BURLINGTON, ON, July 4, 2016 /CNW/ - Today we are thrilled to announce that the SLADDA bicycle, LISABO table series and TILLREDA induction cooktop have all been recognized in one of the world's largest design competitions, the Red Dot Awards 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," says Anna Furtado, IKEA Canada Sales Leader. "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, has 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. 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," said Marcus Engman, Head of Design at IKEA.
The winning entries will be showcased at the Red Dot Design Museum and honoured at the Red Dot Gala on July 4, 2016 at the Aalto-Theatre, both located in Essen, Germany.
About the Red Dot Award:
The Red Dot Award is an international competition organized by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany. With its origins dating back to the mid-1950s, the Red Dot Award received more than 17,000 entries in 2015 alone. The award is divided into three different disciplines: product design, communication design, and design concepts.
About the products:
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 km, the automatic gears, and the click-in knob system for hooking on and off basket and racks. It is designed in partnership with Oskar Juhlin, Jan Puranen and Kristian Eke of Veryday design studio.
Type of distinction: Red Dot Award 2016: Best of the Best
Will be available in stores across Canada this October 2016.
LISABO is a collection of tables that rewrites the rules of space, as well as design, sustainability and even time. The pieces, made of ash veneer, 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 per cent. It's 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. Design by Knut Hagberg and Marianne Hagberg.
Type of distinction: Red Dot Award 2016 winner
Available in stores now.
TILLREDA portable induction hob 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. Design by Klara Petersén from design and innovation consultancy People.
Type of distinction: Red Dot Award 2016 winner
Will be available in stores across Canada starting Spring 2017.
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.
ABOUT IKEA CANADA
IKEA is a leading home furnishing retailer with 375 stores in more than 50 countries worldwide, which are visited by 884 million people every year. IKEA Canada has 12 stores, an ecommerce virtual store and six Pick-up and order point locations in southern Ontario and Quebec. The company also recently announced plans to open a 13th store in Halifax, Nova Scotia in late 2017. Last year, IKEA Canada welcomed 25 million visitors to its stores and 75 million visitors to the IKEA.ca website. Founded in 1943, the IKEA business philosophy is to offer a wide range of products of good design and function at prices so low, the majority of people can afford them. For more information on IKEA, please visit: www.IKEA.ca.
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Image with caption: "IKEA Receives Three Red Dot Awards for Product Design in 2016. The IKEA SLADDA bicycle, LISABO table series and TILLREDA induction cooktop. (CNW Group/IKEA Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160704_C4006_PHOTO_EN_729983.jpg
Image with caption: "The IKEA SLADDA bicycle Red Dot Award 2016: Best of the Best. Will be available in stores across Canada this October 2016. (CNW Group/IKEA Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160704_C4006_PHOTO_EN_729985.jpg
Image with caption: "The IKEA LISABO table series Red Dot Award 2016 winner. Available in stores now. (CNW Group/IKEA Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160704_C4006_PHOTO_EN_729987.jpg
Image with caption: "The IKEA TILLREDA induction cooktop Red Dot Award 2016 winner. Will be available in stores across Canada starting Spring 2017. (CNW Group/IKEA Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20160704_C4006_PHOTO_EN_729989.jpg
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