IKEA Wins Prestigious Gold iF Design Award

The RIGGAD LED work lamp with wireless charging wins within the best overall product design and lighting category.

BURLINGTON, ON, Feb. 26, 2016 /CNW/ - Today IKEA's RIGGAD LED work lamp was announced a winner of the prestigious iF DESIGN AWARD 2016 amongst more than 5000 top class entries from 55 countries.

For over 60 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD continues to be an internationally coveted honour from the International Design Forum in Hannover, Germany. The international high profile jury assessed entrants on quality, workmanship, choice of materials, innovation, environmental friendliness, functionality, ergonomics, intuitive use, safety, brand values and, of course, design excellence.

"We are very pleased, that IKEA's RIGGAD work lamp has been selected for the iF Design Award 2016," says Tina Husted, sales leader lighting of IKEA Canada. "The RIGGAD is a good example of dual function with smart design for small spaces. It combines simplicity with functionality and uses an environmentally friendly LED light source."

Consumer studies show that many people see charging their mobile phone as a negative must-do. That is why IKEA developed RIGGAD, a lamp that charges your phone while you work. The ambition was to both reduce people's stress of running out of battery life, and the amount of cables on their desks.

"I wanted the charger to blend in easily to make charging a natural part of your home, but it was equally important that it was easy to use. The result is a charging pad with a simple yet interesting design," says David Wahl, designer at IKEA of Sweden AB.

Equipped with an adjustable arm and head, RIGGAD offers focused lighting. The work lamp has a charger puck hidden inside the lamp base and one built in USB port. When placing a phone on the base of the lamp, the lamp starts charging it.

The RIGGAD work lamp is one of many products in the new wireless charging collection by IKEA. The products in the collection use Qi certified technology, a third party global interface standard for inductive electrical power.

Most mobile manufacturers work with this standard today and produce Qi enabled devices. Phones that are not Qi enabled can also be charged when used with the wireless charging cover, VITAHULT.

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, with recently announced plans to open a 13th store in Halifax, Nova Scotia in late 2017, an eCommerce virtual store, Pick-Up and Order Points in Quebec City, Quebec and London, Whitby and St.Catharines, Ontario with two additional Pick-Up and Order Points opening spring 2016. Last year, IKEA Canada welcomed 25 million visitors to its stores and 75 million visitors to its stores and 75 million visitors to the IKEA.ca website. Founded in 1943, IKEA's 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.

The iF DESIGN AWARD was founded in Germany in 1953. The aim was to draw attention to particularly well-designed industrial products.
Today it is one of the world's most prestigious design awards. This years iF jury assessed 5,295 entries by 2,458 participants. More information can be found at www.ifdesign.de.

Notes to editor
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For further information: Lucy Fréchette, Commercial Public Relations Manager, IKEA Canada, 905-637-9440 x6237, Lucy.Frechette@IKEA.com


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