Design Plus competition awards prizes for lighting designs and building-technology innovations



Design Plus jury meeting: Stefan Hillenmayer, Oliver Jahn, Julia Knaak, Lutz Dietzold, Sandra Rohlf, Sebastian Brink (left to right)

Source: German Design Council, Christof Jakob



The winners of the international Design Plus competition powered by Light + Building have now been decided. The competition’s jury of top experts is presenting awards to innovative products which meet the highest standards of design, ease of use, sustainability and technical quality. The prize-giving will take place on 8 March as part of Light + Building, the international trade fair for the industry, in Frankfurt am Main.  


Four outstanding pendant lights and a high-quality smoke detector are receiving the coveted “Best of” award from Design Plus. The jury highlights original ideas, clear formal language and the ability of the products to create a particular atmosphere in a room.


The newcomers’ competition has been won by three innovative, versatile lighting products. Particular mention also went to a switch series of concrete, which not only makes exciting contrasts possible, but also creates a tactile experience which satisfies the criteria of universal design.


Design Plus powered by Light + Building

In all, 34 innovative products have received a Design Plus Award as part of the competition. They include new types of luminaires, self-illuminating glass, a wall box for charging electric cars, and invisible electric plugs. All the prize-winning products will be shown during Light + Building from 8 to 13 March 2020 in Frankfurt am Main in the Design Plus special show in Hall 1.2.


126 businesses from 24 countries took part in the competition, with a total of 177 products. Design Plus is known as one of the most important design prizes in Germany.


At a meeting in January an independent expert jury assessed the large number of products submitted from the lighting and building-automation sector. The jury members comprised:

  • Sebastian Brink, managing director of Carl Prediger GmbH & Co. KG
  • Stefan Hillenmayer, director of ID realisation, designaffairs GmbH
  • Oliver Jahn, editor-in-chief of AD Architectural Digest
  • Julia Knaak, architect, executive of the Sauerbruch Hutton Group
  • Sandra Rohlf, project director for light planning at the Schatte Group


Design Plus powered by Light + Building is organised by Messe Frankfurt and the German Design Council and awarded by an independent expert jury.


The list of winners and pictures of the prize-winning products are available for download under the following link:


Further information at


Light + Building will take place from 8 – 13 March 2020 in Frankfurt am Main.


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