Highest design quality for kitchens from Poggenpohl

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15 May 2016
Prof. Dr. Peter Zec, Martin Darbyshire, Elmar Duffner, Architect Hadi Teherani, Ken Okuyama

Premium kitchen manufacturer receives the coveted "red dot: best of the best" award for the innovative +ARTESIO® kitchen concept: – Internationally recognised quality seal for outstanding design – Managing Director Elmar Duffner is presented with the accolade during a gala at Essen's Opera House – Kitchens from Poggenpohl already hold several accolades.

With headquarters at Herford, Westphalia, premium kitchen manufacturer Poggenpohl has received the "red dot: best of the best“ award from Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen for its new +ARTESIO® kitchen model. The coveted and rare "highest design quality" accolade was bestowed by an international panel of distinguished judges. The red dot design award is one of the most prestigious international product competitions. In keeping with tradition, over 1,000 guests from the world of design, industry, society and media celebrated the winners on Monday, 4 July 2011 at Essen's Opera House, the Aalto Theatre.

During the festive gala, Professor Dr. Peter Zec, initiator of the red dot design award, presented the coveted trophy to Poggenpohl's Managing Director Elmar Duffner. "This award is confirmation of the Poggenpohl brand's innovative capacity and high design quality", says delighted Elmar Duffner, commenting on the prize. Submitting no fewer than 4,433 entries in the various categories, around 1,700 companies from 60 countries took part in this year's competition held by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen. A mere 1.3 per cent of all submissions were selected for the "best of the best" accolade.

Developed in co-operation with Hamburg-based star architect Hadi Teherani, the innovative +ARTESIO® kitchen concept goes far beyond the fitted kitchens typically found in the industry and provides an all-embracing solution in an architectural melting pot fusing furniture design, wall, floor and ceiling. The result is an integrated space concept in which the aspects of building, architecture, home and kitchen all coalesce. The design is defined by an innovative function arch. This produces an entirely new feeling of space that not only turns the kitchen into the centre of home life but also builds a visual bridge between cooking and living.

"As always, our jury took a particularly critical look at the products that were entered. Design quality was clearly shown to prevail in the judging process, with truly new creative solutions also being rewarded. Both criteria are not only a yardstick of good design but also of potential success on the market", Professor Dr. Peter Zec says.

With its origins going back to 1955, the red dot design award is conferred every year by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen. The accolade is an internationally recognised seal of quality for design excellence. The competition is divided into the three categories of "Product Design", "Communication Design" and "Design Concept" that are assessed independently of each other. The jury reviews and evaluates the products according to criteria, such as innovation, functionality, formal quality or emotional content. Coveted trophy is the red dot, the international seal of design quality. The reputable and independent expert jury, made up of renowned designers and design experts from all over the world, changes from year to year and guarantees a high degree of objectivity and impartiality.

Prominent design awards have gone to kitchens from Poggenpohl in the past too. For instance, the +INTEGRATION® or +SEGMENTO® concepts as well as the PLUSMODO® kitchen architecture by designer Jorge Pensi (red dot design award 2006). The P´7340 luxury kitchen, created in co-operation with Porsche Design, also received the red dot design award in 2008.

The +ARTESIO® kitchen concept from Poggenpohl can be experienced first-hand: Along with the other prize-winning products, the kitchen will be on show from 5 July to 1 August 2011 at the "Design on stage – winners red dot award: product design 2011" in the red dot design museum on the Zollverein coal mine industrial complex and world cultural heritage site in Essen. Exhibiting over 1,500 products on more than 4,000 square metres, the red dot design museum houses the world's largest permanent collection of contemporary design.

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