Wood and sustainable solutions attract designers

10:e maj. 2019

Sustainability, a shared use of everyday products and a fascination for natural materials such as wood. Those are some of the future trends within interior design, according to German Design Council’s CEO, Andrej Kupetz.

Every year, the council awards the prestigious German Design Award.


Since 2012, the German Design Council has awarded the German Design Award to “projects that truly represent pioneering contributions to the German and international design landscape”, as the mission statement sounds on the council’s homepage.

A number of Troldtekt acoustic solutions have already won the award, including the Troldtekt® rhomb design solution. The entire series of Troldtekt design solutions is among the nominated products for the German Design Award 2020.

Natural materials are expressed in the designs

Wood is the main material in the Troldtekt acoustic panels – and according to CEO of the German Design Council, Andrej Kupetz, natural materials in general gain ground in the award nominations.

"Natural and untreated materials such as wood, leather, wool, felt, rattan and natural stone are currently very popular and satisfy the need for earthy originality, clarity, and the reduction to essentials", he says.

"Currently, designers are making abundant use of wood, which exerts a fascination as a natural material and as a design component. Its grains and shadings produce a versatile design element and inspire designers to do without additional colors and patterns to reveal its glorious beauty and diversity".

Clear statements and sustainability

According to Andrej Kupetz, “clear statements” is another main trend in interior architecture and planning.

"One of the trends in interior design is the desire for clear statements and positions that is also expressed in design: bold, intense colors as well as patterns that are both striking and geometric set accents that refuse to be overlooked".

"On the other hand, we also see simplicity with minimal use of color, recalling Scandinavian interiors. Color gradients set accents and likewise create fine transitions between materiality and transparency. Hard materials turn soft: frosted glass and unglazed ceramics create a sense of lightness and an authentic tactile experience", says Andrej Kupetz.

He adds that sustainability has been a top priority for years, which is reflected in interior architecture and in design in general:

"For example, many projects involve innovative use of everyday products that doesn’t focus on possession, but on the shared use of these items".

"Moreover, we’ve observed long-standing, intense examination and exploration of materials and production processes. Many designers are experimenting with recyclable materials and artisanal production processes that require less energy. And recently, Industry 4.0 has enabled production via digitalization and new processes such as 3D printing and the production of batches consisting of a single piece".

>> Read more about the prestigious German Design Award

Facts about the German Design Award

  • The German Design Council, established on initiative of the German Bundestag in 1953, gives the award.
  • The first German Design Awards were given in 2012.
  • The German Design Award is given to designs within two different sections: In Excellent Product Design there are 33 categories, and in Excellent Communications Design there are 22 categories. Moreover, in 2017 Universal Design entered as a cross-over category.
  • More than 5,400 projects from 63 different countries entered the competition in 2019.
  • An international jury valued the entries and gave 50 Gold prizes and 841 winners were chosen across the 55 categories.

THEME: Design and Innovation in Architecture

With a new range of design solutions, architects are given an exciting opportunity to combine the great acoustics of Troldtekt wood wool panels with a distinctive look.

On this theme page, Troldtekt A/S gives the architect behind the new design solutions the opportunity to talk about them – and show how they are used in beautiful buildings.

Troldtekt® design solutions give architects an exciting opportunity to combine the great acoustics of Troldtekt wood wool panels with a distinctive look