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Design Plus Award winners announced

27 outstanding products and product series chosen for the Design Plus Award at Ambiente 2016

Top design quality and great functionality: the Design Plus Award will once again be a special highlight at the coming Ambiente, and reflect the exhibitors’ ambitious design expectations and innovativeness.

The internationally coveted award was launched by the ‘Design and Life’ initiative of Messe Frankfurt Exhibition GmbH, the German Design Council (Rat für Formgebung) and the Association of the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (Industrie- und Handelskammertag – DIHK), Berlin, in 1983 and is open to all Ambiente exhibitors with products that have not been on the market for longer than two years at the time of the fair.

“We are proud that this renowned and independently judged design award for extremely well designed consumer goods has been running for over three decades. As in the past, we are delighted with the innovative and aesthetically pleasing products of this year’s winners”, says Nicolette Naumann, Vice President Ambiente/Tendence.

178 companies from 33 countries entered a total of 418 products and product series for the Design Plus Award. The international jury selected 27 products and product series from 23 companies from 9 countries, which will be presented with the Design Plus Award during Ambiente. The award-winning products can be seen in a special exhibition designed by Petra Strickstrock / Raumansicht in Galleria 1, during the fair from 12 to 16 February. For the companies, the exhibition represents an attractive platform for their products; for buyers and visitors, it is a supplementary source of inspiration.

Technology and practicality
That consumer goods can be sophisticated and technologically innovative products is demonstrated by Eschenbach Porzellan with its new ‘Inductherm’ product line. Designed by Claudia Bischoff, the dishes are made of special porcelain and include a ferro-magnetic base that enables the porcelain to be used on an induction cooker. Moreover, the dishes can be used not only to cook the food but also to serve and subsequently store it.

With its ‘Thermostone’ product series, Australia’s Décor also banks on multi-functionality with coloured casserole dishes and airtight silicon lids, which permit any leftover food to be stored by simply popping them in the fridge or freezer. Moreover, it is no problem to reheat food in the microwave or clean the products in the dishwasher.

Super clean

Ideal for washing up, Mono has developed the ‘mono-softmesh’ stainless-steel cleaning cloth for mechanically removing tough grime and leftovers without being hard on the hands. It is also ideal for use in vases or decanters – the stainless-steel cloth is simply dropped into the vessel with some water and the cleaning effect produced by turning and shaking. To ensure it remains hygienic, the ‘mon-softmesh’ can be cleaned in the dishwasher.

Another special product made of stainless steel is the ‘Opus’ table centrepiece by Alessi. Designer Guido Venturini took his inspiration from fine lace and transferred it to stainless steel using a laser cutter. Despite its size, the gently curved dish seems light and filigree, and creates a modern link between traditional and organic patterns.

The lightness of wine
The ‘Superleggero’ series of ten wine glasses by Riedel attracted the jury’s particular attention because the specialist glass maker has succeeded in producing very light glasses with ultra-thin walls. The focus of the mouth-blown products is on enhancing the pleasure of drinking wine through optimised glass shapes.

Also distinguished by an extremely light appearance is the ‘LYN’ shelf system that, thanks to its clever mounting, almost appears to be floating. Designed by ‘kaschkasch’, the product mountings are fully hidden by the books with only a fine, straight metal shelf remaining visible.

Design Plus 2016 at a glance

This year’s jury displayed great expertise and commitment in selecting the winners. The members of the jury were Gerrit Babtist (Bauhaus University, Weimar), Ralf Böckle (selected – interior design, Frankfurt/Main), Katrin Cosseta (Interni, Milan), Klaudia Hüls (Association of the German Chambers of Industry and Commerce (Industrie- und Handelskammertag – DIHK), Berlin), Andrej Kupetz, German Design Council (Rat für Formgebung), Frankfurt/Main), Michael Lenz (Heine/Lenz/Zizka, Frankfurt), Wilhelm Seibel (mono GmbH, Mettmann).

The award-winning companies are Alessi, Bosign, Eagle Products Textil, Ebnat, emform, Eschenbach Porzellan Group, Fratelli Guzzini, höfats, Iwasaki Industry, JuliFoli, Kiboni, koziol >> ideas for friends, LSA International, Metallurgica Italo Ottinetti, mono, Nude, Palomar, Peppermint Products, Philippi, Riedel Glas, Robert Herder, The Decor Corporation and Villeroy & Boch.

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