The DMY International Design Festival Berlin celebrates its 10th jubilee edition. Over 700 designers from roundly 30 nations showcase future-oriented products and prototypes in historic airport Berlin Tempelhof. For the first time, the exhibition spreads over four hangars – a complete wing.
As a special highlight, DMY hosts the official German design award »Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland« in 2012 and presents all submissions and nominees from the fields of product and communication design in a large-scale exhibition. Another first this year is the premiere of the »Nightshift – Long Night of Open Design Studios«: Over 50 studios throughout Berlin open their doors in the evening of June 7.
Central Exhibition
Located at former city airport Berlin Tempelhof, the central exhibition features international designers, studios and institutions showcasing pioneering products, prototypes and material innovations. Next to market-ready products, the exhibition especially sheds light upon the concepts and processes that led to the final designs. Some exhibitors also open up their creative processes and invite visitors to interact with the designs, to take part in production processes or even to develop their own objects. 19 international design schools give insights into the latest design research, while design institutions from all over the globe showcase curated group exhibitions including numerous country and city presentations, for instance: Creative Design City Nagoya, Premsela – the Netherlands Institute for Design and Fashion or the City of Poznan.
Country Focus: China
As one of the official projects of the »2012 China in Germany Year«, the exhibition »China New Design – Revisit and Reflect« will be the first large-scale collective exhibition of contemporary Chinese design in Germany: encompassing 189 design products complemented by 109 objects that reference daily Chinese life. The focus highlights the evolution and rapid transformation of Chinese aesthetics, lifestyle, culture and society. This exhibition is an initiative directed by the Chinese Ministry of Culture, planned and organized by the Ullens Centre for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in partnership with the DMY International Design Festival, and supported by the Chinese Embassy in Germany.
German design award »Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland«
For the first time, DMY will host the official German design award »Designpreis der Bundesrepublik Deutschland« in 2012. Considered as Germany’s most prestigious design prize, it is awarded by the Ministry of Economics and Technology since 1969 honoring excellence in product and communication design. For the first time, all submissions and nominees will be exhibited at Airport Berlin Tempelhof during the festival.
The winners will be announced at an award ceremony in Berlin in autumn.
New Talents
The New Talents, formerly known as the Youngsters, have been with DMY since day one, when it started out as a small exhibition of experimental design. In this section, young, up-and-coming designers showcase forward-thinking design approaches and research-based works.
Since 2010, the IKEA Stiftung facilitates the New Talents platform as its main supporter. As the exhibition space and participation fee is kept affordable, young designers, students and graduates are able to exhibit their future-oriented works and share their knowledge with the public.
DMY Awards
Acknowledging outstanding and exceptional works, DMY yearly awards
the most forward-thinking concepts and approaches among all festival submissions in cooperation with Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design, Berlin. The international festival jury, consisting of Werner Aisslinger, Dr. Annemarie Jaeggi, Jerszy Seymour and Jurgen Bey, has already preselected ten works to be nominated for this year’s DMY Awards.
The three winners will be announced at an evening Award Ceremony at the festival’s central venue on Friday, June 8. This year, an additional award will particularly honor the best presentation by a design school, academy or university.
Symposium: Designing Business
In the light of current economic crises, environmental challenges and demographic shifts, the focus of this year‘s symposium is concerned with the development of new ideas and practices in the context of global business. Design and design processes can assume a key role in solving complex problems posed by a world on the move. »Designing Business« is less concerned with the design‘s market success than with »design thinking« and the changing role of the designer shaping economic processes and social change.
Open Talks
In the speakers‘ corner of the festival, selected participants as well as designers, journalists, entrepreneurs and experts from different fields present open lectures at the central exhibition. The Open Talks offer a forum to present new concepts, recent projects and alternative business models. The Symposium as well as the Open Talks are jointly conceived and hosted by newthinking communications GmbH and DMY. Nightshift: Long Night of Open Design Studios
Another first this year is presented by DMY and the designers’ network CREATE Berlin: Nightshift – a long night of open design studios.
In the evening of Thursday, June 7, the city’s studios and ateliers will keep their doors open inviting visitors to product launches, concerts and studio tours. Visitors can meet the designers and gain insights into their work processes and creative environments.
During the course of the entire festival contemporary design branches out into the city: galleries, museums and design institutions all over Berlin host design-related satellite exhibitions and events. Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design, Berlin exhibits »Chairs without Legs«, UDK‘s designtransfer focuses on design that improves life with their exhibition »DO GOOD«, while the exhibition ›Helsinki FRESH‹ showcases design from Helsinki at Direktorenhaus Berlin – just three of the numerous stops that invite festival visitors to go out and explore the city.
About DMY Berlin
DMY Berlin is an international platform for contemporary product design.
Since 2003, DMY Berlin promotes experimental approaches and surprising solutions in the fields of product design.

The DMY International
Design Festival today is the largest festival for contemporary product design in Germany; over 32.000 international visitors attended the five-day festival in 2011. Apart from the festival, DMY organizes and curates exhibitions, trade-fair appearances and various design-related projects in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Promoting innovative design solutions and being present at key festivals and fairs worldwide such as Milan’s Salone del Mobile, Designtide Tokyo, Taiwan Design Expo, Seoul Design Fair or Mes de Diseño Buenos Aires, DMY Berlin has established a sustainable global network. In 2012, Dmy will present an America exhibition tour complementing its Asia tour for the first time. Through its extensive national and international network, its long experience in producing design events and its constant interaction with the design industry, DMY Berlin has become one of Germany’s leading and internationally connected design institutions.
The DMY International Design Festival 2012 will be presented by Mercedes Benz. In the course of the festival, the premium brand will present their Concept Style Coupé for the first time in Berlin.

Opening Hours
Thur June 7 – Sat June 9, 10:00 – 20:00h
Sun June 10, 10:00 – 18:00h
Vernissage: Wed June 6, 20:00 – 02:00h
Entrance Fees
Opening: 10 € / red. 8 €
Day Ticket: 12 € / red. 9 €
Combi Ticket DMY + Exhibition of the
German design award: 16 € / red. 12 €
Family Ticket: 20 €
Festival Pass (all days): 60 €
Airport Berlin Tempelhof
Entrance Hangar 2
Columbiadamm 10
12101 Berlin
Plus over 80 satellite exhibitions and open studios throughout the city!
DMY Berlin GmbH & Co KG
Am Flutgraben 3
12435 Berlin
Tel: +49 (0)30.53014888
Fax: +49.(0)30.53213128
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