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Red Dot Trophy in new design: Jewellery designer Günter Wermekes gives international award a fresh look


Only the very best for the best: The highly coveted Red Dot Trophy, symbol of the highest honour for the Red Dot: Best of the Best winners, shines in new shape and colour. Gold smith and designer Günter Wermekes, now gave the trophy a whole new appearance.

It is no surprise that the redesign of the trophy was realised by Günter Wermekes: “Due to his innovative spirit he has been regarded a master on jewellery design for ages”, explains Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, initiator and CEO of the Red Dot Design Award. As the first one ever the designer from Kierspe/Germany has united premium steel with brilliants in an entire collection. In other artistic fields, the founder of “Günter Wermekes Design” focused on raw materials like premium steel and cement

“The task to visualise the Red Dot Award was a big challenge to me. This is not ‘a prize of some sort’. This is one of the world’s most renowned design awards”, Günter Wermekes describes the production process of the new Red Dot Trophy and the importance of the job for himself as an artist.

Sculpture with symbolic character
At the beginning of July, the laureates of the Red Dot: Best of the Best received the newly shaped Red Dot Trophy for the first time: The redesign features eleven stainless steel rods build up the basic structure of the 35 centimeter high sculpture. Fixed on a black base, they build a semi-circle opened to the front. An artistically standing outstanding feature of the cylindrically designed trophy is the so called “moiré” effect, which arises out of motion and suggests dynamic in the simplest manner – premise and basis for every design innovation, says Wermekes. The Red Dot logo and information regarding the respective awardee are inscribed on front of a plexiglass board in the opening of the sculpture.

Even the material of the Red Dot Trophy was deliberately chosen by Günter Wermekes and adapted to the shape of the artwork: The element premium steel is a referance to the colliery and world heritage “Zeche Zollverein”, location of the Red Dot Design Museum and the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen. The selection of the black coloring for the trophy of the Red Dot Award: Product Design strengthens this allusion and further visualises the former importance of coal for the Ruhr area.

The category “Watches and Jewellery” is of increasing significance within the competition: Only in this year’s Red Dot Award: Product Design, 21 products out of this branche were honoured. As for example the ring collections “Havanna”, designed by Heike Walk and “BLATT-ART,” created by Johanna Otto. These achievements shall motivate further designers of the jewellery industry to compete in the Red Dot Design Award with their creations.


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