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Article from the 2011-07-28
The Italian design award Compasso d’Oro is offered triennially. The award and the selected winners list is accordingly exclusive. Also the cantilever chair Myto from Plank and Konstantin Grcic counts to this year’s winners. Myto was developed by the Italian manufacturer Plank in cooperation with the German designer Konstantin Grcic and the company BASF.
As justification for their decision, the jury of the Compasso d’Oro praised the braveness of re-interpreting a design icon like the classic cantilever chair with such innovative methods. Moreover the innovative use of plastic was mentioned.
The Compassi d’Oro enqueues in a long awards list that Myto has already won. Besides the Compasso d’Oro, the cantilever chair was honored with the interior innovation award, the Brit Insurance Design Award and the iF product design award among others, as well as it is represented in collections such as the New York MoMa, the London Design Museum and the German Museum in Munich.
Plank and Konstantin Grcic furthermore received a “Honorable Mention” for Monza, a chair out of wood with plastic armrests during the Compasso d’Oro awarding.
The Compasso d’Oro (golden compass) is an award of the Italian ADI (Associazione per il Disegno Industriale) and it was offered for the 22nd time. It is the first offered design award in Europe and has its origin in the year 1954 from an idea of Gio Pontis. The Compasso d’Oro is given triennially and only to Italian design.