Design con­nects — across nation­al and func­tion­al borders

bay­ern design plays an active role in the fol­low­ing associations:

World Design Weeks
World Design Weeks is a net­work of more than 40 design weeks and fes­ti­vals around the world. The pur­pose of the asso­ci­a­tion is to con­nect the cre­ative fes­ti­vals which are host­ed by grow­ing cities and their part­ners, includ­ing acad­e­mies and com­pa­nies in the design sec­tor. The goals are to pro­mote coop­er­a­tion in the field of design, sup­port prod­uct devel­op­ment, and tap the poten­tial of design as a cre­ative economy.

Bureau of Euro­pean Design Asso­ci­a­tions (BEDA)
BEDA’s vision is to have design rec­og­nized as a dri­ver of sus­tain­able growth and wealth in Europe. BEDA has 54 mem­bers in 28 Euro­pean coun­tries. Mem­bers include design cen­ters, pub­licly fund­ed orga­ni­za­tions, and spe­cial­ist asso­ci­a­tions that pro­mote design at the nation­al or region­al lev­el. These trade asso­ci­a­tions rep­re­sent design­ers in all design fields includ­ing indus­tri­al, inte­ri­or, dig­i­tal, and branding.

Deutsch­er Design­tag e.V. (DT)
Deutsch­er Design­tag e.V. is the umbrel­la orga­ni­za­tion of the spe­cial­ist and trade asso­ci­a­tions and of design insti­tu­tions in Ger­many. As a cen­tral inter­face for design, pol­i­tics, and the cor­po­rate sec­tor, DT pro­motes an under­stand­ing of design, embody­ing the val­ue that design brings to the progress of soci­ety, the econ­o­my, and cul­ture. DT par­tic­i­pates in the design sec­tion of the Ger­man Cul­tur­al Coun­cil to con­tribute to the dis­course with the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment on ques­tions that have soci­etal, eco­nom­ic, and polit­i­cal rel­e­vance to Ger­many and its partners.

Uni­ver­sal Design Forum e.V.
Uni­ver­sal Design Forum e.V. sees itself as a mod­er­a­tor at the inter­face of the cor­po­rate sec­tor, sci­ence, and soci­ety. In addi­tion to uni­ver­sal design sce­nar­ios for pri­vate homes in con­densed habi­tats, the asso­ci­a­tion cur­rent­ly is focused on sup­port­ing demo­graph­ic projects in a com­mu­nal con­text and on pro­mot­ing uni­ver­sal design at uni­ver­si­ties. Uni­ver­sal Design Forum e.V. is the co-founder of Insti­tut für Uni­ver­sal Design in Munich.

Togeth­er we can achieve so much more

New Euro­pean Bauhaus

The future of Europe depends on sus­tain­abil­i­ty, aes­thet­ics, and inclu­siv­i­ty. As an offi­cial part­ner of New Euro­pean Bauhaus (NEB), a key ini­tia­tive launched by the Euro­pean Com­mis­sion in Jan­u­ary 2021, bay­ern design con­tributes to mak­ing Europe fit for the future.
With the launch of NEB, the EU Com­mis­sion ini­ti­at­ed a cross-divi­sion­al process aimed at trans­form­ing the way we live, work, and con­sume – from the ground up.


As part of this ini­tia­tive, the coun­tries and regions in the Euro­pean Union are being offered a great oppor­tu­ni­ty to get involved proac­tive­ly. This will allow them to high­light their own strengths in the inno­v­a­tive con­fig­u­ra­tion of a sus­tain­able eco­nom­ic and soci­etal order pur­su­ing the val­ues of NEB.

This is par­tic­u­lar­ly true for Bavaria and its ded­i­cat­ed and con­nect­ed research and edu­ca­tion land­scape, its notable skills in tech­nol­o­gy devel­op­ment, its role as a strong and inno­v­a­tive busi­ness site and pio­neer of dig­i­ti­za­tion, its estab­lished broad cul­ture and cre­ative sec­tor, and its civ­il soci­ety which is root­ed in tra­di­tion and at the same time is future-oriented.

Joint­ly with its part­ners, bay­ern design is work­ing to merge these var­ied per­spec­tives and play­ers effec­tive­ly and to define a frame­work with­in which they are able to and want to pro­mote shared visions and con­crete mea­sures for the design of a desir­able future.