Red Dot Design Awards 2016
We were extremely excited that Volkswagen Slovenia offered to give us an opportunity to take the new VW Tiguan for a roadtrip to Essen and back. We decided to make the best of it by visiting a few cities on the way.
Our first stop was the city of Heidelberg - one of the rare cities which were not destroyed during the second world war. The city's stunning architecure with dozens of villas and beautiful town houses will surely leave you breathless. Above the city lies a mighty castle which was built in the thirteenth century.
The next day we continued our trip to the city of Köln. It was only a short stop but we managed to see the spectacular gothic Köln cathedral and the train station which is only a few steps away.
When we arrived to Essen we decided to go to the site of the Red dot party just to see where it's located. We were blown away - the whole area used to be a coal factory and all of the buildings are now restored and kept in their original stage. One of the buildings is the Ruhr museum which is like a national museum, the other one is the Red dot museum and not far from it there is a rather new building by Sanaa architects - school of management and design.
Then came Monday - the day of the ceremony. In the morning we went to visit the Ruhr museum. The exhibition blew us away - well not as much the exhibition itself but the way it was conducted into space. The subtle graphics and dark furniture made with respect for the old factory make the exhibited objects stand out. Who ever thought that rocks can be this interesting?
It was time to go to the Red dot gala at the Aalto Theatre. The main purpose of the gala event is to give out Best of the best and Best design team awards. Besides the awards, the highlight of the evening was a short yet brilliant ballet performance.
The night continued at the Red Dot museum where the after party called the Designer’s night lasted all night long with plenty of good food and drinks ;)
If you will be visiting Essen in the near future, be sure to visit the Red Dot museum, where Ribrand’s set of utensils will be exhibited for a year.