Companies with innovative design solutions now have the chance to apply for the Interior Innovation Award until November 15, 2013. The Interior Innovation Award was initiated in 2002 by the imm cologne and is hosted by the German Design Council since then. It is one of the worldwide most prestigious design awards in the interior design industry and established itself as a seal of quality.
The Interior Innovation Award honors products which convince with a trend-setting design and therefore represent the innovative strength of the industry. In doing so, it does not matter whether technical production considerations, constructive, material-related or purely creative solutions constitute the innovation.
The who is who of the industry as well as small manufacturers and start-up companies are represented in the contest. Equal treatment of all participants is a basic principle of the contest â€“ everyone can win regardless of the size of the company. The international jury judges neutrally and follows strict criteria.
Companies can apply with products in the fields of furniture, outdoor, bath and wellness, office and workstation, facility equipment, walls, floors, ceilings, lamps, textiles as well as kitchen and housekeeping.
In addition to honoring 15 products with the â€śInterior Innovation Award â€“ Best of Best 2014â€ť and the â€śInterior Innovation Award Winnersâ€ť a highlight is awarding three young talents, which will be selected from the talent show [D3] Contest 2014.
The â€śWinners 2014â€ť and the â€śInterior Innovation Award â€“ Best of Best 2014â€ť will be presented in a special staging during the imm cologne from January 13 to 19, 2014 in Pure Village (hall 2.2) once more.
The Interior Innovation Award is one of the most prestigious design prizes in the international furnishing sector – companies from all product categories of the sector are now invited to enter the competition at www.interior-innovation-award.com. imm cologne is the conceptual sponsor of the competition, which is hosted by the German Design Council.
Companies with products listed in the categories Furniture, Outdoor Products, Bathroom/Wellness, Office/Workplace, Building Fixtures, Walls/Floors/Ceilings, Luminaires, Textiles and last but not least products for Kitchen/Household may register for the competition until 7 November 2012.
The Interior Innovation Award – Best of Best 2013 label will be bestowed to 15 products overall; as an additional highlight three up-and-coming designers will be selected for the Interior Innovation Award at the D3 Contest 2013 talent show. The prize winners will be announced at the imm cologne opening ceremony on 13 January 2013.
Up to 30 new product designs, the work of design students and young designers from around the world, will be preselected and featured in a special exhibition for the ninth time. The jury for the design competition, the Interior Innovation Award 2012, (due to be held at imm cologne) will then choose the three most talented up-and-coming international designers for 2012 from these nominees.
As part of the opening ceremony for imm cologne, the Best of Best in this year’s Interior Innovation Award were announced on 17 January 2011. In addition, the three best international up-and-coming designers were presented with the Interior Innovation Award. All award-winning products are being exhibited in special shows at imm cologne.
The large Boulevard of Innovations award exhibition along the northern boulevard presents the products that the jury awarded the “Winner 2011” label as well as those from this preliminary selection proclaimed the 15 Best of Best 2011. The award-winning work of the three best newcomers together with around 30 prototypes from international up-and-coming designers can be seen in the [D3] Contest exhibition in Hall 3.2.
The Interior Innovation Award is an international acknowledgement for design, innovation and outstanding product concepts. A renowned jury of experts evaluate product innovation, observing new products and the application of novel materials as well as complex production techniques based on innovative design revelation.
As of this year, participation in the Interior Innovation Award is no longer restricted to the imm cologne’s exhibitors. By opening the competition up, the award is intended to reflect the international furniture fair’s importance for the industry, the entire spectrum of which is represented at the Cologne show.
With its focus on innovative excellence in all product areas, the competition is a reflection of the industry’s huge inventiveness. “In future, we want the Interior Innovation Award to be an even stronger expression of the efficacy and innovative spirit of companies operating in the furniture and interior design market,” says CEO of Koelnmesse Gerald BĂ¶se in explanation of the modified concept. Limiting participation to exhibitors seemed to stand in the way of this aim. “That’s why we decided to abolish the official restriction on participation so as to better communicate the commendableness of the award-winning innovations. And since the imm cologne depicts the entire spectrum of this market, we’re expecting some top-class results from the Interior Innovation Award again.”
A jury of leading international design experts will award the prize for the most outstanding innovations in five categories: Best Item, Best System, Best Detail, Materials Innovation and Classic Innovation.
All businesses exhibiting at the fair are eligible to take part, either with products already on the market or those that are being exhibited for the first time.
The interior innovation award will be presented during the opening party on the night before the fair starts.
Johanna Grawunder isnâ€™t easy to pin down. She builds houses, designs interiors and creates classic industrial products for clients like Boffi, Flos, B&B or WMF. But above all, she creates exclusive furniture and lighting for galleries in Europe and the USA, often integrating LEDs and seemingly dematerialising the forms.
For her, light is an important medium for designing the interior as part of the whole. Nor does lighting always have to be a stand-alone item, believes Johanna Grawunder. Integrated into furniture, itâ€™s simply there â€“ and takes on a whole new quality.
The architect from California began her career in Ettore Sottsassâ€™ Milan studio in 1985 and was involved with some of his most prestigious architecture and interior design projects.
imm cologne 2010 – Remarks by Gerald BĂ¶se, Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH, at the European Press Conference on imm cologne 2010, in Cologne on 13th May 2009
Ladies and gentlemen,
It gives me great pleasure to welcome you today to Cologne for our press conference on imm cologne. Thank you for taking the time to find out what’s new at imm cologne.
Ladies and gentlemen, this year’s imm cologne has had a polarizing effect. There have been many positive comments about it, but I won’t hide the fact that there has also been criticism. It was therefore all the more important to reflect on various issues after the fair was over. Specifically, this means we must ask ourselves what the imm cologne of the future has to look like in order to retain and enhance its value for customers. What kinds of activities will be in tune with the times? In short, we have to let the exhibitors and visitors know just why imm cologne is the best option.