Here are some of the winning entries that took home the highest accolade in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016, selected out of approximately 5,200 entries.
Top Image: Blue Lake House by Beijing Fenghemuchen Space Design Center, Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016, Best Of The Best (Interior Design). All photographs courtesy of Red Dot
The total number of entries received for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016 surpassed 5,000 for the first time, and came from 57 countries. As with each year, there are three categories of winners. This year, the highest distinction, Best of the Best, goes to 79 participants for their groundbreaking work; the next highest award, Red Dot, has been given to 1,304 products for high design quality; and the Honourable Mention has been extended to 107 entries for good design execution.
These numbers substantiate that year after year, the Red Dot Design Award sets new benchmarks for manufacturers and designers worldwide, with diverse professional entries that span a wide scope of design disciplines.
A’tolan House by Arthur Ho, Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016, Best Of The Best (Interior Design)
The Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016 consists of 18 submission categories. Within the Interior design category, three entries were awarded the Best of the Best accolade – all of which were designed by Asian firms. One of these is the A’tolan House by Arthur Ho of Taiwan-based Create + Think Design Studio. The A’tolan House refers to “a house made out of rocks”, translated from the indigenous language of natives living in the east coast of Taiwan. Rightfully so, the house was constructed using a local architectural technique. Rocks were excavated from the site to build walls spanning three storeys, much like rice patty terraces.
Blue Lake House by Beijing Fenghemuchen Space Design Center, Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016, Best Of The Best (Interior Design)
Another project honoured in the Interior Design category is the Blue Lake House by the Beijing Fenghemuchen Space Design Center. Inspired by its surrounding environment, the Blue Lake House features tall metal structures in the shape of trees. The structures raise the roof of the main space to a 5.8-metre height, in contrast to the external walls, forming a floating vision, while enabling natural light to fill the space. The third winning entry in Interior Design is Bright, Open Space, a residential interior by Taichung-based studio Tienfun Interior Planning.
Other Best of the Best recipients of note across various categories include the Uncle Jack sofa from Kartell (Living Rooms and Bedrooms); TR4110P1 cooker from Smeg (Kitchens, kitchen furnishing and kitchen appliances); Ebru Series glass mosaic from Thai Ceramic (Materials and Surfaces); Montblanc M Collection designed in collaboration with Marc Newson (Fashion, Lifestyle and Accessories); and SUPERSYSTEM II, a multifunctional lighting system from Zumtobel Lighting (Lighting and Lamps).
The jury this year was visibly larger than before, comprising 41 individuals including freelance designers, design professors and specialised journalists. Indesign Media’s CEO and Publisher Raj Nandan was part of this year’s jury alongside the inventor of the USB flash drive, Hideshi Hamaguchi and product designer Kristiina Lassus.
The stringent judging process remained consistent. Jurors came together in the Ruhr district in Germany for several days to physically experience or engage in discussions regarding the entries.
Established in 1955, Red Dot is organised by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany, and is one of the largest design competitions worldwide.
The Red Dot Gala will take place on Monday, 4 July 2016 in the Aalto-Theater in Essen, Germany, while the Designers’ Night & opening of the winners’ exhibition will be held from 9 pm in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen, Germany.
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