Best of the Best 2023
FurnSpin - Rotational Fitting
Paul Hettich GmbH + Co. K, Germany
Thanks to a unique translational rotation movement, with the FurnSpin fitting cabinets can turn their interior completely outwards around their own axis, providing convenient access to the rear areas of the cabinet. The exciting alternation between closed and open furniture is effectively staged. Thanks to sophisticated kinematics, the turned carcase moves in a defined track so that the furniture edges cannot collide.
Julius Blum GmbH, Austria
AMPEROS is the safe and simple solution from Blum for the electrification of furniture. Manufacturing, assembly and installation are extremely easy and do not require any assistance from an electrician. Power is safely supplied to drawers or pull-out shelves without any free-hanging cables, allowing lighting, chargers and other electrical appliances to be used in and on moving furniture parts. Blum's solution AMPEROS also provides the basis for a variety of creative applications that will be made possible in the future.
Manufacturer + Client:
Pyrus Panels GmbH, Germany
Manufacturer + Design: Intelligent Fixings Limited, United Kingdom
The newly patented PEANUT CORE technology improves the connection of frameless lightweight panels for the furniture industry and interior design. It is easy to work with, free choice of fixing points on the surface and along the edge and can be assembled completely toolfree. The most important component is the one-piece furniture connector. IIt is simply inserted into a small drilling in the edge and locked in place without tools. The PEANUT CORE head protrudes from the edge and finds its seat in a keyhole bore, which is appropriately placed on the panel surface. The head fits perfectly into the slot and a lateral shift connects and locks the parts with a strong fit.
Engineering + Manufacturing:
Covestro Deutschland AG, Germany
Engineering + Manufacturing: Arcesso Dynamics S.L., Spain
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Arfinio® is a novel solid surface technology from Covestro and Arcesso Dynamics that enables the production of seamless solid surfaces, such as this chair designed by Thomas Schnur. Parts made with Arfinio® are especially lightweight and have no joints or structural weak points, which improves their durability. High impact resistance and easy repairability ensure these parts have a long service life, after which they can be mechanically recycled into new Arfinio® products.
NUO GmbH, Germany
Design: Schorn & Groh GmbH, Germany
NUO is as soft as leather and as supple as fabric – yet made of real wood, vegan and sustainable. The patented "soft wood" is already dressing the first shoes, accessories and furniture and has also gained a foothold in the automotive industry. NUO is made of high-quality veneer that comes exclusively from sustainable forestry. The thin real wood is bonded to a textile backing suitable for the application. The wood surface is then lasered. The fine engraving gives NUO its flexibility. It is particularly suitable for high-end interior applications, such as wall and ceiling coverings with acoustic effect and/or in unusual shapes, for automotive interiors, and as a new and soft material for covering furniture and upholstery.
The SmartSleeve is a circular mattress protector with added functionality, featuring a 'Transparent Circular Label' with a QR code that provides detailed information about the product, including the materials used and their composition. This label offers consumers complete transparency about their purchase and provides the recycler with complete transparency about the material composition. The cover is made using Seaqual yarn, a high-quality, sustainable material created by converting plastic waste from the ocean into new yarn.
Vita First Matratze
The Vita Group, Middleton, United Kingdom
Vita First is a mattress manufactured using innovative, sustainable technologies. It comprises sustainable products: Orbis Plus MB, Novus, a reconstituted foam, and a sustainable Global Recycled Standard (GRS) cover. Sustainability is at the heart of this mattress’ design. The latest foam technologies include the elimination of glue to enable easier end-of-life dismantling and recycling.