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The Red Dot Design Museum is closed

Dear visitors,

The Red Dot Design Museum is currently closed. In order to be able to present you with some design impressions nevertheless, we are currently working on presenting our exhibition "Analogue, Digital, Interactive" in videos and photos here on this page as well as on Instagram and Facebook. The first pictures can already be found in our social media channels. Maybe you would like to follow us?

And following this link you can discover the Zeche Zollverein and the stoker's stand of the Red Dot Design Museum in a virtual 360° World Heritage panorama.

Best regards,

The team of the Red Dot Design Museum

Until 1 June 2020, the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen will show award-winning communication design from North Rhine-Westphalia and across the globe. With exhibits ranging from a virtual reality installation to adverts, posters, apps and brand and corporate design as well as packaging, visitors to the exhibition can experience award-winning communication design in all of its nuances. The presentation methods used as well as the range of works on show will explore the relationships between analogue, digital and interactive. » More

The four qualities of good design

There were and are many different approaches to defining good design. They all have their strengths and weaknesses. Ultimately, good design is multi-layered - a product should be able to convince on several levels. According to Professor Dr. Peter Zec, initiator and CEO of Red Dot, to do so, it must combine the four qualities of good design. At this point we explain in a small series of articles what good design actually means and what these four design qualities are that a product should bring with it. » More

On show: “Milestones in Contemporary Design 2019” and “Design on Stage”

From Australia via Mexico to Vietnam – the Red Dot Design Museum is hosting products from 49 countries which have been award in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019. The exhibition “Milestones in Contemporary Design” in the White Hall presents the 80 best products of 2019 – the current milestones in international product design.Spread over five floors, the exhibition “Design on Stage” meanwhile gives visitors a comprehensive overview of current product design trends and developments.

Red Dot Design Museum Essen ranks among top 8 design museums in the world

“There are many museums. But only a few are explicitly dedicated to design,” introduces “NZZ Bellevue” its latest article on “The 8 best design museums in the world”. The Red Dot Design Museum ranks among them, according to the Swiss web portal, which is run by the editorial office of “Stil” (“Style”) magazine from “NZZ am Sonntag” (“Sunday New Zurich Newspaper”). It is in good company – with London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the Design Museum Danmark in Copenhagen or the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York City. The Red Dot Design Museum Essen, which is located on the Zollverein UNESCO World Heritage Site, shows exclusively Red Dot prize-winning products. In its permanent exhibition or as part of special exhibitions, they are staged impressively before the historic industrial backdrop.

Welcome to the World of Design!

Current product culture in the midst of industrial architecture: With more than 2,000 exhibits, the Red Dot Design Museum Essen presents the world's largest exhibition of contemporary design in the former boiler house of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Zollverein, a former coal mine complex. Innovative and well-shaped objects from around 45 nations make the quality of good design become experienceable at close range because touching and testing many of the exhibits is allowed. From inventive USB flash drive to shapely furniture to a gyrocopter pending from the ceiling: all items were awarded with the Red Dot quality seal in one of the largest international design competitions.

Very special visitors have settled down on the roof of a boiler in the Red Dot Design Museum: “Spacewalkers”, designed by Constantin Wortmann for Belgian manufacturer Dark at night. » More

Important note

The Red Dot Design Museum is closed until further notice. We will reopen as soon as the situation has eased a bit.