Design sector stars align at 2007 IIDEX/NeoCon Canada Innovation Awards



    TORONTO, Sept. 28 /CNW/ - IIDEX/NeoCon Canada announces the 2007
Innovation Awards winners (formerly the Product and Booth Awards). Seventy-one
recipients were presented with their Innovation Awards last night as part of
the annual ARIDO Awards of Excellence gala dinner. The Innovation Awards
celebrate Canada's leading manufacturers and suppliers within the fields of
design and architecture, recognizing their achievements in new product design.
    The Innovation Awards are presented for the second year in a row by media
sponsor and partner Canadian Business, the country's bestselling magazine for
business news. The awards program, which has grown in prominence in the
business, design and media communities, honours excellence in design and
creativity.
    The 59 award-winning products and 12 award-winning booths were announced
by Joe Chidley, editor of Canadian Business, who spoke about the significance
of innovation and creativity in compelling design.
    "Many factors affect the success and character of a business," says
Chidley, "and good design simply makes good business sense. Companies are
increasingly using smart, strategic design as a way to communicate with
customers, convey a brand or sell products."
    The Innovation Awards are run by the Interior Designers of Canada and
Merchandise Mart Properties (Canada) Inc., managers of IIDEX/NeoCon Canada,
the country's largest exposition and conference for the design, construction
and management of the built environment. The Association of Registered
Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO) owns the annual fall design exposition
and organizes the annual Awards of Excellence gala dinner.
    A complete listing of Innovation Award recipients follows. To view
visuals of the winning products and/or booths, visit
www.interiordesigncanada.org.

    
               2007 INNOVATION AWARDS - OFFICIAL WINNERS LIST
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    PRODUCT

    Category            Exhibitor Name           Product Name         Award

    Building/
     Architectural
     Products           Free Axez Ltd.      Low Profile Access Floor  Silver
                        DIRTT               DIRTT Walls               Gold
    Carpet, Area Rugs   Modern Weave        Genesi                    Bronze
                        Weavers Art         Flowers on Water          Bronze
                        W Studio            Inner Circles             Bronze
                        W Studio            Connected                 Silver
                        W Studio            Dusk                      Silver
                        W Studio            Kloser                    Gold
                        W Studio            Star Coral                Gold
                        Weavers Art         Bamboo                    Gold

    Carpet, Broadloom   Atlas Carpet
                         Mills Inc.         Fab No.2                  Bronze
                        Shaw Contract
                         Group              Dressed to Kill           Silver
                        Tandus              Bas Relief Series         Gold
                        Tandus              Saraband                  Gold

    Carpet, Modular     InterfaceFLOR       Yin-Yang Collection       Silver
                        Milliken Contract   Plan A                    Silver
                        Shaw Contract
                         Group              Dressed to Kill           Silver
                        Bentley Prince
                         Street             Saturnia Collection       Gold
                        InterfaceFLOR       Bioscapes Collection      Gold

    Computer Support
     Furniture          Humanscale          CPU600                    Gold

    Finishes            Lumigraf            Lumi-Pearl                Silver
                        Lumigraf            Lumi-Dichrioc             Gold
                        Lumigraf            Lumi-Optic                Gold

    Furniture           Dietiker
                         Switzerland        Satu                      Gold
                        Tusch Seating Inc.  Hammock                   Gold

    Furniture Systems   ALLSTEEL            Ahrend 500 Bench          Silver
                        The Global Group    Viceversa Bridges         Silver
                        Nienkamper          VOX Open Office           Gold
                        Sinetica/
                         alter-e-go         Diamond                   Gold
                        Teknion             District                  Gold
                        Teknion             Marketplace               Gold

    Innovative
     Products           Antex Designs       Windows NXT Revolution    Bronze
                        Town & Country
                         Fireplaces         WS54 Wide Screen DDV Gas
                                             Fireplace                Bronze
                        3M Convenience
                         Group Inc.         Di-Noc                    Gold
                        Environmental
                         Acoustics Inc.     Acoustic Network Manager
                                             Software                 Gold
                        Humanscale          Switch Mouse              Gold
                        InterfaceFLOR       Cool Carpet               Gold

    Lighting            Canlyte Inc.        Lightolier-Monet
                                             Track-Wall Wash          Bronze
                        Senso Lighting
                         Inc.               PURE                      Gold

    Seating: Desk/
     Workstation
     Chairs             The Global Group    Paro                      Bronze
                        Nienkamper          NOW Chair - Mesh Back     Bronze
                        The Global Group    Aspen                     Silver
                        Nienkamper          Forum Chair               Gold
                        Teknion             Fitz                      Gold

    Seating:
     Lounge Chairs &
     Sofas              Gispen              Gispen QB                 Bronze
                        The Global Group    Kate                      Bronze
                        Keilhauer           Robin Rizzini for
                                             Keilhauer                Bronze
                        Nienkamper          Six Collection            Bronze
                        Dietiker
                         Switzerland        Monane                    Silver
                        The Global Group    CITI Tablet Series        Silver
                        Dietiker
                         Switzerland        Relounge                  Gold

    Sustainable
     Products           Crown Wallpaper
                         + Fabrics          Versa Wallcovering from
                                             Second-Look Recycled
                                             Wallcovering             Gold

                        InterfaceFLOR       ReEntropy                 Gold
                        Levey
                         Wallcoverings      Cirqa Collection from
                                             the Second-Look Recycled
                                             Wallcovering Program     Gold

    Tables              Groupe Lacasse      Quorum Multiconference    Bronze
                        Gunlocke            Converge Conference Room
                                             Furniture Collection     Bronze
                        WorkRite
                         Ergonomics         Sierra Series             Bronze

    Textiles            Teknion             Vertical Textile
                                             Collection               Bronze
                        Momentum Textiles   L.A. on A Tank of Gas     Silver
                        Momentum Textiles   When I Grow Up            Gold

    BOOTH

    Category            Exhibitor Name                                Award

    0 - 200 sq. ft.     Farm Boy Fine Arts & Design Inc.              Silver
                        Leucos                                        Silver

    201 - 400 sq. ft.   3form                                         Bronze
                        Kiosk Contract                                Bronze
                        Momentum Group                                Silver

    401 - 500 sq. ft.   Eventscape - Kapsel                           Gold

    500 + sq. ft.       The Global Group                              Bronze
                        Eventscape                                    Silver
                        Inscape                                       Silver
                        InterfaceFLOR                                 Silver
                        Shaw Contract                                 Silver
                        Teknion                                       Gold
    





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For further information: visuals or to arrange an interview, please
contact: Emma Jowett, ejowett@counselpr.ca, (416) 961-5898 x 217; Tonia
Addison, taddison@arido.ca, (416) 921-2127 x 227

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