Design PF

EMMA Creative Center Pforzheim

The EMMA Creative Center Pforzheim, situated beautifully at the river Enz, is homebase and central hub for a lot of designers from the Pforzheim and Northern Black Forest area. Students, new businesses and agencies can rent labs, co-working-spaces, offices or studios in the former public bath. Among the tenants are currently jewellery, fashion, and graphic designers, as well as movie makers, photographers, web developers and artists.

The ground floor and several conference rooms offer plenty of room for exhibitions, conferences and workshops. With regular events like the „Creative After Work“ sessions, the design market „Schöne Bescherung“ or the summer festival, EMMA turns out to be a place where people meet and ideas are exchanged – not only for the creative industries, but also for students, companies and local citizens.

DesignPF students use EMMA to display their projects during the biannual 'Werkschau' exhibition and during intense working phases such as their final thesis projects – the affordable working spaces which are less than a five minute walk away from the School of Design are very much appreciated. 

More information:, Tel: 07231 393750, info(at)emma-pf(dot)de


Designer in Residence

The Scholarship

Every year from April to June the city of Pforzheim invites international young designers as part of the scholarship program "Designer in Residence" to Pforzheim. "Designer in Residence" addresses to young designers working in the fields of jewelery, fashion and product design. One scholarship holder for each subject will be invited to the EMMA - Creative Center Pforzheim for a three - month working phase.

Fully equipped workplaces in the workshops will be available for the scholarship holders use, as well as accommodation for the period of the scholarship. If required, the workshops of Pforzheim University of Applied Sciences can also be used. In addition, each scholarship holder receives a monthly support and a reimbursement of the travel expenses for arrival and departure. The results of the work fellowship will then be presented in an exhibition at the EMMA - Creative Center Pforzheim as well as in cooperation with the Design Center Baden - Württemberg in Stuttgart.

Deadline for 2017 (April bis Juni 2017) is Nov 15th, 2016. Please visit for more information.


Photos: Winfried Reinhardt