Congrats to Assistant Prof Carlos Bañon, Assistant Prof. Felix Raspall and the team who won the German Design Award 2020 throuh Air Table! (More about AirTable –

The German Design Awards are the first international awards presented by the German Design Council with the aim of discovering and celebrating uniqueness in design.

Every year the award is presented in the product and communication design fields, to all those realities capable of opening new paths in the international design landscape. The German Design Awards, launched in 2012, are among the most prestigious design competitions in the world and enjoy great authority not only in the insider community.




The award was presented in Frankfurt, Germany on 7 February 2020.

WINNER: Excellent Product Design – Furniture

Company/Client: DManD Centre

Design: AIRLAB @SUTD, Prof. Carlos Bañon, Prof. Felix Raspall


A sturdy and featherlight table is an oxymoron, or rather, was. A massive table would typically require a robust structure. However, we sought to dematerialise the table’s structure, creating a sense of instability with a visually solid surface supported by an incredibly thin 3D-printed metal meshwork. This ambitious concept required a meticulous structural design and its concealed connection details to achieve a simple and elegant appearance with high performance.

Statement of the jury

The underframe constructed from a complex, filigree network is fascinating. A fantastic design, which appears to defy the laws of gravity and nonetheless rests firmly on the ground.

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About the Award


The German Design Award directly contributes to the overall commercial success. Prizes will only be awarded to projects that truly represent pioneering contributions to the German and international design landscape. The highly esteemed, international jury guarantees this. The German Design Award identifies and presents unique design trends: a competition that advances the design-oriented scene.