The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) recently announced the winners of the 22nd Annual IIDA/HD Product Design Competition at HD expo. The judging panel of this year’s competition included senior associate with Rottet Studio, Chris Evans; Michelle Reichert of MGM Resorts International; and Antunovich Associates’ senior principal and director of interior design, Patricia Rotondo, IIDA.
Products were judged based on innovation, technical advancements, cost efficiency, environmental consciousness, aesthetics, client-user benefits, and need and usage in the hospitality industry. The Grid Sink Faucet and Cube Handles by Kallista took home the Best of Competition award and also won in the accessories or specialties (hardware/decorative metals/plastics) category.
Winners of the flooring category are as follows:
Carpeting/Carpet Systems and Rugs category winner: Crafted Convergence by Durkan
Durkan worked with the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe and the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture to develop Crafted Convergence. Partnering with museums allows designers and manufacturers like Durkan to work with original influences without appropriating important spiritual and cultural symbolism. The soft surface line takes inspiration from various sources including Native American pottery and baskets to Japanese and African garments. The collection brings native influences into the hospitality market by using positive and negative space in smart way.
Hard Surface category winner: D_Segni by Marazzi
Micro, macro, geometric, floral, classical, vintage, metropolitan – the new D_Segni collection by Marazzi uses a mix of inputs in a stoneware reinterpretation of Italy’s lovely traditional hand-made 20x20cm cement tiles. Thanks to their small size, the cement tiles adapt perfectly to large and small spaces. The products are frost proof, resistant to deep abrasion and are available in the following colours: chalk, denim, midnight, mud, sand, shadow, and smoke.
Resilient flooring category winner: Natural Choreography by Shaw Contract
The Natural Choreography collection is the fourth collection by Rockwell Group for Shaw Contract but the first LVT (luxury vinyl tile) available from the collaborators. The collection takes inspiration from nature with patterns that mimic natural stone and wood with “metal” inlay by creating high-definition scans of real lumber and stone. Of the collection, designer Barry Richards of Rockwell Group stated, “We start with what we love.”
IIDA executive vice president and CEO Cheryl S Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP, told FCnews.net: “Product design plays a crucial role in the functionality and aesthetics of hospitality environments. Winners of this year’s competition found innovative ways to leverage product design to craft a hospitality experience that offers travellers a place to escape while maintaining elements that feel like home.”
Main Image: Shaw Contract
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