Red Dot Design Museums

The Red Dot Design Museums show contemporary design

You can experience all aspects of contemporary design in any of the three Red Dot Design Museums in Essen, Singapore or Taipei. Design products, projects and design concepts that have been singled out at the Red Dot Award find a new home in the Red Dot Design Museums once the competitions are over, and represent the progressive development in the design world. In a stylish setting, the changing, themed exhibitions spellbind countless fans of designs and stand out in their culturally significant locations. The design products exhibited literally tempt visitors to try them out and touch them, which is exactly what the Red Dot Design Museum wants and expressly encourages. That allows visitors not only to perceive the form and colour of the objects, but also to sense the ergonomics and experience the texture of the materials used.

Red Dot Design Museum Singapore presents creative innovations


The Red Dot Design Museum Singapore has made a name for itself as the top address for creative innovations in the field of design in Asia. Alongside award-winning design products, it also exhibits leading-edge design concepts that have won an award at the Red Dot Award: Design Concept. The museum in Singapore has been winning the hearts of design enthusiasts since 2005 and has established itself as a creative hotspot in Singapore. Once a month, the museum holds a design market under the title “Market of Artists And Designers (MAAD)”.

Red Dot Design Area Taipei complements the Taiwan Design Museum

The Red Dot Design Area Taipei was conceived as an extension of the Taiwan Design Museum. It presents Red Dot award-winning industrial products and communication projects. At the same time, the new exhibition area provides insights into current creative work in the design world with the aim of giving the broader public interested in developments a more comprehensive understanding of design.

The Red Dot Design Museum Essen shows award-winning design products

With an exhibition space of nearly 4,000 square metres, the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen exhibits close on 2,000 award-winning design products that have distinguished themselves at the Red Dot Award. A jury of international experts judges and assesses the – generally new – products submitted every year to the world-renowned design competition. Their judgements are based on strict evaluation criteria considered fundamental for well-executed design and they look for high functionality.

There can hardly be a more breathtaking backdrop for the Red Dot Design Museum Essen than the Zeche Zollverein architectural and industrial monument which was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2001. Around 150,000 visitors come every year to follow the development of high-quality product design and to experience good design in the form of everyday objects that range from the commonplace to the unusual. The museum presents products from around 45 countries, which makes it the largest exhibition in the world to trace the development of design products. The permanent exhibition is regularly supplemented by themed special exhibitions that offer visitors an inspiring insight into the world of design. And every year, new products are added or substituted when the winners of the Red Dot Award are announced. Here, visitors can come into contact with many everyday and above all useful objects from all areas of life. That allows them not only to see their shape and colour, but also to experience the ergonomics and judge the touch and feel of the materials used. Beautifully-shaped chairs, furniture, lighting, cleverly thought-out consumer electronics and much more contrast with the museum’s architecture. Here innovative product worlds come face to face with the heritage-protected industrial culture of the old colliery site.

The design products exhibited are extremely tempting to test and touch, and that is just what the Red Dot Design Museum allows and even encourages. Here, visitors can come into contact with many everyday and above all useful objects from all areas of life. That allows them not only to see their shape and colour, but also to experience the ergonomics and judge the touch and feel of the materials used. Beautifully-shaped chairs, furniture, lighting, cleverly thought-out consumer electronics and much more contrast with the museum’s architecture. Here innovative product worlds come face to face with the heritage-protected industrial culture of the old colliery site.

The history of the Design Museum reaching back to its roots in the Zollverein colliery

In 1996, British star architect Lord Norman Foster transformed the old boiler house of the Zollverein colliery into the new home for the design exhibition. On 29 April 1997, the new museum was officially opened.

The history of the exhibition in Essen goes back to the year 1955 when the first beautifully-designed industrial products were shown in the Villa Hügel, (the erstwhile Essen home of industrialist Alfred Krupp). The exhibition that first opened its doors on 5 October 1955, was in those days called “Permanent show of beautifully designed industrial goods”. The head of public relations at the time, Mr Carl Hundhausen, had already set up an association, the “Industrieform e.V.” for that purpose in 1954. Even back then there was a competition for the exhibited products, which had been critically assessed by a jury and judged on the merits of their design quality. For the first time, the public had access to the latest technological innovations and was able to witness German design culture. The products on show ranged from china to furniture and domestic appliances, and were displayed in the exhibition rooms designed by the architect Paul Mahlberg.

To mark the 150th anniversary of Krupp in 1961, the design exhibition moved to the old synagogue and, thanks to the addition of the newly introduced special exhibitions on design from Finland and Italy, suddenly became international. Sadly, a fire in the synagogue subsequently destroyed the exhibits with the result that the exhibition only re-opened in the 1980s; this time with a focus on users and an approach that centred on workable solutions for consumers. It was only after another move in 1990 and a renaming of the association into “Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen” that the exhibition moved into the old city library. In 1993, the competition for product design was extended to include another component and the communication design competition was launched.

If you would like to experience the award-winning products at first hand, why not stop by? Information on entry charges, opening times and much more can be found on the websites of all of the museums. An overview of the three Red Dot Design Museums is available on the Red Dot website.

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