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The jury and adjudification criteria

Established expertise

The competition entries for the interzum award are assessed by a jury of experts. Seven respected experts from the fields of design, materials science and architecture examine the products for their design and technical quality as well as from the point of view of sustainability and finally decide who will receive the industry award. Due to their experience and know-how, a fair evaluation with the highest degree of objectivity is ensured. This ensures both the high quality standard of the competition and the significance of the award.

Adjudication criteria

  • Level of innovation
    Is the material or product new or does it have new properties or components that give it added value? Does it open up new design possibilities in the fields of crafts, architecture or interior design?
  • Functionality
    Is the submitted product easy to handle, safe and easy to operate and maintain?
  • Quality of material
    Do the choice of material match the purpose of the object? Does the material have the required properties? Are the materials of high quality, environmentally friendly and durable?
  • Design
    Are form and function in harmony? Are ergonomic aspects taken into account? Is there an emotional component? Is the workmanship carefully executed?
  • Sustainability
    Is the material or product produced in a resource-friendly way? Is it recyclable in whole or in part? Is it designed for a long service life? Are ethical standards observed by suppliers and in production?
  • Digitisation
    Are new technologies and digital components integrated in a way that adds real value?
  • Neo ecology
    In this category, the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations - in particular No. 12 (Sustainable Consumption and Production) and No. 13 (Climate Protection Measures) serve as the basis for evaluation.

Dr. Luisa Bocchietto
Dr. Luisa Bocchietto

Freelance architect and designer with her own studio in Biella (Italy), guest lecturer at universities and design schools, Senator of the World Design Organization, Biella

Dr. Luisa Bocchietto, architect and designer, works as a freelancer, undertaking projects for local development, building renovations and urban planning. As a visiting professor, she teaches at universities and design schools, takes part in design conferences and international juries, publishes articles and organises exhibitions on architecture and design. From 2008 until 2014, she was National President of the ADI, the Italian Association for Industrial Design. From 2017 to 2019, she was President of the World Design Organization (formerly Icsid), and currently serves as its Senator.

Katrin de Louw
Katrin de Louw

Owner of “TRENDFILTER®- Designzukunft für Möbel und Materialien”, founder of “FURNITURE FUTURE FORUM®” and of COLORNETWORK®, Bad Oeynhausen and Bünde

Katrin de Louw is owner and founder of the agency TRENDFILTER®- designzukunft für moebel und materialien in East Westphalia. She has been involved in trend research since 2007 and has since led a supplier network and trend forum for the furniture industry, FURNITURE FUTURE FORUM® in Bünde. She founded a further manufacturer network, COLORNETWORK®, in 2019, which is devoted to sustainable approaches to colour and interior colour concepts. As a freelance writer, de Louw writes about interiors and materials trends. In 2023, she was curator of the topics for the interzum TREND STAGE.

Frederik Lauwaert
Frederik Lauwaert

Managing Director of EBIA – European Bedding Industries’ Association, Ghent

Frederik Lauwaert studied law at Ghent University, Belgium. He started his professional career in a European environment when he joined CEI-Bois in 2002. He was legal adviser for this trade association for almost 15 years, representing the European woodworking industries. From 2008 he also acted as Secretary General to the industry association WEI-IEO, which represents the wood preservation industry. He joined EBIA (European Bedding Industries' Association) in 2019 as Managing Director.

Kristina Meyer
Kristina Meyer

Designer and founder and co-owner of byform produktdesign, Cologne and Bielefeld

Kristina Meyer studied product design at Kunsthochschule Kassel. After completing an internship at Montgomery & Pfeiffer in San Francisco, she worked as a designer at simple in Cologne and spent several years working for furniture manufacturer röhr in East Westphalia. At the end of 2003, she founded the office byform produktdesign in Cologne with a focus on furniture and product design.

Vito Oražem
Vito Orazem

Vice President of Red Dot, Executive Director of the Board of Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and Director of the Red Dot Design Museum, Essen, Germany

Vito Oražem has been with Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen since 1992, and since 2002 has been Executive Director of the Board. Since 2018, he has also been Vice President of Red Dot. Vito Oražem also heads up the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen and is constantly developing it further. He is also a sought-after jury member for design competitions and has already participated in numerous publications on the topics of design, photography and media.

Hon.-Prof. Dr. Sascha Peters
Hon.-Prof. Dr. Sascha Peters

Founder and owner of the materials and technology agency HAUTE INNOVATION, Berlin

Hon. Prof. Dr. Sascha Peters is founder and owner of the materials and technology agency HAUTE INNOVATION in Berlin. From 1997 to 2003, he led research projects and product developments at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT in Aachen and subsequently became deputy head of Bremen Design Centre (Design Zentrum Bremen) until 2008. Sascha Peters is the author of various specialist books on sustainable raw materials, smart materials, innovative production techniques and energetic technologies. He is a leading materials expert and trend scout for new technologies.

Prof. Martin Stosch
Prof. Martin Stosch

Lecturer in Industrial Furniture Construction, Department of Production and Wood Technology, Technische Hochschule Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Lemgo

After graduating from high school, completing an apprenticeship as a carpenter and studying interior design, Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Martin Stosch initially worked as a product developer for companies in the furniture and supplier industry. initially worked as a product developer for companies in the furniture and supplier industry. In the year 2000 he was appointed to the chair of industrial furniture construction in the wood technology degree programme at the at the Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences (TH OWL). Since 2003, the focus in research and research and teaching on the lightweight construction of furniture. In 2008 Stosch initiated the the Interessengemeinschaft Leichtbau e. V. (igeL) (Lightweight Construction Interest Group), and since 2018 the the Smart Wood Center OWL (SWC) together with regional politicians to exploit the special potential of digitalised production processes for sustainable value creation from the raw and from the raw material wood. The SWC is currently under construction and will open in 2023 in the close to the Innovation Campus Lemgo (ICL) and TH OWL as a cooperative research and transfer facility for the wood transfer facility for the wood industry and wood science on the historic grounds of Brake Castle in Lemgo. Brake Castle in Lemgo.