On 1 December Interior Design magazine named the winners of its 2016 Best of Year Awards and we’re proud to say KE-ZU is home to some of the year’s finest products – but of course we knew that already.
Interior Design is a global, industry-leading publication for anyone and everyone interested in design. Each year, its Best of Year Awards recognise the most significant works of the year – across product and project design – as well as celebrating designers, architects and manufacturers around the world.
Now in it’s 11th year, the Best of Year Awards showcase the pinnacle of design today, voted on by the architecture and design community, and set the bar for future design even higher. This year, nine of KE-ZU’s products from six of its brands came up as well-deserved winners or finalists.
Reverse Lounge Table by Andreu World
Andreu World is certainly familiar with scooping up awards for its Reverse Lounge Table, designed by Piergiorgio Cazzeniga, winning Furniture: Contract/Side Tables, and adding to its Best of NeoCon award earlier this year. The table is a versatile and adaptable piece with wire management and connectivity that it makes it an ideal choice for group work or quick and casual meetings.
Hug by Bernhardt Design
Hug, designed by Hines Fischer for Bernhardt Design, transforms the typical desk space by incorporating an upholstered privacy wall. Available in standard, counter and bar heights and as single and double desk units as well as a ten-foot communal-style workspace, Hug is suited to a variety of modern settings and took out the Best of Year Award for Furniture: Education.
Twins by Expormim
Named Best of Year for Seating: Residential/Accent, Twins by MUT Design for Expormim is a collection of two seats that can work separately or together. Designed for outdoor use Twins are also perfectly at home indoors. As twins they share the same DNA but each has its own personality, the high armchair being more masculine and the low armchair more feminine.
Tortuga by Sancal
Studio Nadadora designed the Sancal Tortuga Lounge Chair inspired by the stately pace and longevity of the tortoise. Taking the title for Seating: Residential/Lounge, the Tortuga’s bucket-like form is intended to be calming and immersive to slow the pace of life.
Mellow by Bernhardt Design
Bernhardt Design’s ingenious Mellow sofa, designed by Oceane Delain, has received a lot of well-deserved attention this year, adding the award for Seating: Residential/Sofa to the list. The great innovation of the Mellow sofa is that users can simply adjust a network of nylon cords to customise the seating surface for their own personal comfort.
Vela Outdoor Sofa by Vondom
Nominated as a finalist for Furniture: Outdoor Lounge, Vondom Vela is a modular collection designed for outdoor settings. The Vela Outdoor Sofa has a pergola or canopy while the seating can be reconfigured to meet a range of requirements and diverse spaces.
Equinox Cabana by TUUCI
TUUCI will be a new brand to KE-ZU in 2017 so we’re delighted to see its Equinox Cabana rate as a finalist in the Furniture: Outdoor/Lounge category. TUUCI is known for its innovative and stylish shade platforms, which are meticulously engineered for any environment. The Equinox Cabana has most everything you could wish for in an outdoor setting and can be customised with high-quality lighting and Bluetooth speakers for surround sounds.
Voxel chair by Vondom
Karim Rashid designed the Voxel chair for Vondom, which was shortlisted in the Furniture: Outdoor Seating category. The Voxel chair is a minimal mono-bloc polypropylene stackable chair that’s faceted in all the right places for comfort, strength and endurance.
Alya chair by Andreu World
Andreu World's Alya chair, also designed by Cazzaniga, picked up a finalist nomination for Seating: Contract/Conference. It has been designed with reduced proportions and an enveloping character that embraces and invites users to sit and relax comfortably.
Brooklyn by Vondom
Vondom has become a industry leader in furniture and lighting within the span of one decade, and its Brooklyn Stool by Eugeni Quitllet was a deserving finalist for Seating: Contract/Stool. The design is a contemporary interpretation of a familiar form and references the grand and gracious New York City bridge for which it is named.