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Red Dot CEO says he still believes in Taipei venue

Red Dot CEO says he still believes in Taipei venue

Taipei, Sept. 22 (CNA) Peter Zec, the founder and chief executive officer of Red Dot, said after a meeting with a Taipei cultural official Tuesday that he still believes in the Red Dot Design Museum Taipei's venue. Zec and Red Dot Design Museum Managing Director Vito Orazem met with Ni Chung-hwa (???), head of the Taipei City Department of Cultural Affairs, to discuss matters related to the museum's venue at the Songshan Cultural and Creative Park. Earlier this month, the museum had threatened to pull out of Taiwan due to the poor quality of the venue. It had complained that the construction of the nearby Taipei Dome has created cracks in the museum walls, leakage problems, uneven floors and excessive noise, and that the Taipei city government has failed to conduct necessary repairs. The Red Dot officials apparently reached consensus with the city government Tuesday, with Zec saying that "we hope the development of the site will continue, and we still believe in this venue," in a statement released after the meeting. "In the future, we will for sure continue and strengthen the cooperation with the Taiwan Design Center," he said in the statement. "We will also do our best to support the World Design Capital Taipei 2016." The Songshan Cultural and Creative Park is currently managed by the Taipei Culture Foundation, commissioned by the Department of Cultural Affairs, while the Taiwan Design Center rents the museum venue to Red Dot. Many have expressed concern that the earlier accusations of Red Dot will be a major blow to the reputation of Taipei, which was designated as the 2016 World Design Capital and is set to host a series of international events next year to showcase its designs to the world. In the statement, Zec touted Red Dot's good relationship with Taiwan's design field over the past two decades, as well as the high design quality of Taiwanese products. "Our relationship with Taiwan has always been special, because it is defined by design. That's why we are so deeply committed," he said. He noted that the "Red Dot: Junior Prize," which comes with prize money of 10,000 euros (US$11,163), will be awarded to a Taiwanese design team this year. The award honors outstanding designs by students and young professionals. Zec also promoted the "World's Best Product Design 2015/2016" exhibition that will take place at the Red Dot Design Museum Taipei Dec. 2, saying that it will showcase a selection of product designs and Taiwanese winning designs. (By Christie Chen)