Compasso d'Oro

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The logo of the Compasso d'Oro Design Prize, showing a compass to measure the Golden Section

Compasso d'Oro (Golden Compass) is the name of an Industrial Design award originated in Italy in 1954 by the La Rinascente company from an original idea of Gio Ponti and Alberto Rosselli. From 1964 it has been hosted exclusively by Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (ADI). It is the first and most recognized award in its field. The prize aims to acknowledge and promote quality in the field of industrial designs Made in Italy and is awarded by ADI.

History[edit]

The Castiglioni brothers contributed to establish the ADI and the Compasso d’Oro awards. Enzo Mari was president of the ADI from 1976 to 1979. It was the first award of its kind in Europe and soon took on an international dimension and relevance, multiplying the occasions on which the exhibitions of award-winning objects were held in Europe, the United States, Canada and Japan.

List of Compasso d'Oro Awards[edit]

Year Jury Entries ADI president Winners
1st 1954 Aldo Bassetti, Cesare Brustio, Gio Ponti, Alberto Rosselli, Marco Zanuso 5700 15
2nd 1955 Aldo Bassetti, Cesare Brustio, E. N. Rogers, Alberto Rosselli, Marco Zanuso 1300 12
3rd 1956 Aldo Bassetti, Cesare Brustio, Franco Albini, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Alberto Rosselli 1450 Alberto Rosselli (Birth of the ADI) 9
4th 1957 Aldo Bassetti, Cesare Brustio, Franco Albini, Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, Ignazio Gardella 1200 Giulio Castelli 5
5th 1959 Bruno Alfieri, Vico Magistretti, Giulio Minoletti, Augusto Morello, Giovanni Romano 1200 Livio Castiglioni 6
6th 1960 Ludovico Belgiojoso, Vico Magistretti, Augusto Magnaghi, Augusto Morello, Marco Zanuso 800 Franco Albini 10
7th 1962 Giulio Castelli, Franco Momigliano, Augusto Morello, Bruno Munari, Gian Battista Pininfarina Roberto Olivetti 9
8th 1964 Massimo Vignelli, Dante Giacosa, Vittorio Gregotti, Augusto Morello, Bruno Munari, Gino Valle Aldo Basetti 6
9th 1967 Aldo Basetti, Felice Dessi, Gillo Dorfles, Tomás Maldonado, Edoardo Vittoria Marco Zanuso 13
10th 1970 Francesco Mazzucca, Franco Albini, Jean Baudrillard, Achille Castiglioni, Federico Correa, Vittorio Gregotti, Roberto Guiducci, Albe Steiner Anna Castelli Ferrieri 10
11th 1979 Angelo Cortesi, Gillo Dorfles, Augusto Morello, Arthur Pulos, Yuri Soloviev 1167 Enzo Mari 39
12th 1981 François Barrè, Cesare De Seta, Martin Kelm, Ugo La Pietra, Pierluigi Spadolini Rodolfo Bonetto 16
13th 1984 Cino Boeri, Douglas Kelley, Antti Nurmesniemi, Giotto Stoppino, Bruno Zevi Giotto Stoppino 11
14th 1987 Angelo Cortesi, Rodolfo Bonetto, Marino Marini, Cara Mc Carty, Philippe Starck Angelo Cortesi 16
15th 1989 Pierliugi Molinari, Fredrik Wildhagen, Hans Wichmann, Cesare Stevan, Tomás Maldonado Pierlugi Molinari 12
16th 1991 Silvio Ceccato, Marcello Inghilesi, Victor Margolin, Pierlugi Molinari, Antti Nurmesniemi Angelo Cortesi 14
17th 1994 Dante Giacosa, Vittoriano Viganò, Giovanni Anceschi, Paola Antonelli, Uta Brandes, Jacob Gantenbein, Marja Heemskerk, Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani, Marco Migliari, Gianemiglio Monti, Mario Trimarchi Augusto Morello 13
18th 1998 Achille Castiglioni, Giuseppe De Rita, Marianne Frandsen, Fritz Frenkler, Sadik Karamustafa, Tomás Maldonado, Marco Zanuso Augusto Morello 15
19th 2001 Marie-Laure Jousset, Filippo Alison, François Burkhardt, Omar Calabrese, Francisco Jarauta, Maurizio Morgantini, Erik Spiekermann Giancarlo Iliprandi 13
20th 2004 Tomas Maldonado, Fulya Erdemci, Robert Fitzpatrick, Yutaka Mino, Pietro Petraroia, Richard Sapper, Angela Schönberger, Tomàš Vlček Carlo Forcolini 16
21st 2007?
22nd 2011

The Compasso d′Oro, the oldest industrial design award of Europe and one of the greatest honors of industrial design in the world, had its headquarters set in Hengfeng Creative Square in Ningbo on May 18. From now on, the election of the Compasso d′Oro in the Greater China Group will be made in Ningbo, the only base for the Group.

The Compasso d′Oro was set up in 1954, and now it is the highest honor in the industrial designing circle in Italy, as famous as the first grade international awards like the Red Dot Award. In 2004, the Cultural Heritage Department of Italy issued a law that the winners of the Compasso d'Oro are "national heritage. Over the past 50 years, about 300 designs have been honored by the Award, covering such products as racing bike, portable sewing machine, desk, sofa, vase, clothes hanger, drawer, clock, desk lamp, telephone, electric fan and coffee machine.

At present the management department of the Compasso d'Oro is Italy Industrial Designing Association and it is also the members of the International Industrial Designing Committee and the European Designing Bureau. According to the agreement signed with Hengfeng Creative Square, the Association will set up the "Chinese Designing Center of Italy Industrial Designing Association" in Hengfeng Creative Square, as its only headquarters in China. It promises to promote the development of industrial design of Ningbo. ningbo governmental news 23-05-2012 www. ningboexpat.com reference site.

Designers who have won a Compasso d'Oro prize[edit]

Designer Nationality Years Producer Object
Bruno Munari Italy 1954 1955 1979 Robots, Zani & Zani, Pigoma Zizi, Abitacolo, Ice bucket "TMT"
Kaj Franck Finland 1957 Career
Emilio Ambasz Argentina 1991 Qualis Chairs
Mario Bellini Italy 1962 1964 1970 1979 2001 Olivetti Divisumma 18
Philippe Starck France 2001 Kartell
Joe Cesare Colombo Italy 1967 1970 Kartell
Marco Zanuso Italy 1979 Vortice, Italy Ariante Fan
Gino Colombini Italy 1955 Kartell Trashcan
George Sowden UK 1991 Olivetti Fax OFX420
Konstantin Grcic Germany 2001 Flos Mayday Lamp
Harri Koskinen Finland 2004 Muu chair
Eero Aarnio Finland 2008 Magis Trioli children's chair
Ettore Sottsass Italy 1970 Olivetti Valentine portable typewriter

Trivia[edit]

The award is given as a Compass, the one invented by Adalbert Goeringer in 1893 to measure the Golden Section.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • ADI homepage The official web page of the Associazione per il Disegno Industriale (Italian).
  • Fiell, Charlotte & Peter (2001). Industrial Design A-Z. London: Taschen.