Every two years, the interzum award: intelligent material & design is bestowed upon the best designs in the international supplier industry for the furniture and interior decorating industries. The winners were announced and celebrated May 15 at an award ceremony in Cologne.
Over 240 entries from 28 nations competed for the prestigious award.
Winners, decided by an international jury of five experts, were judged on criteria such as degree of innovation, material quality, shape, and functionality. The 12 "Best of the Best" winners included:
The OVVO V-0930 connector is an invisible, tool-free connection system with a smaller profile that works best in material of thickness 12 mm and above. Available in a permanent or releasable version, the innovative dovetail design delivers increased intrinsic tolerance, leading to enhanced tensile and shear strength of the overall component, while the central rib confers increased joint rigidity. The new single-piece housing makes automatic insertion possible for high volume applications.
Fusing technology and aesthetics, Salice's Air hinge is fully adjustable in three directions, features a soft-close mechanism, and is nearly invisible. Salice Air is a 2016 IWF Challengers Winner.
The Ixconnect connector SC 8/25 is a one-piece connector for assembling light furniture applications. It can be used in standard drill holes with a diameter of 8 mm, and combines furniture components easily and quickly without any tools by pressing together. The connector is intuitive and user friendly. The Ixconnect connector SC 8/25 disappears in the finished piece of furniture.
Other winners included:
- Steelforce Smart Place: Actiforce International
- Organoid Technologies
- Out for Space: karuun
- Peka Floro: peka-metall
- ComfortSwing: OBE Hettich
- Goodside Fusion: OKE Kunststofftechnik
- Shrinx: KRALL + ROTH
- In-foam printing: Covestro Deutschland
- VunderTech: Vöhringer
The jurors also awarded the title of "High Product Quality" to 40 products which stand out significantly from comparable products thanks to their excellent design. Learn more about the winners here.