NEW YORK-Four companies exhibiting in Accent on Design at the New York International Gift Fair this week were presented with awards to recognize excellence, innovation and creativity in product design.
“Across product categories, these Accent on Design participants have incorporated superlative design qualities which stand above an already impressive collection,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and senior vice president at GLM, which owns and operates the show. “These products combine form and function with exemplary design.”
Flux of Amsterdam, Netherlands received the Excellence in Product Design award for its Flux Chair, a clever combination of the practical advantages of foldable furniture and the looks of a classic design chair.
Alessi won the Excellence in Product Design for Tèo, an innovation on the typology of the tea spoon which makes it possible, after tea is ready, to remove the bag from the cup and gently squeeze it, pulling it up through the hollow handle.
Best Booth Presentation was given to Mio for its wall-to-ceiling booth presentation made of its own environmentally and socially sustainable products including Paperforms, modular 3D wallpaper tiles made from recycled paper; Crystal Drop Ceiling modules made from recycled cardboard; and Nomad System, a modular architectural system made from recycled, double-wall cardboard that can be assembled into freestanding, temporary partitions without hardware, tools or damage to existing structures.
Finally, Urban Butik of Montreal received the Best Collection award for its Born in Sweden collection, which combines highly innovative design with simple product solutions. The collection includes a minimalist coat rack crafted from a single piece of rigid, powder coated steel; a streamlined, lockable mailbox in molded fiberglass; and functional, practical and aesthetically pleasing watering cans made of 18-0 stainless steel.
The Accent on Design Summer 2011 selection committee members are Miguel Calvo of Calvo.co; Ilene Shaw of Shaw + Co! Productions; Kathy Thornton-Bias of MoMA; Wilma Wabnitz of Wabnitz Editions; and Laura Young of Areaware.
Accent on Design wraps up today at Jacob K. Javits Convention Center here.