Josephinenhutte receives the 2022 Red Dot Design Award for its handmade mouth-blown Josephine glass collection. With over 6,000 entries, the international competition initiated by Professor Dr. Peter Zec is considered one of the largest and most prestigious awards in the design world.
The coveted seal of quality is awarded to products that demonstrate outstanding design. The award-winning Josephine glass design was created by Kurt Josef Zalto, one of the best-known glass designers of our time. This is the second award this year following the Iconic Award: Innovative Interior for Josephinenhutte.
"Our international jury had a considerable number of products to evaluate this year, as a large number of design submissions were presented to the professional jury of experts," states the award letter from Professor Dr. Peter Zec to Josephinenhutte. "In an evaluation process lasting several days, the submissions from all over the world were closely examined and judged according to design quality as well as the degree of innovation. The Josephine glass collection was able to hold its own in such a strong field of participants, and this is a testament to its exceptional quality!"
"This award is another accolade for the outstanding glass design of our partner Kurt Josef Zalto," said Marcus Meyer, ceo of Josephinenhutte. For decades Kurt Josef Zalto has been studying the influence of shapes and materials and their effect on the taste of wine. The iconic glass design of the Josephine is no coincidence and was due to the consistent development of the optimal glass shape for wine enjoyment. "We are very proud that our glass collection is internationally well-received due to its extraordinary design, but above all to the function of the glass." Kurt created the glass with a signature bend to enhance the optimal development of the aromas of the wine. Renowned sommelier Gina Duesmann noted, "The Josephine is so delicate that it unveils the wine in its most raw." This also coincides with the opinion of many winemakers. They reflect that their wines present themselves precisely, authentically, and unadorned in our glasses. "We put a lot of heart and soul and hard work into every single glass so that every touch becomes an extraordinary, sensory experience," noted Meyer.
The Josephine Collection
The glasses are exceptionally light and thin-walled, yet flexible, extraordinarily delicate and yet robust, of generous size, soft and smooth in the hand. The wine glasses are designed by a master of his craft, Kurt Josef Zalto. Each glass is like a sculpture, the result of many years of expert craftsmanship and the perfect combination of form and function. The ratio of height to diameter, the unique contour of the goblet, the conical base sharply tapering into the stem create the perfect harmony of touch, taste, and smell. A glass that brings out the perfect flavor of wines and its characteristic shape delights both the palate and the eye.
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About the Red Dot Design Award
The Red Dot Design Award is one of the largest design competitions in the world. Participants can enter products, brands, and communication projects as well as prototypes and design concepts in three disciplines. For each award, a jury meets annually to individually review the submissions and then decide on the awards.