Cologne: 17.–20.09.2020 #kindundjugend

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How it works

The Kids Design Award ...

...for the best product design - and thus also for the best aspiring young designer of the year 2019. Judged by independent experts from the design, industry and education sectors. The opportunity for all those, who would like to receive a distinction for their designs in the children's outfitting and furniture sector.

The promotion prize

... will indepently from the election of the Kids Design Award winner be awarded to one or several participants. Selected industry representatives will award it to the most promising product ideas. In the frame of the product sponsorship they will support you in the further development of the product through to its market launch. The ready-for-production and marketable product can apply to get a trade stand at Kind + Jugend 2019 free of charge. Decision is due to Koelnmesse GmbH.

Koelnmesse presents the nominated product ideas to exhibitors of the Kind und Jugend, which enables them to support the designers and further develop the product to market maturity.

The Selection

On behalf of Koelnmesse, an international jury curates the designs submitted by design students and young designers from all over the world and nominates up to ten designs, which will be presented to an international audience as 1:1 prototypes.

The following criteria will be taken into account when awarding the Kid Design

  • Innovative character
  • Form/function
  • Level of the overall aesthetics
  • Choice of the materials
  • Level of ecological quality/safety (DIN norms, etc.)
  • Usability in a family sense (children and adults can use the same product)
  • Ergonomics (type of use)
  • Durability of the products (quality)
  • Usability/diverse usages (place of usage)
  • Suitability for children (playing fun, versatility, flexibility)

The ten nominees will present their prototypes personally to the jury, tentatively two days before the trade fair. In this final round, the jury will select the winner of the Kids-Design-Award 2018 and also the sponsors will get a first impression for awarding the advancement award.

The Jury

The Jury 2019

In 2019, a top-class jury will once again decide on the Kids Design Award.

  • Jörg de Breuyn, DE BREUYN Children's furniture with system, Köln
  • Christof Flötotto, Innovation Manager and Fellow of the Competence Centre Culture and Creative Industries of the Federal Government
  • Yoav Ziv, Lehrbeauftragter, Senior Design Teacher, Designer and Head of the Industrial Design Department at Shenkar College, Ramat Gan, Israel
  • Adam Shillito, Designer and creative director for kids and toys, founder of Idkid
  • Ursula Geismann, Association of the German Furniture Industry e.V., Bad Honnef
  • Martina Brausem, Gesellschaft für Ganzheitliches Lernen e. V. (Society for Integral Learning), Köln
  • Prof. Karin Schmidt-Ruhland, Prorector, Department Design, Design of Playing and Learning, Kunsthochschule Halle
  • Vera Schmitz, President BDIA - Bund Deutscher Innenarchitekten (Association of German Interior Architects/Designers), Berlin

See the jury here.


The nominated designs will be presented during Kind + Jugend from 19 to 22 September 2019 in the form of an exhibition staged in a special area. Koelnmesse is responsible for the design of the special area.

The assembly and dismantling of the prototypes should be organized by the nominated designers themselves.

Participants nominated (or a representative from the design group) must undertake to be present for the judging, press activities and award ceremony at least during the period from 17 to 22 September 2019.

Free participation

Participation in the application process of the competition is free of charge.

In respect of their travel and accommodation costs the nominees will receive appropriate organizing and financial assistance by Koelnmesse. The amount of the financial expenses awarded is based on the objective internal guidelines of Koelnmesse, which take the circumstances of the individual case into account. Koelnmesse bears the costs for insuring the products that are presented in the exhibition.

The participants nominated for the exhibition have to bear all manufacturing and transport costs for the 1:1 prototypes themselves. Each nominee will receive two voucher codes for two season tickets for Kind + Jugend.

Do you have any questions or need support?

Contact planungsbuero vierfahrt/4F

Nils Borghs

Tel. +49 2201 83 9116-10