January 6, 2010
by Canadian Architect
Teknion Corporation announced that its Marketplace worktable was selected by an international jury to receive the coveted iF seal of design excellence, which is awarded to products that “successfully fulfill contemporary design standards based on a comprehensive catalog of criteria,” in the 2010 iF product design competition.
The competition attracted nearly 2,500 products from more than 1,000 contestants in 38 countries. The jury gave its professional opinion on the design quality of the entries in 16 product categories, and noted that – especially in economically uncertain times – design is a decisive factor in terms of market success and value creation, with many of the submitted products setting new benchmarks in their respective fields. According to jury chairman Fritz Frenkler, “Good design isn’t born of good marketing, it’s created by designers.”
“Although Teknion has been blessed with many industry awards over the years, it is particularly special for us to have the caliber of our design honored by the judges of the iF product design award – a competition that attracts and rewards the most outstanding new products from around the world,” said David Feldberg, Teknion President & CEO. “This award affirms the excellent design work of Carl Gustav Magnusson who, in conjunction with our in-house design team, created the Marketplace worktable.”
Marketplace reinvents the Bench worktable. Designed around a lightweight triangular truss that creates uninterrupted and unsupported spans up to 20 feet (6 metres) – the longest in the industry – it fosters collaboration in today’s team-based office. Marketplace cleverly incorporates new ways of providing storage, privacy and comfort, and is a more human approach to smaller spaces, accommodating up to 10 people comfortably. With a minimum number of parts, Marketplace is easy to specify, installs and reconfigures quickly, and reduces inventory. Marketplace was honoured in the Office/Business category.
iF product design award evaluation criteria embraces design quality, workmanship, choice of materials, degree of innovation, environmental friendliness, functionality, ergonomics, visualization of use, safety, brand value, branding and universal design.