Members of the International Jury

Achim Heine

Designer, member of the German Design Council.


In 1985 he founded the experimental design studio Ginbande, which became one of the leading studios of the „neues deutsches Design”. With co-founder and partner Uwe Fischer, Heine worked in several German and foreign projects, for brands like Vitra or Sawaya & Moroni. Today Achim Heine works as a founding partner at the Frankfurt and Berlin-based design agency Heine/Lenz/Zizka, with partners like Credit Suisse, Städel Museum or Leica, for which Heine himself designed several cameras. He has also an own product design studio in Berlin, where he teaches at University of Fine Arts.

Agnieszka Jacobson-Cielecka

Journalist, critic, design expert; since 2008 she is the curator of Lódz Design Festival.


She graduated as a painter in the Academy of Fine Arts of Gdansk, but soon began to work as journalist. She was the founder and chief editor of Elle Decoration Poland for seven years. In 2001 she initiated Prodeco, a competition for young, talented Polish designers. She curated several design exhibitions in Poland and also in London Design Festival and Design September in Brussels; her latest production, UnPolished is a leading program of the Budapest Design Week 2011. She is the official representative of Vitra Design Museum in Poland.

Edwin Heathcote

Architect, designer, the architectural critic of the Financial Times since 1999.

Great Britain

He works also for Icon magazine and Architectural Design. He began his carrier as a journalist in Hungary, where he worked for printed newspapers and the State Radio in the 90ies. Among his several books there are more dealing with the topic of 20th Centurian Hungarian architecture. Besides his work as a journalist and writer, he is the Creative Director of his own hardware-manufacturing company, Izé.

Kolbjorn Jensen



Graduated in Trondheim, today he is the leader of the Sandnes office of LINK Signature Architecture Studios. He took part in several international projects, in Hungary as well.

Thomas Geisler

Design curator, MAK - Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Arts, Vienna.


He studied design at the Vienna University of Applied Arts and the Denmark Designskole in Copenhagen. Working as a designer and partner of the design collective maupi he also built up an academic career in design history and theory; amongst others he has been researching the life and work of Victor Papanek. He is co-founder of Vienna Design Week and a dedicated member of Neigungsgruppe Design, Vienna. Since Oct. 2010 he has been working for the MAK.