“burggrafburggraf” was awarded the STAATSPREIS GESTALTUNG KUNST HANDWERK 2020, the Baden-Württemberg State Prize for design, art and craft.

“In a maximally minimalist design approach, the duo Elena and Nicola Burggraf created the clutch „Reto“ made of Portuguese cork, thus convincing in the supreme discipline of successful puristic simplicity. With the unusual yet attractive vegan material, the designers respond to the demands of the times. The functionality is ingeniously derived from plausible details that stand out due to their simple restraint. Especially in the context of craftsmanship, the jury welcomed this voice”.

(Statement of the jury)

The competition for the state prizes for design, art and craft is held every two years. It is organised by the Ministry of Economics, Labour and Housing, the Bund der Kunsthandwerker Baden-Württemberg e. V. (BdK) and a city in Baden-Württemberg. This year, the state exhibition is hosted by Karlsruhe. Its patron is Prime Minister Winfried Kretschmann. Since 1953, this traditional event has honoured special achievements in arts and crafts.

Seven artisans were nominated for the State Prize by a jury of experts from a field of 110 craftsmen and women. 89 of the 254 works submitted will be on display at the accompanying state exhibition in Karlsruhe from 28 September to 25 October 2020.






Longlisted for “emerging designer of the year” at Dezeen Awards 2020

Longlisted projects and studios have been selected from over 4,300 entries from 85 countries for the third edition of the Dezeen Awards programme, which celebrates the world’s best architecture, interiors and design as well as studios and individuals producing the most outstanding work. Dezeen is one of the world’s most influential architecture, design and interiors magazine.






»burggrafburggraf« receives GERMAN DESIGN AWARD GOLD 2020 for backpack Como

The German Design Awards are the international premier prize awarded by the German Design Council. Its goal: to discover, present, and honour unique trends in design. Every year, high-calibre entries in the fields of product and communication design are honoured, each of which blazes new trails in the international design landscape. The jury selects one Gold award winner in each category. The »Gold« award honours outstanding achievements in international design and is given only to the best of the best.

Statement of the Jury:

“The idea of making a backpack out of vegan cork bark rather than animal leather initially aroused the jury’s curiosity and, after closer examination, easily impressed it. Not only does the leather-like material feel warm and supple, it also looks very special and, together with the elegant, clear cut and the striking pleat, lends the backpack a touch of extravagance. The support, which is moved to the front, is a clever solution that provides plenty of arm room, makes carrying more comfortable overall and also contributes to closing the bag even more securely. A great, cleverly thought-out accessory that impressively demonstrates the potential of plant-based materials as a sustainable alternative to animal leather.”

Discover the backpacks!









»burggrafburggraf« receives NEWCOMER AWARD at POTENTIALe 2018

The Newcomer Award is presented by the City of Feldkirch on the occasion of the POTENTIALe – Fair & Festival for Design.Photography.Media Art.

Jury: Ingo Türtscher (Festival Director POTENTIALe), Maya Kleber (Artistic Director POTENTIALe), Harald F. Petermichl (Cultural Director of the City of Feldkirch), Theresa Feurstein (Director Design Forum Vorarlberg)




»burggrafburggraf« wins BLICKFANG DESIGNPREIS 2018 in the category Fashion & Jewellery

We are very pleased that our collection convinced the blickfang Vienna jury through its precision craftsmanship, design quality and the appealing presentation.

The selection in the two categories Furniture & Product Design and Fashion & Jewellery was made by an expert jury consisting of Marlene Agreiter, managing director of the Austrian Fashion Association, the blickfang curators of the year Eva Marguerre and Marcel Besau, Sigrid Mayer, founder and managing director of EIGENSINN, and industrial designer Tino Valentinitsch.


Image credit: © blickfang


Image credit: © blickfang