Cologne: 09.–12.05.2023 #interzum

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The jury and adjudification criteria

Established expertise

The contributions to the "interzum award": intelligent material & design are assessed by an expert jury. Six respected professionals from the fields of design, material science and architecture assess the products’ design quality and make a final decision concerning the industry award. Their experience and expertise ensure a fair assessment with the highest degree of objectivity. This guarantees both the high-quality standard of the competition and the reliability of the award.


Adjudication criteria

  • Degree 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 for craftsmen, architects or interior designers?
  • Functionality
    Is the submitted product simple to handle, safe, easy to operate and maintain?
  • Material quality
    Do the choice of material and purpose of the object match? Does the material used have the required properties? Are the materials 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 processing carefully executed?
  • Sustainability
    Is the material or product produced in a resource-saving way? Is it recyclable as a whole or in parts? Is it designed for a long service life? Are ethical standards observed by suppliers and in production?
  • Digitalisation
    Are new technologies and digital components integrated in a way that provides real added value?

Martin Auerbach

Martin Auerbach

General Manager of the Association of the German Home Textile Industry, Wuppertal

Martin Auerbach is the Managing Director of the Association of the German Home Textile Industry and, as part of the cooperation with the Association of Interior Vision and Sun Protection (since 2013) and the Mattress Industry Association (since 2019), also its Managing Director. In the Textile+Sun Protection Competence Centre in Wuppertal, the joint office, he has bundled the competences and networks of the three associations. Auerbach studied law in Trier and Bonn. In 2003, he became legal advisor of the HeimtexVerband and at the end of 2009, its managing director.

Martin Beeh

Martin Beeh

Founder and owner of beeh_innovation, initiator “materials.cologne” and university lecturer on Design Management, Cologne

Martin Beeh studied industrial design business administration. He worked as a designer and design manager and, from 2006 to 2008, he managed the German branch of the Material ConneXion materials library. In 2009 he founded beeh_innovation in Cologne, with a focus on material innovation, innovation management and design management. In 2018, beeh_innovation initiated the conference “materials.cologne – Die Konferenz für Design und Innovation” as an interdisciplinary platform for all those in industry, research and politics with an interest in design. Beeh is also a lecturer at Macromedia University of Applied Sciences (Cologne Campus).

Annette Lang

Annette Lang

Designer, Annette Lang Product Design, Wiesbaden, Germany

Annette Lang studied industrial design at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart. During her studies, she interned at FTI Design L.L. Lepois in Paris in 1983, and at Henry Dreyfuss Associates in New York in 1984. In the period between 1985 and 1988, she was employed by Studio Matteo Thun, Studio Antonio Citterio and Studio Sottsass Associati in Milan before setting up her own design studio in Wiesbaden, Germany. From 1989 to 1993, Annette Lang was assistant to Professor Richard Sapper at the State Academy of Fine Arts in Stuttgart and, subsequently, worked there as a guest lecturer until 1999. She has received numerous awards for her work. She is a jury member at renowned design competitions.

Vito Oražem

Prof. Dr. Peter Zec

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

Born in 1959, Vito Oražem has been with Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen since 1992 already, and since 2002 has been its Managing Director. Since 2018, he is also Vice President of Red Dot GmbH & Co. KG. 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.

Dick Spierenburg

Dick Spierenburg

Designer, spierenburg studio, Tienhoven

Dick Spierenburg studied Architecture at Delft University of Technology and Interior & Product Design at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague. In 1978, he joined the manufacturer Castelijn who produced a great number of his furniture designs. Since 1995, he has initiated and realised various leading permanent interior design exhibitions. Besides his architectural designs of offices, factories and private houses, Dick Spierenburg has worked as Creative Consultant for imm cologne, from 2011 as Creative Director. In 2001, he started KBDS with the Dutch designer Karel Boonzaaijer. Until 2009, they designed for numerous brands, e.g. Arco, Hollands Licht and Minotti Italia. In 2009 Spierenburg founded his own studio.

Professor Martin Stosch

Prof. Martin Stosch

Lecturer on industrial furniture making in the Production Engineering and Wood Technology department, Technical OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Lemgo

After completing his school-leaving certificate, carpentry apprenticeship and degree in interior design, Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Martin Stosch first worked as a product developer for companies in the furniture and supplier industry. In 2000, he was appointed to lecture in industrial furniture making in the Production Engineering and Wood Technology department of Technical OWL University of Applied Sciences and Arts, Lemgo, Germany. Since 2003 his research and teaching focus has been on the lightweight construction of furniture. In 2008, Stosch formed the lightweight construction association Leichtbau e. V. (igeL) together with stakeholders from the wood industry.