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iF Industrie Forum Design e.V. – or iF e.V. for short – is the oldest independent design institution in the world. Its foundation in 1953 was closely linked to Hannover's status as a major trade fair venue: the aim was to create a partner institution for the annual industry exhibition that would look after and support the “formal design of industrial products” in Germany. Since then, iF e.V. has fulfilled this role in an exemplary manner.
In 2001, iF International Forum Design GmbH took over the operating business that includes organizing and hosting the iF design awards. Since then, iF e.V. has been focusing more strongly on its role as a mediator between design and business. iF e.V. puts emphasis on the inclusion of design at the management level and for considering design in corporate philosophy. iF e.V. creates public awareness for the topic of good design, and the association also maintains a comprehensive design network. As iF e.V. members, both renowned companies and individuals are part of this network.
As the oldest independent design institution in the world, iF e.V. was founded to create a bridge between the worlds of culture and business. For six decades, both the association and its members have been pursuing this goal with great commitment and success.
Represented by both its board and its members, the association actively tries to create a discourse on design. The aim is to support good design and to establish the idea of design as a success factor in the mind of the public and also in the minds of industry leaders: a company that includes design in its philosophy, in its strategic decisions and in its product development will achieve sustainable success.
Furthermore, the association’s work focuses on discussion and exchange regarding design-relevant issues and on the continuous expansion and maintenance of a worldwide design network.
iF e.V. consists of a board, of regular members and of honorary members.
The board comprises up to five members and the managing director.
Currently, we have three honorary members. The regular members award this title to acknowledge longstanding and outstanding commitment to the cause of design.
Chairman of the Executive Board
ER GBS GmbH, Hannover, Germany
Member of the Board
Member of the Board
Prof. Fritz Frenkler
f/p design GmbH, München, Germany
Member of the Board
SCHMIDHUBER, München, Germany
iF Industrie Forum Design e.V., Hannover, Germany
In compliance with legal provisions, the association holds an annual general meeting where the board presents a statement of accounts and informs the members about the association’s economic situation.
Become an iF e.V. member and benefit from our services:
Talk about your everyday (design) business, introduce yourself, your business, your team, or indeed your design philosophy, in a video. The video will be presented in the iF design exhibition Hamburg, attracting a high level of attention from an audience with a special interest in design.
Experts from the design world get together at the iF design salon for panel discussions, readings, presentations or talks. As an iF member, we will regularly invite you to attend this special event program at the iF design exhibition Hamburg.
Present an iF design special in the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE, the largest online design exhibition in the world. Simply put together your individual selection of iF award-winning products and add your personal comments and thoughts.
The next iF e.V. general meeting
will take place estimated in spring 2017 (we will let you know in writing about the exact date in due time).
Are you interested in becoming a member? An application takes just a few steps.
The object of the Association is to support and gain acceptance for design as a link in the value chain and as a cultural component of society. The Association considers the targeted design of products, public and private living spaces, and user-friendly software applications as constituting its own civic and cultural mission. The Association aims to:
The Association’s activities give it a regional, national, and international presence.
The financial year corresponds to the calendar year.
The Association’s official bodies are:
The Board of Management shall appoint the executive management, which will be charged with executing the ongoing tasks of the Association in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Board of Management. Executive Management is authorized to make decisions on membership applications for new members. Executive Management shall inform the Board of Management about all significant matters affecting the Association. Executive Management shall follow all instructions issued by the Board of Management und shall consult the Board of Management in advance regarding all important matters.
The annual membership fee will be set at the General Meeting and is currently as follows:
Accounting control will be assigned to Deutsche Messe AG’s auditing department or to an independent auditor. The results of auditing will be reported at the regular General Meeting.
Hannover, 5 June 2008
Answers to the question of how design can save the world ‘QUO VADIS DESIGN’ was the first workshop to be organized by iF e.V. The workshop was intended as a call to rethink current approaches and to develop design-oriented solutions to the problems and crises of our time. We were able to attract six renowned personalities from the areas of architecture, new media, research, business, academia and business ethics who, in mid September, joined the other workshop participants in an effort to highlight the immense importance of integrating design in all areas of life, work and business.