We love compiling lists because they bring upon elements of reflection and contemplation. For example, to create this list of Top 20 Best of Best Winners for 2014 from the Red Dot Awards: Product Design list, we had to factor in the YD audience, our experience with Good Design and resonance of what YD stands for. In short, it has to be the perfect marriage between YD’s pick and audience expectations. To see if we are on the same page…browse through the list below and let us know.
Minta Touch Kitchen Tap by Grohe AG
The Minta Touch kitchen tap gives the user a magical experience. It integrates two types of operation: a manual mode and a highly sensitive electronic mode, whereby the water flow is activated with the back of the user’s hand or forearm.
Paper Silicon LED Table Lamp by Retang Electronic Co., Ltd.
The Paper Silicon LED table lamp is based on an innovative combination of silica gel, metal and other materials. Silica gel is waterproof, non-toxic and has good thermal conductivity. This lamp can be bent to any desired angle and is flexible.
Ora-ïto Table – Dining Table by Roche Bobois
The Ora-ïto table exudes the perception of a spinning top and looks like as if it were moving and spinning upon itself. The optical illusion of motion is complemented by the use of a mirror in the lower part of the table.
AURA Breathalyzer – Alcohol Breath Tester by Ho International Design Inc.
The Aura Breathalyzer alcohol breath tester is a new, stylish way for drivers to find out their current blood alcohol concentration (BAC) quickly. With this information readily available, drivers are less likely to endanger themselves and others. Inspired by glamorous fashion, the design of this alcohol breath tester turns it into an extremely stylish fashion accessory.
adidas miCoach SMART RUN – Running Smartwatch by adidas AG
The adidas miCoach Smart Run was developed to offer runners optimized possibilities for individual training and self-monitoring based on the latest technology.
Springfree Trampoline Medium Oval by Dr. Keith Alexander
The Springfree Medium Oval Trampoline features an innovative safety design that changes the traditional trampoline completely. With flexible fiberglass rods instead of metal springs and a frame that has been moved under the jumping surface out of harm’s way, it was designed to eliminate 90 per cent of product related injuries associated with traditional trampolines.
JURA Elektroapparate IMPRESSA F8 TFT – Fully Automatic Coffee Maker by Iseli Design und Partner
“Three things are necessary for a good cup of coffee: first of all coffee, second of all, coffee, and third, more coffee,” reads a simple definition by French playwright Alexandre Dumas. We need not say more!
Stokke Crusi Stroller by Hans-Cato Slotteroy, Hilde Angelfoss, Alf Vegard Fjelland, Anders August Kittilsen and Permafrost
Closeness was an important factor in the design of the Stokke Crusi, thus the baby carrier pod or seat of the stroller is placed in a high position. The carrier has been ergonomically well thought out and is of generous proportions so that it offers enough space even for bigger babies.
Through the innovative use of full-glass integration in its screen, the Philips DesignLine LED TV allows viewers to see and experience television images in a completely new way.
nemus CAJALUN Bicycle by LignoTUBE technologies GmbH & Co. KG and Robert Taranczewski
The design of the nemus Cajalun opted for a frame made of wood, a material that is rather unusual in the field of bicycle construction. The frame is produced in a large part from thin veneer layers of real wood, lending it a highly natural and organic appearance: the visible wood texture underlines this.
LG G Flex Smartphone by Hongsik Kim, Donghwan Lee, Hyunjin Yoon & Jeeyoung Yeon
The concept of the G Flex interprets and redefines the smartphone as a medium of communication that adapts to its user. Promoting a fascinatingly innovative curved shape, it leaves the conventional flat shape of phone design behind. The phone integrates curved elements in order to match the facial contours of its user. This eliminates annoying environmental noise during calls.
Hansgrohe Axor Showerpipe by Front
The design of the Axor Showerpipe by Front aims to draw attention to the hidden aesthetics and is a collection of pipes, valves and funnels that turn into charming design objects which relate to traditional forms. The clear form of the showerhead takes a funnel as its model.
A-Chair – Stacking Chair by Brunner and jehs+laub
Public events would be considerably more complicated if it weren’t for the stacking chair. The A-Chair is the expression of an entirely new appreciation of the form and functionality of the stacking chair. The chair is crafted using an innovative glass-fibre reinforced plastic, which gives it its sturdy body and the frame high stability. Available either as a plastic chair or with an aluminum frame combined with a wooden seat, the A-Chair always has a harmonious appearance.
Phiaton Bridge Headphones by TEAGUE (Youjin Nam, Tad Toulis, Clement Gallois, John Mabry, Benoit Collette, Devin Liddell, Roger Jackson & Ashley Newcomer)
The design of the Phiaton Bridge headphones blends innovative use of form with advanced sound quality. These headphones have a unique look and are made of premium materials such as high-quality, perforated leather and machined aluminum. Cables covered in a signal red fabric provide an eye-catching contrast.
Fissler Bionic Permanently Sharp Knife by via 4 Design GmbH
The Fissler bionic is a completely hand-made knife for versatile use in the kitchen. It has been modeled on the structure of a beaver tooth, which consists of two layers that are worn down at different rates.
Masterpiece Mystery Wristwatch by Maurice Lacroix
The Masterpiece Mystery features a strikingly skeletonized dial and is highlighted by its mysterious seconds indicator. Driven by a durable and reliable movement with a self-winding mechanism, this second hand marks out a linear reading in alternating horizontal and vertical cycles. The direction appears to change every 15 seconds. Users gain the impression of movement and is the result of an optical illusion caused by the blued or rhodium covered hand, which appears to rotate weightlessly on its own axis.
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera – Compact Digital Cinema Camera
The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera is designed specifically for shooting in remote locations and confined spaces that are common to documentaries and photojournalism. The magnesium alloy body is strong and durable.
Audi quattro Bar, St. Moritz 2013/2014 by SCHMIDHUBER and Atelier für Szenografie – Tim John
To coincide with the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup 2014, Audi is opening the Audi quattro Bar in the heart of the Swiss Corviglia ski region at a height of 2,486 meters.
ThinBike – Urban Bicycle by Schindelhauer Bikes (Jörg Schindelhauer & Stephan Zehren)
The ThinBike is well adapted to the contemporary lifestyle of self-reliant mobility. The bike folds together in a jiffy into a package that is easy to carry.
Fresh Air Kitchen Compost Collector by Full Circle
The Fresh Air compost collector convincingly conveys that composting can be easy and clean. The design tackles the issue of molestation by odors and flies often associated with indoor compost collectors by eliminating them through a patented system: the innovative combination of an airway and compostable bag system allows waste to decompose aerobically.