The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design has announced the winners of its 2005 Good Design Awards. Good Design is an international competition that honors graphics and products designed and manufactured within the last three years in 18 categories that include electronics; furniture; office products; industrial equipment; medical equipment; urban furniture/architecture; tabletop; kitchen and bath; household products; and lighting.
The competition was founded in 1950 by Edgar J. Kaufmann, Jr., the first curator of industrial design at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, to recognize the advancement of innovative design concepts that influence the ways in which we live, work, and play. This year's jury used the same criteria - which measures innovation, form, materials, construction, concept, function, and utility, as well as appearance and aesthetic appeal - outlined in the original program.
More than 200 products and graphic designs were selected. The following manufacturers and design firms had winning products in the lighting category: Dise?o Actual Barcelona, Santa & Cole, Belux, Modiss, Lumini, Dark, Valenti, and Fuseproject. Leviton won an electronics award for its Acenti Collection, a line of wiring devices, including dimmers, switches, remotes and wallplates.
The Chicago Athenaeum will showcase the winners in an exhibition scheduled to open in early summer 2006.