Truth be told, I’m still in post-HD Expo, post-Las Vegas recovery. This is partly due to missing the opportunity to see Mariah and Britney perform—the former’s show canceled for dubious reasons, the reason for the latter eludes me.
But the show is also two days of nonstop hospitality, and one of the most awe-inspiring parts of HD Expo is of course the tradeshow floor. With well over 800 exhibitors, it’s nearly impossible to see it all but it’s worth trying (and good cardio, too, according to my phone’s health app).
That’s why the IIDA/HD Product Design Competition is so exciting, as it recognizes companies that are debuting new products on the show floor. And each year, we’re able to discover something new while understanding what the industry is seeking, what attracts them, and what foreshadows trends to come.
The 2015 judging panel: Fabio Grego, Hyatt International; Scott Hierlinger, Nelson; Carlos Posada, Gensler; and Meg Prendergast, Gettys. Judges selected the winners based on innovation, technical advancements, cost effectiveness, environmental responsibility, aesthetics, client and user benefits, and need and usage in the hospitality industry. Fossil by Stone Source took home the Eric Engstrom Best of Competition Award, also winning the hard surface flooring category.
We’ll cover the awards more in our July issue, but without further ado, here are the winners of the 19th Annual IIDA/HD Product Design Competition.
Applied Finishes and Materials
Wallcoverings and treatments
Pop by Imola Ceramica
Equinox by Brentano
Carpeting and carpet systems, rugs
Modesto by Durkan
Hard surface flooring including wood, stone tile, and poured floors
Fossil by Stone Source
Resilient flooring including vinyl, cork, and linoleum
Connected LVT by Mannington Commercial
Dining seating including multi-purpose, ganging, and/or stacking chairs
Strauss Armchair by JANUS et Cie
Rox by Davis Furniture
Ushuaia Chaise Lounge by JANUS et Cie
Seating Group or Series
Duo Cabana by JANUS et Cie
Casegoods and Freestanding Furniture
Individual furnishing items
Mobile Outdoor Kitchen by Danver Stainless Outdoor Kitchens
Individual lamps or lighting devices
Alva Pendant by Tech Lighting
Groups, series, systems, or collections of lighting devices or lamps
Element by Littman Brands – Corbett Lighting
Accessories or Specialties
Artwork, signage, accent pieces
BarnDoor by Raydoor by Raydoor
Hardware or decorative metals or plastics
Carmargue by Renson Inc.