The awardees

German Sustainability Award Design 2022

The winners of the second German Sustainability Award Design have been selected. The award aims to provide orientation for purchases and point to well-designed, sustainable alternatives. We present four participants from the ambista network with their exemplary ideas.

Jan 10 2022

Sustainable design provides answers to the great challenges of our time. Through their purchasing decisions, everyone can make an active contribution to the transformation towards more environmental friendliness and fairness. The German Sustainability Award Design 2022 therefore wants to be an incentive for designers and manufacturers and serve as a recommendation for sustainable consumption for consumers.

Sustainable design also includes responsible decisions about materials, production, logistics and recycling. In a multi-stage process, an assessment team first evaluated the sustainability of the entries. A jury of design and sustainability experts then selected 81 finalists whose submissions represent exemplary sustainability. 

The top field is characterised by a multi-faceted diversity. The finalists include companies, agencies, design offices, students and start-ups. The most innovative ideas cover different areas, including furniture, furnishings and construction. At the beginning of December, 25 of the finalists received their DNP Design 2022 winner statuettes on the stage of the Maritim Hotel Düsseldorf. 

We show you three finalists and one award winner from the furnishing sector with their sustainable ideas. 

Award ceremony for Häfele at the MARITIM Hotel Düsseldorf © Schuchrat Kurbanov

Startec Frame Fix by Häfele (winner) 

Fixing door frames without harmful substances: With the "Startec Frame Fix", Häfele has developed a clever solution that makes it possible to mount door frames without construction foam and other chemicals. The system is based on a simple mechanical fastening of internal wooden door frames that can be installed quickly even by laymen. The door can then be loaded immediately.

Even after installation, the fastening can be adjusted and set, and dismantling is just as easy. After removal, Startec Frame Fix is either reused or recycled by type, as all parts are made of galvanised sheet steel. There are no harmful substances that pollute health and the environment and have to be disposed of at great expense.

The frame fastener from Häfele thus meets the increasing demand for environmentally friendly building materials and elements that are harmless to health. The system does not incur any additional costs for dismantling measures. "Thanks to the chemical-free assembly, the pure reuse and one hundred percent recyclability, Häfele is setting a disruptive milestone in this segment of the construction industry with the Startec Frame Fix," the jury statement reads.

Startec Frame Fix for mechanical fastening of door frames © Häfele 

Farmer armchair by COR (finalist) 

A classic based on the modular principle: designer Gerd Lange designed his "Farmer Armchair" as garden furniture back in 1965, and now the manufacturer COR is reissuing the modular seating furniture as a re-edition with sustainable standards. The wooden armchair is robust, durable and at the same time designed for easy assembly, so it can also be repaired without any problems. The geometrically designed piece of furniture is made of solid ash wood that has only been treated with oil.

This comes from controlled domestic forests, wood residues from production are used to heat the company building. Weatherproof polyacrylic fabric, which consists of 50 percent recycled material, forms the seat and back of the Farmer armchair, its two metal clasps are made of powder-coated stainless steel. All materials can be easily separated by type. Its casual minimalist design has made the armchair a long-lasting classic for indoors and outdoors that you won't get tired of. Many of the pieces sold since 1965 are still in use, and original individual parts can be easily replaced if necessary.

Based on the modular principle: Farmer armchair from COR © COR

Cristadur® Green Line by Schock (finalist) 

Environmentally friendly, durable and recyclable: the Cristadur® Green Line kitchen sinks made of quartz composite contain around 99 percent natural, renewable or recycled raw materials. The Bavarian manufacturer Schock replaces petrochemical binders with more environmentally friendly components. The sinks are produced exclusively in Germany in a climate-neutralised and resource-saving way, with the natural quartz sand used being regionally available in Bavaria. They are durable and have a high-quality design.

Cristadur sinks are available in a black, a pure white and a taupe version, each harmoniously complementing modern kitchens with their timelessly elegant design. The fact that the products are not only recyclable but are also taken back by the company at the end of their service life is still not a matter of course and is therefore all the more commendable, in the jury's opinion. 

Environmentally friendly Cristadur® Green Line sinks from Schock © Schock GmbH

Green Living Space by Schwörer Haus (finalist) 

Small house for a high quality of life: Living space is now scarce and expensive, and not only in large cities. This is why the demand for intelligent and compact house solutions such as the "Green Living Space" is increasing. Developed by Schwörer Haus in cooperation with IKEA Germany, the magazine "Zuhause Wohnen", and the manufacturers Gira and Vaillant, the building has a modern, high-quality look with its clear architecture and offers contemporary comfort at a comparatively low price on 50 square metres.

The design includes a spacious roof terrace, for relaxing and urban gardening. Green Living Space is manufactured in a closed ecological production cycle and can later be almost completely recycled. The small house is built ready for occupancy and is equipped with high-quality and healthy materials. Thanks to the latest smart home technology, all house functions can be conveniently controlled. 

The range of sustainable products is huge, but not all of them are well designed. On the other hand, attractively designed things are not always sustainable. The German Sustainability Award Design 2022 serves as a guide for consumers in their purchasing decisions.

Compact and smart: Green Living Place from Schwörer Haus ©: SchwörerHaus / J. Lippert

Author: Heike Edelmann 

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