Future begins at Cologne

Published on : Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Organised by Koelnmesse, the 60th anniversary launch of interzum Cologne today honoured winners of the best designs in the global furniture supply industry and interior design. At the award ceremony for “interzum award: intelligent material & design 2019”, the celebrated winners received their awards on the evening of 20 May in Cologne’s Theater am Tanzbrunnen. Participants competed with their products, product refinements, materials and innovations, and won over the six-member jury with their design quality.



Participants from 22 countries competed with their products and innovations at “interzum award 2019”. More than 260 manufacturers competed at the initial level. The desire to win the awards highlight the significance of design as a factor that adds value. Six experts tested, discussed and assessed the objects live and on site. The jury selected 59 products that were unique and innovative in comparison to other items. Selected and shortlisted based on their outstanding design and creativity as well as the distinction “High Product Quality”. They also awarded 12 “Best of the Best” titles, the top distinction for outstanding design achievements that set new standards for form and function in their industry. The achievements of the winners of “interzum award: intelligent material & design 2019” were honoured on the evening prior to the launch of this year’s “interzum” in the august presence of an exclusive reception, Matthias Pollmann, Vice President Trade Fair Management at Koelnmesse, and Red Dot Vice President Vito Orazem handed over the well-earned certificates to the winners of the distinction “High Product Quality”. The category “Tiny Spaces” featured in the award for the first time, with Koelnmesse recognising and responding to the trend of small-space living.



The “Best of the Best” winners were officially honoured as the central part of the traditional kick-off event for “interzum”. President and CEO of Koelnmesse Gerald Böse joined the jury members to hand over the certificates on stage to the winners to mark their success. The jurors included Dutch designer Dick Spierenburg as well as Belgian designer and Professor at the Royal College of Arts in Gent Prof. Danny Venlet. Other jury members were Prof. Dipl.-Ing. Martin Stosch, who lectures on the Wood Technology degree programme at Ostwestfalen-Lippe University of Applied Sciences, and designer Winfried Weber from hülsta. The jury was completed by Prof. Martin Beeh, materials expert and university lecturer on Design Management, and Vito Orazem, who congratulated the winners on their remarkable success.



BekaertDeslee from Belgium, Välinge Innovation Sweden and the Vita Group from the UK together with Veldeman Bedding from Belgium are just some of the 2019 “Best of the Best” winners. Other laureates that received the top distinction in “interzum award” included Salice and Vibo from Italy as well as Austrian manufacturers FRITZ EGGER and Sperrholzwerk Schweitzer, with the latter winning not one but two awards. There were also German companies amongst the winners of the sought-after industry prize, namely Hettich Marketing- und Vertriebs GmbH & Co. KG, HOMAPAL, Karl W. Niemann and out for space. Their success bears testimony to the outstanding design quality of their award-winning solutions as well as their competitiveness.



From May 21 to 24, more than 1,700 exhibitors from all over the globe are at the fair ground to present their innovations at the world’s leading trade fair for furniture production and interior design. As part of a meticulously created special exhibition, the award-winning products in “interzum award 2019” will be presented to visitors from industry, trade and commerce.




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