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Ambiente names Design Plus Award 2014 winners

N.Y.-based Chilewich wins for ‘Ribbon'

An international jury has selected 30 products and product series to receive the Design Plus Award 2014, all of which

Ambiente will present the Design Plus Award winners in a special exhibition in Galleria 1 at the February trade fair in Frankfurt.Ambiente will present the Design Plus Award winners in a special exhibition in Galleria 1 at the February trade fair in Frankfurt.
will be exhibited at the Ambiente consumer-goods trade fair in Frankfurt, Germany.

The Design Plus Award, in its 31st year, recognizes high standards of design quality, utility value and sustainability by honoring products that are innovative in terms of idea and execution or distinguished by new concepts.

Design Plus Award winners for 2014 include 24 companies from 11 countries: Alessi, Blomus, Browne & Co., Chilewich, Fissler, Hailo, Kai Corporation, Konstantin Slawinski Housewarming Objects, Lindén International, Normann Copenhagen, Oxo International, Palomar, Pension für Produkte, RCR Cristalleria Italiana, Reisenthel Accessoires, Royal VKB, Side by Side Caritas Wendelstein Werkstätten, Skagerak, Spring International, Stelton, Steuber, Thomas Merlo & Partner, Whitbread Wilkinson and Zwiesel Kristallglas.

"The entries for the 2014 Design Plus competition reflect not only the high standard of design prevailing today but also the trend towards projecting familiar, everyday products into a contemporary context and, in many cases, fully reconsidering them," said Nicolette Naumann, vice president, Ambiente/Tendence. "In this creative process, functions

Chilewich was honored for its "Ribbon" placemats and runners.Chilewich was honored for its "Ribbon" placemats and runners.
are improved and some astonishing value-added produced. The expert jury took particular account of this in 2014."

New York-based Chilewich won the award for its "Ribbon" contemporary and functional placemats and runners, which are knit on old ribbon machines in the Garment District and designed for indoor and outdoor use. "The Design Plus 2014 award recognized innovation in the housewares industry, which is our world," said company founder and designer Sandy Chilewich. "It is very gratifying as a designer to be acknowledged for our contribution."

The members of the awards jury were Mark Braun (designer), Volker Hohmann (Ikarus Design Handel), Hugo Macdonald (Studioilse), Hubert Kittel (Burg Giebichenstein / Kunsthochschule Halle), Stefan Nilsson (Trendgruppen), Philipp Mainzer (E15) and the sponsors represented by Andrej Kupetz (German Design Council) and Julia Droege (Frankfurt am Main Chamber of Industry and Commerce).

The winning entries will be on display in a special exhibit in Galleria 1 at Ambiente, Messe Frankfurt, Feb. 7-11, 2014.

Susan DickensonSusan Dickenson | Editor in Chief

Susan Dickenson is the editor in chief of Home Accents Today, where she has spent more than a decade covering trending topics, best practices and news items pertaining to the manufacturing, retail and interior design segments of the home furnishings industry. A graduate of UNC, Dickenson spent 15 years in the Washington, D.C., area, writing and researching in both the public and private sector. After relocating to her native North Carolina in 2003, she freelanced as a writer of general interest, business, garden and home items for local and national publications before joining Home Accents Today in 2006 as retail editor.

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