A key part of Rado's commitment to design is teaming up with some of the world's most important design events and institutions. Stretching from Paris to Taipei, Rado’s dedication to good design spans the globe.
In the spring of 2016 Rado teamed up with Istituto Marangoni to host the first Italian edition of the Rado Star Prize, which was open to students of the Istituto's School of Design and Fashion. Located in Milan, the school has a proud 80-year history of educating students from across the globe and launching over 45,000 professionals in the fashion world. With campuses in the international capitals of fashion, design and luxury – Milan, Paris, London and Shanghai – Istituto Marangoni currently educates 4,000 students from 106 countries.
The inaugural edition of the Rado Star Prize U.S. was held during the 2016 edition of NYCxDESIGN, with Rado serving as official watch brand of the event. NYCxDESIGN is New York City's official celebration of global design. A platform to showcase the tremendous artistry that can be found across the five boroughs, NYCxDESIGN highlights NYC's cultural and commercial opportunities and features exhibitions, installations, trade shows, talks, launches and open studios, spanning all disciplines of design.
Paris Design week
Since 2012 Rado has been a proud partner of Paris Design Week, the biggest design event in France. Held every year, Paris Design Week allows visitors to discover different places in a design-focused context: art galleries, designer boutiques, concept stores and unusual venues all open their doors in a grand celebration of design and creation. Rado hosted the first Rado Star Prize France during Paris Design Week in 2013.
DESIGN MEETS NATURE
Rado understands that the importance of good design extends well beyond the world of wristwatches. This is why the brand has teamed up with Grandi Giardini Italiani, which promotes one of the most important intersections between design and nature: the rich heritage of grand Italian gardens.
Designjunction is UK’s leading destination for contemporary interior design and culture, held annually during the London Design Festival in September. designjunction presents world-class international brands and smaller cutting-edge design labels to an audience of design professionals (architects, interior designers, retailers and media) as well as consumers. Rado inaugurated the first Rado Star Prize UK in conjunction with the partnership with designjunction in 2017.
Vienna Design week
Since 2008 Rado has been a partner of Vienna Design Week, Austria’s biggest design event. Vienna Design Week is all about innovation in each and every domain of design. The event is dedicated to making product, furniture, industrial and graphic design visible and accessible to all. During Vienna Design Week, Rado hosts the Rado Star Prize Austria, which aims to support and develop up-and-coming young designers.
World Design Capital
Rado is proud to be a partner of the prestigious World Design Capital event. Held every two years, the next World Design Capital will take place in Taipei in 2016 under the theme “Adaptive City – Design in Motion”. World Design Capital recognises the value of design-oriented thinking and is dedicated to using design as a tool for social, cultural and economic development. Rado's partnership with World Design Capital kicked off in Cape Town, South Africa, in 2014.
DESIGN PRIZE SCHWEIZ
The Design Prize Switzerland demonstrates the importance of Swiss design. The prize focuses on designs with economic and cultural significance as well as on dialogue between designers, companies and consumers. The competition, with an extensive display of renowned and prizewinning projects, takes places every two years. High quality design pieces that impressively reflect the innovative abilities of the design sector have been awarded prizes since 1991.
As a design-driven watchmaker, Rado was the natural choice to serve as the official watch of Asia's leading design event: Design Shanghai. The event features the finest international design brands and galleries from across the globe, with bespoke installations, an inspirational design forum and an exciting design network rounding out the expo. The partnership is a natural step for Rado, an award-winning brand with a longstanding tradition of pushing design boundaries in the watchmaking world.