Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017
The Red Dot jury is completed with 39 experts from all over the world convening in Essen to assess each individual object live and in situ in a process spanning several days. Only designs that won over the jury with their high design quality were awarded the sought-after Red Dot. The 47 design products categories reflect the range of products from bathrooms and personal care, consumer electronics, kitchen appliances and furniture, design as a distinctive feature is playing an ever-increasing role. Sustainability and new technologies are also major developments.
Every year, only independent designers, design professors and specialist journalists are appointed to the jury. They evaluate each individual product and award the Red Dot for high design quality and innovation. Thanks to their background, the experts assess the special intercultural aspects of design in a conscious manner, guaranteeing a judging process that yields results that determine the direction of the design strategies of manufacturers and designers across the globe
Manufacturers and designers from 54 countries entered a record number of more than 5,500 product innovations in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017.
The award ceremony took place on Monday, 3 July 2017. During the Red Dot Gala in Essen’s Aalto-Theater, and in front of around 1,200 international guests that included famous designers and renowned manufacturers and media representatives, the jury members together with Professor Dr Peter Zec handed over the trophies to the Red Dot: Best of the Best winners. This year, 103 of the more than 5,500 products entered in the competition won the top individual award. Winners included Audi, Kartell, Artemide, Hansgrohe, Bora, Elextrolux, LG, Philips, Puma, Niessing, Apple and Bose.
The highlight of the ceremony was the awarding of the Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2017 title. The title of honour went to the Canyon Design Team in Koblenz, which has stood out thanks to its consistent and extraordinary design achievements. This year alone, two bicycles from the manufacturer of road bikes, mountain bikes and triathlon bikes won the Red Dot: Best of the Best.
After the award ceremony, the after-show party “Designers’ Night” took place in the Red Dot Design Museum. The winners of the Red Dot and Honourable Mention awards received their certificates there. It was also here that the special exhibition “Design on Stage” was opened, which presents all of the award-winning products of 2017, also presented online and runs until 6 August.
It can be seen alongside the self-designed special exhibition Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2017. Entitled “Design that talks”, the latter allows Canyon to showcase its successes and runs until 27 August in Essen.