Red Dot Design Awards 2016 : Business News : On 1 April 1991, Peter Zec took over the running of the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen. Since its founding in 1954, the organisation had largely been active at a regional level and held design competitions focused on German products. Peter Zec saw the opportunity to develop global recognition for an organisation that had, until then, not been well known. Twenty-five years on, the Design Zentrum boasts international branch offices and has achieved world renown with the coveted Red Dot award. The organisation’s head has become one of the best known personalities in the design world whose stars he regularly entices to visit Essen.