It’s been an amazing fall for the DesignFarm founders. Congratulations!

Two of the ventures urban:eden/Paulina Grebenstein and Youyang Material Innovation/Youyang Song were awarded with the German Sustainability Award (Deutscher Nachhaltigkeitspreis) in the category Visions.

New Blue/Tim van der Loo awarded with German Federal EcoDesign Award

We are certain that sustainable approaches will be gaining attention in the next months and years as this is the only way to keep the balance on this planet. With the founders DesignFarm is also looking into the aspects of how these approaches can be integrated into the current industrial cycles and gain acceptance on the customer side.

Reality: How can it be different?

As we transfer into the realm of sustainability and more inclusive approaches, we are shaken by the constrains of the current system. All systems start with thinking and this is the component we would like to alter by our fresh approaches, energy and attitude.

Our current digital exhibition at DDW builds on three pillars. The first pillar is about endless opportunities with matter around us. The second pillar is about educating „on change“, by being deeply involved into the process of creation. And the third pillar is about building communities that can gradually make the transformation happen. “REALITY – How it can be different” originates from this foundation and showcases design-in-tech companies focusing on realization of alternative products we need now. mujō, including Malu Lücking, Annekathrin Grüneberg and Juni Neyenhuys, develops compostable materials from brown algae. Their first undertaking is to realize a packaging that exists exactly as long as we need it, easily integrable into ecological material cycles. Based on the principles of a circular economy, Tim van der Loo, designed and implemented a new way to manufacture jeans – New Blue. The aim of this undertaking is to demonstrate that worn-out jeans can be a part of a new continuous material flow. ‘embrace’ by Silke Hofmann  is a wearer-centric bra alternative that is informed by the physical and aesthetic clothing needs of women affected by breast cancer. This venture investigates a modular approach towards garment design with the aim to make customizable bra choices. 

Join us at DDW, get inspired by the videos from the founders and catch up with us during the DDW 17-25th of October 2020. The time table is online

DesignFarm is starting a new round of applications with the first deadline for an expression of interest on August 21st 2020. We are looking for exciting venture projects that are eager to change the status quo on a micro and macro level. Feel free to drop us a line to find out more. Cheers.

DesignFarm Community launches #solidarity campaign: “Mask On Collective

Our DesignFarm community launched this week a #solidarity campaign to “FLATTEN THE CURVE” of Covid-19. By building and wearing personal facial masks young designers want to reduce the spread of the virus. Numerous mask designs and instructions were generated. The initiative is an appeal, especially to young people, to show more consideration for others in public places by wearing a mask. Among the younger generation, there are often only mild symptoms of COVID-19: you can be contagious without even noticing it.

We see the initiative as a “bottom-up” movement in which young people take action with creativity. It forsters cultural acceptance for facial masks as a way to protect third parties, which is already common practice in Asia. 

Follow: Mask On Collective on


Early this year DesignFarm accepted seven new ventures. Five of them started right away in February. We are very excited to support:

Silke Hofman who is exploring (PhD) and creating a bra for women after post-mastectomy;

“Same” team of Nadine Auth and Aeneas Stankowski, developing a prototyping methodology and a software based on machine learning;

Anton Papenfuss with his modular microarchitecture;

Tim van der Loo creating new textiles out of recycled materials;


Vinter, Adrian Haase & Julian Goretzky, introducing a new service design for mobility

With this wide range of topics and aspects we are bringing new attitude into social contexts and hope to challenge a bit the current start-up scene with experiment and human touch. Until the next post and cheers to the newcomers!


We would like to introduce you to each field which will be discussed throughout Design Impact Conference, 28 November 2019

The second topic is “Circularity”

Don’t you feel that the transition from linear to circular economy is accelerating? Maybe you also think twice before buying or before throwing away. Maybe you started to experiment already and create your products with a cradle-to-cradle principle in mind. It’s wonderful! Because this is how we feel and act, too. Therefore, we would like to dwell a little bit on this topic at the Design Impact Conference.

Speakers: Isabel Ordonez, Sustainable Design Expert, Circular Berlin
Youyang Song, Youyang Song Material Innovation

On Isabel Ordoñez and Circular Berlin:
Isabel Ordoñez is currently conducting her post-doctoral research and acts as a project manager for CURE – Centres for Urban Re-manufacture, Technical University of Berlin. In her work she particularly focuses on sustainable design and topics such as waste recovery and renewable energy sources. At Design Impact she will elaborate the notion of Circular Economy and speak about the levels of actions for circularity.

Circular Berlin is a network of professionals and organizations, working together to accelerate Berlin’s transition to a circular city. Currently, Circular Berlin is expanding their reach through community-building, education, project development, research as well as developing a local circular economy agenda.

On Youyang Song, Youyang Song Material Innovation:
Youyang Song is an enormously industrious and creative designer who experiments with a variety of materials. What started as cooking trials in her own kitchen, is now evolving into bio-materials and -products relevant for today’s industrial context where we can no longer pollute but have to re-think, re-design and degrade.

Youyang Song Material Innovation acts as a lifestyle guide for those who want to enjoy their products with a full respect to the environment.


17:00 Doors Open / Networking
17:30 Welcome & Opening Remarks
17:45 Startup Pitches & Speakers
18:30 Break
18:45 Startup Pitches & Speakers
19:30 Networking

We would like to introduce you to each field which will be discussed throughout Design Impact Conference, 28 November 2019

The first topic is “New Work”

Introduced in the 70s the idea of „New Work“ or „new understanding of our relationship to work“ has been pursued on various levels. Technological developments reinforced this trend and opened up new possibilities for numerous professions.
At Design Impact we would like to show you how this topic is currently tackled in the companies like IXDS and also to make a deep dive with The Good Tools into the filed of tools that enable new ways of working.

Speakers: Gloria Berger & Anouk Hoffmeister

IXDS is one of the leading innovation agencies in Germany and a „New Work“ pioneer. Agile work, participation and transparency have been lived here since its foundation and a four-day week for everyone has been part of everyday life since the beginning. Partners from the most different areas profit from these experiences as well as compile and introduce „New Work“ principles in their enterprises in cooperation with IXDS.

On Elevation:
Anouk Hoffmeister has been doing her research on collaborative tools for several years within the Excellence Cluster „Image. Knowledge. Design.“ She observed: there are many tools on the market but still they are not good enough to shape our thinking complexity and to involve others into this process. So this is how Elevation was born. Anouk rolled up her sleeves and started creating her vision of „New Work“.

17:00 Doors Open / Networking
17:30 Welcome & Opening Remarks
17:45 Startup Pitches & Speakers
18:30 Break
18:45 Startup Pitches & Speakers
19:30 Networking

This Friday, 1.11.2019, STATE Studio will open LICHTFELDER exhibition- an artistic scientific reflection on the topic “light” in Berlin. The focus is on the ongoing, joint development work with the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering IOF as part of the residency program of the Fraunhofer Network for Science, Art, and Design.

The program for the vernissage and the address can be found below. We are delighted!

Furthermore: we are among the winners of the International Light Art Award and our room installation “Negative Space” can be seen until November 10th at the Center for International Light Art in Unna.


1 November 2019, 18:00

18:30 Opening speech and round of talks
19:30 Reception and music
21:00- 21:45 Perera Elsewhere LIVE solo show (FoF Music)
from 21:45 Dj Set Dick & Fett (Colour TV)


1 – 14 November & 10 December – 1 February, Mon-Fri, 12:00 – 19:00