Prague won two awards at the international Red Dot Design Awards, one of the world’s most important design events every year. The gala award ceremony was held July 8 evening in Essen, Germany.
Prague City Councilor Jan Chabr accepted the awards on behalf of the city. “The jury praised Prague for the design of the T3 Coupé retro tram and for the appearance of the city furniture, which even won the Best of The Best award,” Chabr said.
“It is a great success. It is a prize for both the designers themselves and those who have contributed to their choice of design. It is also proof that Prague is a modern world metropolis and is heading in the right direction,” he added.
The authors of the city furniture are Michal Froněk and Jan Němeček from Artěl. Their proposal for the design of the benches, waste baskets and bicycle racks was selected in October 2017 in a competition held by the Prague Institute of Planning and Development (IPR). The first benches went up at the end of 2018. At the time, IPR praised the designs for their simplicity.
The Red Dot Design Award from this furniture group was in particular for the hanging and free-standing waste bins. People can see them in Stromovka, Petřín and Strossmayerovo náměstí.
The concept and design of the T3 Coupé tram are the work of the studio Anna Marešová designers, specifically of designer Anna Marešová, Tomáš Chludil, and graphic designer Jiří Toman.
Marešová said winning was two dreams come true. “First of all, I got to design a new tram, which was then built and is fully functional, and secondly, people like it. That’s the best feedback a designer can get. And that’s how I view the Red Dot. I’m very pleased and I appreciate that the Prague Public Transit Company (DPP) approached me to work on the project,” she said when the award was announced earlier this year.
“The coordination with engineers and technicians especially was outstanding. Thanks to that, we succeeded in perfecting the project right down to the smallest of details,” she added.
Peter Zec, founder and president of the Red Dot Award, was impressed. “It’s a sophisticated solution, and the workmanship is very detailed and of excellent quality,” he said in a press release.
The project was born about two years ago and was introduced at the end of last year. The tram can be rented for a fee, and has been in operation since last November.
The tram was built in Prague at the DPP’s Hostivař depot. The DPP commissioned the tram and is the investor for the entire project.
The T3 Coupé allows people to ride through Prague in a semi-open vehicle as well as enjoy the stylish interior. The designers took most inspiration from the original T3, but they also looked at older types of trams for ideas. The interior features a bar, which was taken from the T1 tram, where it served as the ticket counter. Another significant piece of inspiration can be seen in the roof windows, which resemble those in RTO buses.
The designers even put a ticket punch in the tram to cancel souvenir tickets. The tram also has its own logotype and complete merchandising. The level of detail applied in the project is also evident in the original T3 Coupé uniforms worn by the driver and conductor, which were created by designer Česlav Jaroš.
The Red Dot Design Award competition has been organized by the German Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen since 1955. The awards are given for exceptional products in industrial and product design and are the most prestigious recognition in the world.