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HeartFelt™ ceilings win international “Best of the Best” design award from Red Dot

Award-winning HeartFelt™ ceilings now on display at Red Dot Museum exhibit

Click here to watch a video of architect Bjarne Hammer explaining his source of inspiration.

HeartFelt™ modular felt ceilings from Hunter Douglas Architectural was honored this month with a “Best of the Best” citation at the annual Red Dot award ceremony held this month in Essen, Germany. Designed with architect Bjarne Hammer, of the renowned Danish firm of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects, HeartFelt™ ceilings add organic, textural warmth to interior environments. The patented linear panels balance the functional needs of acoustics with aesthetic value through the creative application of felt.

Hammer accepted the prize alongside Hunter Douglas Architectural’s business development manager Pieter van Rees and Michiel Langeveld, the company’s manager of research and development. The product is featured in the special exhibit, “Design on Stage – Winners Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017,” which runs through August 6.

Designers, craftsmen and manufacturers from 54 countries entered over 5,500 products vying for recognition at the prestigious Red Dot Awards, an annual competition held in Essen, Germany that honors innovative product design. A panel of 39 international industrial design experts selected their top picks in varying product categories. Ultimately, the competition, which dates back to 1955, strives to capture the current “pulse” of industrial design, reflecting emerging technological, visual and economic trends from across the world.

With 47 product categories, the Red Dot award winners range greatly, and include Hunter Douglas Architectural’s felt ceilings solutions, a motorcycle racing suit with an LED strip that automatically activates when a driver falls, a laser scanner that creates 3D panoramic images, an easy-to-fold baby stroller that requires no hands, a decorative LED wall light that projects the shape of a lampshade, a compact harp that relies on modern sound technology and shorter strings, eco-friendly laminate constructed with reclaimed denim fiber, a VR headset made with comfortable, soft materials that can be washed by hand, a flexible modular furniture system that uses steel, beechwood and PET felt, a motor-less fitness “mill” that’s directly controlled by the user, and gloves printed with cool reflective patterns to enhance pedestrian safety. The list goes on – you can browse the Red Dot award winners by clicking here.

In explaining why HeartFeltwas selected as a winner, the jury noted that the system “has a fascinating new aesthetic that is combined with a sophisticated functionality. Its special structure and the material felt spread a textile warmth in the room creating a natural ambience. Based on a perfectly conceived concept, this decking system can be easily installed. For the interior design, it also offers pioneering possibilities with its sound-absorbing properties.”

The Greenguard Gold and Cradle to Cradle Certified Bronze HeartFelt is lightweight and easy to install with a patented adjustable carrier system. The linear panels are currently available in five tones of gray that can be combined for a gradual ombré effect or used in one color for uniformity. Further customization comes into play as designers and installers can adjust both the width of the panel itself and the spacing between the panels to fine-tune acoustics and achieve a desired, freshly updated look for interiors ranging from an office to a retail store.

Photos ©Red Dot

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