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!

Last articles

ökoRAUSCH Blog – Urban Agriculture

From cities to farms

Sabrina Großkopp is an industrial designer. In her master thesis she is working on transdisciplinary scenarios where cities produce enough food for their inhabitants.

Category: Ecological Product and Service Design, Profiles Design & Art, Sustainable design made in NRW / Keyword: , , , / 13. November 2016

ökoRAUSCH Blog – groegl upcycling

Groegl Upcycling

GROEGL UPCYCLING designs and builds brand new, upcycled products using left-over material that becomes useful again in a whole new context.

Category: Profiles Design & Art, Sustainable design made in NRW / Keyword: , , , , / 8. November 2016

ökoRAUSCH Blog – Heldenmarkt Düsseldorf

Heldenmarkt Düsseldorf

Heldenmarkt Düsseldorf, VeggieWorld and the Paracelsus Fair created an exciting sustainable consumption trade fair with more than 200 exhibitors. Here we present the highlights we were able to experience first hand.

Category: Sustainable design made in NRW / Keyword: , , , / 2. November 2016

ökoRAUSCH Blog – santai


Santai develops and produces contemporary Javanese design furniture, combining traditional craftsmanship, sustainable materials and puristic design.

Category: Ecological Product and Service Design, Sustainable design made in NRW / Keyword: , , , / 2. November 2016

ökoRAUSCH Blog – Weltbaustellen

Welt baustellen

The developmental NGO One World Network NRW (in German: Eine Welt Netz NRW) has launched the urban art campaign “Weltbaustellen NRW” (in English: global construction site NRW) to help shape and discuss the Agenda 2030 and its Sustainable Development Goals.

Category: Social Design & Arts, Sustainable design made in NRW / Keyword: , , , / 2. November 2016

eco design Forum – EcoCenter Auja

Malek Abualfailat

The Team from EcoPeace Middle East are our host for the second part of the ECO DESIGN FORUM. We are excited to visit the EcoCenter in Auja and gain insights into the work of EcoPeace. We will meet Malek at this very special place.

Category: ECO DESIGN FORUM / Keyword: , / 21. October 2016