2006 GOOD DESIGN JURY
Claudia Fischer, Deputy Cultural Attaché, Consulate of Switzerland, New York
Dan Formosa, Smart Design, New York
Amelie Heinsjö, Counselor for Press and Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Sweden, New York
Juulia Kauste, Finnish Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York/Helsinki
Jiro Okuyama, Deputy Consul General, Japan Information Center, New York
Nancy Perkins, IDSA, Perkins Design Ltd., Murfreeboro, TN
Masamichi Udagawa, Antenna Design New York Inc., New York
Lella Vignelli, Vignelli Design, New York
Christian K. Narkiewicz-Laine, The Chicago Athenaeum
Ioannis Karalias, Architect, The Chicago Athenaeum
Lary L. Sommers, The Chicago Athenaeum
Kieran Conlon, Dublin, Ireland
The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design announces the Museum's annual GOOD DESIGN™ Awards for 2006 won by the world's most prestigious industrial design firms and manufacturers in over 25 countries.
The Awards elevate the best and finest new design and design innovation for products and graphics designed and manufactured as of 2004 to the present.
Founded in 1950, GOOD DESIGN is the world's oldest and most celebrated awards program that bestows international recognition upon designers and manufacturers for advancing new and innovative product concepts and for stretching the envelope beyond what is considered standard product and consumer design.
The Awards for 2006 are for the following categories: electronics, sports equipment, children's products, furniture, office products, industrial equipment, medical equipment, fabric/textiles, automotive/transportation, urban furniture/architecture, tabletop, kitchen andbath, household appliances, household products, lighting, hardware/tools, personal products, and graphics and packaging—sure to influence the environments and the ways in which we live, work, and play around the world and in the new millennium.
For the 2006 edition of GOOD DESIGN, The Chicago Athenaeum received hundreds of applications from 6 continents contributing to the international importance of the historic GOOD DESIGN Awards. Over 250 products and graphic designs were selected by a distinguished jury of recognized architects, designers, and authorities in the design world for recent designs worthy of the Museum’s GOOD DESIGN Award, attesting to the design energy, vitality, and current innovation in global design today.
The Jury for GOOD DESIGN based their decisions on aesthetic criteria stated in the original 1950 Program—criteria which measures innovation, form, materials, construction, concept, function and utility. Product appearance and aesthetic appeal is also considered. Both the 1950s and the Awards of the new millennium encourage manufacturers and designers to improve their design standards and quality. The Museum allows and encourages winning designers and manufacturers to use the GOOD DESIGN logo through a special license, the design by the late Chicago industrial designer, Mort Goldsholl in 1950, on product packaging, marketing, and promotions—just as it was used in during the 1950s.
GOOD DESIGN is organized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design—one of the Chicago area's most prestigious cultural institutions and the only museum of architecture and design in the United States in conjunction with Metropolitan Arts Press, Ltd.