singapore since 2005).