Patrick Dempsey knows what’s good: the actor and motorsport fan presents the Hexagon sunglasses series for Porsche Design. These have now been awarded the coveted German Design Award. Find out how the winning styles look on Dempsey and why the Hollywood star fits the Porsche brand like hairpin bends fit the Monaco Grand Prix in the following blog post.
PD Connection: Porsche Design + Patrick Dempsey
Porsche Design and Patrick Dempsey have the initials PD in common – as well as a love of fast cars and pioneering design. The Hollywood actor, best known for his role as Dr. Derek Shepherd aka “McDreamy” in the series Grey’s Anatomy, is himself a passionate Porsche driver and even has his own motorsport racing team, Dempsey-Proton Racing.
Since 2021, the US amateur racer has been the campaign face for Porsche Design Eyewear and showed off his striking face wearing sunglasses with Vision Drive lenses – a high-performance polarising filter specially developed for the road, among other things.
Award-Winning Design: the P 8937 and P 8938
But it’s not just Patrick Dempsey as brand ambassador for Porsche who is impressive; the design of the premium brand has also won awards (once again). This year, two models from the Hexagon eyewear collection convinced the jury of the German Design Awards and were honoured in the category “Excellent Product Design – Lifestyle and Fashion“. The German Design Award is one of the most recognised design prizes in the world, more than 4,200 designs from 60 countries were submitted this year. The two sunglasses P 8937 and P 8938 perfectly reflect Porsche’s principles: motorsport performance and high-quality details.
Milled from titanium and held together by four hexagonal screws, the front of the winning sunglasses is a masculine design intended to recall the engine block of the legendary Porsche 911. A contrast is provided by the lightweight and comfortable temples made of RXP high-performance plastic. And of course, UV400 protection as well as the perfect fit is a matter of course at Porsche. It’s no wonder the jury of the German Design Awards has chosen Porsche Design eyewear as the winner, and not for the first time.
A cherry on the cake for the already acclaimed 50th anniversary of the motorsport and lifestyle brand. No doubt TV star Patrick Dempsey will also have opened a bottle to celebrate! And the big-screen star has another reason to celebrate: recently, he finished second in the amateur classification as a racing driver at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans with his racing team. With a Porsche, of course. Hollywood icon, successful sportsman and design lover: good going, Patrick Dempsey!