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German Design Council

German Design Award 2011


With its almost 900 pages, German Design Award 2011 is an opulent collection of outstanding state-of-the-art solutions in product and communication design. In addition to documenting this year's competition and winners, it contains an evaluation of the current influences on design by the German Design Council, one of the world’s leading competence centers for communication and know-how transfer in the design field. This detailed report, with a rich selection of images, puts recent design developments into context. It explains how the various design currents are related to each other and how they are expected to evolve over the next few years. The book not only provides insight into the work of current leaders in the field, but through its selection of winning design ideas, it also anticipates which challenges design will face in the future.


  • Release Date: February 2011
  • Format: 24 × 30 cm
  • Features: 894 pages, full color, hardcover,
  • two volumes in slipcase
  • Language: bilingual German/English
  • ISBN: 978-3-89955-349-9
  • 49,90 Euro



Jennifer Hudson

1000 New Designs 2


1000 New Designs 2 and Where to Find Them, by Jennifer Hudson and published by Laurence King in March 2010 is a comprehensive round-up

of the best in contemporary design.
Jennifer Hudson has brought together a huge range of striking new products in this book. Chapters include: Tables and chairs; Sofas and beds; Storage; Kitchens and bathrooms; Tableware; Textiles; Lighting; Electronics; and
Works by the finest international talents, such as Konstantin Grcic, Tokujin Yoshioka, Ron Arad, Patricia Urquiola and Pearson Lloyd, are featured, along with commentaries giving an insight into current developments in design. The author has also incorporated 15 in-depth studies on selected products. She writes: ‘When faced with such a plethora of desirable objects, it’s all too easy to begin to think that they are created overnight; the studies aim to readdress
this misconception by giving some idea of the complexities involved in bringing a design to fruition.


  • Language: English
  • Release: March 2010
  • Price: 23,99
  • Format: 20,5 x 19,5 cm
  • Features: 352 pages, 1200 illustrations
  • ISBN: 978 1 85669 643 2



Sabine Zentek

Designers in The Third Reich


Many household artefacts dating from the Nazi era have a contemporary feel to them, such as the tableware created by Hermann Gretsch und Heinrich Löffelhardt, the ceramics of Otto Lindig or the glassware of Wilhelm Wagenfeld. However, it would be fundamentally wrong to conclude from this that the Nazis approved of the basic concepts of modernism - at least in as far as product design was concerned. Simplicity of form was a fundamental tenet of Nazi ideology; those in power wished to see the imposition of "eternal" or "timeless" designs that would prevent the further dissemination of what they perceived to be personalised and "degenerate" artistic concepts. Even after seizing power, the Nazis continued to permit the sale of furniture created by designers they considered unacceptable, such as Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe, even though the designers themselves had to remain anonymous.


  • Language: German
  • Release: September 2009
  • Price: 45
  • Format: 20 x 22 cm
  • Soft cover
  • Features: 428 pages, 378 illustrations
  • ISBN: 3-978-9812326-1-5

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