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    Philips Hue ranks 21st out of the 100 greatest designs of modern times

     

    April 02, 2020

     

    Signify’s Philips Hue occupies the 21st position in Fortune magazine’s list of the 100 greatest designs of modern times
     

    60 years after the original list, 100 products have been selected the greatest designs of modern times by Fortune magazine. Philips Hue, designed by Philips Lighting in 2012, sits in the 21st position. The publication says of Hue that it “made lighting our homes as personal as the music we listen to.”

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    The original smart home lighting system sits just ahead of other widely known products, including Skype (34th), Facebook (40th), the Bialetti Moka Pot (47th), Tupperware (51st) and Pokémon (67th). According to Ena Voûte, Dean of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at the Delft University of Technology, “Light points are the network for communication, hidden in a light bulb, but capable of much more.”

    Light points are the network for communication, hidden in a light bulb, but capable of much more."


    Ena Voûte
    dean of the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering, TU Delft
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    The Fortune 100 greatest designs list


    In 1959 Fortune magazine published a list of the 100 best designed products of the modern era. Compiled by Jay Doblin, director of the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), the list was based on a survey of 100 of the top architects, designers and design teachers of the times.
     

    The result was a document illustrating products such as sports cars by Porsche and Cisitalia, and even sleeker armchairs by Eames, Aalto, and Saarinen. Domestic appliances with forms foreshadowing Sputnik and the start of the space age also featured prominently.

     

    The list was a recognition of the aesthetic achievement of luxury goods as well as a celebration of the mutual reinforcement of form and function present in products designed for daily household usage.

    Great design is more than window dressing—it’s about making life easier, simpler, better"

    In 2019, in celebration of the 60th anniversary of the original list, Fortune recreated the survey, together with the IIT Institute of Design (ID).

     

    The mammoth undertaking took more than a year to plan, carry out the survey and process the results, but the list of 100 iconic designs is now complete, showing yet again that “great design is more than window dressing – it’s about making life easier, simpler, better. And that’s beautiful”.

    Read the full Fortune list of ‘The greatest designs of modern times’ here.

    About the author:

    Darko Monzio Compagnoni

    Darko Monzio Compagnoni

    Global Integrated Communications

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    Signify Global Integrated Communications
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    Email: neil.pattie@signify.com

    About Signify

     

    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals and consumers and lighting for the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact connected lighting systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. With 2019 sales of EUR 6.2 billion, we have approximately 32,000 employees and are present in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We have been named Industry Leader in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index for three years in a row. News from Signify is located at the Newsroom, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors can be found on the Investor Relations page.

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