The 2018 Red Dot Gala in review

Awards for the best designers and manufacturers of the year alongside exhibition opening

On 9 July, the winners of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2018 were duly celebrated. On the occasion of the Red Dot Gala, the international design scene convened in Essen to see the year´s best designers and manufacturers receive their awards. After their turn on the red carpet, the Red Dot: Best of the Best winners were given their trophies in front of roughly 1.200 international guests. The prize-giving to the Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2018, Phoenix Design, was the highlight of the award ceremony. The evening culminated in the spectacular Designer´s Night in the Red Dot Museum, where the after-show party took place.

This year, designers and manufacturers from 59 countries entered more than 6.300 products in the competition. 45 of those products won an “Honourable Mention”, while 1.684 designs received a “Red Dot”. The international Red Dot Jury considered just 1,1% of entries, a total of 69 innovations, worthy of a Red Dot: Best of the Best, the highest award in the competition. The latter accepted their well-deserved trophies on stage at the Essen´s Aalto-Theatre during the award ceremony.