What Does It Take to Earn a Chicago Athenaeum GOOD DESIGN Award?

By :- Kate, On July 13, 2016 in ::-House

When you choose to install a bulthaup kitchen, you’re receiving a product that comes from a company that has been recognised by the one of the most prestigious design award programs in the world.

The GOOD DESIGN awards are presented each year by The Chicago Athenaeum, and the program is now in its 66th year. Started by former MoMA curator Edgar Kaufmann, Jr in 1950, and bringing together such design luminaries as Charles and Ray Eames, Russel Wright, and Eero Saarinen, the GOOD DESIGN award was created to honour and reward the pioneers of modern design. Only those designers and manufacturers that push beyond the average and pursue nothing but the exceptional are considered.

Every year, designers and manufacturers from around 50 nations are selected for their singular achievements in contemporary design. The winners have been as diverse as their works have been ground-breaking. Everything from a Boeing 787 Dreamliner to a paperclip has been honoured with the award.

No matter the project, each winner will have adhered to a strict set of criteria in order to even be considered. The GOOD DESIGN program places strong emphasis on form, function, and aesthetics, and all submissions are judged by a distinguished jury of professionals, specialists, and critics. They look for innovation and excellence in terms of:

  • Form
  • Materials
  • Construction
  • Concept
  • Function
  • Utility
  • Energy Efficiency

Any design firms and manufacturers that are skilled enough to take home a GOOD DESIGN award earn the right to use the Athenaeum’s GOOD DESIGN logo to mark and identify the selected product in marketing, publications, promotions, and communication campaigns. This is one of the most valued seals of approval in the design world, and it instantly sets whatever it touches out as something special.

The GOOD DESIGN program has upheld the highest standards for close to 70 years; the fact that bulthaup has earned one of their awards is proof that their kitchens are unparalleled. If you’d like to find out more about the range of bulthaup kitchens that are available through reputable bulthaup specialists, we recommend visiting the Hobsons Choice website.