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Cutlery set “Amenite” receives top distinction in the Red Dot Award: Product Design July 05, 2019

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Messermacher Kappeller GmbH has been honoured by the Red Dot Award Product Design 2019 committee. The product Amenite received the Red Dot: Best of the Best, the top distinction in the competition. It is granted for ground-breaking design and goes to the best products in a category.

The cutlery collection “Amenite” – a graceful way to dine

Distinctively pleasant to the touch

Damascus steel has been appreciated throughout history not only for its special properties, but above all, for its decorative patterns. Produced in a composite steel process, the blades stand out due to high quality and individuality. The Amenite table cutlery has been designed using this traditional craftsmanship approach in combination with modern technology. The product series is manufactured in the Richard Kappeller workshop, located in the old town of Salzburg, and is targeted at both upscale restaurants and for use at home. The aim was to appeal to a wider circle of customers and promote Salzburg-based craftsmanship as the source of a unique experience. This table cutlery exudes a modern, yet elegant and light appearance. It rests well in the hand and is highly pleasing to the touch. The concept behind its sophisticated functionality consists of being able to accompany guests through the entire menu. It is made of high-quality stainless Damascus steel, which is forged, milled, thermally hardened and finished by hand, which makes it highly durable. In addition, the combination of modern CNC technology and skilled handwork in the production of the cutlery also allows customers to specify individual wishes and decorative needs, with a portfolio that embraces the use of different materi- als or customised engravings such as in the form of a restaurant logo.

Statement by the jury

The Amenite table cutlery managed in a fascinating manner to transform Damascus steel into an outstanding elegant design. Otherwise known rather from the area of knife production, the material opens up a new field of application targeted at the upscale gastronomy. Light and perfectly balanced, this table cutlery rests well in the hands of users. Also outstanding are its quality craftsmanship and the distinctive finish with its sensually appealing feel.

Design quality is the common factor for award-winning products
“Winning the Red Dot: Best of the Best is a very special honour, because only a very small percentage of entries are granted this distinction. It is well-deserved recognition for a wonderful design achievement and proof that the award-winning companies are amongst the best in design. Consumers can rely on the first-class design quality of the winning products, because they were tested and selected by an experienced jury according to strict assessment criteria,” said Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot, in reference to the winners.

Experience and expertise get straight to the point
The Red Dot Award: Product Design is one of the world’s largest design competitions. In 2019, designers and manufacturers from 55 countries entered more than 5,500 products in the competition. Only 1.5% of the objects entered won a Red Dot: Best of the Best. The international jury comprises experienced experts from different disciplines and has been convening for more than 60 years in order to select the year’s best designs. During an adjudication process that spans several days, they try out the products, discuss them and ultimately reach a well-founded decision regarding the design quality of the entries. True to the motto “In search of good design and innovation”, their assessment focuses on criteria such as the level of innovation, functionality, formal quality, longevity and ergonomics.

Success to be celebrated at the award ceremony
On 8 July 2019, Messermacher Kappeller GmbH will celebrate its success during the award ceremony. As part of the Red Dot Gala, the international design scene will convene and the winners of the Red Dot: Best of the Best will receive their trophies on stage at Essen’s Aalto-Theater. The subsequent Designers’ Night in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen provides an excellent opportunity for networking. In addition, Amenite will be added to the “Design on Stage” exhibition during the party, which presents all of the award-winning products. From that date, Amenite will also be on show in the Red Dot Design Yearbook, online and in the Red Dot Design App.

About Knifemaker Kappeller GmbH:
With this love, Messermacher Kappeller GmbH revives an old tradition, refines it with modern knowledge and technologies, and fascinates people with very special and individual knives.
Hunting and kitchen knives are produced as single pieces or in small series, always hand-made and with the highest standards of quality and customer satisfaction. The knives are characterized by exquisite materials, elegant design and precise workmanship. Finished knives are offered in the showroom in the Salzburg Getreidegasse and in the online shop on the homepage. In addition, it is possible to make your own personal knife - in the context of a knife-making course unique pieces are created according to your own ideas and wishes. Under professional guidance and with the best tools, knives are made of first-class materials.
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About the Red Dot Design Award:
In order to appraise the wide scope of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award is broken down into three distinct disciplines: Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. With more than 18,000 submissions, the Red Dot Award is one of the largest design competitions in the world. In 1955, a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. The name and brand of the award were developed in the 1990s by Red Dot CEO, Professor Dr. Peter Zec. Since then, the sought-after Red Dot is the revered international seal of outstanding design quality. The winners are presented in yearbooks, museums and online. Further information:

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Messermacher Kappeller GmbH
Richard Kappeller
A-5020 Salzburg
+43 699 11806866

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