The Jury

In the caravaning design award, five experts from the design industry and the trade press assess and evaluate the submitted products. The jury’s expertise and independence guarantee the highest objectivity and thus ensure the high quality standard of the competition.

Kai Feyerabend

Publishing Director and editor “promobil/ CARAVANING”, Motor Presse Stuttgart, Germany

Interview with Kai Feyerabend:
“Especially in its outer appearance, caravans have considerably moved a step forward.”

Kay Feyerabend was born in 1979 in Marl, Germany, where he started his career in journalism as a freelance journalist for the media house Bauer. From 2003 until 2006 he studied at the Institute of Journalism in Gelsenkirchen, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. He also freelanced for the German Press Agency (dpa) from 2004 until 2006. Afterwards he completed a traineeship at Motor Presse Stuttgart. He worked on the editorial team for “promobil/CARAVANING“ from 2007 until he became the magazine’s manager in 2009. In 2010 and 2011 he was editor in chief for “promobil/CARAVANING“. Today he is publishing manager and the editor of the trade publication.

Raymond Eckl

Editor in chief “Camping, Cars & Caravans“, DoldeMedien Verlag GmbH, Stuttgart, Germany

Interview with Raymond Eckl:
“Only with the appropriate design and function, market players can stand their ground in the future.”

Born in 1961 in Waiblingen, Germany, Raymond Eckl studied Geography and Political Sciences from 1982 until 1989. He left Mannheim University with a Masters degree and started his editorial career in 1990 with a traineeship at the trade publication “Caravaning”, which was at the time published by the Drei-Brunnen-Verlag. In 1991 he became the responsible editor for the publication and three years later, he moved to become one of the founding editors of “Camping, Cars & Caravan“ published by CDS. In 1995 he was made Editor in Chief of the public trade magazine, now published by DoldeMedien. In 2004 he also became the Editor in Chief for “CampingImpulse“, a trade publication for camping entrepreneurs. Since 2011 he is also Editor in Chief of “Mobile Freizeit” published by DoldeMedien.
Raymond Eckl

Prof. Danny Venlet

CEO Venlet Interior Architecture, Brussels, Belgium

Interview with Prof. Danny Venlet:
“Design quality is in no other sector beside boats this important, because it is design you live in.”

Danny Venlet was born in 1958 in Victoria, Australia of Dutch parents. He studied interior design at Sint-Lukas, the Institute for Architecture and Arts in Brussels.  Back in Australia in 1991, Venlet came together with Marc Newson and Tina Engelen to form Daffodil design. Venlet then started to attract international attention with large-scale interior projects such as the Burdekin hotel in Sydney, and Q-bar, an Australian chain of nightclubs. His design projects range from private mansions, lofts, bars and restaurants all the way to showrooms and offices of large companies. 

The interior projects and the furniture designs of Danny Venlet are characterised by their contemporary international style. He says that the objects arise from an interaction between art, sculpture and function. These objects give a new description to the space in which they are placed - with respect, but also with relative humour.

Danny Venlet taught at several Schools and Universities in Australia as well as in Belgium. Today he is professor at the Royal College of the Arts in Gent and at the private College of Advertising and Design in Brussels.

Max Ottenwälder

Managing Director Ottenwälder und Ottenwälder, Schwäbisch Gmünd, Deutschland

Interview with Max Ottenwälder:
“Mobility is one of the most important core issues of this time.”

Max Ottenwälder was born in 1954. Enthusiastic about design, he studied at the University of Applied Sciences Schwäbisch Gmünd where he received his degree in Industrial Design in 1970. His internationally successful work as a designer and design consultant for renowned companies in different industries and various product sectors has received numerous international design and innovation awards.

Max Ottenwälder issues publications on philosophies of design and product semantics in books and trade magazines. He also holds speeches and lectures at universities, private institutions and at trade fairs. As a visiting lecturer for product semantics and design language he developed a doctrine on the evaluation of the emotional value proposition of objects. He has been a juror on the judging panel for the red dot design award several times and is founder and co-owner of the design agency Ottenwälder and Ottenwälder in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany.

Prof. Dr. Peter Zec

Initiator and CEO of red dot, Essen, Germany
Senator of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid), Montreal, Canada

Interview with Prof. Dr. Peter Zec:
“There is a true renaissance of the automobile caravan.”

Professor Dr. Peter Zec was born in 1956, studied media science, psychology and the theory and history of art.

Zec has been the president of red dot GmbH & Co. KG since May 2001. Since 1991, he has been the president of the internationally acclaimed institution for design promotion, the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen e.V. In 1993, he accepted a Professorship for Business Communication Management at the Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft (University of Applied Sciences) in Berlin. He founded the red dot institute for advanced design studies in 2009.

Zec was President of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid) from September 2005 to October 2007. From October 2006 to October 2007 he was the Chairperson of the IDA (International Design Alliance). These two positions are the highest offices in the design world. As a former Icsid President, he is now an Icsid Senator and is consulted on all important issues concerning the association.

Zec has worked as a communication and design consultant in numerous companies in Germany and abroad for more than 20 years now. He is a sought-after speaker who has already given lectures in more than 30 countries.

In October 2006, WirtschaftsWoche, one of Germany’s main business magazines, rated him as one of the “20 creative lateral thinkers who changed the face of their company or created entirely new markets”.

From 1986 to 1988 as head of the “Image” division, Zec played a major role in planning the ZKM [“Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie”: Center for Art and Media] in Karlsruhe. Before joining the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, he was the managing director of the BDG [“Bund Deutscher Graphik-Designer”: Federation of German Graphic Designers] and the VDID [“Verband Deutscher Industrie-Designer”: Association of German Industrial Designers].