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Design Plus powered by ISH: Jury selects 32 winners

24 febbraio 2023

Frankfurt am Main, 20 02 2023. The products that receive the Design Plus powered by ISH innovation award combine a high degree of innovation and special design standards. A jury of experts has selected 32 winners from 133 entries. The awardwinning products will be shown during ISH in Frankfurt am Main from 13 to 17 March 2023 in an exclusively positioned special show in Hall 3.1.

The jury selected 32 products that will receive the "Design Plus" label and be on display in an exhibition during the world's leading trade fair for HVAC + Water. The awards
ceremony for the winners will take place on the first day of ISH on 13 March 2023 in the Hot Spot Water in Hall 3.1 at 3:30 p.m. in Frankfurt am Main. The award-winning products will then be on display in an exhibition in the immediate vicinity.

A total of 133 entries were received for the Innovation Award, which Messe Frankfurt and the German Design Council had jointly announced. The proposals came from 88 companies from 23 countries. "It shows that there is a great need in the industry to present the multitude of innovations that have been created to a broad trade audience".
The jury of four experts evaluated all the entries in terms of innovation, ecology and design. The winning products are characterised by sensitive design and reduction to thetechnologically essential. "The Design Plus competition for ISH 2023 was certainly influenced by the theme of sustainability and resource conservation. In the energy sector in particular, many submissions showed innovative solutions that break new ground both technically and in terms of design, e.g. in (residential) heat pumps or energy storage systems. In the sanitary sector, the topic of water saving was taken up sporadically and numerous refinements in fittings or intelligent storage space solutions were presented. Unfortunately, there was no innovative contribution to the important topic of accessibility and age-appropriate bathroom equipment. What distinguishes all the winning solutions is
that the product designs and concepts were implemented in a formally clean manner and with the least possible use of materials," said Jens Wischmann, Managing Director of VDS, German Sanitary Industry Association, summed up his impression. Bernhard Heitz, Head of Design dormakaba International Holding GmbH, was particularly struck by the companies' approach to innovation. This lies in "the attempt to reinvent products again and again in a more reduced, more purpose-related way. There is a sense that the designers of the winning products are aware of their responsibility to create more sustainable products."All entries were viewed and evaluated by independent jury members powered by ISH.

These include:

  • Bernhard Heitz, Head of Design dormakaba International Holding GmbH, Rümlang
  • Dr. Sandra Hofmeister, DETAIL Business Information GmbH, Munich (Germany)
  • Corinna Kretschmar-Joehnk, Partner, JOI-Design Innenarchitekten A D joehnk +
    partner mbB, Hamburg
  • Jens Wischmann, Managing Director, VDS - German Sanitary Industry Association,

Solutions for a sustainable future will be the focus at ISH from 13 to 17 March 2023. In the heating sector, this includes innovations that reduce the energy consumption of buildings, increase energy efficiency and integrate renewable energies to a greater extent. In the sanitary sector, sustainability is demonstrated by water- and energy-saving products, environmentally friendly industrial production, sustainable materials and a durable design.
With so many new products, the Design Plus Award powered by ISH provides orientation. The list of winners and pictures of the award-winning products can be downloaded from the following link:


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