06 jul Award-winning design, premium products and a touch of Hollywood in Essen: That was the Red Dot Gala 2016.
On 4 July, everyone who was anyone in international design came to Essen, Germany. In spring, a 41-strong jury had awarded the coveted Red Dot label for good design to the most outstanding products of the year. Now it was time to pay tribute to the winning creations and the people who made them. The Red Dot winners were ceremoniously presented with their trophies on the imposing stage of the Aalto-Theater. Following the presentations, the 1,800 guests enjoyed an evening of dancing and networking at the Designers’ Night in the Red Dot Design Museum in the midst of award-winning innovations.
Award presentation in the Aalto-Theater
Illustrious guests from 39 countries followed the proceedings on stage as the laureates received their trophies. Tremendous applause went, amongst others, to Flavio Manzoni, chief designer at Ferrari, and Sean Carney, chief designer at Philips. The gala was rounded off with a cultural fringe programme that included an appearance by violinist Beatrix Löw-Beer and the Aalto Ballett Essen.
Designers‘ Night in the Red Dot Design Museum
After the award ceremony, the Designers’ Night began in earnest in the Red Dot Design Museum. Around 1,800 designers, decision-makers and design fans met at the after-show party – in short everyone who wanted to celebrate, dance and network till early morning surrounded by award-winning top design. A great party mood was guaranteed by DJ “Chrissi D!”. At the same time, the special exhibition, “Design on Stage” of current award-winning products opened in the Red Dot Design Museum. This special exhibition runs until 31 July 2016.