The OXS urban design line received the Red Dot: Best of the Best Urban Design, the top distinction in the competition. It is granted for ground-breaking design and goes to the best products in a category.
Design quality is the common factor for award-winning products
“Winning the Red Dot: Best of the Best is a very special honour, because only a very small percentage of entries are granted this distinction. It is well-deserved recognition for a wonderful design achievement and proof that the award-winning companies are amongst the best in design. Consumers can rely on the first-class design quality of the winning products, because they were tested and selected by an experienced jury according to strict assessment criteria,” said Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot, in reference to the winners.
Experience and expertise get straight to the point
The Red Dot Award: Product Design is one of the world’s largest design competitions. In 2019, designers and manufacturers from 55 countries entered more than 5,500 products in the competition. Only 1.5% of the objects entered won a Red Dot: Best of the Best. The international jury comprises experienced experts from different disciplines and has been convening for more than 60 years in order to select the year’s best designs. During an adjudication process that spans several days, they try out the products, discuss them and ultimately reach a well-founded decision regarding the design quality of the entries. True to the motto “In search of good design and innovation”, their assessment focuses on criteria such as the level of innovation, functionality, formal quality, longevity and ergonomics.
Further information: www.red-dot.org
In line with the #cocreateDESIGN FESTIVAL we will host local and international guest speakers to discuss the role that our cities and public spaces play in enabling connectivity, collaboration and inclusivity. We’re delighted to host this important talk at The Yard, in the heart of the V&A’s Silo District, and in the shadow of the iconic Zeitz MOCAA.
Our new guest speakers include Macio Miszewki from local design practice VDMMA, who were involved with the Silo precinct development from conception to completion, Lauren Hermanus, an expert in urban resilience and renewable energy, and Carlos Pereira, Arpino’s Chief Creative Officer and Industrial Designer. Due to personal reasons, we regret that Zahira Asmal can no longer convene the panel discussion as previously advertised.
Drinks and canapés served from 18h00, thanks to GP Singh and Abigail from The Yard.
The Craft and Design Institute, in collaboration with ARPINO urban furniture, proudly present the next instalment of the Creative Exchange, as part of the upcoming #CocreateDESIGN Festival.
Join us for a robust panel discussion about the critical, but often overlooked, role that urban design plays in an inclusive, modern society. Convened by The City’s Zahira Asmal, industry experts will examine visibility in the context of public space-making. She will be in conversation with leading experts, including V&A Waterfront’s Development Manager Mark Noble, Arpino’s Industrial Designer, Carlos Pereira, on the topics of cultural inclusivity, public-private partnerships and global collaboration. Full panel to be announced in early February.
This debate is part of the #CoCreate DESIGNFESTIVAL-2018.
Sign up to attend by registering here.
by 20th February 2018
18h00 – 18h30 : arrival, welcome drinks and light bites
18h30 – 19h30 : Robust debate and guest Q&As
19h30 onwards : Drinks, light bites and networking with Zahira Asmal and panellists
Arpino is an contemporary design brand that confidently meets the challenges of the new global city, imagining it as a place of autonomy, community and connectivity. Our carefully crafted pieces – designed and produced between Europe and Africa – embody cutting-edge technology, contemporary design nous and a strong ethics of environmental sustainability. Led by the experienced industrial designer Carlos Pereira, we champion freedom as well as functionality, approaching urban environments with the simple goal of making them better places to be.
Arpino’s first product line, the core OX series, is inspired by a borderless notion of what it means to inhabit and use common spaces, day and night. We believe in conscious design that accommodates and includes all cultures and topologies, working with neutral and modular forms that are highly adaptable to different spaces – from housing estates and public plazas to schools and shopping malls. This range includes elegant urban lighting and way finders, airy pergolas, multimedia kiosks and protective bus shelters as well as traditional urban essentials such as tree guards, bins, benches and bollards. These everyday items – common to so many cities all over the world – are however turned on their head, transformed into high-quality, minimal design pieces that work with each other as well as with the space they are located. This fundamental urban equipment, with its quality of lightness and modularity, is as easily at home in a square in New York as it is an airport in Luanda. OX is, first and foremost, made for beautiful and efficient common spaces and the people who use them, wherever they are in the world.
We aim to mediate the integration of technology in public space and play a positive role among the communities who use it.
We are, quite simply, design for the future.
Our research depends on constant experimentation as well as design expertise. Arpino doesn’t just come up with new ideas for urban spaces: we want to inspire change in how they are used, and ultimately, make them better places to be.
Restraint is key to our design ethos. Arpino considers that any urban object, be it a bollard or a bicycle rack, should have its own conscious identity that perfectly fits the purpose for which it is made – nothing less, nothing more.
Technology is changing how we use cities, and good urban design needs to hone this transformation. Arpino is conscious of the power that wireless and mobility technology hold for public spaces, and incorporates it in its pieces to the highest standards.
Arpino prides itself on realising inventive solutions that work as much for the environment as they do for the city. From 100% solar-generated equipment and efficient LED light sources to “clean” paints and easy recyclablity, sustainability is our priority.
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