Design Raid News Toniebox wins Red Dot Award: Best of the Best

Toniebox wins Red Dot Award: Best of the Best

The audiobook cube receives highest distinction in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016

Toniebox wins Red Dot Award: Best of the Best
© Boxine GmbH

The Toniebox – a digital audio system for the nursery – is one of this year’s outstanding products. The audiobook cube by Boxine GmbH enthused the Red Dot jury and was awarded a Red Dot:Best of the Best. Only 1,5% of about 5.200 products registered by manufacturers and designers from 57 nations receive this highest single distinction in 2016.

Toniebox wins Red Dot Award: Best of the Best
© Boxine GmbH

Toniebox and Tonies are a digital audio system suitable for children, which originated from a sudden inspiration of Patric Faßbender. Together with Marcus Stahl he founded the Boxine GmbH and developed the audiobook cube and the corresponding audio figures.

Toniebox wins Red Dot Award: Best of the Best
© Boxine GmbH

They combine listening and playing with an intuitive and simple operating concept: You place one of the audio figures – called Tonies – on the Toniebox and the story starts. All functions are operated through tapping and squeezing – no touchscreen, buttons or controls needed. Perfectly designed for children’s hands and ears. Toniebox and Tonies communicate via NFC-chip.

Toniebox wins Red Dot Award: Best of the Best
© Boxine GmbH

The content is streamed from the cloud and downloaded to the internal memory, then it can be played without an internet connection. The Toniebox is very robust and upholstered with a soft, but though fabric. It has a battery life of seven hours and a headphone jack for uninterrupted audio fun.

Toniebox wins Red Dot Award: Best of the Best
© Boxine GmbH

For the start there will be well known audiobook characters available; further Tonies and their stories are under progress. With the Creative-Tonies and a smartphone app parents can record their own content, link them with an audio figure and play them on the Toniebox.

The audio system will be available for the German market in fall 2016. Online you can already pre-order the starter kit including a Toniebox, a charging station, a first Tonie and a limited edition Creative-Tonie.

Subscribe to our newsletter

To be updated with all the latest news, offers and special announcements.


The heritage-listed former Dressing Pavilion situated on Williamstown foreshore has emerged with a new energy and sense of escapism
The layout emphasizes openness and flow, connection between indoors and outdoors, and privacy from the street with courtyards and fences creating outdoor spaces that act as buffer zones
Storyhouse includes a large main theatre space with a 20m high flytower, a studio with a dedicated bar, a boutique cinema and a city library
Experiencing a home like Murray Music includes exploration, giving another meaning and other use to spaces that normally have specific functions
The SIX is a 52-unit affordable housing project provides a home, support services and rehabilitation for previously homeless and/or disabled veterans
The project is located in one of Dubai’s busiest residential neighborhoods and accordingly surrounded by many low rise houses.
Like a kaleidoscope, the Andaz hotel reflects the culture and tradition of the neighbourhood, creating a stimulating and inspiring atmosphere ...
Located in Toronto’s Roncesvalles neighbourhood, the Galley house challenges conventional notions typical of a semi-detached, Victorian era home...
‘Two Tree House’ is designed for a young family on the steep terrain of a north facing escarpment in Australia.
In this Crown Heights brownstone, spaces are defined by built-in graphic millwork compositions and vivid three-dimensional color treatments ...

Nanna Ditzel Design Interview: An Image of Life

Although Ditzel is now among the most influential in Danish design, being a female designer in the 1950s and 1960s wasn’t easy

Frank Gehry Interview: Jump Into the Unknown

Watch the Canadian-American architect talk about his life, architecture and the world today in this in-depth video by Marc-Christoph Wagner for Louisiana Channel

Alejandro Aravena – To Design is to Prefer

In this personal video interview, the Chilean Pritzker Prize-winning architect Alejandro Aravena shares his unorthodox path to architecture

Inside the converted orangery that Muller Van Severen call home

Fien Muller and Hannes Van Severen—the creative duo behind Ghent-based design studio Muller Van Severen—are no strangers to having unknown visitors ...