The 24th edition of the IIDA/HD Expo Product Design Awards, an annual competition organised by the IIDA association in collaboration with the Hospitality Design magazine has recently concluded. The expert jury was made up of designers, architects and industry professionals, including Mari Ansera, IIDA, ASID, senior associate of HGA Architects and Engineers, Mike Johnson II, IIDA, senior associate of Perkins&Will and Alexis Moore, IIDA, healthcare designer for Gresham Smith. For the 2021 edition, of the eight categories honoured by the awards (Applied finishes and materials, Textiles, Flooring, Seating - Individual, Seating - Group, Lighting, Casegoods and freestanding furniture, Accessories or specialities) the jurors nominated the winners of only four categories.
Cheryl S. Durst, Executive Vice President and chief executive officer of IIDA, stressed just how the winners of this 24th edition demonstrate strong attention in the face of the rapidly changing needs of the hospitality industry, offering products that are timely, sustainable and above all human-centred.
Let’s take a look at the winners.
The Liquid Cosmo Grey ceramic surfaces by Iris Ceramica Diesel Living for the Flooring – Hard Surfaces category, aimed at all types of flooring, carpets/rugs and hard surfaces.
Scanlines by TURF Design for the Applied Finishes and Materials – Wallcoverings category, aimed at wall coverings, treatments and paints.
The Et Al – Classy Collection chairs by Sandler Seating, created by designer Luca Nichetto for the Seating: Individual – Dining category, aimed at individual seating solutions for both indoor and outdoor spaces.
Finally, the Tonon Italia Sailor Collection chairs by Sandler Seating, designed by Guggenbichler Design were selected for the Seating: Group – Outdoor category, as well being the winners of the Eric Engstrom Best of Competition Award.
The IIDA/HD Expo Product Design Awards are part of the activities focused on the promotion and development of interior design undertaken by the IIDA association. The acronym, in fact, stands for the International Interior Design Association, which is based in Chicago and supports all players of the interior design sector: designers, students, teachers, industries and companies in the sector, as well as their customers. The Association promotes training and design excellence among operators, together with the promotion and the diffusion of the sector’s products and services to consumers. The central purpose of the institution is, in fact, to increase the awareness and understanding of interior design, both from an economic point of view, as basic elements that can help increase the commercial value of a property, and as a key player for the positive impact on the health and everyday well-being that interiors have on people’s lives.
Precisely with regards to the Association’s social activities, the products recognised by the IIDA/HD Expo Product Design Awards were carefully selected and evaluated according to a number of key criteria including innovation, environmental sustainability, function and aesthetic or technical advancement aimed specifically at the hospitality sector. Characteristics easily found in the ceramic surfaces produced by Iris Ceramica, a brand of Iris Ceramica Group. The winning materials are the result of the partnership between Diesel Living and Iris Ceramica for the Liquid Cosmo collection: innovative ceramic slabs with sizes up to 300 x 150 cm, available in Purple and Green, as well as the award-winning Grey.
(01-08) photo courtesy of Iris Ceramica Group
(09) photo courtesy of TURF Design
(10-11) photo courtesy of Sandler Seating