Singapore celebrates red dot winners
On Friday 30 November 2007, Singapore’s creative scene celebrated the winners of this year’s red dot award: design concept. In the impressive atmosphere of the red dot Traffic, Singapore’s former police headquarters, which was redesigned especially for the red dot design museum, the proud winners were honoured in a spectacular awards ceremony in the presence of numerous international guests from the design industry. The ceremony kept the audience on tenterhooks, because the award winners of the red dot: luminary, the highest award of the competition, were not revealed until the very end.
This year, 884 design concepts from 46 nations were submitted to the competition in order to be assessed in the red dot award: design concept. The top-class jury consisting of international design experts did not face an easy task given the high quality standard of the submitted concepts. “The red dot award: design concept, which has been held in 2005 for the first time, managed to increase its number of entries by 86 per cent this year. This is an amazing success, which confirms our decision to further expand the red dot award in future,” said design expert and initiator of the red dot design award Prof. Dr. Peter Zec.
And the red dot: luminary goes to…
Out of almost 900 entries from 46 nations, 105 design concepts received a red dot award. Another 18 were awarded the red dot: best of the best for highest design quality by the international expert jury and were therefore automatically nominated for the red dot: luminary, which goes to the most outstanding design concept of the whole competition. This year, the sought-after award went to the ‘Aero X Concept Car’ by Saab, a spectacular design breaking with conventional automotive design concepts. Inspired by the shape of a jet plane and powered by a bio-ethanol engine, the 400bhp concept car is not only fast, but also extremely clean.
Lanxess Prize for ‘United Bottle’ and ‘Abracadabra!’
Another highlight of the awards ceremony was the presentation of the ‘LANXESS prize’. This award, which is worth €7,500 each sponsored by the chemical corporation LANXESS, was awarded for the first time and is to support the implementation of two winning projects. With the prize money the winners can cover commercialisation costs such as for example for the protection of design patents, prototyping, or production. This year, the LANXESS prize went to the ‘United Bottle’ design concept by Instant Architects from Switzerland and ‘Abacadabra!’, a design concept by Lee Jung-Hyun, Chae Won-Sik, Rhea Jeong.
“We are delighted to be part of the red dot design award. The largest hurdle for talented designers is the commercialisation of an excellent, new design and I hope this award will contribute to going down this path successfully,” said Ian Wood, managing director of LANXESS.
Directly after the awards presentation the special exhibition of the red dot award: design concept was opened. It will be on display until November 2008 in the red dot Traffic. Furthermore, just in time for the awards presentation the red dot award: design concept yearbook 2007/2008 was published, which summarises all the important trends and innovations of the year.
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