The predecessor of Red Dot Design Award, which was founded in Germany in 1954, boasts a history of more than 60 years. The world’s first Red Dot Design Museum was located in the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen, Germany. In 2005, the second Red Dot Design Museum was established in Singapore where it was relocated to the Marina Bay in 2017. It is also the venue which houses the Red Dot Award for Design Concept. The third Red Dot Design Museum opened its doors in Xiamen, China, on Saturday, 3 November 2018.
Red Dot Design Museum Xiamen was opened in the former Terminal 2 of Xiamen Gaoqi Airport, covering an area of 10,000 square meters. It is mainly composed of exhibition space, the Space (co-working space), Design School and Design Library. Spreading two floors, Red Dot Design Museum Xiamen covers 4,500 square meters of exhibition area, featuring Red Dot award-winning designs from across the globe.
Red Dot Design Museum Xiamen presents links between design and society, products and aesthetics, brand and consumers. The first of the three regular exhibition halls is dedicated to “Form of Success – Design as a Corporate Strategy”, which is designed by the founder and CEO of Red Dot Design Award, Professor Dr. Peter Zec. It aims at facilitating the industrial upgrading. With nearly 2,000 square meters of exhibition space, it starts from the design concept, followed by the products and best practices of successful enterprises, sharing how companies can use the power of design to be successful in the business world in a simple and explicit manner. The exhibition brings together more than 600 works from 400 brands around the world, including nearly a hundred products from Apple, explaining how design can help companies succeed.
“The Elements of Design”
The second regular exhibition hall：“The Elements of Design”, focuses on contemporary Chinese designs. It explores how to find inspiration from daily life and culture so as to create excellent products. The first round of “The Elements of Design” exhibition is planned around the four topics, “Commute, Dwell, Rest and Mindfulness, and Zen”.
“A World View”
The third exhibition hall thematises “A World View” with an aircraft which has always extended one’s imagination of the world. China’s first-generation civil aviation cabin what has been well-well-preserved, serves as an exhibition space for various pioneering technologies. The first round of the “A World View” exhibition partners with SKYPIXEL to share the world’s most compelling photos taken by the drone.
Three additional special exhibition
Each year, Red Dot Design Museum Xiamen present the latest Red Dot award-winning designs in three special exhibitions, for product design, communication design and design concepts. It also highlights the design trends, material trends, and market trends. The museum will also highlight trends from design, material and market, and will also hosts multi-disciplinary exhibitions.
The Design School is located on the second floor of the museum. It brings together members of the Red Dot jury and successful global brands. City governors, mentors from the industries, corporate managers and professional designers can access the “online course – Master’s open class” and “offline course – Design workshops”. The Design School aims to boost urban innovation, industrial upgrading, and facilitate corporate transformation and talent promotion. It also offers guided tours of the exhibition, public outreach and education courses, global designer exchange programmes and much more, aiming to build an innovative and influential creative design community in China.
Co-working at the “Space”
The “Space” turns 1,000 square meters into a comfortable and creative space for creative workers and tourists. It features a design library that brings together global design materials and a Red Dot winning entries query system. Over 300 award-winning objects can be used by the visitors during work and leisure time, so that they can personally experience the changes they bring to their lives. Besides the salon with office furniture, a semi-open discussion room, and video conferencing rooms complement the service. There are also nap rooms, shower rooms, sports and fitness area, recreation rooms. Furthermore, a tool kit area and photo studio are also provided for design professionals. The users can complete their tasks independently, or share information, knowledge and ideas with others so that they can build up their contacts in the creative community. Pop-up stores are built for independent designers, serving as an incubator for young designers.
Intensifying design exchange
Red Dot Design Museum Xiamen presents top-level design and aims to initiate forward-looking discussions and explorations on design trends, and public education projects. It provides professional support as well as a cooperation platform for design practitioners. By blending good design into society, the Red Dot Design Museum Xiamen enhances public awareness and participation in design.
Red Dot Design Museum Xiamen
Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00
Address: Former T2 of Xiamen Gaoqi Airport, China