The prestigious Red Dot Award continues to recognise design talents from around the world based on a stringent evaluation process.
Top Image: Red Dot: Best of the Best recipient: Bitter Bamboo Room – a working space that symbolises the modesty and toughness of bamboo by Deve Build, China
This year, the Red Dot Award celebrates sixty years of honouring good product design with 4,928 entries submitted from across 56 countries. The coveted seal for good design, the “Red Dot” was awarded to 1,240 products, while 81 entries received the top award, “Red Dot: Best of the Best.” 122 participants walked away with an Honourable Mention.
The renowned competition retains its star-studded jury with 38 design professional offering various viewpoints and expertise, arriving from 25 countries. The rigorous evaluation process took place over several days.
“Innovation is not always visible with the naked eye. Often it is hidden aspects, such as a refined technology inside the product or an improved combination of materials, that constitute a lucid and sometimes brilliant new development,” shares Professor Dr Peter Zec, Founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award.
Dr Zec also stressed the importance of a jury that invests significant time and effort into understanding the submitted products. The entries are judged based on functionality, degree of innovation, formal quality, ergonomics, durability ecological compatibility, amongst other criteria.
Red Dot Jurors (from left to right) Professor Werner Aisslinger, Dr. Yuri Nazarov and Lam Leslie Lu
New members of this year’s jury include Taiwan Design Center CEO, Wen-long Chen, Danish fashion designer David Andersen and German materials expert Dr Sascha Peters. Returning jury includes Malaysian-born star designer Datuk‘ Professor Jimmy Choo and German product design icon Professor Werner Aisslinger.
Recipients of Red Dot: Best of the Best, the highest accolade includes: Bitter Bamboo Room by Deve Build – a self designed and manufactured working space that showcases the modesty and toughness of bamboo; Tree by Humanscale – a chair that offers 12-degree recline to encourage healthy posture, following the body’s natural movement to reduce disc pressure on the back; SEQUENCE by Zumtobel Lighting GmbH – an infinity pendant and surface mounted LED that consists of separately controlled LED modules.
Recipients of Red Dot includes: TST (short for Tsim Sha Tsui) sofa by Michael Young; Coastal Cinema and Hankou City Plaza International Cinema by double winner, One Plus Partnership Limited and Julia by Phenix Lighting.
The increase in product categories, to 31, was a response to this year’s diversified entries. “Materials and surfaces” and the new independent categories for “Watches” and “Jewellery” were added to ensure a zoomed in and specialised evaluation.
The award ceremony for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015 will take place on Monday, 29 June 2015, with an after-show party at the Red Dot Design Museum.