KONE has been awarded four 2013 Good Design awards for its design offering, functional elevator signalization series and sleek new elevator car design.
Founded in 1950, Good Design is one of the world’s oldest design award programs that is organized annually by The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Center for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies to highlight the best new designs and design innovations for products and graphics.
The 2013 awards mark the third time KONE has been recognized by Good Design for its design excellence; it had previously won in 2008 and 2009.
“We are honored to have received these awards for our latest design innovations once again,” said Timo Tiainen, director of design at KONE. “KONE’s design offering proves that elevator design can be much more than just a sum of its ingredients.”
“Combining elements in the right way allows us to create memorable experiences that complement the architect’s vision,” Tiainen added. “The KONE signalization series represents solutions that combine the latest technology with clear features, resulting in sophisticated design and excellent user experience.”
KONE’s design offering features a collection of car interiors and different materials and accessories that can be combined and used in all elevator products. With trendy colors, materials, finishing and unique patterns, the elevators can complement the building’s architecture, providing enhanced functionality and accessibility at the same time.
The new elevator car’s lightweight horizontal panel construction is the result of a careful optimization and re-thinking of elevator car dimensions. The narrow, flushed panel conjoint is the cornerstone of the new design, as it allows for a more simplified assembly and smaller installation crew.
The awarded KONE KSS 280 and KSS 800 signalization series bring novel design to elevators with their minimalistic and user-friendly design. Both series focus on accessibility and usability, which becomes obvious in the landing fixture with clear forms and large key buttons.
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