Cranbrook Graduate Matthew Plumstead Wins Red Dot Design Concept Award
Matthew Plumstead, a 2012 Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate of 3D Design, has just been awarded the coveted ‘red dot: best of the best’ design concept award for his Integrated Workstation, an innovative project intended to enable both rest and concentration in the workplace. Plumstead produced the design as a Cranbrook student, through a collaboration with Herman Miller.
The ‘red dot award’ is the only professional-level design concept competition to accept ideas and prototypes from all over the world, including product companies and design studios. This year, the competition received 3,672 entries from 57 countries. Of those entries, only 46 designs, including Plumstead’s, received the ‘best of the best’ for outstanding design quality.
According to red dot, “the competition offers talented design teams and designers from around the world the chance to distinguish themselves for their talent and high potential in innovation.” The awards ceremony was held Oct. 19 at the red dot design museum in Singapore.
“Our relationship with Herman Miller begins with Cranbrook grad Charles Eames, and continues now with the exciting work of Matt Plumstead, who is part of a new leadership generation coming out of Designer-in-Residence Scott Klinker’s studio,” said Academy Director Reed Kroloff.
Plumstead’s Integrated Workstation received the highest award in the workplace category because its unique design takes only the most essential components of a workstation and adds a third component, the daybed, providing maximum flexibility in a very modest footprint.
For more information about the award and the Integrated Workstation, visit http://red-dot.sg/dconcept/portfolio/view.php?rid=256. For more information about Matthew Plumstead and his Minnesota-based design studio, McCarty Quinn, click here.