ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Victorinox Travel Gear convinced the 40-member expert panel for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014 of the high design quality of its Spectra™ 2.0 Dual-Access Global Carry-On. In the current competition, the international experts discussed and evaluated 4,815 entries from 53 countries, but only designs which won over the jury with quality and innovative strength won an award. The unique hardside luggage design by Victorinox Travel Gear was successful and received the coveted Red Dot quality seal as its deserved reward.
On July 7, 2014, the highlights of the internationally renowned product competition will be celebrated in Essen, Germany: the presentation of the acclaimed Red Dot during the traditional Red Dot Gala and subsequent Designers’ Night. On that evening, roughly 1,200 guests from around the world gather in Essen in order to experience the awards ceremony. In the course of the party in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen, the winners’ exhibition will also be opened, presenting the award-winning Spectra™ 2.0 Dual-Access Global Carry-On to a wide audience for four weeks before it enters the museum’s permanent exhibition.
The Spectra™ 2.0 Dual-Access Global Carry-On
Victorinox brings innovation to hardside luggage in the Spectra™ 2.0 Collection. Uniquely designed to make traveling with hardside luggage more convenient, the case is equipped with an integrated front zippered quick-access door and removable electronics panel to give you on-the-go accessibility to the things you need most while traveling - like a laptop, tablet, tickets, passport and more. This dual-access construction also accommodates your personal packing style and your travel essentials by allowing you to pack two ways – through the front quick-access door using a traditional top down method so you can organize clothing in a neat stack, or through the main opening using the 50/50 split to separate your belongings into two compartments. Engineered to be ultra-light without sacrificing durability, these 100% pure Bayer polycarbonate cases feature a scratch-resistant matte finish, protective corner guards and two layers of premium Bayer polycarbonate which absorbs impact without breaking or cracking. The material is 28% stronger than typical ABS plastic and is also used in football helmets, police riot shields and as a component in bulletproof glass. To ensure a stable roll, the case features eight wheels and an adjustable three-stop dual-trolley handle system. The dual-caster wheels feature a reinforced inner wheel housing and metal ball bearings for a smooth roll across virtually any surface.
Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, initiator and CEO of Red Dot, on the decision process in the Red Dot Award: “The 40 experts assessed the quality of the entries with the utmost care and attention. Due to their backgrounds, they also assessed the special cultural aspects of the designs from 53 countries. But only the best products receive an award from the jury. This is especially reflected in the percentage of successful entries in the Red Dot Award, which is much smaller in contrast to other international design competitions. Therefore, the winners can be proud of their achievements – with their entries, they stood out from the rest and were able to pass the test in front of the critical eyes of the experts. This success will be perceptible during the Red Dot Gala, when the laureates will receive the recognition of the international audience.”
The award-winning products in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen
With around 2,000 exhibits spread over an area of more than 4,000 square metres, the Red Dot Design Museum houses the largest exhibition of contemporary design worldwide. The award-winning products from the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014 will be presented in an impressive special exhibition from 8 July to 3 August 2014. Since touching and testing is expressly encouraged in the hands-on exhibition, visitors experience the current best achievements at close quarters in “Design on Stage.” This way, design enthusiasts can find out about the trends in international product design and assure themselves of the good quality of Spectra™ 2.0 Dual-Access Global Carry-On by Victorinox Travel Gear.
About Victorinox Travel Gear
For 130 years, Victorinox has produced products with a focus on iconic design, quality, innovation and functionality. These brand values reflect the Victorinox heritage and are carried through into Victorinox Travel Gear, as each model reflects the ingenuity of the Original Swiss Army Knife.
Victorinox Travel Gear is manufactured by TRG Group, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri USA. This specialized company has produced a comprehensive range of travel gear, business cases, lifestyle bags and accessories since 1999. Available in more than 80 countries throughout the world, Victorinox Travel Gear Collections are designed to meet the needs of today’s traveler. www.victorinox.com
About The Red Dot Design Award
With the Red Dot Design Award, the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen created an internationally renowned product competition. Its prize, the Red Dot, has established itself worldwide as one of the most sought-after quality marks for excellent design. The Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen displays the award-winning products in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen for at least one year.
In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. www.red-dot.de/press