The Oscar of Design to the historical company of Courmayeur

16 June 2016

Grivel Mont Blanc, manufacturer of climbing equipment, has been awarded the 2016 “Compasso d’Oro”.
It’s the first time in history that a manufacturer of climbing and mountaineering equipment wins this eminent and illustrious prize; and the first time also for a company from Aosta Valley.

Established in 1957, ADI Compasso d’Oro Award is the oldest and the most influential international design award in the world. Dating back to sixty years ago, its long tradition represents the only worldwide reality which highlights the complexity of a design project.
Its main goal is contributing to the promotion of the concept of “Made in Italy” applied to products already on the international market.

Three hundred and twenty products have been awarded in more than fifty years; along with the almost two thousand products given an Honourable Mention they are collected and kept in the Historical Collection of the Compasso d’Oro Award. According to Gio Ponti’s philosophy, receiving a mention or a prize is a way to honour those manufactures whose DNA is the excellence of production. Just to mention a few of the winners: Mario Bellini, Vico Magistretti, Enzo Mari, Bruno Munari, Ettore Sottsass, Michele De Lucchi. And a few of the awarded products: the famous Fiat 500 car, the “Alessi” coffeepot, the “Brion Vega” TV set, the “Grillo” phone, the Typing machine “Lettera 22”.

The Compasso d’Oro award is given every three years, and the 24th edition features 13 winners and 56 Honourable Mentions.

This year Grivel has been awarded for the revolutionary Twin Gate carabiner.

In 2018 Grivel will be 200 years old therefore I’m very proud to receive this prize which is not only a clear recognition of the great engagement of the entire company today but an homage to the previous generations who, while working in much harder and discomfortable situations have been able to invent those pieces of equipment that allowed numerous “giants” such as Valter Bonatti…Riccardo Cassin…Toni Gobbi…to reach and conquer the highest summits of the world
Says Gioachino Gobbi president and inventor/designer of Twin Gate.

represents the real revolution in the world of carabiners: being the safest carabiner ever made, a revolution in the field of safety for it’s intuitive and totally automatic use.
The innovative solution allows it to work both as a regular carabiner and as a safety carabiner but doing it’s work faster, and in a safer way. It is impossible for the rope to accidentally escape! Insensible to ice and sand that can stuck normal carabiner systems.
Impossible to forget it open!

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