HANOVER--The Panos Infinity LED downlight and the Opura free-standing luminaire emerged as winners of the 2011 iF Design Awards‘ lighting category, which was recently awarded during a ceremony in Hanover, Germany.
Established in 1953, the iF Product Design Award is today among the most important awards for innovative product design. Winners are chosen based on a number of criteria, including design quality, finish, choice of materials, degree of innovation, environmental impact, functionality, ergonomics, safety, brand value and universal design.
"We are very pleased about this international award. For us, prizes like the iF product design award prove that the products have the creative power needed to establish new trends and set new standards,“ says Reinhardt Wurzer, Zumtobel marketing manager.
Entries for the famous design award included a total of 2,765 products submitted, by more then 1,000 international competitors. 993 of these products have won the award. The jury includes internationally recognized designers, entrepreneurs and professors, who award the prize to „outstanding designs by innovative companies“ each year.
The minimalist design of the Panos Infinity LED downlight range and a luminaire efficiency of up to 77 lumens-per-watt demonstrate that high-quality LED technology has by now outperformed traditional compact fluorescent lamps in terms of efficiency and lighting quality. With his design, designer Christopher Redfern demonstrates the opportunities provided by LED technology to create a new design language. Fitted with a considerably reduced cover ring, the downlight blends harmoniously into the architecture.
The Opura free-standing luminaire combines state-of-the-art lighting technology with an upmarket appearance. The luminaire looks as if made of one piece, with a completely seamless luminaire head and no visible material transitions. The design-oriented luminaire is available in three different versions: as an LED-only version, as a hybrid model or fitted with compact fluorescent lamps. All models of Opura feature a high-quality MPO+ micro-prismatic optic that prevents glare on displays.
All iF award-winning products will be on display at the 2011 iF Product Design Award Exhibition in Hanover, Germany until June.