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LG Garners red dot and iF Design Awards
Mar 15, 2013
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LG Electronics has earned red dot design awards recognition for 27 of its 2013 products. LG took top honors in receiving the coveted red dot: best of the best award for its new curved OLED TV. The company received 24 additional red dot design awards as well as two honorable mentions.

Highlights of LG's key products recognized at the 2013 red dot design awards include:

Door-in-Door Refrigerator (pictured). Among the LG appliances that won red dot design awards include its latest side-by-side refrigerator with a Door-in-Door system to provide more usable storage space. The Door-in-Door provides easier access to foods and drinks that family members consume most frequently, while minimizing cold air escaping when the refrigerator door is opened. The exterior design takes a minimalistic approach with a metal finish that enables the refrigerator to fit the decor of any kitchen.

Curved OLED TV. LG's curved OLED TV (model EA9800) was introduced at the 2013 CES event in with a unique design that capitalizes on the thinness of the display. It has the industry's first curved screen design with vivid picture quality. A gentle inward flex is designed to make the entire screen surface equidistant from the viewer's eyes, to eliminate screen-edge visual distortion and loss of detail. The TV is designed to provide a more comfortable and immersive viewing experience with a remarkably clear image.

LG has not released the full list of appliances and consumer electronics winning the red dot awards, but among them are:
* Touch Monitor (ET63)
* 100-Inch Laser TV (HECTO)
* Sound Bar (NB6530),
* Mouse Scanner (LSM-300)

LG also recently had success at the iF (International Forum) design awards, with 23 iF product design awards. Among them:

* French 4-Door refrigerator with Door-in-Door
* Hom-Bot Square robotic vacuum cleaner
* OLED TV (model EM9700)
* Optimus G smartphone
* L9 smartphone
* L7 smartphone

About red dot
The red dot design award program, organized by the European design institute Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, has become one of the most highly recognized international design competitions.

The event started in 1955 as a product exhibition organized by Industrieform e.V., the predecessor to the Design Zentrum. It has now grown into one the biggest worldwide design contests. In 2012 alone it attracted more than 15,000 applications from 70 countries.

The Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen displays "red dot" award-winning products in its design museum for a year or longer.

A jury of designers and design experts from around the world appraises submissions according to criteria such as innovation, functionality, quality, ergonomics, sustainability, symbolic and emotional content, and whether a product is self-explanatory.

red dot award: Product Design
The competition is broken out into three disciplines, including the red dot award: product design. It was the "Design Innovationen" award from 1955 through 2000, when the name of the competition was changed to "red dot award: product design." Manufacturers and designers of many different industrial products can enter the competition in 19 categories.

Past winners include the design teams of Porsche, Bose, BMW, Grohe, LG Electronics, adidas, Pininfarina, Apple, Mercedes-Benz, Nokia, Philips, Audi, and Siemens. In 2012, more than 1,800 companies from 60 countries submitted 4,515 products.

The 19 Product Design categories are:

* Living rooms and bedrooms - includes stoves (hearth products) as well as furniture, accessories, materials, floor coverings, wall coverings, etc.
* Households - includes washing machines, dryers, vacuum cleaners, cleaning devices, iron systems, ventilators, other domestic appliances
* Kitchens - kitchen equipment, kitchen furniture, cooking implements, heaters and hobs (cooktops), microwaves, extractor hoods, dishwashers, sink units, refrigerators and freezers, kitchen utensils and accessories, coffee machines, toasters, mixers, professional kitchens
* Tableware and decoration
* Bathrooms, spas and air-conditioning - heating and air-conditioning technology, saunas, solaria, massage equipment, bathroom furnishings, etc.
* Lighting and lamps
* Gardens - includes grills and barbecue as well as outdoor furniture, garden equipment and tools, garden lamps, etc.
* Outdoor, leisure and sports equipment
* Fashion, lifestyle and accessories (apparel)
* Watches and jewelry
* Interior design - includes room and building equipment, interior furnishing, micro architecture, etc.
* Architecture and urban design
* Offices - includes office equipment, office furniture, etc.
* Industry and crafts - includes machines, industrial plant and equipment, components, robots, tools, etc.
* Life science and medicine - includes medical equipment and devices, laboratory technology and furniture, etc.
* Automotive and transportation
* Entertainment technology and cameras - includes consumer electronics such as TV, DVD, Blu-ray, home theater, gaming consoles, cameras, media players, etc.
* Communications - includes mobile phones, smartphones, telephones, etc.
* Computers and information technology - PCs, notebooks, tablet PCs, etc.

Other red dot award Disciplines
In addition to red dot award: product design the other two major disciplines recognized are the:
* red dot award: communication design--The German Prize for Communication Design started in 1993; in 2000 it changed to the red dot award: communication design award.
* red dot award: design concept--launched in 2005 and is organized in Singapore annually.

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