The title of ‘Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2017’ has gone to the Canyon Design Team, who will be included in the Hall of Fame of international design for ‘consistent and unparalleled design performance’. This year alone, two bicycles were awarded the top award, Red Dot: Best of the Best.
‘The constant best achievements and new impetus in the industry will be honoured on 3 July as part of the Red Dot Gala, when the designers from Canyon will receive their trophy and the Red Dot: Design Team of the Year 2017 title on stage at Essen’s Aalto-Theater in Germany.
Since as far back as 1988, Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen has been selecting a team each year that ‘produces convincing, excellent product design year after year’. Examples of winners from former years include Mercedes Benz, frogdesign, Audi, Sony, Apple, adidas, LG Electronics, Porsche, Grohe, Veryday, Bosch; and in 2016 the Blackmagic Industrial Design Team led by Simon Kidd.
Simon Kidd, Director of Industrial Design, will pass on the Radius challenge cup to Canyon CEO Roman Arnold during the Red Dot Gala in Essen.
In 1985 Canyon started selling bicycle parts in Koblenz under the name Radsport Arnold. The parts were initially sold from a blue trailer, then from a garage and soon after from a bicycle shop. By 1996, the company’s first own bikes went into production. The decisive steps to becoming a leading international bicycle manufacturer were made in the early 2000s: Radsport Arnold was renamed Canyon Bicycles GmbH in 2002, and direct online sales started in 2003.
What was once a trailer has now become a whole factory. The 22,000 square-metre Canyon Factory produces around 400 bikes daily and dispatches these around the world directly from the factory.
Professor Dr Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award said “I am delighted that this year’s ‘Red Dot: Design Team of the Year’ title of honour goes to Canyon, which has become a global player in the industry and has been filling our jury with enthusiasm for several years now. Canyon bikes show the potential a brand can develop when the focus is on the person, who is always searching for more than just a bike: namely a constant companion in the countryside or in the city, or as a professional athlete.
“This is achieved through the exemplary customer-focused design and by the unique production and sales structures.”
Since 1985, Roman Arnold, founder and CEO of Canyon Bicycles GmbH, has been the head of the company. In addition to numerous milestones in the company’s history – from the sale of the first Canyon bike in 1996 to the expansion of international markets and the entry to the US market this year – this award has a special value for Roman Arnold. He said, “For Canyon, being named Red Dot: Design Team of the Year means the expression of utmost appreciation of the huge dedication of our developers and designers over many years. Winning an award for something that we consider to be hugely important without putting ourselves forward for this award highlights the significance of this distinction.
“We are honoured that Canyon as a bicycle manufacturer will take its place in a Hall of Fame alongside the world’s biggest designers.”
It is tradition for the Red Dot: Design Team of the Year to present its achievements in a special exhibition it designs itself. This can be visited alongside the ‘Design on Stage – Winners Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017’exhibition in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen. The Canyon Design Team will display its successes in the exhibition entitled ‘Design that talks’ from 3 July, the day of the Red Dot Gala, to 27 August.