The Good Design Award is in fact an annual prize awarded by the Chicago Athenaeum – Museum of Architecture in recognition of design excellence.
Since 1950 the institute has awarded this prize to the most innovative and best designed products, those which stand out for their “good design”.
What to say? We are truly thrilled to have received this honor for the third time! In June 2011, the winning products, including the Divani LAGO, will be brought together at the annual exhibition, the “Good Design Show” of Chicago.
Why were the Divani LAGO awarded this prize? Take a look below!
This morning, a rumor spread throughout the office that the new AIR Sofa catalogs had arrived…and so I dashed to the warehouse in search of the catalogs, but the truck was still unloading them. I had to go back upstairs and wait for the boxes to be brought inside…sigh. After about an hour, I went back to the warehouse, glanced around and there they were! There was already someone there, taking a peek….
I started to leaf through the pages, too. After having worked so hard, written, photographed, commented, organized, re-read (etc., etc.), it was a wonderful thing to hold in my very hands the new LAGO Sofa catalogs. Yes, I had already seen all of the photos and read and corrected the texts, but to see them in real life is a whole other story! And then to feel the paper and smell the perfume…yummm! Tactile experiences always take some time…it is necessary to wait and wait…and the waiting always pays off, in the end.
The product, however, as I was saying, we have already known for some time…we presented it at the 2009 Furniture Salon, but above all we began, for the first time, to publicize it in a different way. For the LAGO sofas, in fact, we created an ad hoc site that served as a content aggregator. A sort of box where we could put everything that was being said in the Internet galaxy about our sofas. Probably also this post, when I have finished writing and publishing it.
Other than the aggregator, we also set up a “sofa blog” where you can read, among other things, everything about the genesis of the new catalog. Here below it tells you that the AIR Sofas won the Good Design Award.
It was a big challenge to start talking about the efforts involved in order to communicate a product before the catalog arrived in shops, before the photos came out in the papers and before the .pdf files were available for the visitors to our website. But the Internet offers this particular advantage: it makes our Clients and Retailers participants…first. And we couldn’t not make the most out of the opportunity!
In a market in which communication is ever more savvy, it is necessary to find new ways of involving the public…and at times this is not easy, above all when the giants in the furniture sector have enormous liquidity at their disposal, mega agencies and a PR flock. We, instead, wanted to demonstrate that it is possible to do a lot with a little…it is enough to find the right soil.
In sum, there I am in the warehouse turning pages and looking, turning pages and looking, and the guys tell me that there are five different covers!!! Thanks to WOW (alias Giacomo Covacich and Morris Granzotto, who designed the catalog). What a great idea! Obviously we fished them out by color…I chose the one with the yellow cover. Until next time!