red dot Awards 2009: Best of the Best Awards for Vitra and Artemide

We’ve previously stated our quiet dissatisfaction with awards ceremonies and for all there omnipresence. But love ’em or loath ’em when they are good they are one of the best ways to help consumers separate the chaff from the rye – or at least from amongst those producers who pay the entrance fees….

One of the most renowned awards in Europe is the red dot Awards organised annually by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen. And while the red dot Awards fulfill almost all the criteria that we dislike about design awards, principally that every design deemed suitable receives an award,  the red dot Awards do, however, have a “Best of the Best” selection – even if rather than a “Best in Class” Award it is simply a selection of the “best” . Meaning some categories have more than one “Best of the Best” which is clearly a linguistic problem.

The 2009 Red Dot Awards attracted 3.231from 49 countries and the judges awarded 683 red dot Awards and 49 “red dot: best of the best” Awards.

AC 4 by Antonio Citterio for Vitra

AC 4 by Antonio Citterio for Vitra

Among those honoured as “best of the best” are Vitra with their AC 4 office chair from Antonio Citterio. Launched at the Orgatech trade fair in 2008 the charm of the AC 4 is less the sophistication and finesse of the ergonomic features, rather that they are hidden within the chair.

But our friends at Vitras explain it all much better then we can:

That Artemide would be among the prize winners was, more or less, to be assumed. That they won a “best of the best” for a lamp in their architectural range less so.

Noto by for Artemide

Noto by Michele de Lucchi for Artemide

Artemide is divided into two main business units: “Artemide” who deal with individual lamps be they wall, floor or pendant and “Artemide Architectural” who deal with complete indoor lighting systems. The “normal” Artemide division won a “best of the best award” for the new Noto pendant lamp from Michele de Lucchi -a wonderfully flowing lamp which reminds us of a whale in a strange conceptual sort of fashion.

Kao by  for Artemide

Kao by Bruno Houssin for Artemide

In addition Artemide Architectural were awarded a “best of the best” for their Kao lamp by Bruno Houssin. Initially presented at the Milan Salone International 2007, Kao is a modular system using 24w and 54w t16 fluorescent lamps. Four standard 2d and 3d kits can be installed individually or combined to create sophisticated and spectacular configurations; these kits are delivered with a drilling stencil for placing the ceiling fixing points.

Congratulations to all the winners.
And although you will not find any of the above products at, as ever smow can supply the full range of Vitra and Artemide products.  A short phone call or email is sufficient to ensure a quick, competent quote.

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