COMPASSO D’ORO: THE MANY WAYS OF DESIGN

The Compasso d’Oro Award is one of the most prestigious prizes in the world of design and it was born in 1954 by an idea of the architect and designer Giovanni Ponti. Over the years many design objects have won the Compasso d’Oro Award.

“Yale”, “Sunset”, “Trioli” are some of the objects that have won the prize during the last years.



COMPASSO D’ORO AWARD - THE 2011 EDITION


In 2011 Compasso d’Oro came to its 24th edition.

Hope, designed by Francisco Gomez Paz and Paolo Rizzatto, won the award for its innovative design and for the usage of fresner lenses that create an extremely gentle light. This is a very original lamp since its refined technology “meets” contemporary materials.


Sunset is literally a mobile house. It was designed and planned by the HANGAR DESIGN GROUP for Movit by Pircher Oberland, that wanted to create something sustainable, functional and innovative. Its energetic efficiency ensures maximum output and it is perfect for those who love travelling and having all the comforts.



Yale” by Jean Marie Massaud won the prize in 2011 thanks to its minimal design that offers maximum comfort. Its simple structure is combined with soft pillows.




2008 EDITION


The edition of 2008 saw different designers and companies as winners of the Compasso d’Oro award.


Neos, by the designer Culdesac for the LORENZ company, won the prize for the category “personal accessory”. This wristwatch mixes modern design and the long tradition of the company.


Mix”, designed by Alberto Meda and Paolo Rizzato, is a sophisticated lamp with a minimalist structure. Since it is a led lamp, it offers great lighting and at the same time, its consumption is very low. When one says “intelligent design”…

Nidoby Pininfarina is a concept car that brings together the idea of design and engineering. “Nido” is a city car for two people and it is really safe for passengers thanks to its frame and the material in which it is made.




2004 EDITION


In 2004 Compasso d’Oro celebrated its 20th edition.


Ripplesis a seat designed by Toyo Ito and it is particular because of its shape. Actually, this kind of bench is sinuous and it is made with high-quality materials such as wood that, thanks to its ductility, gave birth to a sophisticated object of design.


Ptolomeois a self-standing bookcase. Bruno Rainaldi, the designer, thought about something that hides its structure, its shape, to enhance the essence of what it contains, in this case, books. A brilliant idea.


Brera Concept is the car of Alfa Romeo designed by Giorgetto Giugiaro and the company Italdesign Giugiaro. It won the award thanks to its concept of design combined with the world of motorsport.



2001 EDITION


In the 2001 edition of the award, among the others, won:


Chaise longue “Bikini by Franco Bizzozzero won the prize thanks to its classical design and the usage of a synthetic material that fits every shape.


May Day, designed and projected by Konstantin Grcic, is a flexible lamp that can be placed both inside and outside a building.


Bubble Club by Philippe Starck is a set that includes an armchair and a sofa with a simple colourful design that offer all the comfort that a person looks for in a sofa.


The world of design is really various and surprising, isn’t it?











Article by

Sara Orlandini


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