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Over 66 years of expertise in hosting various design awards are a huge source for stories! In our iF Design Topics we share the best of winners, companies and manufacturers. Get inspired by our winners, designers and experts, find out more about trends and innovations and where the world of design is heading to. The iF staff will keep you updated - stay tuned!

Arch & Design Summit in Istanbul – What is Micro Housing?

Arch & Design Summit in Istanbul – What is Micro Housing?
TRENDS

“It‘s the urban equivalent of a tiny house—a small dwelling, typically under 30 square meters, some as little as 10 — that is gaining popularity in pricey cities, where larger apartments are financially out of reach”, says iF CEO Ralph Wiegmann. Find out how Turkish designers see the trend and what role traditions and politics play.

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Industry 4.0 Special – The Digital Factory

Industry 4.0 Special – The Digital Factory
TRENDS

Automation and Data Exchange in manufacturing technologies is a trending topic in all future-driven companies that want to be a part of "Industry 4.0". Digitalization is no loanword anymore, and the so-called "fourth industrial revolution" is in full swing! We asked experts about the trend and visited if-awarded companies at the HANNOVER MESSE.

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Triennale in Milan features Finnish Exhibition

Triennale in Milan features Finnish Exhibition
TRENDS

From March to September this year, Finland will participate in the XXII Triennale di Milano for design. The Finnish exhibition is organized and designed by Aalto University teachers and students, from the exhibition design (Monica Romagnoli, Saara Kantele, Ville Kokkonen and Tuomas Siitonen) to curation (Kaisu Savola and Guy Julier) to graphic identity (Adina Renner and Qin Yang).

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Bath Design Special

Bath Design Special
TRENDS

What dominates the bathroom industry? What are the big bath trends 2019? What are the best bathroom designs and the best bath manufacturers? For our big Bath Design Special we talked to experts, award winning designers and manufacturers and we also took a look inside our iF WORLD DESIGN INDEX to find out: Which designers and manufacturers played a crucial role in bath design in the past five years.

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Chinese Design Growth @Shenzhen International Industrial Design Fair (SZIDF)

Chinese Design Growth @Shenzhen International Industrial Design Fair (SZIDF)
TRENDS

No other country looks back onto such a long and rich cultural history like China. Design always played a crucial part. Yet, there is also this preoccupied image of China as the culture of copying when it comes to design and engineering. Chinese companies and designers aim to eliminate this image and make China a major player in design.

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Korean Design DNA @ Design Korea Conference in Seoul

Korean Design DNA @ Design Korea Conference in Seoul
TRENDS

Hyundai, Samsung, LG or Kia Motors: Korea is known for its outstanding innovative drive, design, industries and companies and was honored with many iF DESIGN AWARDS over the past 60 years. Some of them can be seen at the largest and most famous Asian design business exhibition, Design Korea 2018 – from 31 October to 4 November in Seoul – with nearly 400 businesses and 2,500 product designs.

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TURQUALITY® in Istanbul: Design Week Turkey

TURQUALITY® in Istanbul: Design Week Turkey
TRENDS

Quality plays a crucial aspect in Turkish design. The Ministry of Commerce of Turkey, Turkish Exporters’ Assembly and Industrial Design Professional Organization even coined the term TURQUALITY®. Under this program, they organize awards, panels and fairs all around Turkish industrial design and its standards of quality.

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International Design Forum Chengdu 2018 by iF

International Design Forum Chengdu 2018 by iF
TRENDS

Hosted by Ralph Wiegmann, CEO of iF, the forum with the theme "Design Visions for the Future" explores the next levels of design trends and design education: How will design shape and create our future in this fast-changing world? How do we redefine the design education for the next generation? The fair and the panel featured many exciting ideas.

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iF at Orgatec 2018 in Cologne

iF at Orgatec 2018 in Cologne
TRENDS

iF and Orgatec look back onto a long history of office designs that challenge traditional perceptions. Be that interior designs to increase inspiration and well-being or IT devices that help keep up the flexibility in everyday life. We took a look at the most spectacular innovations and trends at the Orgatec 2018 and asked designers about their visions for offices of the future. How can office designs encourage creativity, diversity and improve our working culture in the near future?

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Innovations at IFA Berlin

Innovations at IFA Berlin
TRENDS

IFA has always regarded itself as a hotspot for technological trends in our kitchens, in the home and home entertainment. Voice control has found its way into all kinds of appliances and devices. Having touchscreens on kitchen appliances has become almost just as everyday as using an app for food management.

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"You get paid to get a shower, not a bath!"

TRENDS

When the AXOR design brand was first launched in 1993, the philosophy of producing well-designed products with the greatest possible customer benefits was already firmly anchored in the DNA of the manufacturer Hansgrohe. We talked to Jan Heisterhagen, Vice President Product Management at Hansgrohe SE, and Andreas Diefenbach, Design Business Manager and member of the Management Board at Phoenix Design.

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Urban Cycling for a Better Quality of Life

Urban Cycling for a Better Quality of Life
TRENDS

"Social and sustainable city = bicycle-friendly city" – planners and architects often draw on this formula when involved in urban planning in order to afford cities with a better quality of life. London and Melbourne, for example, are both investing heavily in bicycle networks as fast commuter and transport routes.

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iF awarded design at Salone del Mobile di Milano

iF awarded design at Salone del Mobile di Milano
TRENDS

In April 2018, the leading international design and furnishing event took place in Milan, Italy. More than 300,000 visitors had been expected from over 165 countries. About 2,000 exhibitors presented outstanding products and solutions for contemporary living combining design, technology, flexibility and sustainability.

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Interview with Ulrike Brandi

Interview with Ulrike Brandi
TRENDS

Ulrike Brandi is an internationally acclaimed lighting designer, author, and educator. Among her works include lighting for the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, Mercedes Benz Museum in Stuttgart, Airport Pudong in Shanghai, Museum Inam in Japan, Royal Academy of Music in London, Masterplan Light for the City of Rotterdam and the Rotterdam Central Station.

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Exploring the new Domotex with Susanne Schmidhuber

Exploring the new Domotex with Susanne Schmidhuber
TRENDS

Perhaps you think you know the Domotex, the annual flooring trade fair in Hannover that claims to be the largest B2B fair of its kind. But even for regular visitors, this year's Domotex is different.Redesigned by the award-winning brand architecture agency Schmidhuber, the new Domotex...

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New Representative Office for Italy

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STORIES

iF now has a representative office for Italy. The office has set itself the objective of building close links with the Italian design industry and getting involved in the quality seal "Made in Italy". It is also the main point of contact for all iF activities – from participation in the iF DESIGN AWARD and the iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD to registration for the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE, which supports social projects around the world.

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Glamourous awards ceremony and great after-show party

Glamourous awards ceremony and great after-show party
STORIES

This is where anyone and everyone of the international design scene meet to celebrate together: at the festive iF DESIGN AWARD 2019 awards ceremony. Some 2,000 guests will meet in the BMW Welt to honour the award winners. After the official ceremony and the following get-together, the party will go on until the break of day.

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Wagenfeld and iF

Wagenfeld and iF
STORIES

2019 is the year of the Bauhaus – the worldwide most influential school of art, design and ideas celebrates its centenary. We celebrate this avant-garde movement by starting a special design dedicated Bauhaus expert series that guides you through the year. As a highlight, we will take you on a journey deep into our iF archives to find traces and names of the Bauhaus. Our second encounter, after Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius, is: Prof. Wilhelm Wagenfeld.

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Success Story: Conflictfood

Success Story: Conflictfood
STORIES

In June 2018, the iF team honored the project with the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE and 5,000 Euro in prize money. We are happy to hear great news from the organization’s Gernot Würtenberger: “We are very thankful and happy that iF is joining Conflictfood’s journey – literally: the support we have received helped us to make this year’s trip to farmers in Afghanistan and open new trading perspectives for them."

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67 design experts select iF DESIGN AWARD 2019 winners

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STORIES

Three intensive yet exciting days full of discussion, testing and examination in Hamburg are done – and the winners of the iF DESIGN AWARD 2019 are chosen! 67 design experts from 20 countries selected the best designs out of 6,400 entries from 50 countries. Once again, the judges and the whole iF team was thrilled by the high quality and innovative designs from all around the world – congratulations to the well-deserved winners!

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What makes iF jurors so special?

What makes iF jurors so special?
STORIES

Being part of the iF jury is like being part of an exclusive circle. Since six decades, iF invites high profile design experts from all over the world to take part in the jury session of the iF DESIGN AWARD. We are very proud of this year’s jury that lists 67 names and is very diverse – in professional experience, origin, age and gender. The jurors come from 20 countries.

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Behind the Scenes of the iF Jury Session

Behind the Scenes of the iF Jury Session
STORIES

In less than two weeks, from 22 to 24 January, 67 pairs of critical eyes and hands will scrutinize every design entry for the iF DESIGN AWARD 2019! But how do we prepare such an extensive jury session further? The iF logistics partner speaks of 780 cubic metres packaging volume they had to handle to get everything to the jury hall in time.

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Success Stories: iF awarded students share their paths

Jonas Buck und Johanne Shoemaker machen hippen Schmuck in Berlin
STORIES

Johanna Schoemaker and Jonas Buck received their iF DESIGN TALENT AWARD for their final projects in 2010, and have more than one answer to this question for us: they are owners and designers of the Berlin based jewelry label Quiet Quiet, as well as design consultants to international companies and agencies.

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From 1963 Blue & White Paper Coffee Cups to refillable Solutions: More Designs for less Waste

From 1963 Blue & White Paper Coffee Cups to refillable Solutions: More Designs for less Waste
STORIES

Walking through the cities of the world never goes without seeing tons of paper coffee to go cups, either in the hands of commuters on their way to work or, sadly for the environment, filling up trash cans. Many think this is a trend of stressed millennials on the run, who have no time to sit in coffee shops (or even at home) and drink their coffee in quiet.

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Wadi Ben-Hirki empowers Girls in Nigeria – New Projects since iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE

Wadi Ben-Hirki empowers Girls in Nigeria – New Projects since iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE
STORIES

Great news from Nigeria – and there is even more to come: In June 2018, the iF team honored the project “Girls Not Wives” by the Wadi Ben-Hirki-Foundation with the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE. And we are happy to hear the report by this outstanding project and its impressively dedicated – only 21 year old – founder: Wadi Ben-Hirki. Since then, Ben-Hirki and her team managed to promote the project even more – and she also launched a new one: “SHEROES”.

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iF Wish List: Favorite awarded design from the headquarter

iF Wish List: Favorite awarded design from the headquarter
STORIES

What is underneath the Christmas tree? This question is the top priority in many households around Christmas! We at iF dived deep in our design excellence and each colleague from the headquarter found one awarded product, that never left their minds and want to share them with you. Scroll through our personal iF Christmas selection!

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iF at Five Design Highlights in 14 Days

iF at Five Design Highlights in 14 Days
STORIES

The global design industry seems to reach a peak: Major fairs, award ceremonies and other design shows invited a couple of hundred thousand visitors into different countries in last 14 days - especially Asia, as a growing design global player.

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Supported by iF: x-runner

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STORIES

Imagine using buckets or latrines as toilets daily, without any water or hygiene. While unsafely managed sanitation is unimaginable in Europe, it is the everyday reality in some other parts of the world, such as Lima, Peru. The certified social enterprise x-runner works towards providing sustainable sanitation solutions in poor regions of Peru.

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Supported by iF: Rescue Foundation

Supported by iF: Rescue Foundation
STORIES

The Rescue Foundation in Mumbai, India, is a “supported by iF” social project. In 2018 the jury of the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE 2018 decided to honor this terrific project. Now we are overwhelmed to hear what had happened (in the meantime) in the progress of the project.

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