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The jury

Established expertise
The contributions to “interzum award: intelligent material & design” are assessed by an expert jury. Six respected experts from design and architecture assess the products’ design quality and make a final decision concerning the industry award. Thanks to their experience and expertise, a fair assessment with the highest degree of objectivity is ensured. This guarantees both the high quality standard of the competition and the reliability of the award.

Adjudication criteria

  • Degree of innovation
  • Functionality
  • Material quality
  • Design
  • Sustainability

Martin Beeh

Founder and owner of beeh_innovation, initiator and project lead for “materials.cologne - Die Konferenz für Design und Innovation” and university lecturer on Design Management, Cologne, Germany 

Martin Beeh studied industrial design at Darmstadt University of Applied Sciences and at ENSCI-Les Ateliers, Paris, and did a postgrad in business administration. He worked as a designer and international design manager at Décathlon and Electrolux. From 2006 to 2008, Martin Beeh 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. The conference has taken place annually ever since. Beeh is also a lecturer at Macromedia University of Applied Sciences (Cologne Campus) and a jury member for renowned design prizes.

Vito Oražem

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 studied media science, photography, art history and literary science in Münster, Kassel and Osnabrück. He 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. Together with Professor Dr Peter Zec, he has made the Design Zentrum and the Red Dot Design Award what they are today: a leading international design promotion institution and one of the world’s largest and best-known design competitions. Oražem also heads up the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen and is constantly developing it further – both in terms of the exhibition concepts and the museum pedagogics. 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 – as an author, editor or (co)publisher. 

Dick Spierenburg

Designer, Spierenburg studio, Maarssen, The Netherlands

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 Dutch manufacturer Castelijn who produced a great number of his furniture designs. Spierenburg remained with the company for fifteen years, in his last function he served as its Managing Director. 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 Boonzaaij. Until 2009, they designed for numerous brands, such as Arco, Hollands Licht and Minotti Italia, to name but a few. In 2009 Spierenburg founded his own studio.

Prof. Martin Stosch

Lecturer on the Wood Technology degree programme in the Manufacturing and Business department of Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences, Lemgo, Germany 

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 manufacturing on the Wood Technology degree programme at Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences. 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.

Prof. Danny Venlet

Owner of STUDIO DANNY VENLET and lecturer at the School of Arts KASK in Gent, Belgium

Professor Danny Venlet was born in 1958 in Victoria, Australia and studied interior design at Sint-Lukas, the Institute for Architecture and Arts in Brussels. Back in Australia in 1991, Venlet started to attract international attention with large-scale interior projects such as the Burdekin hotel in Sydney, and Q-bar, an Australian chain of nightclubs. His design projects range from private mansions, lofts, bars and restaurants all the way to showrooms and offices of large companies. Today, Danny Venlet teaches his knowledge to students at the School of Arts KASK in Ghent.

Winfried Weber

Product manager at hülsta, Rosendahl, Germany 

Winfried Weber was born in 1955 and initially completed an apprenticeship as a lathe operator. He worked in that profession before studying industrial design at Saarbrücken’s Fachhochschule für Design (University of applied sciences in design). Weber has held roles in various companies as a construction designer and product manager, most recently as a product manager for hülsta since 1997. He is also involved in the Deutsche Gütegemeinschaft Möbel (DGM), a German quality standards association for furniture. He holds the position of Chair of the Technical Committee of Fachverband der Matratzenindustrie (Germany’s specialist association for the mattress industry) as well as of the DIN Norm Committee for Beds and Mattresses. He gives talks to industry, trainers and to the public on these topics.