To Singapore and back in 72 hours.

Just a few years ago we would never have dared dream that we’d travel to the other side of the world for an award ceremony, but in the summer of 2017, when the invitation to the award ceremony for the Red Dot Award found its way into our office, well, we didn’t really have a choice, did we? Grinning ear to ear, we booked two flights then and there. A few months later it was really time to get packing and then off to Singapore. On a rainy Tuesday morning in Dresden’s Central Station, our adventure began: Dresden — Berlin — Munich — Bangkok — Singapore. And back in less than 48 hours.

The most coveted distinction of the Design Scene

As the world’s most renowned design contest, The Red Dot Design Award has been recognizing and awarding products and design concepts of excellent quality for over 60 years. Over the years the Red Dot has become a highly-sought-after quality seal in the design industry and bestows prizes in 3 categories each year: Product Design, Communication Design, and Design Concept. The Red Dot Award: Design Concept aims to identify the products of tomorrow that stand out in their innovation and uniqueness. In 2016, more than 4,000 applications were submitted.

The most innovative design lamp

With VARA we secured the coveted award in Design Concept. Simplicity is the key to VARA. Through VARA’s modular build and digital control, we’ve made it possible to bring light to life via smartphone. With just the tap of a finger or speech input, you can create unique light scenarios, which can be saved and recalled later. The intelligent system also allows users to track, regulate, and sustainably reduce energy consumption.

Preparation for the award ceremony

As soon as we arrived our travel woes were as good as forgotten. The asian metropolis awaited us with blissful weather of 33 degrees and pure sunshine. Since we had about 4 hours from the time we landed until the award ceremony, we made a quick stop at our hotel for a breather. Taking into account the trendy design hotel we were staying at, it wasn’t hard to unplug for a moment and enjoy our surroundings. Sadly, there wasn’t much time for that, as the hour had already come to unpack the tux and cocktail dress, fix our hair, and try to conceal any signs of jetlag.

The highlight of the evening

Recharged and dressed for the ceremony, we decided to take the Marina Bay route. The event took place right on the promenade in the well-known Red Dot Design Museum. The evening was a dream for us: an impressive atmosphere, interesting people from all over the world and, of course, the high-point of the evening — the public presentation of the award. By the end of the evening, we were dazed by the stunning impressions and fell into our beds overjoyed.

Sadly we had to return to Dresden the very next day. Despite getting 15 hours of sleep tops over 3 days, it was well worth the trek, and we’d gladly do it again to see one of our products presented at one of the world’s most prestigious design museums. We are unbelievably proud and honored to have been able to take part in this wonderful event.

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