The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd. has presented the Museum’s annual GOOD DESIGN® Awards Program for the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphic designs produced around the world for the year 2009.

GOOD DESIGN is an international symbol of a company’s firm commitment to innovation and superior design embodiment. The emphasis is on quality design of the highest form, function, and aesthetic—a standard beyond ordinary consumer products and graphics. The Chicago Athenaeum’s GOOD DESIGN program forwards the ideals of a design process that embodies product excellence and endurance and strong public identity.
Now in its 59th year, GOOD DESIGN is the oldest and the most prestigious Awards Program organized worldwide, which honours the yearly achievements of the best industrial and graphic designers and world manufactures for their pursuit of extraordinary design excellence. Annually, designers and manufactures in over 30 nations have been honored for their singular achievements in producing hallmarks of contemporary design.

The deadline for this year’s edition was the 1st July. The enrty winners become property of the Permanent Design Collection at The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

Among the winners, we mention:
The Kingdon of Sweeden (category: Government 2009);
GreenWorks Center, Kennesaw, Georgia, USA (category: Corporations 2009);
International Polar Foundation Belgian Antartic Base: Princess Elizabeth (category: Foundations 2009);
Stefan Behnisch (People 2009);
Bosch Evolution Dishwasher (category: Products/Industrial Design 2009);
Farsa Village Sustainable Redevelopment Plan, Farsa Village, Island of Kefalonia, Greece (category: Environment/Landscape 2009);
World Wildlife Fund Headquarters, Office Building, Zeist, The Netherlands (category: Arquitecture 2009).

To learn more about the past editions, click here