Winners of the ein&zwanzig Newcomers' Awards Announced at Milan Design Week

The winners of the ein&zwanzig newcomers’ awards have been announced on April 8th during Milan Design Week. Out of 824 entries from 73 countries, the German Design Council honored 21 innovative projects created and developed by young upcoming international designers, and granted one project with the “Best of the Best” award, the ultimate prize for the most unique and inventive amongst all proposals.

Simon Frambach took home the Best of the Best award this year for his ‘Dynamic Folding Chair’ (DFC), the world’s first folding chair that responds to the user’s movements and comfort, produced with cheap disposable material.

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Even a plastic folding chair can be sustainable, provided it is designed to be durable, to be passed down through the generations, and at the end of this cycle, it consists of detachable and recyclable components - Simon Frambach

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Sustainable design was clearly crucial in the winners’ designs as the majority of the projects consisted of “ecologically-clever” solutions with unrestricted recyclability. Anna Drewes and Dario Lannone, who are among the selected winners, used organic banana and mulberry tree fibers to create sound-absorbing acoustic panels. Youyang Song found a way to transform organic waste into flexible, leather-like material, with the help of banana skins, orange peels, and soy milk pomace. Jingbei Zheng transformed natural loofah sponges into elegant and flexible kitchen cleaning accessories.

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The young generation of designers has more than understood the signs of times.. Contemporary design is based on sustainability, recyclability, and longevity. Looking at these sophisticated design products and experiments gives s confidence that we will master the ecological challenges of the 21st century - Andrej Kupetz, Chairman of the Jury and Chief Executive Officer of the German Design Council

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Here is the full list of winners:

Youyang Song - Cooking New Material

Jingbei Zheng - REBRUSH

Filip Krampla - Sokui

Aurore Brard - SEEM

Simon Frambach - DFC - Dynamic Folding Chair (Winner of the Best of the Best Award)

Matteo Bauer-Bornemann - Halo

Freia Achenbach & June Noa Gschwander -  Form der Farbe

Michael Varga - The Conscious Unconsciousness

George Croissant - Amba

Arthur Seefried - Tubs

Julian Preindl - Draft

Lena Bryan & Charlotte Zeh - Samo

Dario Iannone & Anna Drewes - Indigo

Timm Donke & Leif Czakal - Bricknic

Gal Bulka & Ori Shifrin Anavi  - Marvin

H.J. Jung - Flattened object and space

Jonatan Nilsson - Shifting Shape

Lorenzo Waller & Nicole Giavaldi - Cora

Elias Julian Kopp - CC - System

Daan Veerman - Digital Craft

Laura van de Wijdeven - Jute Tile

The ein&zwanzig awards honor students and graduates from all over the world, who are creating and developing pioneering work in fields of furniture, textiles, finishing, flooring, and home accessories. The winners’ projects will be on display at Via Toronto 31 all throughout the design week, in an exhibition venue designed by Studiopepe.

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Along with the awards ceremony, a panel discussion was held on the 8th of April, to discuss the topic of “disruption through design: challenging our current system of production and consumption”. Although the younger generations are taking into consideration the ongoing repercussions of climate change, solutions need to be found for our current productions to create more harmony between different generations and populations around the globe. Many questions were discussed during the panel: Does the moderate use of resources require more far-reaching, radical approaches? What role does design play at the interface between the manufacturer and consumer?...  The roundtable panelists included:  Essi Johanna Glomb, Founder & Head of Design, Blond & Bieber; Filippo Lodi, Head of Innovation and Knowledge Management, UNStudio; Maurizio Montalti, Founder and Creative Director, Officina Corpuscoli; and Melusine Reimers, Managing Director of Readymade, and was moderated by Karianne Fogelberg, Design Theorist & Curator, UnDesignUnit.

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Cite: Dima Stouhi. "Winners of the ein&zwanzig Newcomers' Awards Announced at Milan Design Week" 10 Apr 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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