Dainese scoop design award

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Dainese have won the prestigious Italian Compasso d’Oro award for the design of their Pro-Armour protection system.

Winning the performance and innovation in the sport category, it celebrates the design and protective qualities of the armour and its use in motorcycling.

Speaking of the products, the jury stated; “The Pro-Armor protection system features a technical and expressive design inspired by fractal geometry and the perforated structure, with variable pattern, distributes either flexibility or rigidity where it is needed, keeping the inserts light and breathable. The result is a painstakingly precise design for ‘invisible’ objects that are concealed inside sportswear. Apart from the stylistic expression, which is typical of current sporting language, the quality of the solution presents the possibility of extending its functional and expressive use to other sports equipment.”

Quite a mouthful, but what they’re basically saying is that the armour is pretty good by industrial standards.


If they weren’t happy enough with winning, Dainese and their sister helmet company, AGV also walked away with honourable mentions for the Mugello R D-Air one piece suit and also the AGV Pista GP R lid.

Cristiano Silei, CEO of the Dainese Group also added, “It’s an award that goes first and foremost to the work done by our designers and by the research and development teams at Dainese and AGV. This is confirmation of the quality of our products, which blend research, technology and an elegance that is typical of the Italian tradition. The award recognises the foundational role played by design within the complex system we call safety, which has always been the core mission behind our work.”

Judged by a broad panel of experts that includes designers, critics, historians and specialist journalists, the Compasso d’Oro is the highest accolade in Italy that celebrates industrial design. And, since it began in1954, over 300 products have been honoured by the awards.

The new Compasso d’Oro award will now sit nicely on the shelf of the Dainese HQ alongside the internationally acclaimed Red Dot and Good Design awards, which have also been picked up by the Italian protective clothing specialist earlier this year. 

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James Archibald

By James Archibald

Former MCN Junior Web Producer