The Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) has announced the winners of the 2014 International Design Excellence Awards (IDEA) competition—a recognition of design excellence in products, interactive design, service design, strategy, research, concepts and student designs in categories ranging from automobiles and commercial products to medical equipment and home furnishings.
American professional furniture manufacturer Herman Miller’s Locale was recognized within “Office & Productivity”, receiving one of only 27 Gold awards granted across all 23 competition categories.
Locale, designed by Sam Hecht and Kim Colin, enables the creation of dynamic, high-performance work neighbourhoods within open-plan environments. In combination and proximity, a composition of Locale elements encourages the free and intuitive shift from individual work to collaborative and social activities and serendipitous interaction.
The subtle curvature of Locale’s surfaces signals openness, invites interaction, and is designed to generously accommodate multiple collaborators, work styles, and tools. People move and change positions naturally because of the centralized structure and cantilevered surfaces.
Award winners were selected by a panel of 24 international design experts from design consultancies, corporations and universities. They judged nearly 2,000 entries this year, evaluating entries on multiple aspects of industrial design excellence, including innovation, user and client benefit, sustainability, and visual appeal.
Ultimately, 176 designs were recognized and received Gold (27), Silver (58), or Bronze (91) awards.
“The range of diversity of entries submitted for this year’s IDEA competition confirmed definitely that design has ‘arrived’ as an activity with undisputed relevance for broad range of problem types,” said IDEA 2014 jury chair, Tad Toulis, vice president of design at SONOS, Inc.
“In many ways the extent of that range, now grown so vast, seemed to herald a tipping point; a moment in time where design is openly embraced as a universal activity.”