red dot design museum, Germany
The red dot design museum is located in the former boiler house of the former coal mine Zeche Zollverein that was converted by the star architect Lord Norman Foster. It is one of the most impressive industrial buildings of the first half of the 20th century and houses the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design, with more than 1,500 exhibits over an area exceeding 4,000 square metres. In addition, all products that win the red dot are put on show here for at least a year in the breathtaking setting of the former coal mine, which has been a UNESCO world heritage site since 2001. The red dot design museum attracts somewhere in the region of 200,000 lovers of design and architecture each year as well as being a sought-after location for company and PR events.
The tradition each year is to celebrate the highlight of the “red dot award: product design”, the Designers’ Night, in this “cathedral of industrial culture”. The legendary party not only combines unique architecture and modern product design, but also brings the proud red dot winners together with representatives from business and the media, and marks the launch of an exclusive special exhibition: Over a period of four weeks, the current winning products of the “red dot award: product design” are presented of the visitors to the red dot design museum in a special setting before being integrated in the permanent exhibition.