Design "Nobels" awarded. Twenty awarded products, 39 mentioned, 11 career awards plus 3 for long sellers, 3 special plaques, 3 prizes and 9 certificates for young people

There are 20 products awarded on 20 June, in the square in front of the Adi Design Museum in Milan , of the prestigious Compasso d'Oro Adi, the "Nobel" of design which this year turns 70 years, born in 1954 from an idea by Gio Ponti.

The winning projects range from the Farfallina chair, weighing just 3.7 kilos, the result of five years of research by Álvaro Siza and Romeo Sozzi of Bottega Ghianda, to the Glove Eco safety shoe by Diadora Utility, passing through Cellia, the interactive façade for efficient and technological properties designed by Progetto CMR and patented with the Focchi Group.

The Compassi d'Oro for lifetime achievement were also awarded to 9 Italian and 2 international personalities, and to 3 long-selling products. 39 honorable mentions were awarded to a shortlist of products, 3 prizes and 9 certificates for the Youth Plaque, and 3 special plaques to remember some prominent figures in the world of design recently deceased: Manlio Armellini, who with FederlegnoArredo was among the creators and promoters of the Salone del Mobile in Milan, and the designers Gaetano Pesce and Italo Rota.

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The jury's comment

“The application of advanced technologies in some products has marked a significant difference, capable of undermining typologies even consolidated in use, a general attitude that has been combined with a particular poetic maturity”, states the jury made up of Maria Cristina Didero, independent author and curator, Luciano Galimberti, designer and president of Adi, the designerFrancisco Gómez Paz, Renata Cristina Mazzantini strong>, director of the National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art in Rome, and Toshiyuki Kita, designer and ambassador of the Italian pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka.

“An element of particular interest was also the increasingly convinced confirmation by public entities to use design in building a new relationship with citizens”.

174 projects from this edition of the award are on display at the Adi Design Museum in Milan until September 16, the awarded objects and those that obtained the honorable mention they become part of the Compasso d'Oro Collection, permanently exhibited in the museum.

XXVIII Compasso d'Oro Adi: the 20 winning projects

If we were to identify a keyword common to the 20 winning products of the 2024 Compasso d'Oro, this could be "reduction". Reduction of waste, consumption, resources and materials used, thicknesses and weights.

Objects become lighter, miniaturized, integrate more functions to respond to multiple housing needs, to follow us in our domestic nomadism in increasingly micro homes, and to impact less on the environment. The Anima lamp by Davide Groppi and Giorgio Rava represents the need to do things with little (Groppi also receives the honorable mention for the FM light), a stem and a base, a weightless ideogram, a thread-like sculpture.

It goes on a "diet" to reduce space and consumption Aria, the aircraft seat by Goood for Optimares; integrates more functions in just a few centimeters Biga, the wireless and USB charging bedside lamp by Marco Zito for Lym; it is 3 in 1, oven, hob and extractor hood, Lhov, the award-winning system by Fabrizio Crisà for Elica; the Farfallina chair by Álvaro Siza and Bottega Ghianda weighs just 3.7 kilos; brings light into every environment, with a simple system of cables and counterweights, the Figaroqua Figarolà lamp by Paolo Rizzatto and marionanni for Viabizzuno; from a minimal two-dimensional portal it transforms into a three-dimensional shading system MrX by Marco Acerbis for Talenti; they rethink the way of designing and producing the sofa, with fewer components, fewer materials, without glues, with structures that are easy to repair and possibly disassemble at the end of their life, Za:Za by Zaven for Zanotta and Costumeby Stefan Diez for Magis; optimizes water resources, reduces consumption and wasteAcea Waidy Management System, the Acea platform with Tangity (part of Ntt Data Italia).

Among the projects that represent the best of Italian design also: Attitude, the ceramic covering by Daniele Martelli for Cooperativa Ceramica d'Imola which, as stated in the jury's motivation , “searches for a new and original expressive language far from graphic emulations”; Cellia, the interactive façade for efficient and technological properties designed by Progetto CMR and patented with Gruppo Focchi ; the Emsi suit by Flavio Augusto Gentile, co-founder and CEO of the Apulian startup Rea Space, an invention that simulates muscular stimuli in space that the human body normally experiences in the presence of gravity, already worn by the Italian astronaut Walter Villadei in the SpaceX capsule.

And again: the Ferrari Purosangue by Flavio Manzoni and Ferrari Design for the Maranello car manufacturer. The Glove Eco safety shoe by Cristian Ardissono for Diadora Utility encourages safety and reduces fatigue at work, and Omniagv, the self-driving electric vehicle for industrial logistics by Ilario De Vincenzo for Tesar Automation.

Emotionally engaging, according to the jury, the museographic and museological layout of the Fondazione Luigi Rovati Art Museum imagined by Mario Cucinella Architects; the Power Knee prosthetic knee by Design Group Italia for the Icelandic company Ӧssur explores the potential of artificial intelligence in the medical sector and goes beyond the concept of the able-bodied; interprets the idea of ​​a floating house through new proportions and living solutions, and even more sustainable construction systems, the SP110 yacht by Sanlorenzo, a project by Zuccon International Project (exterior design), Lissoni & Partners (interior design), Tilli Antonelli (supervisor). Ride on colors also takes to the design podium, at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, by Aldo Drudi for SantaMonica, “communication design declined in the dimension of land art”, says the jury “which underlines a different relationship in the enjoyment of sporting events that involve a large audience through new media”.

The Compassi d'Oro for career achievement and long-selling products

The Compassi d'Oro recipients for lifetime achievement are: Paola Antonelli, senior curator of the Architecture and Design department and director of research and development at the MoMA in New York; Umberto Cassina, president of Mdf Italia; Anna Ferrino, CEO of the Ferrino sports brand, president of Assosport and vice-president of the Industrial Union of Turin; Roberto Gavazzi, president, CEO and majority shareholder of Boffi|DePadova; the architect, designer and art director Piero Lissoni; Francesca Planeta, representative of the Sicilian winemaking family Planeta and president of Planeta Estate; Maurizio Riva, president of Riva 1920; the architect Paolo Rizzatto, founder in 1978 with Riccardo Sarfatti and Sandra Severi of Luceplan; Roberto Ziliani, founder and CEO of Slamp. In addition to the international awards to: Tadao Ando, self-taught, master of Japanese architecture Pritzker Architecture Prize in 1995, and to the stylist Rei Kawakubo, founder and creative director of the brand fashionable Comme des Garçons. Lifetime Achievement Award to three design cults, all designed by Gio Ponti: the Superleggera chair (1957) produced by Cassina, the Blu Ponti majolica collection by Ceramica Francesco De Maio (1960) and the D.154.2 armchair (1953) produced by Molteni&C.

The Youth Plate

The Youth Targa goes to the projects: Demetra, grafter for fruit plants by Andrea Ceschin, ISIA student of Rome (in the Pordenone branch), the Estate lamp by Luca Costa and Stefania Russo from the University of Palermo, and the Laccio lamp byIrene Ferrari of the Academy of Fine Arts of Bologna.

39 projects mentioned

There are 39 projects that receive the Honourable Mention, among which we remember: cU, Cancellato Uniform, the brand by Diletta Cancellato which revolutionizes the way of designing fashion by overcoming the size concept; the Cordoba armchair by Foster + Partners for B&B Italia; the Esosoft sofa by Antonio Citterio for Cassina; Nemo, the upright piano by Lorenzo Palmeri for Zanta Pianoforti; the Orografie brand of the Sicilian entrepreneur Giorgia Bartolini with art director Vincenzo Castellana; the To-Tie lamp by Guglielmo Poletti for Flos; Principles office furniture by Oma for UniFor; Taco, the seat by Alessandro Stabile for La Cividina; the Thierry coffee tables by Piero Lissoni for Kartell and Crane Wasp, the 3D printed building system.

The international Compasso d'Oro

Furthermore, the special edition of the International Compasso d'Oro was announced, the result of the collaboration between Adi and the General Commissariat for Italy at Expo 2025 Osaka, whose winners will be announced in Osaka, in the Italian Pavilion designed by Mario Cucinella, during the universal exposition scheduled from 13 April to 13 October next year .