Red Dot Design Awards 2017 announce Award ceremony, After-show party and Exhibition Opening.
The event to honour the designers and manufacturers that have won the Red Dot this year will take place on 3 July 2017. Each year, the award ceremony in Essen’s Aalto-Theater and the after-show party in the Red Dot Design Museum attract hundreds of representatives of the world’s best brands and design offices to the Ruhr Region. Participants from all over the globe entered thousands of products in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017 to have them evaluated by the jury. Those objects that won over the 39-member expert jury with their well thought-through design won a Red Dot, while the best products of the year received the highest award in the competition, the Red Dot: Best of the Best.
The prestigious German prize also counts a jury dedicated exclusively to watches. This year, eleven watches were
awarded the internationally recognized Design Award for product design. See The Red Dot watch winners for 2017 here.
In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks
down into the three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot
Award: Design Concept.
In 2015, it celebrated its 60th anniversary: In 1955, a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. In the 1990s, Red Dot CEO Professor Dr Peter Zec developed the name and brand of the award. The logo known all over the world was designed by Hamburg-based Peter Schmidt in 2000. Ever since, the sought-after award, the “Red Dot”, has been the revered international seal of outstanding design quality.
Red Dot Gala award ceremony in the Aalto-Theater in Essen
Participants from 54 countries registered a record number of more than 5,500 innovations in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017. At the Red Dot Gala, the laureates of the top award, the “Red Dot: Best of the Best”, will be recognised in front of roughly 1,200 international guests – among them Audi, Kartell, Artemide, Hansgrohe, Bora, Electrolux, LG, Canyon Bicycles, Philips, Puma, Niessing, Apple and Bose. The festive atmosphere of the Aalto-Theater opera house provides the backdrop for a first-class stage show and the celebratory awarding of the Red Dot Trophy to the best in the industry. Another highlight of the Gala is the awarding of the Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2017. In line with tradition, the award ceremony will be presented by Red Dot CEO Professor Dr Peter Zec.
After-show party and special exhibitions in the Red Dot Design Museum
After the Gala, the Red Dot and Honourable Mention winners will receive their certificates at the Designers’ Night. The after-show party takes place in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen, where the exhibition of current winning products will be launched at the same time. In addition, the Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2017 will also have its own special exhibition.
“This is an award that is widely recognised by the world and industry. In actual fact, it sets a standard. It is a standard for any product design in the world. I feel that such a big award, can help provide the industry, designers , and design companies and especially design students with a good perspective and idea on how to improve and inspire new ways of living, thus creating a healthy way of living.” – Prof. Lu Xiaobo, jury member.