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With more than 11,000 submissions from 61 countries, the international “red dot design award” is the largest and most renowned design competition in the world. It is divided into the “red dot award: product design”, the “red dot award: communication design” and the “red dot award: design concept.” The award-winning products are put before an international public in the red dot design museum.
Red Dot has just announced (on March 16th) the 2009 winners in the category of Product Design. While they released a list in an Excel spread sheet, they have yet to release images of all the winners (they did the same thing last year). They had a few images of the "Best Of The Best" winners and I did my best to find the others for you.
The "Best of The Best" winners for 2009 Product Design are listed below by category. The grouped images represent trends within that category, not necessarily the winners. The individual photos ARE of the actual winners.
Best Of The Best in Living Rooms And Bedroom
•MYchair by UNstudio, Netherlands:
•CONFLUENCES by Philippe Nigro, France:
•Phantom Sheer interior fabric by Jakob Schlaepfer, Swtizerland
Best Of The Best in Households And Kitchens
•DC24 by Dyson GmbH, Germany:
•Allegra Line by Tupperware Belgium N.V., Belgium:
•Autarkes Induktionskochfeld TT 4490 N by Constructa-Neff Vertriebs GmbH, Germany:
•DA6000W by Miele & Cie. KG, Germany
Best Of The Best in Tableware
•Caldafreddo by Alinea Design Objects, Belgium
•Leaves by Economy Class In-Flight Tableware, Switzerland
•Water Carafe with Smart lid by Menu. A/S, Denmark:
Best Of The Best in Bathrooms, Spa And Air-Conditioning
•Inipi by Duravit AG, Austria:
•SpeedXL2 Shaver HQ8290 by Royal Philips Electronics, Netherlands:
•Grohe Rainshower Icon by Grohe AG, Germany:
Best Of The Best in Lighting And Lamps
•SPACEWALKER by DARK N.V., Germany
•Noto by Artemide S.P.A., Italy:
•KAO by Artemide Megalit S.A., France:
•LED1 by Tunto, Finland:
Best Of The Best in Gardens & Outdoor
•PowerStep Garden Tools by Fiskars Brands Finland Oy Ab, Finland:
•Tango by Fischer Möbel GmbH, Germany:
•Langgrill by Russian Federation:
Best Of The Best in Sport And Games
•Waterproof W1 by Waterproof Diving International AB
•racemaster SLX01 by BMC Trading AG, Switzerland:
•Spine VPD Vest by POC, Sweden:
Best Of The Best in Fashion & Accessories
•Shopnic by Stelton A/S, Denmark:
Best Of The Best in Watches And Jewelery
•sphaira by formabina schmuckgestaltung, Switzerland
•ORIS BC4 Flight Timer by ORIS SA, Switzerland:
Best Of The Best in Architecture And Interior Design
•SecretSlide by Brems Doors, Belgium:
•ANYTHING Collection by Suikosha Corporation, Japan:
•Livraria da Vila by Fairbanks & Plinik, Brazil:
Best Of The Best in Office
•AC 4 by Vitra GmbH, Germany:
•PERLON RIPS TWIN by ANKER-TEPPICHBODEN / Gebr. Schoeller GmbH +Co. KG, Germany:
•COLORSTRIPE by LYRA-Bleistfit-Fabrik GmbH & CO. KG, Germany:
Best Of The Best in Industry And Crafts
•HiPace by Pfeiffer Vacuum GmbH, Germany
•3M Speedglas 9100 Welding Helmet by 3M Sveska AB, Sweden:
•Berg Propulsion BRC800 (control panel) by Lilaas as, Norway:
Best Of The Best in Life Sciences & Medical
•Miscea 3.1 Medical by Miscea B.V., Netherlands:
•Kitten Scanner by Royal Philips Electronics, Netherlands:
Best Of The Best in Automobiles, Transport And Caravans
•Volkswagen Passat CC by Volkswagen AG, Germany:
•Pirelli PZERO 1400 by Tecnorib (Pirelli), Italy:
•SEAT IBIZA – 5 Türer by SEAT S.A., Spain:
Best Of The Best in Entertainment Technology And Cameras
•Pacemaker by Tonium AB, Sweden:
•Sountina NSA-PF1 by Sony Corporation, Japan:
•IPod nano by Apple, Inc., USA
Best Of The Best in Communication
•Domino by FIH Co., Ltd., Taiwan
•Bluetooth Portable Speaker with Swivel Hinge in Free-Form Design by LG Electronics Inc., Korea:
•BH-804 Bluetooth headset by Nokia Corporation, Finland:
Best Of The Best in Computers
•Freecom xxs Mobile Drive by Freecom Technologies BV, Netherlands:
•MacBook Air by Apple Inc., USA:
•Dell OptiPlex 960 Desktop Family by Dell, Sweden:
Some stats about the competition and winners:
The 3,231 entries for the “red dot award: product design 2009” stemming from a total of 49 nations testify to the fact that design is precisely the platform for international companies that appears to be essential in order to survive on the global market. The increase in the number of participating companies by around 16% demonstrates the economic potential of design in times of economic crisis in particular.
The international jury of experts awarded the “red dot” to 683 products for their high quality of design, and the best 49 received the “red dot: best of the best” award. Because it is often details that separate good products from great products, 194 products received an honourable mention in recognition of their especially refined detail solutions.
• 17% of all awards went to Asia this year, with 53 of the successful products coming from Taiwan alone.
• German companies received the greatest number of winning entries —329.
• American companies received 38 awards. Dell and Apple both received 8 awards, with Apple garnering 2 “best of the best” for the iPod Nano and the MacBook Air.
• Sony Corporation and Robert Bosch Hausgeräte were the most awarded companies, each with 15 selections.
• The most-honored studio is Stuttgart’s Phoenix Design, which can take credit for 12 winners.
See The 2008 Red Dot Award Winners here.