Its way past midnight as I file this report, I have just got back from a spectacular evening spent at the BMW Welt, Munich. BMW opened its doors to the iF Design Awarding Ceremony. Designers from all across the world were present for the event; about a thousand design-inspired folks were present at the event. Highlights of the evening was the 75 iF Design Award Gold winners who had come to collect their award. And of course the master of them all Ralph Wiegmann.
Glittering trophy in hand and fingers pointing to their name on the winner’s wall, was a sight to be seen! This is my second trip to Munich and I must congratulate Ralph and his team for pulling off such a great show. Well timed and precise there were only a few key things to do (of the winners)… collect their awards, get the Year Book, Pose at the Name-on-wall and the official photo booth. Last but not the least: eat amazing food and dance the night away. Perfect recipe for a fun evening! More updates and pictures on my 3-day trip will be posted next week, but for now just go through my recap of best iF Design Award Gold Winners.
MINI Kapooow! – Installation by BMW
The MINI Paceman installation looks smashing and was showcased at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile 2013.
The “My Taxi” is a taxi adjusted to the urban setting and inhabitants of Seoul, following the concept “Small, Spacious, Smart”.
For the Social Kitchen 2012, guests embarked on a linear food journey along a custom 65 m kitchen to hunt, gather, store, prepare, cook, cool, clean and share. On the journey guests interacted with Fisher & Paykel designers and engineers about the experience at hand and their memories of food, cooking and life lived around the products. The insights gathered from these interactions will influence future generations of appliance design.
Metronomis LED Range by Philips Design
Metronomis LED is the first street lighting range in the world to offer a palette of environmental lighting effects to give projects a unique contextual or esthetic touch.
Lifeline GoSafe, HomeSafe by Philips Design
HomeSafe is a range of wearable help buttons that enable voice communication with the Lifeline help service.
DesignLine PDL8908S/12 by Philips Design
The Philips DesignLine PDL8908S/12 combines uncompromised picture quality performance with groundbreaking dimensions, making it the most enjoyable viewing experience on the market. The innovative use of full glass integration within the design of the DesignLine PDL8908S/12 allows the LED TV to blend seamlessly into any interior, while also communicating a high performance television.
Nova is a climbing wall that redefines training at home through a new take on design expression and a compelling interactive interface.
XS Quattro by Tatic Designstudio S. R. L.
This very slim door fitting with integrated access control and card reader unites various functional areas with modern design while offering space for all essential components.
SmartHeater is a unique aluminum radiator heater, which warms the room gently by convection and radiant heat.
TRACE + NICE by Tobias Grau GmbH
The TRACE track system permits a sequence of spots and pendant lamps.
Designers Elina and Klaus Aalto had an idea to create an esthetically pleasing container, that does not look too much like a container and lends itself for a variety of uses, including serving as a stackable piece of furniture
The Leimu table lamp has been inspired by the striking combination of glass and concrete in modern architecture.
Ultimate Ears BOOM by NONOBJECT
Unlike most speakers, the Ultimate Ears BOOM is not designed to be a precious object made to passively entertain. It’s the center of action – passed around, held or hanging from a backpack.
Wireless – Digital – High-end. ZERO 1, the first digital all in one horn speaker system in the world.
Fitbit Force by NewDealDesign LLC
Wireless activity and sleep wristband – comfortable and advanced Fitbit Force is the first and only wireless activity and sleep-tracking wristband featuring an OLED display with real-time access to all your activity stats including stairs; wirelessly syncs to leading Apple and Android devices.
The G Flex is conceptualized as a curved smartphone; to put it into commercialization, LG has newly developed all its major components, such as LCD and battery, to be bendable in shapes.
Formwork by Industrial facility
Formwork desk containers have been designed to help bring order to papers, tools, and artifacts – the things that surround us and allow us to be productive and comfortable.
The Nike Studio Wrap is designed to help women make the most of workouts typically done in bare feet, including yoga, dance and barre.
Concept S-Klasse Coupé by Daimler AG
This S-Class Coupe study unites tradition and emotion in a symbolic embodiment of the Mercedes-Benz style of design: sensual purity.
Yumi by Shigeru Ban Architects
Yumi means bow in Japanese. Yumi is both delicate and strong: a clean design and simple shape that blend into a lightweight yet sturdy structure of composite material, wrapped in a carbon fiber coat with a surface brushed to a gloss finish.