Exhibition «ADI Awards 2024. Industrial design and design culture»

May 31th 2024

ADI Awards 2024

Photo: Anna Mas. From May 31 to August 25 you can see the exhibition at the Disseny Hub Barcelona «ADI Awards 2024. Industrial design and design culture», a great sample of some of the best products designed and marketed, in the last two years, by designers or companies in the country, nationally and internationally.

The exhibition is organized by ADI-FAD (Industrial Design Association for the Promotion of Arts and Design) and includes 164 selected products and projects, from among those presented to the ADI Awards. This is an essential exhibition to know what is happening today in the industrial design sector in our country, since it compiles marketed products from areas as diverse as design for food, digital devices, design for the body, accessories and tools, outdoor equipment, indoor equipment, lighting, materials and construction elements, mobility and packaging.

In the sample you can see the great connection that exists between design and industry in the selected products, even in some of the projects presented by the students. Companies are clearly betting on sustainability and technological innovations, but without leaving aside beauty, which is integrated into the function that every object must fulfill. This fact is especially noticeable in some types of highly complex products, such as electric vehicles and digital devices. In this sense, the design teams of companies take a special role for their indispensable work in industrial production processes.

The ADI Awards exhibition also includes two honorary awards to companies, entities or people who stand out for their continued career in their commitment to excellence in design: the Delta Trajectory, awarded to the motorcycle company Montesa, and the ADI Culture Career Award, which in this edition will be awarded to the Mies van der Rohe Foundation. Both honorary awards have a space in which to be displayed. The Montesa Impala was one of the first products to win a Delta Gold award, in 1962, and on display is the first motorcycle of this model to leave the factory. In the case of the Fundació Mies, you can see a more symbolic object, a fragment of a beam from the original pavilion, as well as the mythical Barcelona chair.

On the other hand, the exhibition "ADI Awards 2024. Industrial design and design culture" has a more philosophical level of reading for all those who want to delve into some concepts long debated in the world of thought, referring to the relationship with objects. and with the role of design. Through various texts, viewers will be able to discover new concepts from which to interpret the objects in the exhibition from a different perspective.

THE ADI AWARDS 2024

The ADI Awards bring together three recognitions in different areas of design: the Delta Awards for professionals and industrial design companies, awarded since 1961, the ADI medals for students, which have been granted since 1976, and the ADI Culture Awards, started in 2016 and focused on projects that value the culture of design.

The new call, marked by a large participation, has had a group of experts, from different fields of design, communication, teaching and design theory to evaluate the products and projects presented and designate those selected in each category , which are the ones that can be seen in the exhibition: a total of 164 of the 350 initially presented. The awards ceremony will take place on June 13th, 2024, in a ceremony at the Disseny Hub Barcelona.

42nd edition of the Delta Awards

Since 1961, ADI-FAD has promoted the Delta Awards in recognition of the work of companies and designers, with the aim of promoting design excellence in the articulation of innovative, functional and ethically responsible objects.

Configurators of the material and immaterial culture of our time and our country, up to 131 products are part of this exhibition.

Segmented into 10 categories, the objects have been selected by the committee of experts formed by Maria Baxauli, Jordi Ballesta, Daniel Caballero, Pilar Chiva, Jim Palau, Mireia Andrés, Ricardo Zuccarelli, Jordi Esteve, Valérie Bergeron, Tomás López, Ariadna Rousaud, Lucía Bruni, Raúl García, Elsa Yranzo, Alejandra Gandia-Blasco, Julia Esqué and Agnès Blanch.

The 10 categories are: Accessories and tools, Design for food, Digital devices, Design for the body, Outdoor equipment, Indoor equipment, Lighting, Mobility, Packaging, Materials and construction elements.

The exhibition also includes the distinction of the Delta de Oro and Delta de Plata awards, made by the international jury made up of: Raffaella Mangiarotti, Lucas Muñoz, Phillipe-Albert Lefebvre and Marisa Santamaría.

The Delta Awards trophy is designed by Lúcid Design Agency.

29th edition of the ADI Medals

ADI-FAD, with the collaboration of the Banco Sabadell Foundation, invites young designers to present their final degree, master's or postgraduate projects to the ADI Medals with the aim of contributing to establishing bridges between the academic field and the industrial world, and encourage the talent of the younger generations.

In this edition, the jury made up of Xavier Torras, Bern Donadeu, Ángela Montagud, Xueyu Ji and Pablo Sevilla has selected 15 projects that will compete for one gold, two silver and 12 bronze in the final phase. The medal award is designed by Ariadna Sala Nadal, the ex aequo winner of the 2022 Gold Medal.

5th edition of the ADI Culture Awards

ADI Cultura aims to promote public recognition of projects that help promote and social and conceptual updating of product design, or serve to encourage dialogue, ideas and initiatives in the discipline.

An award that responds to the current reality, where product design goes beyond objects, it is aimed at cultural projects, events, exhibitions, installations, publications, documentaries and other expressions that delve into the experimental field, research and the innovation.

The Jury of the ADI Cultura 2024 Awards, made up of Reme Samper, Pilar Marcos, Anna Majó, Massimo Menichinelli and Xavier Franquesa, has selected 16 projects that will compete for a gold, a silver and 6 bronzes in the final phase of each category: Publications and Events. The winners' trophy will be designed by Turbine Studio.

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