Chicago’s 65-year-long history of innovation

The Good Design is the most prestigious international recognition awarded to designers and manufacturers who create innovative and original concepts, setting new product and design standards. Started in 1950 by Edgar Kaufmann Jr., curator and founder of the Chicago Museum of Modern Art, in collaboration with architects and designers Ray Eames, Russel Wright, George Nelson, and Eero Saarinen, in the last few years it has been organized by the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in partnership with the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies.

One of the main criteria for entry selection is the ability of a product, designed for mass production, to enrich society and people’s lives through the concept design that inspires it.

In the 65th year of the award, thousands of entries from over 47 countries were submitted to the Chicago Athenaeum. A qualified panel of experts examined and selected 900 projects from more than 38 countries on the basis of excellence in design. A percentage of these is of course made up of Italian companies and designers. Many of their projects have earned awards. We are pleased to present them.