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Our curators

Prof. Claus-Christian Eckhardt


Claus-Christian Eckhardt studied industrial design at the Braunschweig University of Art. After graduating, he worked as designer and interior designer for Silvestrin Design, as product designer for Blaupunkt and as head of design for Bosch. He led the design activities of Tenovis and Avaya. Since 2000, he also works as freelance designer. In 2001 he was appointed as professor and head of the Faculty of Industrial Design at the University of Lund (Sweden), where he later became director of the newly founded School of Industrial Design.

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Gabriele Frauendorf


The photographer and fashion and costume designer, Gabriele Frauendorf, created her own “Frauendorf” label in Hamburg in 1988. At the same time, she started designing costumes for dance performances, organising fashion shows, and took on the role of head fashion designer with German fashion companies. From 1997 to 2001 Gabriele Frauendorf designed costumes for the Leipziger Varieté theatre. From 1997 she worked as a costume designer for opera, dance and theatre at international venues such as Vienna, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Venice, Ankara, Naples and Rome, as well as theatres and opera houses in Germany. Since 2002 she has been designing sportswear, and is responsible for the closing gala of the German Gymnastics Festival, hosted by the German Gymnasts’ Federation. Gabriele Frauendorf has furthermore been designing costumes for various television series (since 2005) and also works as a theatre photographer.


Phillipp Neumann


Since completing his studies in typography at the HGB Leipzig, he has been running the project space and bookstore MZIN, which specialises in design and art publications, together with Karen Laube. Philipp Neumann is a graphic designer who writes about graphic design in magazines, books and blogs. He also gives lectures, organises events and exhibitions, and teaches typography at the GUC in Cairo.

Philipp Neumann has been organising and moderating POSITIONS - a graphic arts conference - as part of the Designers' Open since 2014. The six speakers he invited will present their views from the applied and independent graphic art fields and thereby provide a glimpse into their work.


Niels Holger Wien


Niels Holger Wien studied fashion design in Halle and Antwerp. He specialised in developing colours and materials for trend communication. He works as a designer, trend analyst and colour expert for the German Fashion Institute DMI and is currently President of the INTERCOLOR International Trend Network, where he represents Germany with the DMI. He sees himself as an idea networker and gives lectures and workshops on the driving forces behind trend developments. His Zeitgeist analyses and trend forecasts provide cross-sector momentum for developers and creative people in the fashion and lifestyle industries.

Curating criteria:

  • Reproducibility
  • Market opportunity
  • Sustainability
  • Innovation / novelty value
  • Problem-solving / useful
  • Additional benefit
  • Aesthetics
  • Quality / Professionalism
  • Ethics
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