The Great Finale: Award Ceremony of the red dot award: design concept
On 17 November the big moment had come. It was a spectacular event beyond all expectations during which the winners of the new red dot award: design concept were celebrated in Singapore for the first time.
For 38 of 59 winners from all over the world no way was too far to come and be celebrated at the award ceremony in Singapore. In addition to the winners several hundred guests and many journalists found their way to the red dot traffic, the newly founded creative centre in the midst of Singapore’s most wealthy business quarter. With its new, shining red exterior painting the former ancient police building, which also accommodates the recently opened red dot design museum Singapore, could become a new symbol for Singapore.
After the ceremonial opening of the museum the splendid finale of this year’s red dot award: design concept started with the real award ceremony at which the proud winners were presented their certificates.
Chan Soo Sen, Minister of Education, Trade and Industry, enthusiastically summed it up: “By choosing to set up a base in Asia red dot, the arbiter of design, has brought Singapore closer to its vision of being a centre for design.”
“We too are pleased that red dot has found a second home in Singapore. With its strong support for creativity and its desire for design excellence, and its location in the heart of Asia, Singapore is an ideal place for red dot to honour the talent and potential in Asia, and to deepen the international engagement of the red dot design award,” Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, president of the red dot, assented.
The red dot award: design concept competition started for the first time and it could already register 630 entries from 32 countries. Out of all works submitted 59 creative and innovative winner concepts were selected after a strict but fair and objective evaluation. Ten of which were ennobled with the red dot: best of the best.
Of the 59 award winners, 49 designs received the red dot award, while 10 were awarded the red dot: best of the best. Among the winners of the red dot: best of the best are:
- Freewill by Ahn Sang-Gyeun, Korea
- Touching Time by Paul Bosveld, Canada
- In Search of Identity by Nikolai Cornell, US
- Umbrella, Shadowless Lamp Operating System by Lu Zhiye, China
- Origa Paper-Cut Clothing by Revital Kedmi, Isreal
- Portfolio-case “vouwkoffer” by Melle Hammer, Netherlands
- What Utopia Can Technology Bring? Organs for Trade by Chan Yanqing, Daphne, Singapore
- Polo by Andrian V. Pranata and William Mathovani, Singapore
- Yoga and Connection Touch by Lenovo Beijing Ltd team, consisting of Qiu Jiayu, Strategy Director; Chil Loong, Yoga Designer; Zhao Yu, Communication Touch Grahpic Designer; Zhang Jun, Sundial Designer; and Song Weizu, Beijing Industial Association Leader, China
- Skid Scooter by Yong Jie Yu, Singapore
“Although this is the first time we are running the red dot: design concept competition, the diversity and quality of the design entries have been remarkable and the submissions truly international in scale,” said Ken Koo, President of red dot Asia.
After the real award ceremony a sumptuous party took its course, where international guests from industry, politics, culture and the design scene celebrated the winners of this year’s red dot award: design concept until the small hours of the day.
From 17 November until 16 December the winning concepts will be presented at the special exhibition “International Design Concepts 2005 – red dot award: design concept” in the red dot design museum in Singapore.