As the only German design festival that concentrates solely on the topic of sustainability, the ökoRAUSCH Festival from 12 – 21 May will be presenting sustainable ideas and innovative design approaches of the highest standard at what is easily the most renowned location for design in Cologne, the decorative arts museum, Museum of Applied Arts Cologne (MAKK). Our international exhibition and diverse festival programme invites you to approach creativity with sustainability and to turn knowledge into action!

More and more creative thinkers are discovering their social and ecological responsibility. And the ökoRAUSCH design and sustainability think tank supports these people in their efforts to positively influence society, culture, educational systems and the economy.

We are advancing sustainable design and, using creative means, we aim to anchor sustainablity in society. This endeavour is supported by the ökoRAUSCH think tank’s broad, multi-disciplinary concept of design that shares fluid boundaries with art. We foster awareness for social and ecological change and invite you to become creative yourself – what do you say, will you be there in May?

We look forward to seeing you there!


ökoRAUSCH Blog – Sustainable Design made in NRW


North Rhine-Westphalia is home to many small design labels and creative thinkers that have dedicated themselves to sustainability. On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the state of NRW, on 2 November 2016, we began a feature that will make this diversity more visible and to present designers and projects – all of which call the creative state their home – that work on an exclusively sustainable basis.

Eco Design Forum


Focus of interest of the ECO DESIGN FORUM (EDF) international are the stories of designers all over the world who explore green ideas and develop sustainable products. Designers, artists, creative thinkers and cultural protagonists are meeting up with sustainability experts to exchange thoughts and to learn from each other.

ökoRAUSCH Blog – Profiles


The presented designers and artists are distinguished by their quality and originality. The focus here is on the heads and the philosophy behind the products and works: What distinguishes designers who are committed to sustainability? What motivates them especially? Stay inspired!

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Sustainable Living Film Festival

Sustainable Living Film Festival took place in 19 cities simultaneously all over Turkey on November 2016. 25 international documentaries were screened to inspire the audience for sustainable living.

Category: Shaping Society, StadtLandWelt / Keyword: , , , / 6. February 2017

ONYA Collective

The Onya Collective is group of architects, activists, community leaders, and volunteers who utilize community organizing principals to design public spaces that serve the needs of all of the residents of the area. We met them during our ECO DESIGN FORUM in Tel Aviv.

Category: ECO DESIGN FORUM, Shaping Society, Social Design & Arts / Keyword: , , , , , / 3. February 2017


iota is a social brand designing beautiful handmade objects for the interior while creating jobs for otherwise unemployed people worldwide.

Category: ECO DESIGN FORUM, Social Design & Arts / Keyword: , , , / 23. January 2017


The ecosign is a private and independent academy in Cologne-Ehrenfeld with a focus on sustainable design. We visited the ecosign to talk to Professor Karin-Simone Fuhs to find out more about the development of the academy since it was established in 1994.

Category: Ecological Product and Service Design, Shaping Society, Social Design & Arts, Sustainable design made in NRW / Keyword: , , , / 30. December 2016

Social Urban Design

Nicolas Beucker teaches design at the Hochschule Niederrhein, University of Applied Sciences and pursues the issue of shaping the city as a habitat for society. Here he presents the content of his field of Social Urban Design.

Category: Shaping Society, Social Design & Arts, Sustainable design made in NRW / Keyword: , , , , , , , , / 29. December 2016


KnowMe stands for eco-fair clothing from Münster – for upcycling and recycling of discarded clothes as well as DIY workshops. We visited Noomi in her atelier in Münster.

Category: Ecological Product and Service Design, Sustainable design made in NRW / Keyword: , , , , , , , , / 28. December 2016