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The Jury

Quality criteria

The quality of a competition is determined by the quality of the jury. Not only do the jurors’ knowledge and experience guarantee high-quality expertise, but their high reputation and independence also ensure a consistent evaluation of the following criteria in order to reach a fair decision:

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

Guarantors of objectivity

Five renowned experts of the international design and architecture scene have agreed to serve as jurors for the ‘interzum award 2008’:

Martin Bergmann
EOOS Design, Wien

Martin Bergmann was born in Lienz/East Tyrol in 1963. After completing his degree at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, Martin Bergmann founded the EOOS design company together with Gernot Bohmann and Harald Gründl specialising in the three areas Furniture and Product Design, Brand Spaces, and Design Research. EOOS has created designs for leading international manufacturers such as Alessi, Bulthaup, Dedon, Duravit, Keilhauer, Matteograssi, Walter Knoll and Zumtobel. To date, EOOS has received more than 50 international awards, among them the renowned Italian design prize “Compasso d’Oro” in 2004 for “Kube”, which was manufactured by Matteograssi. In 2007, the founders of EOOS were voted “Austrians of the Year” in the Creative Industries category by the Austrian broadcasting corporation ORF and the daily newspaper “Die Presse”.

Michael Lanz
designaffairs GmbH, München

Michael Lanz, born in 1965, joined designaffairs (formerly the design department of Siemens AG) in 1991, after studying product design at the University of Wuppertal. At designaffairs he predominantly worked as an industrial designer in the areas of medical technology, professional equipment and mobile phones as well as in the Advanced Design Studio. In June 2005, Lanz took over the management of the Colour & Material Design Team and the Colour & Material Lab. Since March 2007, Michael Lanz has been one of the four new owners and managing directors of designaffairs GmbH. In 2007/08, he was a lecturer in the technical design department at the TU Dresden. Michael Lanz regularly gives lectures on topics such as design, the design process, and trends and has won several prestigious awards. Some of his works are part of the permanent collection of the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich.

Yasmin Mahmoudieh
mahmoudiehdesign, Berlin

Yasmine Mahmoudieh was born in Hamburg in 1961. She studied art history in Italy, architecture at the Ecole d’Ingénieurs de Genève in Switzerland, interior design at the College of Notre Dame in San Francisco as well as architecture and interior design at the University of California in Los Angeles. In 1986, she founded her own design studio in Los Angeles and later opened branch offices in Berlin, London and Zurich. Yasmine Mahmoudieh presents her holistic design approach in different projects such as hotels, shopping centres, office buildings, exhibitions and restaurants, among them the interior design of the Airbus A380 and the Hotel Rheinsberg for disabled guests, which earned her the renowned European Hotel Design Award in the UK and the International Core Design Award in Stockholm. Yasmine Mahmoudieh has been a guest lecturer at universities in London, New York, Los Angeles, Monte Carlo, Lausanne, Shanghai and Moscow.

Prof. Martin Stosch
University Ostwestfalen-Lippe, Lemgo

Prof. Martin Stosch, born in 1964, completed his carpentry apprenticeship with a diploma after finishing school with the German higher education entrance qualification (Abitur). He studied interior design at the University of Applied Sciences Lippe and worked as a freelance furniture and product developer for several companies in the furniture and supplier industry in the office partnership “Stosch und Lewe Designteam” in Detmold, Germany, from 1991. In 1995, he received several awards for furniture designs, among them the “red dot: best of the best” award for highest design quality. From 1998 to 2000 he held lectureships at the University of Applied Sciences Lippe and Höxter in the wood technology degree course of the production and economics department, and in 2000 he was appointed professor of furniture manufacturing, construction and design at the same university. Since 2003 he has increasingly focused on research in the field of “Lightweight construction of industrially manufactured furniture”.

Prof. Dr. Peter Zec
Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, Essen

Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, born in 1956, studied media studies, psychology and art theory. Since 1991, he has been president of the internationally renowned Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen. In 1993, he accepted the professorship of business communication at the University of Applied Sciences Berlin. His work as a design consultant for international companies and his lectures in more than 30 countries have gained him great recognition. He is the initiator of the red dot design award, and from 2005 to 2007 he was president of the international umbrella organisation of design Icsid (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design). He now holds the rank of “Icsid Senator” and is consulted on all important issues concerning the association.

With an eye for detail as well as for the overall product, the design quality is in the jury’s centre of attention.