Design as an engine of innovation: award ceremony for the “interzum award: intelligent material & design 2013”
Every two years, Koelnmesse collaborates with red dot to host the “interzum award: intelligent material & design”. The competition awards the best designs in the international supplier industry for the furniture and interior decorating industries. On 12 May 2013, the proud prize winners were given their awards on the occasion of the start of the interzum cologne.
Around 500 manufacturers, designers and marketing decision makers converged at the Koelnmesse site to celebrate the high point of this year’s competition together at the interzum party. A total of 200 entries from 16 countries were submitted in 2013. From Materials and surfaces to Fittings, glass and lighting to Upholstery manufacture and bedding, there was great demand for innovative designs for the furniture industry and interior decorating. The jury, comprising five renowned design experts, gave awards to 51 of the entries.
These success stories were duly celebrated at the award ceremony on the evening of 12 May 2013 in the Theater am Tanzbrunnen in Cologne, Germany. As part of an exclusive reception, Katharina C. Hamma, COO of Koelnmesse, and Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, initiator and CEO of the red dot, handed the well-earned certificates over to the prize winners of the “High Product Quality” distinction. The jury awarded this title for special design achievements in terms of form and function. Only 42 products were able to win over the experts with their excellent design and thus succeeded in standing out from comparable products.
The musical highlight of the evening was provided by the percussion duo Double Drums from Munich. With their energetic and rhythmic performance, Alexander Glöggler and Philipp Jungk met with enthusiasm from the award winners and the audience alike. In addition, in a panel discussion presented by Anne Rothäuser, the jury members Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, Dick Spierenburg, Prof. Stefan Diez and Prof. Martin Beeh spoke about their personal impressions, trends that they uncovered during the competition and the challenges they see for the future of design.
The top award in the competition was announced at the end of the award ceremony. Only nine products won the “Best of the Best” title. This award is given by the panel of experts to products that set new standards in their industry with their exceptional and groundbreaking design in terms of form and function. The best of the participants in 2013 include acrylic couture® GbR, Richter Furniertechnik GmbH & Co. KG and k + r Sax GmbH from Germany, Fritz EGGER GmbH & Co. OG from Austria in cooperation with the German-based company akustik plus GmbH & Co. KG, and the Swiss manufacturers EKU AG and Lamello AG. Other winners of the prestigious award included WO Interior A/S from Denmark, Italiana Ferramenta srl from Italy and the Belgian manufacturer Indurub NV.
Until 16 May 2013, all award-winning designs will be presented to the public in a special exhibition as part of the leading global trade fair that is interzum cologne. In this way, Koelnmesse is highlighting the significance of design as an engine of innovation. The products awarded the “Best of the Best” will be displayed on the fair’s boulevard in a walk-in square. In addition, the prize-winning designs will be presented in the online exhibition at www.interzum-award.com.
interzum award: intelligent material & design 2013: www.interzum-award.com
interzum cologne: www.interzum.com
red dot: www.red-dot.de
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