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iF Industrie Forum Design e.V. – or iF e.V. for short – is the oldest independent design institution in the world. Its foundation in 1953 was closely linked to Hanover's status as a major trade fair venue: the aim was to create a partner institution for the annual industry exhibition that would look after and support the “formal design of industrial products” in Germany. Since then, iF e.V. has fulfilled this role in an exemplary manner.
In 2001, iF International Forum Design GmbH took over the operating business that includes organizing and hosting the iF design awards. Since then, iF e.V. has been focusing more strongly on its role as a mediator between design and business. iF e.V. puts emphasis on the inclusion of design at the management level and for considering design in corporate philosophy. iF e.V. creates public awareness for the topic of good design, and the association also maintains a comprehensive design network. As iF e.V. members, both renowned companies and individuals are part of this network.
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Six years after the British occupying forces had selected Hanover as a venue for industry exhibitions, efforts were made to complement the exhibition with an institution that would focus on and support the “formal design of industrial products” in Germany.
The Messegesellschaft Hannover used as its guideline the ideas of visionary entrepreneur Philip Rosenthal who also played a key role in the Federation of German Industry (BDI) where he was committed to bringing together the worlds of culture and business. This concept was also adopted for the foundation of the new institution.
The trio, consisting of the Messegesellschaft, the entrepreneur and the Federation of German Industry, joined forces and started to develop this very institution: iF e.V. was born.
Wilhelm Wagenfeld provided valuable support at the time and wrote a wonderful opening address for the foundation of iF Industrie Forum Design e.V. His address was published in the first book on iF e.V. Although six decades have passed since then, his words have lost none of their significance, enthusiasm and validity.
> Find the Wilhelm Wagenfeld Opening Address in the right column.
As the oldest independent design institution in the world, iF e.V. was founded to create a bridge between the worlds of culture and business. For six decades, both the association and its members have been pursuing this goal with great commitment and success.
Represented by both its board and its members, the association actively tries to create a discourse on design. The aim is to support good design and to establish the idea of design as a success factor in the mind of the public and also in the minds of industry leaders: a company that includes design in its philosophy, in its strategic decisions and in its product development will achieve sustainable success.
Furthermore, the association’s work focuses on discussion and exchange regarding design-relevant issues and on the continuous expansion and maintenance of a worldwide design network.
iF e.V. consists of a board, of regular members and of honorary members.
The board comprises up to six members and the managing director.
Currently, we have four honorary members. The regular members award this title to acknowledge longstanding and outstanding commitment to the cause of design.
Members of iF e.V. include:
|Herbert H. Schultes||Fürstenfeldbruck||Germany|
|Prof. Herbert Lindinger||Hannover||Germany|
|Sepp D. Heckmann||Hannover||Germany|
|BSH Hausgeräte GmbH||München||Germany|
|BOS Best of Steel||Emstetten||Germany|
|Bree Collection GmbH||Germany|
|Carpet Concept Objekt-Teppichboden GmbH||Bielefeld||Germany|
|Crown Gabelstapler GmbH & Co. KG||München||Germany|
|Deutsche Messe AG||Hannover||Germany|
|EnBW AG, Messen und Events||Biberach||Germany|
|Expotechnik Heinz Soschinski GmbH||Taunusstein||Germany|
|FESTO AG & Co. KG||Esslingen||Germany|
|FORUM your brandbuilder GmbH||Krefeld||Germany|
|Gira Giersiepen GmbH & Co. KG||Radevormwald||Germany|
|Grohe AG, Design Studio||Düsseldorf||Germany|
|HEWI Heinrich Wilke GmbH||Bad Arolsen||Germany|
|Hiller Objektmöbel GmbH & Co. KG||Kippenheim||Germany|
|IBM Deutschland GmbH||Ehningen||Germany|
|interstil - Diedrichsen GmbH||Steinhagen||Germany|
|Interstuhl Büromöbel GmbH & Co. KG||Meßstetten-Tieringen||Germany|
|Isaria Corporate Design AG||Oberpframmern||Germany|
|JAB Teppiche Heinz Anstoetz KG||Herford||Germany|
|KOCHAN & PARTNER GmbH||München||Germany|
|Köttermann GmbH & Co. KG||Uetze||Germany|
|Niedersächsisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Technologie u. Verkehr||Hannover||Germany|
|Nils Holger Moormann GmbH||Aschau||Germany|
|OVENTROP GmbH & Co. KG||Olsberg||Germany|
|Poggenpohl Möbelwerke GmbH||Herford||Germany|
|REALTIME TECHNOLOGY (RTT)||München||Germany|
|Schneider Electric GmbH||Ratingen||Germany|
|SCHULTE Duschkabinenbau KG||Sundern||Germany|
|Sedus Stoll AG||Waldshut-Tiengen||Germany|
|Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG||Wedemark||Germany|
|SMA Solar Technology AG||Niestetal||Germany|
|Steelcase Werndl AG||Rosenheim||Germany|
|Storck Bicycle GmbH||Idstein||Germany|
|TRILUX GmbH & Co KG||Arnsberg||Germany|
|Vauth-Sagel, Systemtechnik GmbH & Co. KG||Brakel-Erkeln||Germany|
|Viessmann Werke GmbH & Co. KG||Allendorf/Eder||Germany|
|Volkswagen AG, Volkswagen Design||Wolfsburg||Germany|
|wiege Entwicklungs GmbH||Bad Münder||Germany|
|Wilkhahn Wilkening + Hahne GmbH & Co. KG||Bad Münder||Germany|
|Yokogawa Electric Corporation||Mushashino, Tokyo||Japan|
|Zumtobel Lighting GmbH||Dornbirn||Austria|
|3-point concepts GmbH||Berlin||Germany|
|ArGe Design braucht Täter||Köln||Germany|
|ArteFakt Pohl Fiegl||Darmstadt||Germany|
|bayern design forum e.V||Nürnberg||Germany|
|B:SiGN Design & Communications GmbH||Hannover||Germany|
|D´ART Visuelle Kommunikation GmbH||Stuttgart||Germany|
|design studio hartmut s. engel||Ludwigsburg||Germany|
|Deutscher Designer Club e.V.||Frankfurt am Main||Germany|
|DRWA Das Rudel Werbeagentur||Freiburg||Germany|
|f/p design GmbH||München||Germany|
|Fuenfwerken Design AG||Wiesbaden||Germany|
|FRACKENPOHL POULHEIM GMBH||Köln||Germany|
|H H Schultes Design Studio||Fürstenfeldbruck||Germany|
|i / i / d Institut für Integriertes Design an der HfK Bremen||Bremen||Germany|
|INOID Design Group||Stuttgart||Germany|
|MEDIADESIGN HOCHSCHULE FÜR DESIGN UND INFORMATIK||München||Germany|
|Nova Design Co., Ltd.||Taipei||Taiwan|
|OCO-Design O. K. Nüsse||Münster||Germany|
|Olaf Hoffmann Industrial Design||München||Germany|
|Philips International BV|
|Polvan Design Ltd.||Istanbul||Turkey|
|PROMOTIONAL iDEAS |
|Rokitta Produkt & Markenästhetik||Mühlheim an der Ruhr||Germany|
|SCHOLZ & VOLKMER GmbH||Wiesbaden||Germany|
|Spirit Design-Innovation and Brand GmbH||Wien||Austria|
|Strategy & Marketing Institute - Management Consultants GmbH||Hannover||Germany|
|Taipei Base Design Center||Taipei||Taiwan|
|TRICON Design AG||Kirchentellinsfurt||Germany|
|UNIPLAN GmbH & Co. KG||Köln||Germany|
|Weinberg & Ruf||Filderstadt||Germany|
|Sebastian Le Peetz||Hannover||Germany|
|Seyed Mansour Pour Mohseni Shakib||Essen||Germany|
|Prof. Gunnar Spellmeyer||Hannover||Germany|
|Prof. Martin Topel||Wuppertal||Germany|
|Wolf Udo Wagner||Dreieich||Germany|
In compliance with legal provisions, the association holds an annual general meeting where the board presents a statement of accounts and informs the members about the association’s economic situation.