Red Dot Gala 2014 - the design event of the year celebrates the most innovative products, designers and manufacturers

On 7 July 2014 the wait will finally be over: The red carpet will be rolled out and international design experts, manufacturers and the media will come to Essen/Germany to celebrate the best product designs of the year at the Red Dot Gala. The glamorous awards ceremony traditionally takes place in the Aalto-Theater and culminates in the legendary Designers’ Night party in the Red Dot Design Museum.

An audience of 1,200 people will share in the excitement when the laureates of the Red Dot: Best of the Best will receive their trophies on stage. The event programme provides an additional entertainment factor: Under the guidance of Belgian ballet director Ben Van Cauwenbergh, the Aalto Ballett Theater Essen will present scenes from “Giselle”. The reinterpretation by choreographer David Dawson narrates timelessly and universally a tale about love and betrayal, justice and mercy. Internationally successful pianist and composer Hans Lüdemann is one of the German jazz elite and will take his audience on a musical journey of discovery.

The awards ceremony will be presented by none other than Professor Dr Peter Zec – traditionally in a radiant white suit. The founder and CEO of Red Dot will also welcome on stage guests of honour including Stefan Eckstein, President of the Association of German Industrial Designers (VDID), and tangerine founder Martin Darbyshire, who will hand over the Red Dot Trophy as jury members for this year’s competition. Mugendi K. M’Rithaa, Professor at Cape Peninsula University of Technology and future president of the global design organisation Icsid, will hold a speech in honour of the Swedish design company Veryday, which will receive the “Radius” challenge cup for its Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2014 award from Yao Yingjia, chief designer at Lenovo.

Veryday is the first Swedish company in the history of the Red Dot Award: Product Design to receive the sought-after honorary title. The product designers, known until 2012 under the name Ergonomidesign, have received the award because of the consistently high design achievements over many years. The Red Dot: Design Team of the Year title of honour is not one that can be applied for. The exclusive award has been awarded since 1988 for continuous design achievement at the highest level.

After the Red Dot Gala, the Designers’ Night will take place in the Red Dot Design Museum. That is where designers and entrepreneurs as well as all those who want to party, dance or network into the early hours will convene – DJ Chrissi D! will provide the necessary party atmosphere.

The vernissage of the special exhibition “Design on Stage – Winners Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014” will present all award-winning products. This year 4,815 products from all over the world were submitted and only 72 of them achieved the highest distinction, the “Red Dot: Best of the Best”.

Special exhibitions “Design on Stage – Winners Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014” and People Driven by Veryday
7 July – 3 August 2014
Red Dot Design Museum
Gelsenkirchener Straße 181
45309 Essen

Press contact:
Catharina Hesse
Communications Manager
Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen
Gelsenkirchener Str. 181
45309 Essen
Tel.: +49-201-30104-50

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