It marks the start of the design year: the Iconic Awards: Innovative Interior award ceremony in Cologne is the design community’s first official event of the year and the curtain-raiser to imm cologne, the international furniture trade fair. In 2019, Wilkhahn will be proud to receive the highest honor – the “Best of Best” award for its three-dimensional AT office task chair. Last year, we won no less than two awards for our Aula stackable chair and mAx folding table, while back in 2017 the Metrik cantilever chair was also a “Best of Best”.
The competition is open to all companies in the furnishing industry and their partners in interior design. There are nine “interior” categories – among them “Bathroom and Wellness” or “Wall, Floor, Ceiling” in addition to “Office and Workplace” – and over 500 submissions in 2019, of which 31 products will receive the “Best of Best” award this year and be formally honored at the award ceremony at the Kölnischer Kunstverein art museum in mid-January. The museum will also act as a display for all the prizewinners – i.e. including the other “Winner” and “Selection” awards – in an exhibition entitled “Design in the Kunstverein”.
The Iconic Awards jury is made up of the German Design Council’s General Manager Andrej Kupetz and prominent designers: in 2019, they will be the design journalist Barbara Friedrich (Hamburg), the textile and color designer Giulio Ridolfo (Milan), and furniture designers Benjamin Wolf (Darmstadt) and Sebastian Wrong (London). This is what they say about the AT: “With its intelligent approach to the seat mechanism, the AT office chair makes sitting actively healthy. A contemporary design that is also reflected in its modern, appealing look that effortlessly suits a wide range office environments.”
The award ceremony for invited guests only takes place on January 13, 2019 from 6 p.m.
The “Design in the Kunstverein” exhibition is open to the general public daily from January 14-20, 2019.
Venue: Kölnischer Kunstverein, Hahnenstraße 6, 50667 Cologne
To the Iconic Awards website Innovative Interior.
To the 2018 awards for Aula and mAx.
To the 2017 award for Metrik.
Find out all about the AT office task chair here.