IKEA wins 3 Red Dots
BURLINGTON, Ontario – Three items that are or will soon be available on the floor at IKEA Canada including a nesting table, a bicycle and an induction cooktop have all been recognised in one of the world’s largest and oldest design competitions, the Red Dot Award for Product Design.
The SLADDA bicycle has even been awarded the Best of Best award in its category, the top prize reserved for ground-breaking product design. “We are very excited to offer Canadians a more sustainable mode of urban transportation this fall,” Anna Furtado, IKEA Canada sales leader said in a statement. “Our Family program customers will also be eligible for a discounted offer from $999 to $599.”
A jury consisting of 41 experts from the field of design selected the winners from around 5,200 entries.
“At IKEA, we’re not just making things – we’re using design to make things better. We work with what we call Democratic Design, where we make sure our products have great function, are beautifully designed and made to stand everyday life while being sustainable – all made accessible through low prices,” Marcus Engman, IKEA’s head of design said. “These awards show us that we’re on the right path. We’re happy that our colleagues in the design community appreciate our hard work to create products with lots of value.”
The winning entries will be showcased at the Red Dot Design Museum were honoured at the Red Dot Gala, which was held in Essen, Germany on 04 July 2016.
The Red Dot Award is an international competition organized by the Essen-based Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen. Its origins date back to the mid-1950s. This competition, held for the 2015 year, received more than 17,000 entries and is divided into three different disciplines: product design, communication design, and design concepts.
Available in its stores now, the Red Dot Award winner LISABO is a collection of tables that rewrites the rules of space, as well as design, sustainability and even time. Made of ash veneer, the pieces can easily be moved around the home, meeting many different needs. The central design aspect of LISABO is a small, nearly invisible solution that cuts down on assembly time by 80% called the wedge dowel. Simply insert and lock the wedge dowel, which comes attached to the table legs, into a hole on the table top and it’s done.
Set to be available across Canada next spring, the TILLREDA portable induction cooktop gives the user the flexibility to cook anywhere where there is a power supply. It features a wire-hook cable storage that doubles as a carrying handle. And it is designed with built-in keyholes so it can hang vertically along a kitchen rail to save precious counter space when not in use.
Meanwhile, SLADDA is an easy to maintain, unisex bicycle that supports a sustainable lifestyle for a broad range of people. The SLADDA bicycle is an urban transportation solution on two wheels with customizable accessories – like the rust and oil free belt drive that lasts for 15,000 kilometres, the automatic gears, and the click-in knob system for hooking on and off basket and racks.
The last IKEA product to receive a Red Dot was the IKEA PS 2014 Pendant lamp, designed by David Wahl, which received an Honorable Mention in 2015.