iF Design Foundation

In April 2018, the non-profit iF Design Foundation was established. Its aim is to promote design and its social significance, free from commercial pressures and restrictions. This new foundation replaces iF Industrie Forum Design e.V. (iF e.V.), which operated from 1953 until 2018. The iF Design Foundation is based in the German city of Hannover.

Through its design awards and social engagement, iF e.V. and iF International Forum Design GmbH (iF GmbH) have built an outstanding international reputation for the iF brand. The new iF Design Foundation will build on this, actively developing a more versatile mission.

In 1953, the renowned German industrial designer Wilhelm Wagenfeld wrote an article for the first iF yearbook about the fundamental principles of design, in which he highlighted its social significance. Sixty-five years later, these principles form the basis of our new foundation.

Our Mission

Our mission is to support scientific research and education, culture, social engagement, environmental awareness, and sustainability. The iF Design Foundation will provide financial support for selected design projects as well as initiating its own projects – free from commercial pressures and restrictions. We will initiate and organize in-house projects, conferences, and much more.

In addition, the iF Design Foundation will cooperate with other design-oriented foundations and non-profits in order to pool resources, develop and realize joint projects.

The outcomes of the foundation‘s activities will be regularly documented and published.

Fields of Operation



A limited number of companies will act as patrons of the foundation, ensuring regular and committed dialogue on issues of future engagement. The annual donations of these patrons will also help to sustain and expand the influence of the iF Design Foundation.


The international conferences are aligned in close cooperation with the internationally active university organization, Cumulus (International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design and Media in Finland). www.cumulusassociation.org