IKEA wins three Red Dot Awards for Product Design
IKEA’s 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 also been awarded the Best of Best award in its category, the top prize reserved for product design.
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. A jury consisting of 41 design experts selected the 2016 winners from around 5,200 entries.
“At IKEA, we’re not just making things – we’re using design to make things better,” said Marcus Engman, head of design at IKEA. “These awards show us that we’re on the right path.”
- SLADDA is a unisex bicycle with customizable accessories – like a 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 was designed in partnership with Oskar Juhlin, Jan Puranen and Kristian Eke of Veryday design studio.
- 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 counter space when not in use. Designed by Klara Petersén from design and innovation consultancy People.
- LISABO is a collection of tables. 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. Designed by Knut Hagberg and Marianne Hagberg.
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.
The winning entries will be showcased at the Red Dot Design Museum and were honoured at the Red Dot Gala on July 4, 2016 at the Aalto-Theatre, both located in Essen, Germany.
IKEA’s LISABO table is available in stores across Canada now, while the SLADDA bicycle will be available in October 2016. The TILLREDA portable induction hub arrives in Spring 2017.