The Red Dot jury has made its decision: After all of the products submitted were tested and assessed individually in the course of an evaluation process spanning several days, EnstoNet XL installation couplers, designed and manufactured by Ensto, received the distinction “Red Dot”. The panel of experts awards the internationally recognised seal of quality only to products that win them over with their high design quality.
EnstoNet XL are high quality, robust, modular industrial installation couplers for power supplies. In the creation of the new EnstoNet XL system, Ensto have incorporated a new design level of ergonomics in order to aid usability. When held in the hand, it is easy to identify the mating parts and align them for connection even without clear sight of the connectors. Thanks to their modular nature, the products can also be re-used, an environmentally-friendly lifecycle can be achieved, and disposal costs can be avoided. Another remarkable feature is that the couplers are colour-coded based on recommended use, and the components intended for different applications are structurally incompatible, making it the easiest and safest installation to date. This plug-and-play system also provides significant time savings when compared to traditional installation methods. Due to its exceptionally compact and functional design, EnstoNet XL harmoniously integrates into various applications and installation environments, especially in smart commercial buildings.
The Red Dot Award: Product Design has roots dating back as far as 1955 and determines the best products created each year. In 2018, designers and manufacturers from 59 countries submitted more than 6,300 objects to the competition. The “Red Dot”, which stands for good design quality, has been awarded only 1,684 times. True to the motto “In search of good design and innovation”, a jury comprising roughly 40 members assessed the products individually based on the original. The strict judging criteria, which include level of innovation, functionality, formal quality, ergonomics and durability, provide a frame of reference which the jurors then complement with their own expertise.
“I want to congratulate the award winners sincerely on their wonderful success in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2018. Success in the competition is proof of the good design quality of the products and once again shows that companies are on the right path. When I speak about good design, I am referring to more than just an attractive product. All of the products are characterised by outstanding functionality. This demonstrates that the designers have understood their clients and their needs”, said Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award.
The winners will be celebrated at the Red Dot Gala on 9 July 2018. The Red Dot: Best of the Best laureates will receive their well-deserved trophies on stage at Essen’s opera house, the Aalto-Theater, during the award ceremony. At the subsequent Designers’ Night in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen, the Red Dot laureates receive their certificates and can all celebrate their success together in the midst of the award-winning products, as the aftershow party is simultaneously the exhibition launch: For a four-week period, the special exhibition “Design on Stage – Winners Red Dot Award: Product Design 2018” will feature the award-winning innovations as part of the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design.
The day of the Red Dot Gala coincides with the publication of the Red Dot Design Yearbook 2018/2019, which showcases all of the year’s winning products. In addition, they can be found in the Online Exhibition, the Red Dot App and on Red Dot 21 from that date.
Ensto is an international family business which designs and provides smart electrical solutions to improve the safety, functionality, reliability and efficiency of smart grids, buildings and transportation.
Ensto was founded in 1958 and employs ca. 1,600 passionate professionals in Europe, the USA and Asia. In 2016, we generated turnover of ca. 260 million euros. We believe in a better life with electricity and a more sustainable tomorrow.
In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. The Red Dot Award is one of the world’s largest design competitions. In 1955, a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. In the 1990s, Red Dot CEO Professor Dr. Peter Zec developed the name and brand of the award. Ever since, the sought-after Red Dot award has been the revered international seal of outstanding design quality. Further information available at www.red-dot.de.