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Results of the interzum award 2021

4 May 2021

© Arpa Industriale SpA

interzum award 2021, Best of the Best: Bloom Technology FENIX NTM and Arpa HPL by Arpa Industriale SpA

Directly after the official opening of the new online platform interzum @home , this year's interzum award was presented today. Already for the eleventh time, the award ceremony of the competition organized by Koelnmesse together with Red Dot took place - this year, however, purely digitally due to Corona. The best products of the international supplier industry for furniture and interior design show the way to a more sustainable future.

New criteria: sustainability

In total, interzum exhibitors and designers from eleven nations took part in this year's competition. For the first time, sustainability was explicitly included in the assessment criteria according to which awards were given. “By including it in the official criteria catalogue, however, we wanted to send a clear signal that we would like to see more products and materials in the future of the industry that take this aspect into account”, says Professor Dr. Peter Zec, organiser of the interzum award and CEO of Red Dot.

© Häfele SE & Co KG

interzum award 2021, Best of the Best: Linear lens by Häfele SE & Co KG

Innovations for saving resources

And indeed, many winning products are reflecting this. "Sustainability and the circular economy are the really big themes", says Martin Beeh, designer and member of the jury. Among the “Best of the Best” winners, for example, is the Häfele Linear lens, a lighting system that intelligently bundles the light of an LED strip, enabling it to double its illuminance while maintaining the same dimensions, thus making additional, more energy-intensive light sources superfluous.

© The Vita Group

interzum award 2021, Best of the Best: „Orbis“ foam by The Vita Group

Alternative materials

There are interesting approaches to a more sustainable product culture, especially in the materials used to make furniture. “Orbis” by The Vita Group is a sustainable polyurethane foam made partly from raw materials derived from recycled foam mattresses. Using “Bloom Technology FENIX NTM and Arpa HPL”, Arpa Industriale reduces the amount of phenol contained in the resin and replaces it with lignin, a natural wood polymer.

© Lamello AG

interzum award 2021, Best of the Best: “Clamex P-14 Flexus” furniture connector by Lamello AG

New opportunities

At last, Lamello’s “Clamex P-14 Flexus” furniture connector does not only save material as well as offer maximum flexibility in assembly sequences, but also increases design possibilities thanks to its innovative construction. “With the interzum award, we want to set impulses and put innovations in the spotlight,” states Maik Fischer, director of interzum. “The winners of this year’s competition impressively show that the furniture and supplier industry is working towards new and improved solutions saving resources. The idea of a circular economy is becoming increasingly visible, too, showing that our industry is well-positioned to face the future.”

New industry standards

The jury consisting of six experts from the fields of design, material science and architecture honoured a total of 20 submissions with awards: the four mentioned entries received a “Best of the Best” award for outstanding design achievements that set new industry standards in terms of form and function, while sixteen other products and materials received awards for high product quality, honouring special design achievements in form and function.

All award-winning materials and products will be permanently presented on the interzum website.