DOMOTEX 2018, 12 - 15 January

The experts 2017

A jury comprising nine experts from the fields of design, architecture, interior design and press will assess the products in terms of criteria relating to the specific product category.

What makes flooring special and innovative?

What makes a product appealing to target groups in terms of technology, quality and design – and distinguishes it from competing products? The jury of nine experts from the fields of design, architecture, interior design and the media, chaired by Munich-based designer Stefan Diez, is guided by these criteria when evaluating the many entries submitted to the contest.

Jury members

Stefan Diez, Munich

DOMOTEX: Stefan Diez / Picture: Robert Fischer
Stefan Diez, Jury Chairman ( ©Robert Fischer)

Jury Chairman / Product and industrial designer / Stefan Diez Office

Serving as chairman of the jury for the third time in succession, Diez is a multiple-winner of design awards for furniture, tableware, bags and wood stoves designed for big-name companies.

Norbert Berndt, Moringen

Norbert Berndt
Norbert Berndt

Master interior decorator and director of Raumgestaltung Vespermann

A flooring specialist whose long-standing family-run business was set up in 1893, Berndt has headed various industry associations and was elected President of EuroInterior until June 2016.

Manfred Birkenstock, Hofheim-Wallau

DOMOTEX: Manfred Birkenstock
Manfred Birkenstock

Member of DOMOTEX trade fair advisory council / board member of Copa

Since 2001 managing board member of Copa, Germany's leading wholesale cooperative for floor coverings. In 2013 he initiated the carpet image campaign "Teppich & Du" (Carpets and You).

Farah Ebrahimi, Frankfurt

DOMOTEX: Farah Ebrahimi Photo by Ingmar Kurth)
Farah Ebrahimi (© Ingmar Kurth)

Art Director / e15

Farah Ebrahimi, a fashion graduate, is Art Director at e15 and plays a key role in developing the brand. As an Interior Designer she also plays a major role in the team at Philipp Mainzer Office for Architecture and Design.

Manfred Haverkamp, Herford

DOMOTEX: Manfred Haverkamp
Manfred Haverkamp

Interior architect / Interior Design

Since 1983 Haverkamp and his teams in Herford and Shanghai have developed integral room concepts for international companies. His work has received many awards, most recently the "Iconic" and "Red Dot" awards.

Richard A. Kille, Cologne

DOMOTEX: Richard A. Kille
Richard A. Kille

Managing director / IFR research institute for flooring and interior decoration, Cologne

Kille has served as an expert consultant to private and public clients and courts across Europe. He is passionate about his research work into flooring, speaks widely on the subject and organizes seminars and training sessions.

Simone Knauss, Hamburg

DOMOTEX: Simone Knauss (© Nele Martensen)
Simone Knauss (© Nele Martensen)

Editor of "Schöner Wohnen"

Karsten Krause, Wedel

DOMOTEX: Karsten Krause
Karsten Krause

Master interior designer and owner of K+R Raumausstattung

The flooring specialist has had his own interior decorating business for 30 years. He is active in diverse working groups, associations, etc. Board member of the central German association for the parquet and flooring trade until 2014.

Karl A. Wildermuth, Leinfelden-Echterdingen

DOMOTEX: Karl A. Wildermuth
Karl A. Wildermuth

Editor of “Holz-Zentralblatt”

For almost 24 years the industry expert has acted as editor of the "Holz-Zentralblatt" magazine with responsibility for content on the wood trade, builders' suppliers and DIY stores, floor coverings, timber for gardens and building components.