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We are sad to hear the news of Professor Florian Hufnagls passing. Florian Hufnagl headed the New Collection (Neue Sammlung München) in Munich for 23 years and, with his close eye, shaped the understanding of design. The versatile scholar, museum man and longtime friend of iF has died at the age of 72 after a long illness.
Over the years, Hufnagl was a highly respected expert on many iF design events and conferences. The latest occasion was the much anticipated “Starnberger Gespräche” on the topic "How much design can the climate take?" and alongside Dieter Rams, Franco Clivio or Peter Raacke. Hufnagl was known for thinking “out of the box”. He knew exactly how to capture the almost incomprehensible variety of design in his exhibitions. "In the best case”, he once said, “design is communication: it offers the opportunity to learn from each other and to be inspired."
In addition to his work for Die Neue Sammlung, where he worked as a conservator from 1980, before taking over the management for 23 years in 1990, he worked at The Institute of Art History at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität and as Honorary Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts.
With Professor Hufnagl, we have lost a great future-minded spirit and great moving force in the design industry. He was a true and passionate warrior for the importance of design and design thinking.
Our thoughts are with his family and all his friends who just like us are left shocked and deeply saddened by this news.