The bay­ern design forum e. V. asso­ci­a­tion dates back to 1987. It sup­ports bay­ern design GmbH as a net­work and sponsor.
Mem­bers of bay­ern design forum e. V. include renowned design-ori­ent­ed com­pa­nies, agen­cies, and free­lancers across design dis­ci­plines, archi­tec­tur­al firms, trade cham­bers, and asso­ci­a­tions, most of which are head­quar­tered in Bavaria.

The board of direc­tors of bay­ern design forum e. V. is made up of entre­pre­neurs and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of cham­bers of indus­try and trade in Bavaria. The chair of bay­ern design forum e. V. also rep­re­sents the share­hold­er, bay­ern design forum e.V., at bay­ern design GmbH.

Board of directors

The board of direc­tors cur­rent­ly is made up of

Rolf Schif­fer­ens, Chair
CEO of DURABLE Hun­ke & Jochheim GmbH & Co. KG

Markus Hoff­mann, 2nd Chair
Mem­ber of the Man­ag­ing Board and Senior Vice Pres­i­dent of
Leon­hard Kurz Stiftung & Co. KG

Wolf­gang Bastert, Treasurer
CEO of Immo­Ba GmbH & Co. KG „Werk Eins“

Rolf Keller, Secretary
Mem­ber of the Man­ag­ing Board of Nurem­bergMesse Group

Wol­fram Brehm, coopt­ed Mem­ber of the Board
Deputy Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of the Bayreuth Cham­ber of Indus­try and Commerce

Charles Graf von Faber-Castell, coopt­ed Mem­ber of the Board
Mem­ber of the Advi­so­ry Board of Faber-Castell AG

Dr. Andreas Fre­undt, coopt­ed Mem­ber of the Board
Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of the Aschaf­fen­burg Cham­ber of Indus­try and Commerce

Thomas Genosko, coopt­ed Mem­ber of the Board
Head of the Depart­ment of Site Pol­i­tics, Inno­va­tion and Envi­ron­ment at Regens­burg Cham­ber of Indus­try and Com­merce for Upper Palati­nate in Kelheim

Prof. Dr. Ralf Jahn, coopt­ed Mem­ber of the Board
Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of the Würzburg-Schwe­in­furt Cham­ber of Indus­try and Commerce

Markus M. Lötzsch, coopt­ed Mem­ber of the Board
Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of the Nurem­berg Cham­ber of Indus­try and Com­merce for Cen­tral Franconia

Sieg­mar Schn­abel, coopt­ed Mem­ber of the Board
Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of the Coburg Cham­ber of Indus­try and Commerce


As a mem­ber of bay­ern design forum e.V. you can posi­tion your­self as a com­pa­ny, agency, or free­lancer with high design com­pe­tence, and draw atten­tion to your brand, ser­vices, and products.

Being part of the design com­mu­ni­ty helps you strength­en Bavaria as a design site. Our inter­dis­ci­pli­nary net­work facil­i­tates vivid and inspi­ra­tional dia­log with experts, renowned cre­ative peo­ple, and cor­po­rate man­agers. You ben­e­fit from the mul­ti-faceted pro­gram, the dia­log, and the expe­ri­ence of the bay­ern design community.


Advan­tages of mem­ber­ship, at a glance:

  • You obtain exclu­sive access to a net­work of own­ers, man­agers, and per­sons in charge of design at inno­v­a­tive com­pa­nies, agen­cies, and organizations.
  • Your brand is rep­re­sent­ed on our online plat­form at with your pro­file and brand-relat­ed con­tent and is sup­port­ed through com­mu­ni­ca­tions on bay­ern design GmbH’s channels. 
    • In addi­tion to your pro­file on our web­site, as a mem­ber you can present any of your ongo­ing cases.
    • Use the oppor­tu­ni­ty to post job ads address­ing young pro­fes­sion­als and spe­cial­ists in the design sec­tor free of charge and in a tar­get­ed manner.
    • Pub­lish trade-relat­ed arti­cles on our land­ing page to present your exper­tise to a rel­e­vant com­mu­ni­ty of professionals.
    • Per­son­al­ized fil­ter set­tings for the website’s Com­mu­ni­ty sec­tion allow you to view only con­tent that is of inter­est to you.
  • At the bay­ern design lounge at Nurem­bergMesse, one of the top 15 trade fair sites in the world, you can show­case your projects and prod­ucts to an inter­na­tion­al audi­ence of experts from diverse indus­tries free of charge for an entire year.
  • Enjoy attrac­tive dis­counts for you and your staff mem­bers for all events that are sub­ject to a fee and are orga­nized by bay­ern design.
  • Obtain dis­counts on all pro­gram part­ner pack­ages for Munich Cre­ative Busi­ness Week (MCBW), the largest event in Ger­many for cre­atives and their clients.
  • At exclu­sive open-house events host­ed by oth­er mem­bers you will gain inter­est­ing insights into their design and inno­va­tion work. These events take place on site or digitally.
  • bay­ern design’s exclu­sive events, includ­ing the annu­al meet­ing of its mem­bers, guid­ed tours, and speech­es by experts, allow you to broad­en your knowl­edge and at the same time enjoy excel­lent net­work­ing opportunities.
  • You can rent our appeal­ing, cen­tral­ly locat­ed rooms on favor­able terms to hold your events or meet­ings. Sit­u­at­ed near Nuremberg’s cen­tral sta­tion, these rooms are also in close prox­im­i­ty to Nuremberg’s State Muse­um for Art and Design.
  • The bay­ern design mem­ber logo allows you to present your­self as part of a rel­e­vant com­mu­ni­ty strength­en­ing Bavaria as a site of design.

Become a member

Have we piqued your interest?

Con­tact us by mail for infor­ma­tion about the terms of mem­ber­ship. Your con­tact per­son is Dr. Kil­ian Steiner.