Charity thanks to product design: Contributions of the Red Dot Design Awards
Every year, thousands of products are submitted to the Red Dot Design Award by designers and companies. The majority of these innovations will not receive an award. Already at the beginning at registration for the award, the question is asked: In case of not winning an award - should the product be sent back to the manufacturer or is it available for a charity project?
Once a year, in December, the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany, organises a charity auction. All interested parties have the opportunity to bid on products that have not been taken back by the manufacturers after the jury process, but released for supporting young and needy persons. The proceeds are contributed for a charitable purpose without deduction. In recent years, these have been projects by Amnesty International, the Essen Children's Hospital and, most recently, the Friedensdorf International Oberhausen.
Other design objects are donated by the Design Zentrum NRW on regular bases to the Wuppertal Wichernhaus. The products are provided for the ambulant child and youth care setting of the institution. Depending on their current situations, the families receive objects from different areas of life.