This year's Red Dot Awards for Product Design received more than 5,200 entries—the highest number of submissions ever in the 61-year-old design competition—across 31 categories spanning lighting products to fashion accessories to finish materials. Among the categorical winners were a handful of products named the best of their class. Below, we take a look at the fixtures and fittings that topped the category of Urban Design and Public Spaces for their new takes on existing product typologies.


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Béton Brut, Beton Kemmler
This prefabricated concrete garage mixes materials within a minimalist form. Béton Brut's concrete frame is topped with a glass-block roof that allows natural light inside, while an artificially rusted steel garage door provides access. Integrated LED fixtures offer supplemental illumination. The garage also has an open-channel draining system, and air grids for ventilation. kemmler-garage.de

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Image Design, Tork
This line of stainless steel washroom fittings and fixtures includes motion-activated towel and soap dispensers, a toilet roll holder, a trash bin, and a coat hook. The collection's modern aesthetic makes it suitable for a range of applications. torkusa.com

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Bubble, Lune
A stainless steel and anti-graffiti shell makes Bubble a formidable outdoor waste bin. The 35.4"-diameter vessel can hold at least 95 gallons. An optional ashtray, triangular lock, leveling functionality, and a neoprene bottom plate can be added to the bin. lune.co.uk

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Flow Charging Mast, Gahlow Design for Volvo Busse Deutschland
Capable of charging battery-powered buses in just six minutes, according to its producer, Flow is the first large-scale production of an e-bus charging mast. Its glass-fiber reinforced plastic housing and hidden hinges and screws make for a clean design that is able to blend in with its urban surroundings. An integrated digital interface allows users to interact with and learn about the product. gahlow.de

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Quartz, Kohler
This sculptural soap dispenser is equal parts form and function. A chrome-plated finish accentuates Quartz's prism shape. For use in commercial bathrooms, the product's patented air-blowing technology prevents dripping, while a six-LED matrix on its front indicates when soap is being dispensed, has finished dispensing, or needs to be refilled. us.kohler.com

minium, litter bin, MIU, design: David Karasek, Czech Republic
Red Dot minium, litter bin, MIU, design: David Karasek, Czech Republic

Minium, Mmcité
An anodized-aluminum or wood lamella–clad shell shapes this outdoor waste bin, which can be mounted in-ground, on two legs, or on a pedestal. With an optional cover, Minium can hold up to 16 gallons of waste, and it is available in two sizes: 34" tall by 19" wide, and 40" tall by 19.6" wide. mmcite.com

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Sydney Street Furniture, Australian Built Urban Designs
This collection of outdoor furniture for public spaces was designed for use in Sydney. Its aluminum and stainless steel frame contrasts its light-toned, locally sourced wood accents. The collection includes seating, garbage bin capsules, bollards, light poles, a drinking fountain, and a tree grate. abud.com.au