What makes floor coverings cutting-edge? Which particular features can lead to competition success? Inspired by questions like these, the nine-strong jury – which included experts from product and interior design, architecture and the press – selected the most creative innovations. Munich designer Stefan Diez chaired the jury for the fourth time with his characteristic enthusiasm. The jurors selected the work to be displayed at Innovations@DOMOTEX 2017 by examining and evaluating the entries in terms of technology, quality, design and relevance to the target group.  

Stefan Diez, Munich
Chairman of the jury

Industrial and product designer, Stefan Diez Office for Industrial Design

Munich designer Stefan Diez creates furniture, tableware, bags and stoves for renowned companies such as Buderus Hay, e15, Emu and Thonet. The award-winning designer will be chairing the Innovations@DOMOTEX jury for the fourth time.

Norbert Berndt, Moringen

Master interior decorator and director of Raumgestaltung Vespermann

Apart from his family business (established in 1893), flooring specialist Berndt heads various associations. President of the European interior decorating association Interior since 2012.

Manfred Birkenstock, Hofheim-Wallau

Member of the advisory board of wholesalers Ruhe & Co.

Birkenstock was a managing board member of Copa, the leading wholesale cooperative for floor coverings, from 2001 to 2016. In 2013 he launched the image campaign “Teppich & Du” (Carpets and You).

Farah Ebrahimi, Frankfurt am Main

Art director, e15

Fashion graduate Farah Ebrahimi has been involved in the creative development of e15 from the start. As an interior designer, she also plays a key role in the team at Philipp Mainzer Office for Architecture and Design.

Manfred Haverkamp, Herford

Interior designer, Haverkamp Interior Design

Haverkamp and his teams in Herford and Shanghai have been developing complete room concepts for international companies since 1983. He has won numerous awards for his creative work.

Richard A. Kille, Cologne

Managing director, IFR institute for flooring and interior design, Cologne

As an expert consultant to private and public clients and courts, Kille utilizes his specialist knowledge across Europe. He conducts research into flooring and speaks at seminars and courses, which he also organizes.

Simone Knauss, Hamburg

Editor, “Schöner Wohnen”

An art history graduate, Simone Knauss has been exploring the subject of “living” as a writer and editor for over 16 years. She has been head of the Living team at “Schöner Wohnen” since July 2016.

Karsten Krause, Wedel

Master interior decorator and owner, K+R Raumausstattung

Krause has headed his interior decorating business for over 30 years and is also active in working groups and associations. He was a board member of the German association for the parquet and flooring trade until 2014.

Karl A. Wildermuth, Leinfelden-Echterdingen

Editor, “Holz-Zentralblatt”

The business graduate and industry expert has been editing “Holz-Zentralblatt” for over 25 years, covering topics such as the wood trade, DIY stores, floor coverings, timber for gardens and building components.