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The world’s best designs of the year were honoured at the Red Dot Design Museum Singapore earlier this evening with winning designers who flew from across the globe, some as far as Russia, Brazil, and Iran to receive the award during the celebrations.

This year’s Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2013 received ideas and prototypes from all over the world, including product companies and design studios – a record 4,394 entries from 57 countries. Since its birth in 2005, the award has become an outlet for design teams and designers to showcase their latest research without customer constraint. With new categories increased to twenty four spanning across a broad spectrum from public space, lifestyle to industrial needs, concept categories are deliberately wide to ensure limitless imagination, redefining new innovations and explanations.

“The sheer number of entries demonstrate the amount of attention brought towards design concepts, that societies are spending more attention on product innovations” commented Professor Lu Xiaobo, Red Dot Jury 2013, “with more design entries exploring new possibilities, pushing the frontiers of innovations, new concepts and ideas for the next generation”.

202 concepts were awarded the “Red Dot” this year, with 49 being honoured “Red Dot: Best of the Best” for its exceptional design excellence. 39 concepts were also credited with an “Honourable Mention”. Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, initiator and CEO of Red Dot, and Mr. Ken Koo, President of Red Dot, Asia, gave out the awards.

From the 49 “Red Dot: Best of the Best” laureates, the jury nominated 3 for the “Red Dot: Luminary” – the  highest distinction given at the “Red Dot Award: Design Concept”, which honours the best concept of the competition. The three nominees were “KAMA” (A multifunctional excavator that can automatically change its tool head to undertake different types of work efficiently) by Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, China, “Lenify”  (A collapsible emergency stretcher that was designed to eliminate the chance of secondary injuries from the lifting of patients up and onto the stretcher) by Taiwanese designer Lin Ta-Chin Danny, and “Nest – Rehoming Spent Laying Hens” (A contemporary kit-set hen house and supporting care system designed to encourage those living in populated areas within New Zealand to keep ex-commercial (or ‘spent’) layer hens as domestic pets.) by Massey University, New Zealand. 

This year’s Red Dot: Luminary took a serious look at how one’s habitat can change the way of living for us and future generations, addressing sustainability and life in its most pragmatic way. “Nest – Rehoming Spent Laying Hens” emerged as the top design, winning the votes from the jury. Raj Nandan, Red Dot Jury 2013, affirms “It’s a great example of redesigning a life cycle, which most people tend to think that once a life cycle is set, it can’t be changed or redesigned.”

The “Red Dot: Luminary” was then presented to the School of Design, College of Creative Arts, Massey University, celebrating at its high point at the awarding ceremony. Prof. Dr. Zec and Mr. Koo then concluded the ceremony with the unveiling of this year’s yearbook, a condensation of the competition and “collection of imagination and innovation”. Special exhibition of the winning concepts were also unveiled both physically at the Red Dot Design Museum Singapore and online at the Red Dot Award: Design Concept website. The yearbook and exhibitions are traditions of the Red Dot Design Awards, providing designers with a reference to the best in design. 

For the ceremony, Pico Art International, the official event manager, transformed the design museum’s main gallery into a runway stage for presenting the winners to the audience.

Lavish Dine, official caterer for the awarding ceremony, served up Wagyu beef, chicken and mushroom sliders immediately after the unveiling of the ceremony. 

Adding to the celebrations, Bombay Sapphire, the official spirit and cocktail for the awards, served the classic Bombay Sapphire & Tonic together with the Red Dot Cocktail which has been traditionally served during Red Dot celebrations. The Red Dot Cocktail – created and recommended by design expert Professor Dr. Peter Zec, were served to winners of the Red Dot Design Award, as the world’s top designers conversed and mingled with honorary guests from industry, politics and members of the press into the early hours.

Red Dot Cocktail 

Take 4cl gin (Bombay Sapphire 47%), 4cl cranberry juice and 1cl Cointreau. Stir over lots of ice in a mixing glass and strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Finally, add a cocktail cherry and the ‘in’ drink of the design scene is ready! 

Red Dot Award: Design Concept

The “Red Dot Award: Design Concept” centres on design concepts, prototypes, ideas and visions that are new, creative and exciting. The competition offers talented design teams and designers from around the world the chance to present their creative visions and new concepts, to compete with others on an international level, and to distinguish themselves by receiving an award for their talent and high potential in innovation. 

Red Dot Design Museum Singapore

Located at the striking Red Dot Traffic Building, the Red Dot Design Museum Singapore is the largest contemporary design museum in Asia., The Red Dot Design Museum is the physical embodiment of the awards, an exclusive exhibition venue for Red Dot Design Award Winners. 

The Red Dot Traffic building is a creative hub located right in the central business district of Singapore. The red paintwork hints of the former traffic police headquarters’ new persona. An eclectic community of organisations breathes new life into the 1920s colonial building; a design museum, creative services, lifestyle organisations, food and beverage outlets make up Red Dot Traffic.

Facts and figures of the Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2013

Entries: 4,394
Nations: 57
Red Dot Awards: 202
Red Dot: Best of the Best Awards: 49
Honourable Mention: 39
Special exhibition: 25 October 2013 to October 2014 at the Red Dot Design Museum, Singapore
Online exhibition: 25 October 2013 to October 2014

Eleonora Barbareschi brought her design partner, Alessandra Mantovani, on stage with her through the magic of FaceTime.

 

Ryota Uchida on the way to receive his Red Dot award for Sense.

 

Stacey Kenny, designer for Nest – Rehoming Spent Laying Hens, receiving her Red Dot: Luminary.

 

The 2013/2014 red dot design concept yearbook