ESSEN, Germany–With 4,662 product submissions—the most ever in the history of the award—from 1,865 designers, architects and companies from 54 countries, the 2013 international red dot awards for product design have been announced, and they include several housewares and tabletop products. The awards are given by the German-based reddot institute and recognize exceptional product design.
A total of 1,065 products were given the red dot award, and 205 others received an honorable mention. In addition, 58 products were given the red dot: best of the best awards from among the winners.
The awards are given in 19 categories, covering fashion and accessories, construction projects and vehicles and electronics and furniture. In the Kitchens category, red dot winners include the Butterfly Sensor Can from simplehuman, the SodaStream Source from fuseproject, and Nespresso U from Nestle Nespresso SA. In Tableware and Decoration, winners include Bistro mixing bowls from Bodum AG Bodum Design Group, Aveco kitchen knives and knife block from Neoflam, Williams-Sonoma Cooks Tools Collection from Williams-Sonoma, the Angle Adjust Adjustable Manual Knife Sharpener from Smith’s Consumer Products and The Square water bottle from Clean Designs. Honorable mentions within the Tableware and Decoration category include the TriScale Compact folding digital scale from Joseph Joseph, the Elite Series of kitchen graters from Microplane Intl., and the Calphalon AcCuCore Edelstahl Setzen 10 Pcs from Calphalon.
“We are honored to be chosen for this prestigious international design award and are so proud that our hard work has been recognized,” said Dan Glidden, CEO, Smith’s Consumer Products. The knife sharpener’s designer, Carter McGuyer of Carter McGuyer Design Group, added, “As a product designer I know how difficult it is to break through the clutter and impress this prestigious panel. We are thrilled that we’ve been recognized by red dot for this innovative product.”
The awards will be presented on July 1, 2013, in a ceremony here. In addition, the red dot design museum here will present all of the award-winning products from July 2-28, 2013, in a special exhibition, “Design on stage – winners red dot award: product design 2013.” All of the 2013 winners will be online then.
The large number of entries received resulted in the recruitment of more jury members this year for a total of 37 experts from 24 countries, including first-time judge, shoe designer Jimmy Choo. In a process that lasted several days, each entry was examined live and on site.
Choo said, “red dot celebrates exceptional design from around the globe and in turn celebrates the achievements of designers who use great skill throughout their work.”
Jury member Martin Darbyshire added, “The red dot design award is an important mouthpiece and marketing tool for the design industry, it helps to convey how important the role of design is towards contributing to economic growth and commercial success.”