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Red Dot ‘still believes’ in Taipei venue

SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP:The company said that it remains deeply committed to its museum in Taipei because Taiwan is a nation that is defined by high-quality design

Staff writer, with CNA

Red Dot founder and chief executive officer Peter Zec said after a meeting with a Taipei Department of Cultural Affairs official on Tuesday that he still believes in the Red Dot Design Museum’s venue in Taipei.

Zec and Red Dot Design Museum managing director Vito Orazem met with Taipei Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Ni Chung-hwa (倪重華) to discuss matters related to the museum’s venue at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park.

Earlier this month, the museum threatened to pull out of Taiwan due to issues related to its venue.

It complained that the construction of the nearby Taipei Dome created cracks in the museum walls, leakage problems, uneven floors and excessive noise, and that the Taipei City Government failed to conduct necessary repairs.

Red Dot officials apparently reached a consensus with the city government on Tuesday.

“Red Dot hopes that the development of the site will continue, and we still believe in this venue,” Zec said in a statement released after the meeting.

“In the future, we will for sure continue and strengthen cooperation with the Taiwan Design Center,” he said.

“We will also do our best to support World Design Capital 2016 Taipei,” he added.

The Songshan Cultural and Creative Park is managed by the Taipei Culture Foundation, and commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs, while the Taiwan Design Center rents the museum venue to Red Dot.

Some were said to be concerned that previous grievances aired by Red Dot would be a major blow to Taipei’s reputation, having been designated next year’s World Design Capital and due to host a series of international events.

In the statement, Zec touted Red Dot’s relationship with Taiwan’s design industry over the past two decades, as well as the high quality of Taiwanese-designed products.

“Our relationship with Taiwan has always been special, because it is defined by design. That is why we are so deeply committed,” he said.

Zec added that the Red Dot: Junior Prize, which includes 10,000 euros (US$11,163) in prize money, would be awarded to a Taiwanese design team this year.

The award honors outstanding designs by students and young professionals.

Zec promoted the World’s Best Product Design 2015/2016 exhibition that is scheduled to take place at the Red Dot Design Museum in Taipei on Dec. 2, saying that it would showcase a selection of product designs and Taiwanese winning designs.

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