Red Dot Awards: Product Design for Nien Made Enterprise (Norman)

Last year in March, alongside international manufacturers and designers we submitted our latest and most innovative project, the Nien Made (Norman) Dial Remote Control to the Red Dot Awards. The Red Dot Awards are one of the largest and most desired design prizes in the world, with over 5,500 entries in our category alone. Not only did we receive stellar feedback from the judging jury but we’re honoured to share that our submission was awarded the Red Dot: Product Design award. 

To quote the jury’s statement on our NM Dial Remote Control, “This high-quality dial remote control for blinds presents itself as a functional and at the same time stylish smart home device”. We are grateful to be awarded for our innovation and for creating a motorisation remote that will improve the lifestyle of many people. In the wake of the award celebrations at the Aalto-Theater in Essen, Germany, we would like to share a little on the significance of the Red Dot Award and how our innovative and sustainably manufactured products impact homes across the globe. 

Scope of Design

At the centre of the Dial Remote’s creation was the resolution of a common need for our customers; easy and convenient operation of their shutters. As part of the smart home toolkit, the NM dial remote control for shutters transforms any home into a modern, tech-responsive living space. Operation is easy and intuitive and even has the capability to sync with smart devices such as iPhones and iPads for further control and convenience. Simply by turning the outer ring dial, the louvres adjust instantly to the precise angle desired. Multiple shutters can be controlled at the same time or different sets independently from each other. In this process, the colour-coordinated ring settings ensure easy identification. 

About the Red Dot Award

The awards came into being in 1955, with a very simple but unique concept, a jury of industry experts would come together to discuss, choose and award the best current innovative designs in each industry. It was however not until the 1990s that the awards became what they are today. After development by Red Dot CEO, Professor Dr. Peter Zec the Red Dot Design Award was broken down into three distinct disciplines: The Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. Since then, the sought-after Red Dot prizes have grown to become a revered international seal of outstanding design quality. 

So, how does the jury decide which product receives the reward? Each submission undergoes an intensive review process that assesses the product in line with strict international standards. In addition to assessing the innovation and design techniques, the jury takes into consideration the social and environmental impact of the product. 

Having been awarded the Red Dot, it highlights that our industry-leading technology and design are complemented by our sustainable production processes. Quality, innovation and sustainability are always at the heart of everything we do at Norman Australia.

Our future product development is motivated by the needs of our customers and helping buyers achieve optimum comfort. We believe this compact solution will continue to successfully enhance the living spaces of many Norman customers for years to come. 

As Red Dot winners, we have the opportunity to present the NM Dial Remote Control in yearbooks, museums and on the Red Dot website. To view our product you can visit the Red Dot website or click this link. 

Norman’s Previous Awards – WCMA

2007 – Motorisation, Most Innovative Overall 2007 – Specialty Application, Best New Style Concept 2008 – Shutters, Best New Technical Innovation 2011 – Horizontal Blinds, Best New Technical Innovation 2011 – Wood Blinds and Faux Wood Blinds, Best Technical Innovation 2012 – Cellular Shades, Best New Technical Innovation 2012 – Cellular Shades, Most Innovative Overall Concept 2012 – Sustainability, Best Use of Sustainable Materials 2012 – Shutters, Best Enhancement (Honorable Mention) 2012 – Roman, Roller, & Pleated Shades, Best New Technical Innovation (Honorable Mention) 2013 – “Green” Products Energy Efficiency, Best Technical Innovation 2013 – Shutters, Best New Technical Innovation 2013 – Best Sampling Program 2013 – Cellular Shades, Best New Technical Innovation (Honorable Mention) 2014 – Shutters, Best New Technical Innovation 2014 – Shutters, Most Innovative Concept 2014 – Best Sampling Program (Honorable Mention) 2014 – Cellular Shades, Best New Technical Enhancement (Honorable Mention) 2014 – Cellular Shades, Most Innovative 2014 – Horizontal Blinds, Best New Technical Innovation (Honorable Mention) 2014 – Wood/Faux Wood Blinds, Best New Technical Innovation (Honorable Mention) 2017 – Shutters, Best New Style Concept