Design stores are found in every corner of the city, and the list of names looks set to keep growing

This list looks set to grow. “After all, the history of Munich suggests a culture of design here which is gathering momentum in a way that makes it a place that’s highly regarded for its design creativity, and not just the business of design at the corporate level,” argues Alexandra Dimitrijevic, spokesperson for Munich-based design agency Heckhaus. The firm has recently worked on Fitness First Black Label Club on Marienplatz, as well as a new store concept for interiors and accessories brand Domicil, and it also regularly leads projects alongside the Designschule München (Munich school of design).

A new program to encourage young creatives can only further underscore Munich’s status as a design hub

Munich Creative -business Week, which takes place in late February , was established as recently as 2012, but has already become one of Gerany’s largest design events and one of growing international importance. It’s an opportunity for the German design industry to gather while also offering events open to the public. Many of the city’s shops take part, running satellite events.

“The design economy is very strong in Germany- there is a long tradition of product design and manufacture in the country – but events like this are encouraging more companies to compete on design quality rather than price, which is getting harder,” says Kilian Steiner, soijesman for Bayern Designs, creators of Munich Creative Business Week. “Of course, Berlin is cool. But product design is complex and requires Munich’s more businesslike approach”.

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