18. January - 25. February 2012

State Design Prize 2011


After their exhibition in Vienna, Austria’s best design projects can be seen in the designforum Steiermark in Kunsthaus Graz. These projects are from the three categories of “Product design – consumer goods”, “Product design – capital goods” and “Spatial design”. 7 projects were nominated from the 176 submissions, from which 3 winning projects were chosen. The criteria used in judging the projects focused on their social relevance. Styrian projects were among those to be given awards: Lukan Jungmann received recognition for “schwimmende Sauna Ile“ and the apartment unit “Hypercube” by Matthias Gumhalter and Christian Reschreiter also received an award, as did the therapy device, “Das Pablo System” from tyromotion.  The special “DesignConcepts” prize, which represents the “impulse” funding program of the Austria Wirtschaftsservice, was also awarded for the first time. The State Design Prize catalogue shows all products and projects awarded prizes.

06. March - 29. April 2012

Hilgarth Design


The work of the industrial and product designer Kurt Hilgarth spans the gap between design and the ever-increasing demands placed on the functionality of leisure and sportswear. This exhibition presents a cross-section of his products, mainly used in the context of sport and leisure: ski boots, touring shoes, snowboard boots and inline skates. The exhibition focuses both on the products created by this internationally successful designer and on the design process itself. The design of highly functional products such as ski boots and inline skates requires a sophisticated approach, which embodies the process-orientated character of design. Rather than simply producing finished products, design requires continuous change that allows for things to develop and evolve. The design of shoes for leisure and sport is a particularly good example of this. In 2012, a total of 77,741 people visit the exhibition in the designforum.

13. March 2012

City of Design: 365 Days

Creative Industries Styria present the Graz City Guide in commemoration of the first anniversary of Graz being designated a UNESCO City of Design. Within this city guide, 18 well known personalities from the creative scene reveal their tips for 185 different shops, pubs and other hotspots in the capital of Styria. The Graz City Guide ensures that these businesses will also be discovered, at the same time revealing the diversity of the local creative economy. The mayor of Graz, Siegfried Nagl, is also able to make use of this opportunity to communicate news about the positive developments within the creative scene in Graz, for example the 18% increase in the registration of trade licenses in the areas of advertisement, graphics and design in comparison to that of 2010. Between 2009 and 2010, there has also been a 9% increase in income from municipal tax collected from the pool of CIS registered companies. The 270 reports in the national and international media cement the city’s reputation as a design hotspot, with one of the reports naming Graz as one of the top 5 design cities in Europe.

27. March 2012

A gift from Graz, City of Design

Call for Ideas

A shoulder bag with solar panels – the SunnyBAG – is the new gift to be presented to international visitors of the City of Graz, UNESCO City of Design, at official occasions. Among the 27 submissions in response to the call for designs organised by the Creative Industries Styria on behalf of “Haus Graz”, the sunnyBAG was the one which stood out. “Haus Graz” consists of the City of Graz and its subsidiary companies and second tier subsidiaries, for example Holding Graz, Messe Graz, Graz Tourism, the City Museum and the Children’s Museum. Production was undertaken in cooperation with Romy Schneiderin, HEIDENPASS or pro mente, among others.

27. April - 27. May 2012

The network society, Creative Industries Styria, organises around 60 events in the fields of design, communication and creativity within the framework of the Design Month Graz 2012. The number of visitors to the events total 57,000. Taking place for the fourth time, the Design Month offers a packed program with an international focus and high quality standards. Buenos Aires, also a UNESCO City of Design, was represented at the Design Month and was an active participant in various different aspects of the Design Month. Work by Argentinian fashion designers is exhibited at the design festival assembly. Another topic at the Design Month Graz is the way in which the city at Rio da la Plata will react to being given the UNESCO award and how this will be integrated into the development of the city.

10. May - 17. June 2012

Design Prize Switzerland


As part of Switzerland’s guest appearance at Designmonat Graz 2012 (“Grüezi Graz”), the “Design Prize Switzerland” exhibition presents projects that have been nominated for and awarded the design prize. The exhibition shows that Swiss design, as always, embodies both innovation and precision, while at the same time including fresh ideas and being driven by new challenges. There are a total of seven projects, ranging thematically from social design to material innovation, which illustrate our neighbour’s approach to design. In addition, Marcus Pericin and Florian Bachmann from the Colour Light Centre of the Zurich University of Arts have, in cooperation with Kunsthaus Graz, developed work for the facade of the Kunsthaus, titled “Lichtkörper”. The Design Prize Switzerland was initiated by the Design Center in Langenthal in 1991 and took place for the eleventh time in 2011. The aim of the award is to grant recognition to Swiss design and bring it into the international arena. The Design Prize Switzerland both observes and influences the market, awards recognition to outstanding achievement and takes up the role of uncompromisingly encouraging courageous ideas, which pave the way to the design of the future.

29. June - 02. September 2012

The “Industrial Design Show 2012” exhibition shows the approaches behind the designs in the form of sketches, models and animations from the fields of product and transportation design. The designs have been developed in cooperation with AUDI, B/S/H Bosch, Siemens household goods, DLOUHY and WACKER NEUSON.
At the opening weekend, visitors have the opportunity to see “Concept one”, an electric super sports car with over 1000 HP, produced by the Croatian company, Rimac as well as “Panther I” and “Fennech”, the two electric vehicles designed by Team Eco-Racing Austria (Tera) from Graz University of Technology. The students and graduates will also be present over these few days. The internationally renowned institute of design education presents its annual degree show in the designforum Steiermark for the second time this year, attracting over 14,000 visitors.

10. September - 28. October 2012

"Good design,
we pay good price"


Design is a complex visual language, where emotion and passion play a pivotal role. These emotions are particularly evident in the innovative yacht designs created by motion code: blue, a design studio in Graz, which frequently causes a sensation within the international yacht and design scene. Objects and examples from the field of product design are, however, also exhibited. The motion code: blue design studio was founded in 2009 by Christopher Gloning and Christian Gumpold. Both designers had previously completed degrees in industrial design at the University of Applied Sciences in Graz. The studio sees itself as working in the grey zone between design and technology, and is not only active in the field of yacht design but in that of product design, transportation design and architecture. The exhibition shows both completed and on-going projects in different stages of the design process and offers a fascinating insight into the world of yachts measuring between 15 and 60 meters in length.

12. September - 15. September 2012

Network journey
to Helsinki

The Creative Industries Styria’s network journey, organised in cooperation with the City of Graz and the Austrian Foreign Ministry, has Helsinki as its destination. This decision was not without reason: the capital city of Finland is the 2012 World Design Capital. Helsinki is a modern European city with history and traditions stretching back more than 450 years that form a natural symbiosis with contemporary designs and trends. With around 600,000 inhabitants, Helsinki is the largest city in Finland. At the time of the trip, both “Everyday Discoveries – International Design House Exhibition” and the “Helsinki Design Week” take place, making the city into an international focal point for contemporary design.

27. September - 09. October 2012

"designZone" at
Graz Autumn Trade Fair

With more than 90,000 visitors, Graz Autumn Trade Fair is the biggest consumer fair in the south of Austria. Since successful reorientation in 2011, it presents new focal topics, showcasing high-quality design in keeping with Graz as a City of Design. In cooperation with Creative Industries Styria, in the long term Graz Autumn Trade Fair aims to create a setting which will get a wide audience enthusiastic about design. The main theme of the 2011 Graz Autumn Trade Fair was “Styrian fashion design”, with the additional theme of product design in 2012 – an impressive exhibition which appeals to visitors and designer alike.

01. November 2011 - 26. December 2012

design8en 2012

Sales show

design8en – the perfect combination of design and Christmas – presents a potpourri of extraordinary gift ideas. The refreshing presentation of objects and small series produced by regional labels is a source of enthusiasm every year. To add to the choice of products available to the audience, designers from all over Austria have been invited to submit their products. The sales show presents the works of some twenty labels, giving visitors the opportunity to choose from a host of creative and extraordinary gift ideas for Christmas. design8en 2012 is an initiative of the designfora of Styria and Vorarlberg – in cooperation with Museum Shop Management and Livid Departmentstore Dornbirn.

31. December 2012

Jakomini pilot project ends

With its theme of “Ready-Steady-Go”, the Jakomini district pilot project kicked off with the distinctive “red running-track” in September 2010. Over the next few years – appropriately enough for a running-track – the project picked up speed, with the varied mix of design firms, fashion shops, architectural offices or advertising agencies, and traditional workshops adding momentum to the district. Up to forty new companies have set up business in the Jakomini district. Altogether, the district numbers 93 companies along the running-track, with a total of around 140 jobs. Twenty-eight of these companies are in the creative sector, 59% of the companies in the Jakomini district are one-person firms. The great creative potential and the resulting enhancement of the Jakomini district have resulted in lasting stimulation. With the impetus from the pilot project, the city has proved that it is possible to generate that added value in the district which stimulates dynamic development and results in a win-win-win situation for all those involved: old-established firms as well as new creative set-ups – tenants along with owners and investors.