XXI ADI Golden Compass Award 2008

During the year in which Torino is called on to represent Italy in the culture of projects and the tradition of Design, the awards ceremony of the 21st Golden Compass represents one of the key moments in the calendar of events that have been organized for Torino 2008 World Design Capital.
The ceremony ideally follows the opening of the exhibition The Pure Gilt of Italian Design, that was inaugurated last April 24th at the Scuderia Juvarriana of the Reggia di Venaria. The exhibition features over 400 objects from the Historical Collection of the Golden Compass and now includes the objects that won the 21st Golden Compass Award. The expanded exhibition will be open to the public until August 31st of this year.

This event, for the design experience of Tuscany was an opportunity of high visibility. Infact, among the ten awarded products by the jury chaired by Mario Bellini, the chair R606 Uno is an ideal representation of the region. For its clear shapes and lines – designed by Bartoli Design – for the high technology research inner in the used material ‐ discovered by Fauciglietti Engineering – and, finally, for its producer – Segis, a Tuscan company founded in 1983 by Franco Dominici, Poggibonsi - Siena.

Another recognition of the value of tuscan creativity is also the nomination of a 100% tuscan concept: Progetto Veicolo Minimo, a prototipe of a folding bicycle designed by Alessandro Belli for Tecnologie Urbane.

Mario Bellini, architect (President), Milan / Chew Moh-Jin, technologist, Singapore / Lieven Daenens, director Design Museum Gent, Belgium / Carla Di Francesco, director PARC, Roma / Carlo Forcolini, past-president ADI, designer, Milano / Norbert Linke, designer, Germania - Belgio / Emanuele Pirella, author, Milan / Richard R. Whitaker, architect, USA.


Big, shelving system designed by Marc Sadler and produced by Caimi Brevetti

Modular shelving system inspired by architectural components, with T-shaped aluminium posts, perforated track, and sheet steel shelving in a patented shape. Big is caracterized by a high front lip and a crisp corners. The clear-cut shape is combined with the precise study of the details that facilitate anchoring and mounting procedures.

Città di Torino, Look of the City - Olimpiadi Invernali 2006, installation by Italo Lupi, Ico Migliore and Mara Servetto for Città di Torino (Direzione Comunicazione Promozione Turismo)

The first example of an independent image that was nevertheless at the same time integrated with the official image of the 2006 Winter Olympics. Look of the City constructed a visual interface that now involves the whole city. Distributed across the 130 square kilometres of the city’s urban fabric, the project is articulated in a series of iconographies, installations, fixed and dynamic, corporate identity, all featuring the same vermilion red colour (cinabro).

MT3, rocking chair designed by Ron Arad Associates and produced by Driade

A lengthy study of production technology has enabled furniture elements to be made of two-coloured materials using rotation moulding. The process of introducing the polyethylene in the form of powders coloured in the mass in two phases differentiates the embossed external surface from the smooth internal one, which is revealed when the sides are subjected to the final cut, executed by a five-axis numerical control machine.

Stand Horm, stand design by Toyo Ito for Horm

This stand constitutes a reinterpretation of the trade fair stand’s display function. In addiction to the products presented, the loadbearing structure itself – made of wood with curved profiles made of aluminium extruded through a custum-designed matrix – testifies to the company’s abilities and communicates its potential.

Neos, wristwatch designed byCuldeSac produced by Lorenz

This watch’s six-piece steel case is made using an innovative process that gives the product a hollowed look, revealing the coloured resin perimeter ring at the side. This ring’s assembly is made possible by the tunnel configuration of the bracelet attachments, wich are fixed to the top of the case, and of the key plaque and crown protection.

Mix, luminaire designed by Alberto Meda and Paolo Rizzatto, produced by Luceplan

With its flexible wiry body and flat head, this reading lamp transfers the advantages of the Chip on Board Led technology into the domestic environment: comprising several groups of multicoloured diodes, the illuminator generates a warmer light than that usually cast by Leds and also has a long working life, while contributing to energy saving. The direction of an amber filter can be adjusted using a small lever to correct the lamp’s colour yield and make it more like that produced by halogen sources.

Trioli, children's chair designed by Eero Aarnio produced by Magis

As part of the “Me-Too” collection designed especially for children, this multifunctional chair-cum-toy enables three different uses depending on its position: high, low, or like a rocking horse. The handle is a safety element and makes transport easier.

Nido, concept car designed and produced by Pininfarina

Focusing on the problem of safety and urban mobility, the design team concentrated on small-scale vehicles and developed this twoseater car. As the name (which means “nest”) suggests, Nido surrounds and protects the driver using three main elements: a chassis comprising a deformable front part and a rigid cell around the occupants; a shell that contains the driver and the passenger and acts as a sled that can slide horizontally along a central rail; two impact absorbers that act to dissipate energy. In case of a frontal collision, the vehicle absorbs part of the energy in the deformable front area of the chassis, while the rest makes the passenger compartment slide away from the point of impact and enables its gradual, controlled deceleration for the occupants. The colour scheming also emphasises the elements concerned with safety.

R606 Uno, chair designed by Bartoli Design and Fauciglietti Engineering, produced by Segis

This first application of the patented R606 polymer tests out its functional possibilities in a chair whose rigorous configuration is opposed to its soft material, applied to the interior support in a single stamp.

Shaka, yacht designed by Wally, Lazzarini Pickering Architetti and Farr Yacht Design, produced by Wally

Built using lightweight materials, this cruise and regatta yacht features a continous plexiglas skylight that marks the low superstructure and illuminates the below-decks. The teak deck with square portholes is completely uncumbered, while the sofas and tables in the cockpit are all removable. All the below-deck areas feature a dominant use of carbon fibre, versatile space layouts and an alert eye for colour schemes and design details, such as the retaining rims around workshops and table in the gallery and the custom designed leather hold-alls for clothing.


Luigi Caccia Dominioni

One of Italy’s leading postwar architects, he belongs to that select group of talents that anticipated and eventually helped found Italian design. His work as a designer is a rare synthesis of economy of expression, mastery of formal language, and technological expertise, and it has helped define the nature of Italian design and uniqueness of its products. The award pays belated tribute to a master designer whose work has always transcended ideology.

Renato De Fusco

His forty years and more as a design teacher, critic, historian and theoretician has provided several generations of design students and professionals with analytical and theoretical tools of exceptional usefulness and undisputed excellence. In op. cit., the magazine he founded and still edits, he has charted the evolution of Italian design from the 1960s to the present day in the light of parallel developments in art and architecture. His books have played major role in defining the disciplinary status of design.

Tito D’Emilio

Driven by a love of beauty, and in love with all things new, this exacting and methodical autodidact has turned his Catania store, dating from the early 1960s, into a beacon for Italian design retailing. Despite the drawbacks of his geographical location, his determination and courage as a retailer and advocate of good design helped foster awareness and appreciation of top-drawer manufacturers and products, Italian and otherwise, long before they achieved fame.

Dino Gavina

Gavina embarked on his extraordinary career as an endlessly inventive designer and Socratic midwife to talents other than his own in the early postwar years, when the word “design” was not yet a part of people’s everyday vocabulary. He was an endlessly curious man, permanently encamped outside or alongside the borders of existing ideas and assumptions, a lifelong devotee of innovation, always treading the borderline between art and design, ethics and aesthetics, industrial manufacturer and éditeur. He died in 2007, leaving a cultural trail which he himself blazed for others to follow.

Michele Provinciali

His career has made him one of the great graphic designers of today. His depth of culture, responsiveness to trends in avantgarde art, and profound humanism, are a measure of the special kind of freedom that has carried him beyond the constraints of disciplines and fashion. His achievement is a valuable object lesson for today’s new media artists.

Tobia Scarpa

An architect in the more sophisticated sense of the term, as well as a precocious designer, in his long partnership with Afra Bianchin he has created some of Italian design’s best known icons. His keen interest in manufacturing processes, technological and formal innovation and, most of all, his ongoing quest for new uses of materials, have become hallmark features of Italian design itself. His designs, which combine tradition and innovation, are consummate statements of how creative freedom can be harnessed to rigorous method.


Terence Conran

His sheer energy as a designer, entrepreneur and dealer shook Britain’s stuffy design establishment to its foundations in the early sixties. The shockwave then moved to France, the country he adores, with the opening of the Habitat store chain, whose selling techniques were as innovative as the products on sale. After losing control of his company on the Stock Exchange, he won success with a new range of products and his new chain of Conran stores. His exceptional talent made Sir Terence Conran the first British design professional to be awarded a knighthood.

Miguel Milá

His apparent rejection of all technology – a distinctive feature of his work – in fact conceals on ongoing quest for the right technology, neither more nor less. His design is the result of thinking about real, concrete problems, free from prejudice and theoretical postulates. According to Milá, who admits to never having been unduly interested in finding a workable definition of design, “the best design is what can be achieved using a bare minimum of elements.”


  • DMS 710, video projector designed by Design Group Italia and produced by 3M Italia

  • Carlo Mollino. Interni in piano-sequenza. Devalle Minola Lutrario, book written by Manolo De Giorgi and published by Abitare Segesta, Milan

  • Ciussai, radiator designed by Giorgio Di Tullio and Stefano Ragaini, produced by AD hoc

  • Big Shoom, table decoration designed byNigel Coates and produced by Alessi

  • Marli, bottle opener designed by Steven Blaess (LPWK)and produced by Alessi

  • Layout, Storage system designed by Michele De Lucchi and produced by Alias

  • Nuovo Pendolino per l'alta velocità, high speed train designed by Italdesign Giugiaro and produced by Alstom Transport Systems

  • Tubone, radiator designed by Andrea Crosetta and produced by da Antrax

  • Everywhere, light fixture designed by Ora Ito and produced by Artemide

  • Reeds, light fixture designed by Klaus Begasse and produced by Artemide

  • Talak, light fixture designed by Neil Poulton and produced by Artemide

  • Trifluo (My white light), light fixture designed by Franco Raggi and produced by Artemide

  • Ottochairs, seating system designed by Antonio Citterio and Toan Nguyen, produced by B&B Italia

  • Water drop, shower tray designed by Luca Cimarra and produced by Ceramica Flaminia

  • Prius, handle designed by Marco Acerbis and produced by Colombo Design

  • Stazione di Plaus, architectural graphics designed by Kathrin Gruber and Richard Veneri (Architekturbüro D3) for Comune di Plaus

  • Mima, luminaire designed by Federico Delrosso and produced by Davide Groppi

  • IronX, metallic sheet stamping process, designed byUfficio tecnico Donati Group and produced by Donati Group

  • Smooth Line, system for wiring designed by Marco Paolucci and produced by Eclettis

  • Puzzle, cooking module designed by Enzo Inzaghi and Roberto Pezzetta, produced by Electrolux Zanussi Italia

  • Z.Island, kitchen designed by Zaha Hadid Architects and produced by Ernestomeda

  • Flora Collection, office furniture designed by Fabio Flora and produced by Fantoni

  • Fiat Trepiùno, concept car designed by Roberto Giolito and Advanced Design Fiat Group, produced by Fiat Group Automobiles

  • 45, luminaire designed by Tim Derhaag and produced by Flos

  • Lite, flange for lines designed by Fausto Fazzini and produced by Fonderia Fazzini

  • Aurea, luminaire designed by Denis Santachiara and produced by FontanaArte

  • Twiggy, luminaire designed by Marc Sadler and produced by Foscarini

  • Foodesign Guzzini – Multipli di Cibo, cultural project with the partecipation of Aldo Colonetti for Fratelli Guzzini

  • Forma, knives for hard cheeses designed by Denis Santachiara and produced by Fratelli Guzzini

  • Mondaplen, corrugation process designed by Ufficio tecnico Grifal and produced by Grifal

  • Venezia, chair designed by Paolo Favaretto and produced by Gruppo Sintesi

  • DSC Axis 9000, community seating designed by Haworth Ricerca & Sviluppo and produced by Haworth

  • Tide, dresser designed by Karim Rashid and produced by Horm

  • OnlyOne, mixer tap designed by Lorenzo Damiani and produced by IB Rubinetterie

  • Tonda, ice-cream parlour window designed by Makio Hasuike & Co. and produced by IFI

  • D46 - Diablo, outdoor lighting system designed by Piero Castiglioni and produced by Ing. Castaldi Illuminazione

  • Freddy, cooler and freezer designed by Decoma Design and produced by Irinox

  • Brilliant, series of tiles designed by Iris Ceramica Design Team and produced by Iris Ceramica

  • Collezione MA.DE., series of tiles designed by Iris Ceramica Design Team and produced by Iris Ceramica

  • Toyota Volta, concept car designed by Italdesign Giugiaro and produced by Italdesign Giugiaro

  • Traveller Micronsphere, fabric designed by Riccardo Penna and produced by Lanificio Ermenegildo Zegna e Figli

  • Roma, sailing yacht designed by Lazzarini Pickering Architetti e Patrick Shaughnessy (Farr Yacht Design) withVittorio Mariani, Eva Christine Schenck. Produced by Latini Marine

  • Lili Marlene, luminaire designed by Alberto Fraser & Associates and produced by Luxit

  • Chair First, chair designed by Stefano Giovannoni and produced by Magis

  • Striped collection, series of seating designed by Erwan Bouroullec and Ronan Bouroullec (ERB), produced by Magis

  • Loom, chair designed by Franco Poli and produced by Matteograssi

  • Ghost, waste basket designed by Raffaele Lazzari and produced by Metalco

  • Sedis, bench designed by Antonio Citterio and Toan Nguyen, produced by Metalco

  • Zip, porfolio, backpack and bag designed by Makio Hasuike and produced by MH Way

  • No Waste Table, table designed by Ron Arad and produced by Moroso

  • Supernatural, chair designed by Ross Lovegrove and produced by Moroso

  • Next, modular system for use in hospital facilities designed by Emilio Molinaro and Andrea Ciotti (Studio OT), produced by Norlight

  • Strutture modulari urbane e sub urbane, mask designed by Renzo Guiscardi and produced by Nuova ORCMA

  • Rotola, caster for furnishings designed by Gabriele and Davide Adriano (Adriano Design), produced by OGTM Officine Meccaniche

  • 200C-V, door handle designed by Studio Pba and produced by Pba

  • Q-Big, sunshade structure designed by Martin Metz Design Projekte and produced by Pircher Oberland

  • EMUDE – Emerging User Demands for Sustainable Solutions, european research project coordinated by Ezio Manzini with Luisa Collina, Anna Meroni, Paolo Ciuccarelli, for Politecnico di Milano, Dipartimento INDACO

  • Ram, table designed by Decoma Design and produced by Porro

  • Electronic Tolling Charge Systems, electronic toll charge systems designed by Giulio Ceppi (Total Tool) and Lina Obregòn produced by Q-Free Asa

  • Gecode, code memorizer designed by Pier Francesco Ghisleri and produced by Radar

  • Vela, door designed by Studio Giuseppe Bavuso and produced by Rimadesio

  • BPL, luminaire designed by Camilla Diedrich and produced by Rotaliana

  • Multipot, lamp, multiple socket, accessories holder designed by Dante Donegani and Giovanni Lauda, produced by Rotaliana

  • New RKK, twin-channel ceramics klin designed by Isao Hosoe, Lorenzo De Bartolomeis and Emilio Cassani, produced by Sacmi Forni

  • Incanto AP, luminaire designed by Marco Ferreri and produced by Studio Italia Design

  • Kinesis, exercise equipment designed by Centro Stile Technogym and produced by Technogym

  • Progetto Veicolo Minimo, prototipe of a folding bicycle designed by Alessandro Belli for Tecnologie Urbane

  • Hyper-Wave, stone cladding designed by Pongratz Perbellini Architects and produced by Testi Fratelli – Industria Lavorazione Marmi e Graniti

  • X-Socks, structured sock designed by Bodo Lambertz and produced by Trerè

  • Régua, storage furniture designed by Álvaro Siza and produced by Unifor

  • Sincro, sliding door and panel system designed by Unifor Design and produced by Unifor

  • Backbrez, 8000Mask, protective mask designed by Filippo Pavesi and produced by Untraced

  • Riciclantica, door for modular kitchens designed by Gabriele Centazzo and produced by Valcucine

  • Vredestein Ultrac Sessanta, tyre designed by Italdesign Giugiaro and produced by Vredestein Banden

  • Wallpaper*Express, installation designed by Migliore + Servetto Architetti Associati for Wallpaper*Magazine UK with Bombardier

    ADI Golden Compass Award - Compasso d’Oro ADI Award
    The ADI Golden Compass Award is universally regarded as the supreme accolade for originality, excellence and achievement in industrial design. For more than fifty years it has played a major role in promoting Italian design worldwide. The award was created in 1954 by the La Rinascente department store in Milano to encourage “product aesthetics” and boost Italy’s nascent “industrial design” sector. The award’s logo, a reference to the compasses invented by Adalbert Goeringer to measure the Golden Section, was designed by graphic Albe Steiner. The compasses trophy is the work of architects Alberto Rosselli and Marco Zanuso. The award subsequently passed from La Rinascente to ADI (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale). ADI is responsible for organising the award, which is held every three years. Products are selected by regional observers, theme committees and a coordination committee, which jointly produce the annual ADI Design Index of best design products. An international jury confers Compasso d’Oro awards every three years on the basis of the ADI Index listings. Each year more than 150 design critics help ADI to shortlist products. ADI transferred the conservation and management of its Historical Collection of award-winning and cited products to Fondazione ADI in 2001. In 2002, Fondazione ADI applied for government recognition of the ADI Golden Compass Award Historical Collection as a heritage asset meriting official guardianship and protection. Cataloguing of products listed in the Collection in 2003 led to official recognition of the Collection as a “heritage asset of outstanding artistic and historical interest” in a Decree issued by the Lombardy Regional Superintendency of the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture on 22 April 2004. This epoch-making change attributed new importance to material and immaterial design culture and conferred national and international status on the Compasso d’Oro Collection.

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