Red Dot Award: Product Design

Red Dot Gala 2017: The best designers and manufacturers of the year were recognised

On 3 July, the international design scene convened in Essen’s Aalto-Theater for the Red Dot Gala. During the award ceremony, the laureates of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017 were duly celebrated. Afterwards, the party went on at the Designers’ Night in the Red Dot Design Museum in the midst of the award-winning products.

Red Dot Award: Product Design

Award-winning design and its makers: the “Omni Nightclub Taipei”

In February, 39 experts from all over the world convened in Essen to assess thousands of objects for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017 in a process spanning several days. Only groundbreaking received the highest award “Red Dot: Best of the Best” – among them: the Omni Nightclub Taipei by The LOOP Inc., designed by Etai-Space Design Office.

Red Dot Award: Product Design

Top honour for first-class achievement – Canyon is Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2017

The title of honour “Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2017” goes to Koblenz: The Canyon Design Team will be included in the “Hall of Fame” of international design for its consistent and unparalleled design performance. This year alone, two bicycles were awarded the top award, Red Dot: Best of the Best.

Red Dot Design Museum Essen

“Design on Stage”: exhibitions of international top achievements

Award-winning products from all fields of everyday life are currently in the focus of the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany. In the former boiler house of the Zollverein coal mine World Heritage Site, visitors discover the best products of the year in the exhibition “Design on Stage – Winners Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017” until 6 August.

Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2017

“Canyon – Design that talks”: exhibition in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen

Since 1988, one design team, that stands out through its continuously innovative design work, is honoured each year. In 2017, the title of honour “Red Dot: Design Team of the Year” went to the bike manufacturer Canyon which is presenting its design achievements in the exhibition “Design that talks” in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen until 27 August.

Red Dot Award: Communication Design

Award-winning design and its makers: “PHILIP”

Once a year, the jury of the Red Dot Award: Communication Design honours projects of outstanding design quality. The Red Dot: Grand Prix is the highest single distinction and goes to the best work in a category. In 2016, among others, Rosenthal’s customer magazine “PHILIP”, designed by “MILCH + HONIG designkultur” was granted this prize.


Apple: cinema for the desktop

Monday, 4 July 2005

Cinema for the desktop – of frames and forms. Suddenly it was everywhere. In the 1990s, the translucent and colourful iMac integrated the screen in a compact and organically designed casing. This was definitely no novelty for Apple design, but it once again demonstrated that a computer is not necessarily defined by any known form – its design can be freely interpreted and can change completely from one day to the next. The Apple Cinema Display line consists of a 20-inch display, a 23-inch high-definition display and a very large 30- inch high-definition display. Their design matches the anodised aluminium casings of the Power Mac and the PowerBook.


Ross Lovegrove on the design of the Monaco V4

Monday, 4 July 2005

A personification of the mechanical movement – a designed timepiece. Worn by the actor Steve McQueen it shaped the look of the 1970s. The chronograph with the big squared-off case and the mystic name “Monaco” stood out. It was synonymous with a style, which was immortalised by Steve McQueen in the 1970s – unconventional and faithful. And what was unknown to most of its admirers: it was the world’s first waterresistant automatic chronograph equipped with a micro-rotor mechanism. The concept watch MONACO V4 continues to act on a maxim of the unconventional and again acts as a guarantor for revolutionary innovations breaking the foundations of traditional watch making aesthetics.


Yves Béhar on the fuseproject design philosophy

Monday, 4 July 2005

Flower power without any rough edges Clogs are a child of the 1970s. These shoes, simple slippers with a big wooden sole, have appeared in innumerable variations: with flower patterns, in jeans style or with genuine buckskin. They were cool and have always looked as if they came straight from the old hippies times when people wore colourful clothes and patchy overalls. And yet, the shape of this particular shoe is very old – the Dutch wooden clog certainly is only one of its many predecessors. The Birkenstock Birki Pro are an interesting interpretation of this well-known type of shoe.


ORA-ÏTO: lines of minimalism

Monday, 4 July 2005

Linien des Minimalismus. Licht definiert einen Raum und durch eine gelungene Gestaltung wird die Lichtquelle zu einem wichtigen Bestandteil dieses Raumes. Die Tischleuchte One Line wirkt wie ein Band, das sich frei im Raum bewegt, „um sich nach mehreren Windungen schließlich auf der Tischplatte niederzulassen.“ Sie folgt der Gestaltungsmaxime eines konsequenten Minimalismus und wird durch ihre bandartige Form zu einem grafischen Element im Raum.


Jean-Michel Wilmotte: wings of harmony

Monday, 4 July 2005

Wings of harmony. Birds’ wings do have something mystical. A possible explanation for this could be the image they convey – the desire to experience the vastness of the horizon. The Greek myth of Daedalus and Icarus – the escaping like a bird out of the Cretan labyrinth with wings made of wax and feathers – is a highly potent image of this desire for harmony with the elements. For the design, the model of a bird’s wing is also interesting, since it is perfectly well constructed; unsurpassed in its proportions and mechanisms of action. The head of the Mouette pendant lamp is designed in the shape of a bird’s wing.