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date: 19 April 2018

China Red Star Design Award

Source:
A Dictionary of Modern Design
Author(s):
Jonathan M. WoodhamJonathan M. Woodham

China Red Star Design Award (established 2006) 

This is considered to be the most prestigious Chinese award for industrial design. Internationally recognized, the China Red Star Award seeks to acknowledge and promote design achievement of the highest quality across a wide spectrum of activities. These include design for communications technology, computers, transportation, packaging, leisure and recreation, medicine and science, domestic lifestyles, and fashion. When the China Red Star competition was launched in 2006 it attracted around 400 entries, reaching 3,821 by 2009 (when it was formally endorsed by ICSID). By 2015 this number had risen to well over 5,000, revealing the considerable strides that design in China had made since the turn of the century in its drive to move away from the simple notion of ‘Made in China’ to ‘Designed in China’. In 2012 the Red Star Design Award Museum opened and displayed the history of the Award and a collection of the prizewinning entries. Red Star Award products have also been showcased in many national and international events worldwide, repeatedly underlining China’s increasing capacity for innovative contemporary design. The Award was established by a number of major Chinese design organizations including the China Industrial Design Association, the Beijing International Design Centre (BIDC), and New Economic Weekly. As with a number of other new national design awards in countries also seeking recognition for good, original design, the judging panel is drawn from national and international experts to help endow the awards with international credibility. International jury members have included Peter Zec, past president of ICSID and president of the Red Dot Design Award; Ernesto Gismondi; Toshiyuki Kita; Soon-in Lee, past president of ICSID and president of the Seoul Design Centre; and Brandon Glen, past president of ICSID and chair of the Australian Design Award. The 2014 Gold Prize winners of the China Red Star Award included Dyson Cool fans, Peng Chen’s modular Baraka-bed, and Zhang Shengwei and Li Xiang’s Ankara Stainless Metro Project; Silver Prize winners included Mode’s Electric Suitcase (an electric vehicle and suitcase combination), Imagination Design Company’s Smart Wifi Light bulb and Weizhe Ma’s Thermo-Spot Wok.