Awards ceremony interzum award puts spotlight on innovations
A festive awards ceremony for the interzum award: intelligent material & design 2007 took place on Tuesday, 8 May in the Theater am Tanzbrunnen at the Koelnmesse. Some 51 awards, among them 8 for highest design quality, were honoured at the event.
After a musical prelude, Herbert Marner, president of Koelnmesse, welcomed the laureates, followed by an address by Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, president of Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen. “The interzum award is fortunate to see many high-end products that convince through outstanding functions and aesthetic design. The many novel developments offer impulses for future market-oriented innovations," said Zec of the quality of the awarded products. The contest, held for the fourth time by Koelnmesse in cooperation with red dot, was once again a tremendous success and represents a paradigm for the industry, so Zec.
A high-profile expert jury evaluated the submitted pieces for their degree of innovation, functionality, material quality, form, and sustainability: Japanese designer and architect Masayo Ave, designer Ulrich Skrypalle from designafairs, designer Martin Bergmann from EOOS Design, Austria, as well as Danny Venlet from Venlet Interior Architecture, Brussels, comprised, together with Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, president of the internationally renowned Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, the jury team of this year's interzum award.
A best of the best award was conferred to:
• A. Molina & C. S.p.A., Biopillo
• AWP Präzisionsteile GmbH, Serie Easy Release Modular System
• Bausch Decor GmbH, synchronous pore-enabled decorative print.
• Formica Vertriebs-GmbH, "Highgloss AR+"
• Hettich Marketing- und Vertriebs GmbH & Co. KG, adhesive plugs for
lightweight structural panels
• Julius Blum GmbH, Aventos
• Pfaff Industrie Maschinen AG, Powerline
• Richter Furniertechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Acoustic - Lightboard
Wolfgang Kranz, president of the Koelnmesse and Prof. Dr. Zec personally handed the best of the best award certificates to the laureates on stage. All proud winners of this year's interzum awards were then gathered onto the stage for a group photo. Following the awards ceremony, the winners were furthermore celebrated at the interzum party until the early morning hours.
The distinguished products will be presented at interzum cologne 2007 (9-12 May) in a public exhibition. Leading up to imm cologne 2008, an international furniture fair, the international yearbook presenting interzum award winners will moreover be published by red dot edition. All awarded products are also featured in detail on the website www.interzum-award.de.