Events

La Notte Premio A’ : The A’ Design Award Ceremony and Gala-Night is the largest design celebration of the year, bringing together designers, brands and institutions for collaboration and networking possibilities. Discover more about the A’ Design Award Networking Effects.

The Gala-Night is a very special black-tie event where the winners of the competition come together to celebrate the results of the competition. The event aims to create networking opportunities and media coverage for winners. The venue is usually chosen to be a villa in front of the Como Lake, or a historical place. The event features unlimited drinks, and fine Italian food. Winners, press members, and industry leads are invited to the event. Each A’ Design Award winner is provided a free entry ticket to the gala-night, plus a free ticket for a guest.

Networking Opportunities

The A’ Design Award Gala-Night provides two types of Networking Opportunities. The first type of networking occurs since in addition to winners, prominent industry members, magazine editors, public figures, jury panel, bureaucrats and press is invited, giving the participants to connect and make new relations. Furthermore, A’ Design Award & Competition has the most number of competition categories when compared to any awards. This is a strategic decision to create a second layer of organic networking and dissemination possibilities for winners. For example since A’ Design Award is open to both product designers and product manufacturers, at the A’ Design Award Gala-Night, they are able to come-together on equal basis, discussing opportunities for further business development or collaboration. The same principle applies for architects and real-estate developers, artists and gallery owners, media members and designers, interior designers and furniture designers, interior designers and architects, engineering solution providers and designers, packaging designers and product designers and so on so forth. Within this perspective A’ Design Award Gala-Night is unique among all design awards and competitions.

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La Notte Premio A’, Villa Gallia, Como, Italy.

Dates: 18 April 2015.

Award winners will be provided an exclusive invitation that grants them free entrance to the premises, together with one of their guests. Laureates can invite important institutional or press contacts through the RSVP and VIP Invitation System.

Exclusive VIP Invitations & RSVP System

A’ Design Award & Competition allows winners to invite specific press members or industry contacts to join the A’ Design Award Gala-Night. To do so, winners are required to fill an online form and A’ Design Awards will send all contacts a free invitation to join the Gala-Night, so that an opportunity for talking face-to-face with distributors, manufacturers, and press members could be created. There are no limits on number of people winners can invite, however the space is limited therefore the winners’ contacts should be confirming their participation using the online RSVP system. Winners are allowed to invite: Press Members, Product Manufacturers, Distributors, Politicians, Ambassadors or Trade Attaché’s of Their Country, Academicians, Sales Leads and Other High-Level personas. Winners are not allowed to invite: Family members, friends or friend of friends using the VIP Invitation and RSVP System. This system was especially developed to get the most out of the event.

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Dress Code & Admittance

Dress Code and Admittance is especially important because the Gala-Night is a memorable event where winners take photos to share with friends, family and the media, and connect with others. Male participants are expected to wear a tuxedo, dinner suit or black suit. Female participants are required to wear evening or cocktail dress. Guests are allowed with pre-registration only. A single guest can be admitted for each winning entry. Guests are expected to register themselves in the registration desk while entering the event.

Obtaining the Invitation

Winners can login to their control panel and browse to post-competition tab to download their exclusive invitations for the A’ Design Award Gala Night. From the same page, Winners can also register a free guest, and also use the VIP-RSVP System to invite key figures, politicians, industry leads and further press members. It should be reminded that a QR Code is integrated into the invitations that are scanned at the entrance of the event, this allows A’ Design Award to keep a track of check-ins and helps to organize the award presentation in an efficient manner.

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What happens during Gala-Night?

After the registration period, a welcome cocktail starts. After the registration, and the welcome cocktail, the celebration usually starts by discussing the facts and figures of the competition; several key people provide their insights regarding the overall entries and the competition trends. Afterwards the awarding ceremony starts; winners are invited to the stage to take their awards and provided an opportunity to add a few words. After the awarding ceremony, a grand cocktail starts with fine Italian food, simultaneously winners take photos at the Winners’ Wall, Signature Board and among themselves, the event lasts a few hours to provide enough opportunity for winners to connect to each other. Drinks are served throughout the night.

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Party with design on first Thursdays

When you think “high-tech,” what comes to mind? Computers and microchips, sure. But how about art and athletics, robots and fashion? At our monthly Design Nights in the Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco, we take a theme—both new and unexpected—and explore how tech is transforming that industry. All with an open bar, food, music, and activities.

Featured the first Thursday of the month, 6-10 p.m.

Learn about and purchase tickets to upcoming Autodesk Design Nights.

  • Colorific, August 6, 2015 6-10 p.m. (SOLD OUT)
  • Energy Hacking, Sept. 3, 2015 6-10 p.m.

This week in Paris the world’s luxury automakers will show off their best new work.

The Mondial de l’Automobile 2014 (Paris Auto Show) opens to the public on this Saturday, October 4, primed to dovetail perfectly with the final catcalls of Paris Fashion Week. And like the fashion designers before them, automakers will be doing their best to scatter their own catwalks, as it were, with style. (Or in the case of Stella McCartney’s wrapped Jaguar XEs, employ fashion stars directly.)

These days, with consumers more educated and demanding than ever, they’ve got to.

“I don’t think there’s any separation between architecture, interiors, art, music, fashion anymore — they all blend together,” said Keith Baptista at breakfast in Soho last week. The co-founder of MADE Studios had just finished his company’s run of Lexus-sponsored New York fashion shows. “In order for automakers to reach those luxury customers, they have to be there. They have to be involved in those worlds.”

While it’s not as influential as the shows in Detroit and Los Angeles, the Paris Auto Show is a crucial opportunity for luxury automakers to flex some of their considerable muscle in their own backyard. And for foreign automakers like Citroen, Renault, Skoda, Vauxhall, and Peugeot that sell primarily in Europe and Asia, it’s vital.

World Debuts

One crucial debut is Lamborghini’s Asterion, a brand-new plug-in hybrid electric concept. The car has 910 horsepower and will go 31 miles (50 km) on pure electric energy before engaging its motor. CEO Stephan Winkelmann called it a ‘ground-breaking, crucial step’ for the Volkswagen AG-owned company.

Another VW subsidiary, Audi, will show off a brand-new A4 sedan and its next-generation R8 Supercar; MINI will debut its Superleggera Vision Concept; and Land Rover will introduce the athletic Discovery Sport. Ducati is showing its novel Scrambler motorcycle, an update to a classic frame.

Daimler’s Mercedes-Benz AMG GT will finally show its face to the public along with a handful of other Mercedes-Benz offerings (S-Class Hybrid, C-Class Wagon). Infiniti’s stunning two-door Q80 Concept and Volvo’s charming next-generation SUV, the XC90, round out a strong group of luxury oriented new cars.

Convertible Life

The Ferrari 458 Speciale A is the most powerful Ferrari convertible in history, hitting 60 mph in 3 seconds on a 605-horsepower V8 engine. Nearly as quick is its retractable aluminum hard top, which takes just 14 seconds to deploy and adds only 50kg (110 lbs) over the coupe version. Source: Ferrari
The Ferrari 458 Speciale A is the most powerful Ferrari convertible in history, hitting 60 mph in 3 seconds on a 605-horsepower V8 engine. Nearly as quick is its retractable aluminum hard top, which takes just 14 seconds to deploy and adds only 50kg (110 lbs) over the coupe version. Source: Ferrari

Shown in Geneva as a “design preview,” Alfa Romeo’s stylishly tiny 4C Spider is leading the pack of cool convertibles on show. In addition to the allure of its hot Italian body, it is also light, weighing just over 2,000 pounds. That’s less than half what the primo luxe sedans from Rolls-Royce and Bentley weigh. So when you pair that flyweight with the 1.75-liter turbo four-cylinder engine, you get a sporty and relatively efficient 237 horsepower and 258 pound-foot of torque.

Elsewhere in drop-top world, BMW has a turbocharged 2-Series convertible that hints at a larger brand pivot: targeting buyers who want something compact and cheaper. (The company’s bread-and-butter 3-Series has maintained its size and heft since its 1975 debut.) The 2-Series is more driving-focused than its 4-Series counterpart, with a lighter fabric roof and choice of a 240 hp four-cylinder or 320 hp six-cylinder engine. No other brand will have a rear-wheel drive convertible of similar size and at a (relatively) lower MSRP; final pricing yet to be announced.

Ferrari, on the other hand, has no such qualms about appearing immodest. This week in Paris it will show the 458 Speciale A, a limited edition series celebrating the various versions of the 458. (That model is famous for winning, among other races, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 12 Hours of Sebring.) It’s the most powerful Ferrari convertible in history, hitting 60mph in 3 seconds on a 605-horsepower V8 engine. Nearly as quick: its retractable aluminum hard top, which takes just 14 seconds to deploy and adds only 110 lbs. (50 kg) over the coupe version. That’s quite a feat for the stereotypically heavy and stiff convertible body.

Luxe Lifers

The Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Editions comes in monochrome white or black, but buyers can also add highlights of color throughout on items like brake calipers or accent stitching. They’ll have two-door coupe body style with 2+0 seating or Volante body style with 2+2 seating. Each will have a carbon fiber-bonded body with bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED side lights and direction indicators; LED light blade tail-lamps; and an exposed Carbon Fibre splitter, diffuser, and sill blade. Source: Aston Martin
The Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Editions comes in monochrome white or black, but buyers can also add highlights of color throughout on items like brake calipers or accent stitching. They’ll have two-door coupe body style with 2+0 seating or Volante body style with 2+2 seating. Each will have a carbon fiber-bonded body with bi-xenon headlamps with integrated LED side lights and direction indicators; LED light blade tail-lamps; and an exposed Carbon Fibre splitter, diffuser, and sill blade. Source: Aston Martin

The Aston Martin Vanquish Carbon Black and Carbon White — other extremely limited editions of an existing model — will also make an appearance. Aston calls the black version a ‘perfect accentuation’ of the GT nature of its V12 sports car, as witnessed by its strong dark theme: black window surrounds, 10-spoke glossy black alloy wheels, an exposed carbon fiber roof, mirror caps and arm (black black black). The white version is an essay on contrast as its “Stratus White” paint plays against the dark carbon trim.

Each of these monochrome Vanquishes (also offered in the convertible Volante) comes with the ability to add highlights of color on, say, an accent brake caliper or an accent stitch or welt. Pricing has yet to be announced.

Finally, Bentley will show its 2015 Mulsanne Speed sedan, which will go on sale in 2016. True, a forthcoming SUV will be the hype-getter — it’s due out in 2016 — but don’t overlook that twin-turbo Speed. It houses Bentley’s classic six and three quarter V8 and is the most powerful luxury sedan of its kind ever, with 530 horsepower and 811 pound-feet of torque, up from the 505 hp and 752 pound-feet of its predecessor, and considerably faster. Bentley is trying to promote the Mulsanne as not just a touring sedan but as a powerful modern driver, so the steering and suspension have been improved; speed will hit 60 mph in 4.8 seconds before it tops out at 190mph. That is impressive considering the car weighs nearly 6,000 pounds.

By Hannah Elliott

Source: bloomberg.com

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IF design award ceremony

Marking the 61st iF design awards, a total of 75 iF gold awards in all three iF design awards were presented tonight at BMW Welt in Munich.

iF CEO Ralph Wiegmann hosted the ceremony in BMW’s spectacular architecture and presented the 75 happy winners with their coveted trophies designed by Herbert H. Schultes. After the glamorous ceremony, some 2,000 guests from the areas of design, business, culture, politics and the media enjoyed a relaxed get-together.

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IF design award ceremony

This year’s iF design awards saw a total of 4,615 entries. Consisting of international design experts from various areas, the jury recognized 1,626 entries with the iF label: 1,220 in the iF product design award 2014, 311 in the iF communication design award 2014 and 95 in the iF packaging design award 2014. Participants from 55 countries competed in the awards.

 

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Enrique Luis Sardi and Miss Moldavia

Once more, the prestigious iF design awards night took place during Munich Creative Business Week (MCBW), which, from 22 February to 2 March, offered a top-class programme featuring important themes in design.

Among the winners there is Enrique Luis Sardi. His design for the Tornos SwissNano industrial machine was awarded the prize for the best design of a industrial machine.


Source: IF Design Award