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World Design Capital 2026

"Design for Democracy"

In 2026, the Frankfurt Rhine-Main region will be assuming the lofty status of “World Design Capital”. According to Design FRM GmbH, the non-profit entity organising the event, democracy lives from the fact that we design it ourselves, day after day. With its events, Design FRM is already revealing to us how to turn Frankfurt-RhineMain into a sustainable centre for designers from across the globe, and what it takes to get involved. Fittingly, Design FRM has set up its office at the Museum of Applied Arts.

Programme information: www.designfrm.de

2025: 100 Years of "New Frankfurt"


Between 1925 and 1931, some 12,000 apartments were built for Frankfurt according to the designs of the famous German architect, Ernst May. His architectural concept was as modern as the buildings themselves. To provide residents with recreational areas, he had a series of gardens and open spaces integrated into his “New Frankfurt”. Added to this was a touch of pragmatism: Furniture and tableware were manufactured in standardised form, while May’s colleague, Margarethe Schütte-Lihotzky, created the “Frankfurt Kitchen”, the forerunner of the modern fitted kitchen.

Now, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of this famous architectonic project, the City of Frankfurt is renovating large parts of the “New Frankfurt” settlement. Fans of architecture are urged to take a stroll through the quarter, and to learn more about the great architect at the Ernst May House. Further architectural highlights of the 1920s include the “Großmarkthalle”, a former market hall that is today part of the European Central Bank complex, and the Peter-Behrens-Bau in Höchst.

A new look for an old house


In 2025, restoration of the baroque-styled Bolongaro Palace will be complete. The grand structure is one of the two major landmarks of Frankfurt-Höchst, the other being its famous old town. Erected in the 1770s, the palace will once again be presenting to visitors its noble staterooms and magnificent porcelain collection. Additionally, a new museum will tell the story of the Italian merchant family, the Bolongaros, explain the reason why the palace was built in Höchst, and reveal how the formerly independent city gained great wealth through trade and porcelain manufacture.