The theme of the 2018 edition of the Compasso d’Oro was how present design is in our everyday lives, which the international jury will have been mindful of when selecting the winners from among the 1,200 proposals put forward by the ADI Permanent Design Observatory - some 150 specialists, including designers, researchers and specialist journalists, whose job it is to present to the public objects (but that’s not all) with the highest design component each year.
The 16 winners include products and companies that have taken part in the Salone del Mobile.Milano: Artemide’s Discovery pendant lamp, the Eclipse bathroom taps by Boffi, the NikolaTesla cooker hood by Elica, the Origami radiator by Tubes Radiatori and Technogym’s Skillmill fitness equipment. The same is true of many of the 56 honourable mentions, such as the Arrital and Lago kitchens, lighting by Linea Light Group, Be.emanuelgargano and Simes, La Cividina’s Pinch sofa, Kartell’s Piuma chair and Elica’s Snap air quality balancer.
More than seventy years on from the first ever edition, the Compasso d’Oro is now a much-respected platform that chronicles a complex and vital industrial system, built on creativity, production know-how, and distribution and communication skills, as Umberto Cabini, president of the ADI Compasso d’Oro Foundation Collection said. It is a platform that does not simply celebrate excellent design, but also looks to the future, always quick to promote “good design.”
The inauguration of the exhibition took place following the award ceremony on 20th June. It will run until 26th June, showcasing products and designs put forward for the Targa Giovani Award. The exhibition is being held in the Cortile della Rocchetta at the Sforza Castle, along with an installation by young students from the IED School of Visual Arts, which explores the relationship between the millennial society and a number of design classics, delving into issues linked to economic, social and technical factors.