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Red Dot pays tribute to the best designers and manufacturers of the year: award ceremony, exhibition launch and after-show party on 9 July


All of the big names in the global design scene will convene on the red carpet in Essen on 9 July 2018. On that date, Red Dot will be paying tribute to the best designers and manufacturers of the year, the award winners of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2018. During the glamorous Red Dot Gala, the laureates of the Red Dot: Best of the Best will accept their trophies on stage at Essen’s Opera House. Afterwards, there will be ample opportunity for networking, dancing and celebrating at the Designers’ Night.

Red Dot Gala in Essen’s Opera House
Participants from 59 countries entered a record number of more than 6,300 innovations in this year’s Red Dot Award: Product Design. Only products that scored points with their good design quality were selected as award winners by the 39-member panel of experts. Only 1.1% of entries received the Red Dot: Best of the Best, the highest award in the competition. Their outstanding design achievements will be celebrated at the Red Dot Gala in Essen’s Aalto-Theater, where they will receive their trophies in a celebratory atmosphere in front of roughly 1,200 international guests. The highlight of the event is the official announcement of the Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2018. This year’s title of honour goes to Phoenix Design, which will receive the “Radius” trophy from the previous-year winner Canyon Bicycles.

Designers’ Night in the Red Dot Design Museum
At the subsequent Designers’ Night, the recipients of a Red Dot or an Honourable Mention will be given their certificates. Everyone will celebrate their success together into the early hours in the midst of the award-winning products, as the Designers’ Night is an after-show party and an exhibition launch at the same time: On the evening, the Red Dot Design Museum will present for the first time the winner exhibitions “Design on Stage – Winners Red Dot Award: Product Design 2018” and “PHOENIX – First. Now. Next.”

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1st event: “Red Dot: Best of the Best Reception”
2.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
Red Dot Design Museum, Gelsenkirchener Straße 181, 45309 Essen, Germany
Reception, awarding of certificates to Red Dot: Best of the Best winners, advance viewing of the exhibitions “Design on Stage” and “PHOENIX – First. Now. Next.”

2nd event: “Red Dot Gala” award ceremony
6 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. (admittance at 5.40 p.m.)
Aalto-Theater, Opernplatz 10, 45128 Essen, Germany
Awarding of trophies to the Red Dot: Best of the Best winners on stage, official announcement of the Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2018

3rd event: “Designers’ Night” after-show party
From 8.30 p.m.
Red Dot Design Museum, Gelsenkirchener Straße 181, 45309 Essen, Germany
Awarding of certificates to the Red Dot and Honourable Mention recipients, launch of the exhibitions “Design on Stage” and “PHOENIX – First. Now. Next.”

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