aiia CEO Andrii Klymenko: iF Design Award 2015 in Munich – One Night to Remember

Guys, as we told you before, incredible Ssssspeaker by aiia was highly praised and won iF Design Award 2015. As a part of the celebration, aiia team was invited to the iF Design Awards Night 2015 in Munich. Of course we couldn’t have missed that!

Since aiia sales team was on a business trip in Poland at the moment, I decided it might be a good idea to ask Sergei Makhno, a well-known Ukrainian architect and interior designer and a good friend of mine, to join me. So, let the journey begin!

We came to Munich a few days before the ceremony to hold a few business meetings arranged. My schedule was pretty busy, and ultimately I felt rather tired by the moment we were to attend the party.

The Magic of BMW Welt

I even thought that we just pop in to the ceremony for 5 minutes and that’s pretty much it.

No way! One glance at the BMW Welt where the ceremony occurred was enough to understand that something incredible is ahead of us!

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The event brought together over 2,000 guests from the spheres of design, culture, business, politics and media. That was a benefit night of creativity and inspiration, indeed.

The Networking

I appreciate the ceremonies like this one a lot. They help build design community and encourage to do even better design projects.

It is also a good chance for networking. In particular, I met several bright design teams from Europe. In an informal atmosphere, we talked about the main trends in product design and discussed the possibility of future cooperation.

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It is quite remarkable that there were both novices and such world-famous brands as AUDI, Apple, BMW, and Samsung. Being in the company of sooo successful brands feels incredibly cool! It motivates you to reach new heights and set much higher goals.

In total, 75 iF gold award winners picked up their awards.

The Party

I can’t help saying that the whole event was organized on a high level. For sure, organizers have done the utmost to make each guest feel comfortable.

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According to the dress-code established, all the guests had to wear dress suits. But you know creative people: they love to express themselves with bright outfits. Therefore, many men had elegant bow ties on their necks. I must confess, I was no exception 

What a Surprise!

And of course no journey is great without a story to remember J Right before the ceremony, at BMW lobby, Sergei was caught by a girl from Taiwan, who turned out to be his greatest fan! Could you ever imagine that?

Well, I am not so famous yet J But, I was lucky enough to meet a few aiia customers. Having bought our Ssssspeaker before, the folks were impressed with its capabilities a lot and were happy to get to know it became a winner.

I’ve Got a Present for You

By the way, aiia’s team has prepared a lovely surprise for you, guys.

From the February 28th the winnning Ssssspeaker will be presented in the iF design Exhibition Hamburg for several months. So if you happen to be there by any chance or plan visiting CeBit nearby, be sure to make a photo and send it to I have prepared a wonderful gift for you!

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Have a great day and stay tuned!

by Andrii Klymenko, aiia CEO