This year international Red Dot Award: Product design came to Lithuania; two products created by young Lithuanian designers Inesa Malafej and Arūnas Sukarevičius and developed by company EMKO: My writing desk and shelving unit Foldin were evaluated.
„This award is very important not only for our company and designers, but for whole concept of Lithuanian design as well“, - says Erika Mikulskienė, the director of commerce in EMKO. Both designers have graduated Bachelor degrees in Vilniaus Dailės Akademija, “My writing desk” was the final work for Bachelor of Inesa, with supervising of Doc. Povilas Juškaitis. At the moment designers are studying their Masters in the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen.
This year according to the huge number of participants, international jury consisted of 40 experts from 25 countries, which should evaluated 4,815 entries from 53 countries. In the Red Dot press release Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, the initiator and CEO of the Red Dot Award, explains why the competition is constantly rising in significance at an international level: “The Red Dot Award: Product Design gives design professionals from all over the world a chance to measure themselves against each other. Year after year, this results in a higher level of design and also motivates the participants to enter their best products in the competition.”
“It is a great honour for us to receive two awards in such a context”, - the words of P. Zec comments E. Mikulskienė.
Red Dot award 2014 winner was received My Writing Desk. Shelving unit Foldin was evaluated by Red Dot award 2014 honourable mention for especially refined detail solutions.
Both products are being produced and sold already for two years in Europe and USA. In 2014 EMKO has signed the contract of partnership with company in Singapore, thus the geography of sales is increasing each year.