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Red Dot Design Award - 5 Winning Designs

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Dating back to 1955 the Red Dot Awards is recognised as a leading competition, globally. 31 categories provide space for the wide diversity in product design.

Red Dot invites specialised design experts from various subject areas to be members of the jury.

With the help of the jury of experts, the internationally organised competition Red Dot Award: Product Design appraises the best products of the year.

Manufacturers and designers from all over the world submit originals of their latest products in the hope of being awarded the sought-after distinction Red Dot.

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Unison Workspaces recognises the importance of the RDDA and boasts a number of products which have won this distinguished award over the years.

Five winning products which feature in the Unison portfolio have been chosen to highlight the quality, innovation and functional requirements needed to take win such an award.

Five Award Winning Designs:

1. Billiani - Fratina Chair

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Product Description:

The Fratina chair with its minimalist design plays with the image of squaring the circle. The precise lines that define the structure of this piece of furniture represent a square, whereas the backrest, made of curved wood, describes a circle. In this way, Fratina highlights the Vitruvian balance between these two pure geometric shapes. Available in stained or varnished ash wood, the seat of the chair can be upholstered with fabric or covered with cord weave, hide or straps.

Statement from the jury:

The powerful interplay of round and square contrasts is a hallmark of the Fratina chair. Its minimalist design vocabulary makes it versatile in use.

2. Walter Knoll - Isanka Armchair

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Product Description:

It’s unconventional characteristics make Isanka stand out from the crowd. The armchair is a new addition to the manufacturer’s Isanka furniture collection and is intended as a tribute to craftsmanship and the materials used. Striking tanned leather and fine fabrics meet in clean but flowing lines. High-quality workmanship as well as robust upholstery provide a high degree of comfort.

Statement from the jury:

The combination of sophisticated workmanship, the use of high-quality materials and distinctive aesthetics are characteristic of the Isanka armchair.

3. Walter Knoll - Seito Table

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Product Description:

The Seito table conveys a playful lightness with the harmonious balance of lines, angles and surfaces. The material selection in particular underlines the dramatic understatement. The table top, made of white quartz, is carried by a base made of elegant nut wood. The filigree table legs are an expression of clear geometry, providing users with generous leg room. Furthermore, the impressively glossy surface of the table is highly pleasant to the touch.

Statement from the jury:

With its particular choice of materials, which is rich in contrast, the design of Seito reaches a formal autonomy that is sure to fascinate.

4. Walter Knoll - Foster 520 Armchair

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Product Description:

A charming oasis of tranquility

The salon culture that was prevalent in the 1920s combines a sense of style with a highly developed approach to life. The club chairs in these salons were the site of intense debates or just bantering chit-chat. The concept of Foster 520 reinterprets the tradition of the club chair, making it extremely comfortable, but also timelessly elegant.

Its design harmoniously unites sweeping lines with perfectly balanced proportions, underlined by a choice of materials that give Foster 520 added panache. The smooth leather used for the seat back has a distinctive pattern, which is combined with aplomb with the natural look of the textiles on the seat.

The complex decorative stitching brings to the fore the bold lines of the chair that extend from the seat back over the armrests to the luxurious seat. The armchair is available with a high or low seat back.

A suitably designed footstool completes its role as an oasis of tranquil comfort. The design of Foster 520 unites powerful elegance with a touch of “laisser-faire”. Thus it is perfectly suited for long evenings of charming conviviality. As a contemporary representative of the salon culture, it fulfils its function just as well in a hotel lobby as in the home.

Statement from the jury:

The more one looks at it, the more one becomes aware of the unusual shape of this chair. By sitting in it, one experiences its lightness. One feels safe and wants to linger as it is so comfortable. Foster 520 is a real beauty whose form unites power with elegance.

5. Walter Knoll - Circle Sofa

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Product Description:

The geometry of the circle The circle is a simple, elemental shape, and one instinctively attributes it with particular characteristics. It symbolises a feeling of security. Due to its geometric consistency, the circle moreover can provide reliable orientation within a room. Naturally we feel, so to speak, that a circle is round and that it strives again and again to complete its own form.

The design of the Circle seating furniture plays with this fundamental shape of the circle and creates surprisingly new configurations by segmenting. The Circle sofa unit is made up of four parts, two of which make up a semicircle; all of which together create a round sculpture. The outline and contour looks highly sculptural and vigorous ­ and it is left open how one arranges these sofas in a room.

Due to the "segmentation" of the circle, the sofas facilitate a great diversity of options and multi-functional solutions as well as interesting sculptural forms and lines. Due to this kind of design, the sofa also challenges the notion of seating itself: persons sitting on the sofa are virtually called upon to find their own position within these circular formations.

References:
*Red Dot Award Website: (http://red-dot.de/pd/?lang=en, 2016)

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