Red Dot Award pro Pixel!

april 2019

Another major award for Pixel seating system, this time a prestigious 2019 Red Dot design award. An international jury of leading experts from around the world has crowned the unconventional Pixel seatin system, made of leftover materials. Representing the award-winning product were David Karásek, chie designer of mmcité1, and design duo Herrmann & Coufal. They backed upcycling – using material that would otherwise be thrown away – to create an outdoor seating system which stunned audiences with its variability and fresh design. As the world’s most prestigious design award, the Red Dot Award was the most pleasant of surprises. Every year the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westphalen gives out the Red Dot awards for the best product design achievements of the year, and only one percent of entrants come away with a prize.

“Making the best possible use out of our materials is, of course, a huge consideration for us, and it begins with the design itself. Not wasting material is the most ecological thing to do, but how do you make use of something that would normally be thrown away? That was the real challenge. We wanted to design a product that would be aesthetically unique, bring something genuinely new to the public realm, and also use up timber which would have otherwise ended up burnt as firewood. We have also come up with a way to anchor small wooden lamellas to the frame in a unique, patented way.” explains David Karásek from mmcité1.

Pixel is unique not only conceptually, but also in the possibilities it opens up. It is based around a simple square module supported by a single central leg, from where an endless variety of seating arrangements can spawn. The seat consists of wooden lamellas, which can be arranged in various orientations to form part of the playful design created by the final arrangement. The seating can be accented with backrests attached anywhere on the seating area, as well as small cylindrical flowerpots which fit the same grid as the seats themselves. The Pixel name did not come about by chance – it really is possible to create pixel-like forms in real life public spaces, not trapped on a screen. Lastly, but by no means least, Pixel creates a comfy place to sit.

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