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Interzum 2019 enjoys strong opening day, announces award winners

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interzum 2019 had a strong opening days as thousands came to see what's new at the world's leading trade fair for furniture production and interior design.

Right on time for the 60th anniversary of interzum, the best designs in the global furniture supply industry and interior design have been announced during the official opening celebration for interzum 2019, which kicked off in Cologne, Germany on May 20.
The winners accepted their awards for the coveted interzum award: intelligent material & design 2019, during the special ceremony at Cologne’s Theatre am Tanzbrunnen.

Record number of registrations 
Some 260 products from 22 countries were entered for the awards, which are held in cooperation with Red Dot.
Six experts tested, discussed and assessed the objects live and on site. Their decision was taken based on criteria such as the level of innovation, material quality, form, functionality and sustainability. Together the jurors selected 59 products that clearly set themselves apart from comparable objects thanks to their outstanding design and awarded those products the distinction High Product Quality. They also awarded 12 Best of the Best titles, the top distinction for outstanding design achievements that set new standards for form and function in their industry.
The Best of the Best winners were officially honoured as the central part of the traditional kick-off event for interzum by President and CEO of Koelnmesse Gerald Böse, who joined the jury members to hand over the certificates on stage to the winners to mark their success.



And the winners are
BekaertDeslee from Belgium, Välinge Innovation Sweden and the Vita Group from the UK together with Veldeman Bedding from Belgium are just some of the 2019 “Best of the Best” winners. Other laureates that received the top distinction at the interzum award included Salice and Vibo from Italy as well as Austrian manufacturers FRITZ EGGER and Sperrholzwerk Schweitzer, with the latter winning not one but two awards. There were also German companies amongst the winners of the sought-after industry prize, namely Hettich, HOMAPAL, Karl W. Niemann and out for space. Their success bears testimony to the outstanding design quality of their award-winning solutions as well as their competitiveness. 
The winning products are on display during interzum 2019, along of those of more than
1,700 exhibitors from all over the globe that are presenting their innovations at the world’s leading trade fair for furniture production and interior design.

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