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Design Awards for the Hansgrohe Group: Confirmation, Compliment, and Incentive

The products of the AXOR and hansgrohe brands have been awarded over 500 internationally renowned design prizes since the first Tri Bel hand shower was awarded in 1974. A collection that is second to none in the sanitation industry. For us, the awards are a confirmation and an honor at the same time – and drive us every day to new best performances in terms of outstanding product design. 
Red Dot Award: One of the many design prizes for Hansgrohe.
Reason to rejoice! For Phoenix Design and Hansgrohe product management, the Red Dot Award is an important confirmation of their performances; and incentive for the future (Copyright: Red Dot 2018).

Red Dot Award, iF Award, German Design Award: They’re all in the trophy cabinet 

The AXOR and hansgrohe brands regularly put their faucets, showers, and accessories to the test and let them be judged by external design experts. Among the more than 500 international design prizes won since 1974 are awards like the iF GOLD AWARD and the Red Dot: Best of the Best Award.

Such honors confirm our achievements and show that we are on the right track with our design philosophy. Together with our designers, we combine premium product quality with extraordinary product design and optimal customer benefit. That is what makes us successful.

Top placements in the iF World Design Index: Confirmation of our design philosophy

The iF WORLD DESIGN INDEX lists the most successful, internal company design teams, design studios, and design-oriented companies. In the International Forum Design (iF)'s iF WORLD DESIGN INDEX 2014 – 2018, the Hansgrohe Group ranks among the very top. In the category INDUSTRY: Bath,we are among the Top 3 of the total 196 listed companies. Among the 1,365 German firms, the Hansgrohe Group is among the Top 10 listed companies in the iF category COUNTRIES: Germany; worldwide, the Hansgrohe Group is in the Top 25 among more than 4,000 companies listed in the iF category COMPANIES. 

The valuation for the index is made up of the iF AWARD winners from the past five years, depending on the type and number of iF AWARDS won. In 2018 alone, products by the AXOR and hansgrohe brands received nine iF DESIGN AWARDS. Among the winners are the hansgrohe SilicaTec sink combination C51, the AXOR ShowerHeaven 1200, and the hansgrohe Raindance E shower pipe.

Distinction of excellence: the iF AWARD in Gold

Special weight is given in the evaluation to the iF GOLD AWARDS. Most recently, we received the International Forum Design's gold medal for the AXOR Uno collection, created jointly with Phoenix Design. Among more than 5,500 submissions from 59 countries, iF bestowed just 75 "iF GOLD AWARDS" for outstanding design quality, processing, environmental sustainability, functionality, and innovation. The jury’s reasoning is yet another confirmation of our design philosophy: "The puristic use of forms and ease of use of the sink faucets are more than convincing. One system for all of the application areas in the bathroom, where the courage to reduce combined with the functionality results in a form that is as clean as it is timeless."

Red Dot Awards: Coveted seal of quality for product design

The extensive list of design prizes for the Hansgrohe Group includes numerous Red Dot Awards. Once a year, a jury of 40 judges selects the best products out of around 17,000 annual submissions from over 70 nations for this award. This makes the design award, which has its origins back in 1955, one of the largest and most renowned design competitions in the world. The Red Dot is considered a special seal of quality: Best of the Best – a distinction only the best products in a category receive. Among the award winners of recent years are the AXOR Starck Organic lavatory faucets, the AXOR Showerpipe designed by Front, and most recently the hansgrohe C71 combination sinks, which crowned their market entrance with the title of Red Dot: Best of the Best.

Pioneering in the design landscape: The German Design Award

"A price that makes success visible." This is how the German Design Council, founded in 1953 as a foundation on the initiative of the German Bundestag, describes its German Design Award. The German brand and design authority discovers and presents unique design trends, and furthers the design-oriented economy with its competition. In the 2018 competition, the German Design Award distinguished the hansgrohe RainSelect product family. In doing so, the jury acknowledged the luxurious thermostat by the hansgrohe brand and its design partner Phoenix Design: "As an innovative product, manufacturer, and designer, you are a pioneer in the German and international design landscape."

The motivation of design awards

A recognition of each individual's performance

"Design awards are an important acknowledgment from given from independent, external experts for our achievements in terms of design, production, and function. They are an incentive and motivation for every individual involved in the design and development process – from designers to engineers in our test laboratory. The enthusiasm for award-winning design is a very valuable part of our daily work. "

Jan Heisterhagen, Vice President Product Management , Hansgrohe SE

Design awards: A test to put products through their paces

International design awards are seen as an accolade for product designers and manufacturers. Top-class expert juries don't just evaluate products in terms of "good appearance." All factors around a product are decisive for the awarding of design awards such as the Red Dot AwardiF AWARD, and the German Design Award. Of course this includes design quality, but also degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, and durability. Added to that are the symbolic and emotional content, the product periphery, self-explanatory quality, and ecological compatibility.

In short, products are put through their paces in design competitions and evaluated according to criteria that go beyond the apparent design. 

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