Enduring, not ultimate form. 60 years of design history – from Industrieform to Red Dot

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  • 978-3-89939-182-4
  • Red Dot Edition (Germany)

  • Language: German

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The book “Enduring, not ultimate form. 60 years of design history – from Industrieform to Red Dot”, a commemorative publication to mark the 60th anniversary of Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and its Red Dot Design Award, is now available in the Red Dot Shop.

What began 60 years ago as a “demonstration of protest and resistance against the increasing ugliness of the world” is now known as one of the world’s largest design competitions, the Red Dot Design Award. That’s a good reason to take a look back at the past 60 years. In one essay, design and business expert Professor Dr Peter Zec traces the development of a once very German but now very international design initiative and gives interesting insights into the rich history of the institution and the competition founded by it.

Background and contemporary history

The publication Enduring, not ultimate form. 60 years of design history – from Industrieform to Red Dot offers a diverse mix of past and present, thus ably covering the period from the beginnings of industrial design in Germany at the start of the 1950s right up to the present day. Documents from the time when Industrieform e. V. was founded provide insights into an era when mass production resulted primarily in generically designed products and explain the motivation of the founders to counter this development by selecting and presenting exemplary design products. The significance attached to that initiative in the design and architecture scene is highlighted not least by welcoming speeches sent by such renowned personalities as Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Henry van de Velde, Walter Gropius and Richard Riemerschmid on the occasion of the opening of the first exhibition.

Peter Zec puts the design initiative in a contemporary context while briefly describing the main developments over the past decades in the world of design. In his essay “If Eyes Were Made for Seeing: Kleine Philosophie des Formschönen” (A brief philosophy of attractive design), well-known German sociologist Professor Dr Dirk Baecker, who lectures at Witten/Herdecke University, also examines the question of what it is that makes industrially manufactured everyday objects attractive (in their design).

Commemorative publication for the 60th anniversary

Immerse yourself in the history of industrial design in Germany with this richly illustrated book. The commemorative publication Enduring, not ultimate form. 60 years of design history – from Industrieform to Red Dot with a preface by Professor Norbert Lammert, President of the German Bundestag, is now available in the Red Dot Shop.

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