Contemporary Good Design

Award ceremony 2019

Xiamen Design Week: Contemporary Good Design winners honoured during award ceremony

On 30 November 2019, the international design scene came together in Xiamen to celebrate the start of the Xiamen Design Week. Highlight of the day was the award ceremony for Contemporary Good Design, an international design competition organised by Red Dot and the Xiamen Culture Media Group. During the event, this year’s winners were announced and honoured. From award-winning designs to inspiring business talks and meetings with the jury members to exhibitions – the kick off of the Xiamen Design Week had a lot to offer for design enthusiasts and professionals.

Kick off of the Xiamen Design Week in the Red Dot Design Museum

The eighth Xiamen Design Week kicked off at the Red Dot Design Museum Xiamen. The event will last until the end of December and includes a main forum, the award ceremony for Contemporary Good Design, exhibitions as well as more than 30 supporting activities. “It’s a great thing that Xiamen has a focus on design, because design is a key element of business success, higher margins and profit. This museum and its activities will have a great future,” stated Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot, during the kick off in the museum.

From BMW to Lenovo to Philips: spotlight on the winners

For the fifth time in a row, the Contemporary Good Design award has proved its expertise with Red Dot as experienced partner. Selecting and awarding only well-designed and contemporary products, the award functions as a guideline for consumers. This year, for the first time, participants could choose between 49 categories when entering their products.

After a short introduction from Peter Zec, the spotlight shone on this year’s winners during the award ceremony: From the 873 submissions, 14 received gold awards and 160 carried home distinctions for outstanding design. Among the laureates were leading brands such as ABB, Audi, Baidu, BMW, Dell, Hisense, Honda, Lenovo, Philips and Siemens.

Designers' Night with winners exhibition

After the announcement of the result, the winners exhibition in the Red Dot Design Museum Xiamen made its debut. The exhibits ranged from interior design and bicycles to earphones to packaging and gave the guests the chance to have a look at outstanding design works from different categories and perspectives. The following Designers’ Night provided winners as well as jurors with the chance to share experiences and to network.  

Room for exchange: main forum and meeting the jury

The award ceremony was not the only occasion to establish contacts and exchange views: During the main forum of the Xiamen Design Week, Peter Zec held a speech on “Tendencies & Strategic Developments in Design”. Furthermore, the guest speakers Ren Tian, Deputy Chairman Design Committee of the Xiaomi Group, and Chen Yan, General Manager of the Tencent User Research and Experience Design Center, gave lectures on topics such as “Design as a Corporate Strategy” and “Design Empowers”. Furthermore, the designers had the chance to meet some of Contemporary Good Design’s jurors in person. The winners of the competition took the opportunity to profit from the expert’s know-how.