The prize is awarded by Germany’s Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen institution and recognises design excellence.
Winning entrants are displayed in the institute, allowing visitors the chance to see them up close.
The Arc is one of 15 winners of this year’s award which each beat more than 4,600 entries across 19 categories.
The 7” device offers access to Kobo’s reading app and integrated bookstore as well as more than 600,000 apps and is available in three storage configurations: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.
The Arc also offers web browsing, emails and Kobo’s unique interface Tapestries which allows users to easily organise and display content by ‘pining’ their favourite content.
“To be recognized by the red dot organization for our commitment to design is thrilling,” said Jean-Marc Dupuis, Managing Director, Kobo.
“Kobo has proven yet again that it designs and develops industry-leading eReading devices that perfectly blend technology and aesthetics so that Readers can focus on the stories they love.”
Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, initiator and CEO of the red dot, said: “The winners of the ‘red dot award: product design 2013’ are the protagonists of a highly developed design culture and design industry.
“These days it is becoming more and more difficult to distinguish between well-designed products. It is often only in the details that the special qualities become apparent. However, those product creations that pass the test before the critical eyes of the international red dot jury will not disappear into the crowd and will be able to fend off global competition.”