COLOGNE, GERMANY - Several wood production-related itrems won in the 2013 Interzum award: intelligent material & design 2013, including a new P14 Lamello also seen at Ligna, and a hidden sliding door bracket from EKU Porta.

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. The prize winners were given their awards on the evening before Interzum opened.

Around 500 manufacturers, designers and marketing execs - plus media from around the world including Woodworking Network - converged at the Koelnmesse site to see the results of the competition. A total of 200 entries from 16 countries were submitted in 2013. Entries included materials and surfaces, fittings, glass and lighting, upholstery manufacture and bedding. There is great demand for innovative designs for the furniture industry and architectural interiors. The jury - five renowned design experts - gave awards to 51 of the entries. Quite a few were wood products related items, as opposed to bedding and upholstery.

Interzum 2013 Intelligent Material & Design Awards

Title: acrylic couture

Acryl Glass Collection

acrylic couture GbR, Remagen, Germany

Title: EKU-PORTA 100 HMT

Sliding Door Fitting

EKU AG, Sirnach, Switzerland

Title: ProAcoustic Acoustic Elements

Acoustic Solutions with Individual Perforation

Fritz EGGER GmbH & Co. OG, Sankt Johann in Tirol, Austria;

akustik plus GmbH & Co. KG, Wächtersbach, Germany

Title: Dynamic Spring

Disc Spring

Indurub NV, Kluisbergen, Belgium

Title Secret

Invisible Shelf Support

Italiana Ferramenta srl and Ferramenta Livenza

Maron di Brugnera, Italy



k+r Sax GmbH, Meerane, Germany

Title Tenso P-14

Invisible Self-Clamping Furniture Fitting

Lamello AG, Bubendorf, Switzerland

Title LightBeton

Decorative Surface

Richter Furniertechnik GmbH & Co. KG, Melle, Germany

Title WO Lino Acoustic

Shock-Absorbing Linoleum Board

WO Interior A/S, Randers SØ, Denmark

At the awards reception, Katharina Hamma, COO of Koelnmesse, and Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the red dot, handed 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, with 42 products whose excellent design sets them apart.

Nine products won the top "Best of the Best" title (in sidebar). 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.

All award winners are on display throughout the show, which runs through May 16.

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