Polish Design Takes Red Dots By Storm
One of the most important prizes in the design world, the Red Dots are awarded for extraordinary quality and innovation. This year, 13 awards will go to Polish designs. The most important award – The Best of the Best – will go to Polish designer Tomasz Augustyniak and the Mikomax group for their Stand Up desks. Culture.pl presents all of the Polish laureates of the Red Dot Design Award in 2017.
RED DOT: BEST OF THE BEST:
Stand Up Desk by Tomasz Augustyniak and Mikomax
The simple and minimalistic Stand Up desk, with an adjustable desktop by Mikomax, was designed by Tomasz Augustyniak. Stand Up lets the user personalise the desk: the user can either leave the frame as it is or covers it with a textile of their choice. Janusz Mikołajczyk, president of Mikomax Smart Office says:
While observing the current market, we found a loop-hole. We’ve prioritised ergonomics for many years, but the ‘sit & stand’ projects we’ve had so far weren’t as comfortable and functional as Stand Up. They required a connection to electricity, the adjustment of the desktop was too time-consuming, and the designs often didn’t exploit the full potential of an elevated desktop. These conclusions led us to create a new basic version of Stand Up with a patented adjustable desktop…
Chic Air Furniture by Agence Christophe Pillet
Chic Air is a collection of minimalistic and light furniture designed by the Paris-based Agence Christophe Pillet for the Polish producer Profim. The chairs, benches and armchairs were inspired by geometric forms, which were integrated with cross-sections of the frames. The collection gets its unique character from the use of two different materials – leather on the exterior and soft upholstering on the seat itself.
Flexi Night Lamp by Saidi’sign Produkt und Grafikdesign
The Flexi Night Lamp was designed by the German agency Saidi’sign Produkt und Grafikdesign for the Polish lamp producer Furnika. The modern and minimalist lamp was made for consumers seeking innovative solutions for their bedroom. The producer’s website states:
The flexible arm lets you point the light exactly where you want it, which facilitates everyday use and makes reading on traditional paper a pleasure. Those who want or need to be online, can easily charge their smartphones or tablets through the built-in USB port.
Riverside Chair by Przemysław ‘Mac’ Stopa
Polish Architect Przemysław ‘Mac’ Stopa is the founder and main designer of Massive Design – a planning and design firm. Many of his previous projects, e.g. the Pelikan chair, have received the Red Dot Award in previous years. In 2017, ‘Mac’ Stopa received the award for his design of the Warsaw Spire lobby and for the Arstyl decorative panels for NMC.
The Riverside chair, designed for the Italian Tonon company, has an organic form and three-dimensional geometry. Its bent lines resemble the traces that waves leave on the sand, carved by the water and the wind. The chair is waterproof and equipped with a drainage system, which makes it suitable for outdoor use.
Warsaw Spire Interior by Przemysław ‘Mac’ Stopa/Massive Design
The Massive Design studio under the direction of Przemysław ‘Mac’ Stopa designed the entire lobby and 70% of the entire office space in the Warsaw Spire office building. Serial production elements were combined with the original casing on the walls, ceilings and elevators, which gave the interior a futuristic, geometric and organic feel.
Arstyl Decorative Wall Panels by Przemysław ‘Mac’ Stopa
The Arstyl decorative wall panels created by the Belgian firm NMC won 2 Red Dot Design Awards this year – ‘Interior Design Elements’ and ‘Materials and Surfaces.’ The panels designed by Przemysław ‘Mac’ Stopa facilitate creative arrangements of three-dimensional patterns on otherwise boring walls.
Cruiser 2 Led Lighting by LUG Light Factory
LUG has been on the market for 27 years. Today, it is the leading producer of high-tech energy-saving lighting systems with world-class designs. The Cruiser 2 Led industrial lights, designed by LUG Light Factory, received the Red Dot Award.
Microjet Autoclave by Brandspot
The Microjet microwave autoclave for liquid media sterilisation by ENBIO Technology is a hermetic seal container designed by Brandspot. The Gdynia-based agency has been working for 10 years and focuses on animation, visual identification, industrial and polygraphic design.
Steamjet Compact Steam Autoclave by Brandspot
Another project by Brandspot is the Steamjet compact steam autoclave for sterilisation.
Luna EMG Rehabilitation Robot by Husarska Design Studio
Luna EMG is the first rehabilitation robot in the world which uses electromyography (EMG) to allow people with neuromuscular dysfunctions or even muscular atrophy to perform physical activities. Julia Cieszko wrote on designalive.pl:
Exercising with Luna EMG differs from a typical rehabilitation routine: the assignments resemble those from a video game – the patient can conquer the universe, avoid asteroids or organise rows of marbles in a logic game. The goal is to focus the patient’s attention on something other than the pain, while exercising and being diagnosed simultaneously.
inkBOOK eBook Reader by Arta Tech, id group
The inkBOOK eBook reader is the newest product of Arta Tech – an electric equipment producer. The project was designed by id group from Łódź.
Memola Cradle/Swing by Wiczuk-Polinski
Memola is a multisensory cradle/swing which supports a baby’s sensory and motor development and grows alongside it – the cradle can be used for the first 12 years of a child’s life. Designed by Wiczuk-Polinski, the project combines a cradle, a sensory hamper and a swing – three in one.
Cargo Reflective Bags and Backpacks by Migfactory/Anna Migacz-Lesińska
The Cargo by Owee Reflective collection is the newest project by CARGO by OWEE, designed with urban wanderers in mind. The author, Anna Migacz-Lesińska from Migfactory, designed the bags and backpacks from Cordura – the most resilient fabric used by outdoor equipment producers and armies around the world. The material, with a weaved in reflection thread, makes the product visible at night up to 150 meters away.
Sources: red-dot.org, designalive.pl, producer’s materials; Compiled by AS, Apr 2017, translated by WF, Apr 2017