70 years of iF Design

Your trust makes it possible

Seven decades of design experience have taught us a few things. One is to trust in the transformative power of design. Two is that we can make a positive impact by promoting those who make a difference. Three: the continual dialogue with designers, partners, and friends has made us what we are today. For that, we say thank you.

70 years iF Design: 1,025 independent international jurors
70 years iF Design: 21,312 creative participants
70 years iF Design: Entries from 113 countries


Start with a bang.

The visionary entrepreneur and designer Philip Rosenthal (porcelain company) creates the institution iF e. V. together with the Hannover Messegesellschaft and the Federation of German Industry in Hannover.

70 years of iF Design: Philip Rosenthal creates the institution iF e. V. together with the Hanover Messegesellschaft and the Federation of German Industry in Hanover.


The iF DESIGN AWARD celebrates its premiere.

41 jurors walk through the exhibition halls of the HANNOVER FAIR awarding products directly on site.


The iF DESIGN AWARD celebrates its 20th anniversary.

On the occasion of its 20th anniversary, iF Design launches an “experiment” and organizes the Trend 74- show.


100,000 visitors interested in design

iF Design attracts more than 100,000 visitors interested in the subject of design throughout the year.


Coveted since Day One.

Herbert H. Schultes (former head designer of SIEMENS AG) creates the golden iF trophy – a sculpture which embodies excellent design to this day.


Founding iF International Forum Design GmbH.

iF International Forum Design GmbH takes over the operating business which includes organizing and hosting the iF DESIGN AWARDS.


Hello talents.

With the launch of the iF DESIGN STUDENT AWARD, design students are given a platform to showcase their creative ideas.


iF Design subsidiary Taiwan

iF Design Taiwan Ltd. is established in Taipei to promote the iF DESIGN AWARD and to broaden contact with the Taiwanese design community.


iF Design subsidiary Republic of Korea

A year later, iF founds its own subsidiary in Seoul to strengthen the connection with the Korean design industry.


The first iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE is born

With the iF SOCIAL IMPACT PRIZE, iF Design wants to put the spotlight on social projects that offer solutions to pressing issues of our time and move society forward. Every year, projects are funded with EUR 100,000 in prize money.


Designing education: iF Design Foundation.

The nonprofit iF Design Foundation is set up in Hannover. Its aim is to promote design and its social significance, away from commercial pressures and restrictions.The foundation is the sole shareholder of iF International Forum Design GmbH.


iF goes Berlin: The first awards ceremony gala in Berlin

For the first time, the winners of the iF DESIGN AWARD 2022 are celebrated in Berlin. Almost 1,500 guests from 36 countries visit the legendary Friedrichstadt-Palast.


The first iF Design Trend Report

The iF Trend Report is a new offering from iF Design. A digital read about current developments that makes you think, looks at contexts holistically, and aims to be a helpful working basis for designers in their respective fields of work.


Digital Transformation

A completely new digital ecosystem makes iF Design further fit for the future. New paths were created for the more than 50,000 data records of all designs that have won the iF DESIGN AWARD since 1954 and the brands behind them, and are channeled into high-performance showcase modules.


iF Design subsidiary in New York

On a growth course, iF branches into the American market and is therefore opening its own subsidiary in New York. The new team will be the link between Germany and the USA to strengthen networking.


70 years of iF Design

Today, iF Design says thank you to 21,317 creative participants from 113 countries who have taken part in the iF DESIGN AWARD so far. 1,025 independent international jurors have made fair and independent decisions during this time. We express our heartfelt thanks to all participants and jurors – past and present – and to all friends of iF Design!