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The Chicago Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies issued a Call of Entries for the GREEN GOOD DESIGN AWARD, founded in 1950 in Chicago by Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames and Edgar Kaufmann Jr. Every year the GREEN GOOD DESIGN AWARD contest gives special recognition to the designers and companies that achieve design excellence to promote a healthier and more sustainable environment by means of their innovative products. The prize given by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design together with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, was awarded in New York by an authoritative and expert jury made up of internationally renowned designers and company directors of the sector . The aim of the award is to bring a public appreciation and awareness of a new design paradigm led by a current generation of visionary architects, designers, urban planners, corporations, governments, individuals, and private and public institutions. Designs admitted to the award are based upon the ideals of energy conservation, the reduction of toxic waste and greenhouse gases, the diminishing dependence on fossil fuels, and a sensitivity for waste, pollution, and the depletion of the world’s energy resources. Many different categories of professionals can aply: visionary architects, industrial designers, landscape architects, urban planners, developers, building owners, manufacturers, institutions, organizations, corporations, and governments-together with their new building designs, urban planning projects, landscape architecture, products and graphics, new technologies, public programs and services, and people for outstanding new innovation, commitment, dedication, and preservence in finding sound design solutions for a more healthier and more sustainable global environment.

Valcucine was selected for the GREEN GOOD DESIGN AWARD with the Invitrum 100% system, the first fully recyclable glass base unit with recycled aluminium parts and a single, 10 mm thick, structural side panel. This product fully expresses Valcucine’s philosophy, i.e. that of a company whose work method is based on a system that balances the use and the restoration of environmental resources and that saves on raw materials by favouring a design focused on dematerialisation, recyclability and the reutilisation of products at the end of their lifespan. This is a new challenge within the prestigious GREEN GOOD DESIGN AWARD. This International award is an important token to the effort Valcucine has always put into the creation of innovative and functional products in which design, technology and the pursuit of beauty blend with the respect for, and the utmost attention paid to, the environmental emergency: these are some of the winning qualities of this company that has based its philosophy on the aforementioned mainstays and considers these commitments to be real civil and personal responsibilities.


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

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