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German Design Council announces Newcomer Award finalists
Nov 16, 2012

Communication designers Katja Baumann and Kim Angie Cicuttin, and product designers Hanna Krüger, Stephan Schulz, and Siren Elise Wilhelmsen have been chosen as the finalists for the German Design Council’s 2013 Newcomer Award.
The winner of the coveted award for talented young designers will be announced on Feb. 15, 2013, during a ceremony at the Ambiente International Consumer Goods Trade Fair. Four of the finalists will receive EUR 2,500, while the winner gets EUR 15,000.
Design faculty representatives from German universities nominated more than 80 young designers for the award.
“Based on the shortlist created by the experts, the jury faced the difficult task of making a selection from Germany’s most talented young designers,” said Andrej Kupetz, General Manager of the German Design Council. “It ultimately succeeded in choosing a broad spectrum of work by young designers. Each of them stands for their individual approach integrated in a universal formal language.”
Here’s a look at the designers and their backgrounds:

Katja Baumann—Communication design transports music: Baumann’s works are often about music. The young designer uses communication design to tell stories and convey impressions accompanied by tongue-in-cheek music.

Kim Angie Cicuttin—What has Venice to hide: Cicuttin uses posters to trace the scenario of environmental destruction in Venice. She playfully masters the fine balancing act between infotainment and seriousness. In her work she portrays figures and facts graphically, such that they make a lasting impression. In this case she already reflects the future trend of gamification, i.e., prompting a change in behavior using game mechanics.

Hanna Krüger—Triadic Ballet light switch: The luminaires in the “Figurines” series were inspired by costumes in Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet. All the lights comprise a mouth-blown glass carcass and a wooden tripod. At any one moment the “shining figurines” appear to be moving to the rhythms of the ballet, while the carcasses, like the protagonists in the ballet, demonstrate carefree lightness. Depending on the context, this causes the light to change.

Stephan Schulz—Earth in living spaces: The “Domestic Landscape” spatial concept puts the natural material earth right back in interiors. The concept’s most important element is the earth wall and shelf system, a modular climatic wall. The easy- assembly wall shelf has a positive impact on the indoor climate. At the same time the system can also be used for storing things. A prime example of how design is helping sustainability finding its place in living quarters.

Siren Elise Wilhelmsen—Tangible time: With her work “365 Knitting Clock” Siren Elise Wilhelmsen demonstrates how time becomes tangible. Over the course of time, the wall clock knits a scarf. A conceptual example of how design is increasingly enabling intangible things, such as time, to be experienced.

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