The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies has awarded RIEDEL Winewings a 2020 GOOD DESIGN® Award.
The awards recognize the world's most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphic designs. The groundbreaking RIEDEL Winewings collection was awarded within the Tabletop category for 2020, recognised for its unique shape and functional character.
THE WORLD’S OLDEST DESIGN AWARD
GOOD DESIGN® was founded in Chicago in 1950 by Eero Saarinen and Charles and Ray Eames. It is the longest-standing program for design excellence worldwide, and one of the world’s most recognized.
In 2020, the Museum received a record number of submissions from over 48 countries. These entries came from the world’s leading manufacturers, and industrial and graphic design firms representing corporations within the design industry.
Last November, the 70th GOOD DESIGN® jury was held as an online meeting due to COVID-19, where they selected the designs and graphics worthy of the GOOD DESIGN® Award for their Design Excellence. This award represents the best consumer designs, considering sustainability, superior design, and unparalleled function.
To find out more, please visit gooddesign.org.
INTRODUCING A NEW MODERN
RIEDEL Winewings debuted last year to both critical and consumer praise. It saw the most significant shift in glassware aesthetic since the 1950s, when 9th generation Claus Riedel introduced a range of unadorned crystal glasses designed to work with the character of different wines. This award-winning collection, Sommeliers, formed the basis of 10th generation Georg Riedel cementing himself and the RIEDEL brand as a leader in functional modern glassware for both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.
In his long career as a glassmaker and glass designer, Georg Riedel has extensively researched how glass shape enhances the perception of all aromatic beverages – and none more so than with those made through the fermentation of grape juice, where each varietal carries in its DNA its own unique flavour profile.
In Summer 2018, in the hot and sunny Tyrolean Alps, Georg was asked by a customer to create the “ultimate glass” for the ”King of Grapes” – Cabernet Sauvignon. The resulting design would become the inspiration for a new glassware collection, RIEDEL Winewings; a collection set to challenge the consumer’s perception of modern wine glasses.
AN AWARD-WINNING DESIGN
Revolutionary and supremely functional, these new shapes respect the 2000-year-old art of glassblowing while eschewing the egg-shape bowl developed by his father. Wide and flat-bottomed, the shapes are reminiscent of the wing of an aircraft complete with winglets.
Georg spent more than a year experimenting, tasting, sampling, benchmarking and fine tuning. By making changes to shape, size and rim diameter, through computer-aided design and many prototypes, what began as one glass for one grape varietal developed into seven different glasses to represent the most popular grape varietals.
In his own words, Georg Riedel describes the evolution and ultimate functionality of RIEDEL Winewings: “I chose a flat and stretched bottom to increase the surface between wine and air, which increases the levels of evaporation and develops a greater intensity of aroma. When positioning one’s head to the glass, the nose is exposed to the wider surface of the wine. However, this alone would not fully deliver the optimal aroma of each grape variety and so, to capture the delicate layered aromas, it was necessary to curve the glass walls and to correctly calibrate the opening of each glass with its rim diameter.”
Discover greater wine enjoyment thanks to Georg Riedel’s award-winning collection RIEDEL Winewings!