Recognizing Exceptional Projects Featuring Hansgrohe And/Or Axor Products


Hansgrohe USA is pleased to announce a call for entries for the 3rd annual Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition. A manufacturer of innovative and exceptionally designed kitchen and bath products since 1901, Hansgrohe has attracted the eye of discerning building trade professionals for over a century. The competition aims to celebrate this tradition and recognize outstanding recently built projects that feature the Hansgrohe and Axor brands. In the 2016 program, U.S. Architects and Designers are invited to enter projects from the last five years. These must incorporate Hansgrohe or Axor products that contribute to innovative or inspiring environments in residential and hospitality/commercial properties. From large hotels to multi-family spaces and single-family homes, Hansgrohe is looking for outstanding projects of all types and scales.

Hansgrohe USA President, Erik Christensen, states, “It is exciting for us to see how the products we work so hard to design, manufacture and sell, become a fixture in properties across the globe. Now in its third consecutive year, the Hansgrohe + Axor Das Design Competition allows us to discover new projects, as well as recognize excellence. Ultimately, it is thanks to talented Architects and Designers that our products perform so successfully in the built environment.”   

Domestic and international new construction and renovation projects completed between January 1, 2011 and August 12, 2016 are eligible for entry. There are two categories of entry: Residential and Hospitality/Commercial. Entry is free and can be done completely online at Entrants will be required to include brief descriptions about their project including their selection and integration of Hansgrohe or Axor products.

A jury of leading A&D industry professionals including Architects, Designers leading media, and representatives from Hansgrohe or Axor will select the winners. Entries will be evaluated against five criteria: the quality of the overall design of the project and the integration of Hansgrohe or Axor products into the scheme; the degree that Hansgrohe/Axor products enhance the design and functionality of the space; the consideration of the environment and sustainability in the design; the quality of installation; and the extent of use of Hansgrohe/Axor products.

The first place winner in each category will receive a cash prize of $2,000 and will be eligible to attend a VIP trip to the Black Forest of Germany and the ISH Show. The first place winners and three honorable mentions in each category will be awarded a plaque recognizing their achievements.

Entry deadline: Friday, August 12, 2016.

Winners will be notified in September and officially announced at an awards ceremony in October in New York City. Winning entries will be featured in the online competition gallery and on Hansgrohe USA’s social media channels.

The Hansgrohe+Axor Das Design Competition website includes full details on the competition, rules, and entry form.

About Hansgrohe: Hansgrohe is a premium brand for bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and an industry leader in showers and shower systems, as well as thermostat, pressure balance and ceramic cartridge technology. A winner of numerous awards throughout the world, Hansgrohe is regarded as one of the leading innovators in technology and design, with inventions such as the adjustable wallbar, multiple-spray handshowers and showerheads, the QuickClean™ function and AIR and water-saving EcoRight technology.

Founded in 1901 and based in Schiltach in the Black Forest region of Germany, Hansgrohe has a global workforce of about 3,600 employees and serves customers across the globe through 44 subsidiaries and branches. Known for taking tough action against product piracy and intellectual property theft, the company currently operates production facilities in Germany, France, the Netherlands and China. In addition, the company manufactures and assembles many of its Hansgrohe-branded products for North America at its facility in Alpharetta, Georgia, in the United States.

About the Axor Brand: The Axor brand successfully realizes “Designer Visions for Your Bathroom". In cooperation with the Axor brand, leading architects, interior and product designers develop their vision for the bathroom as a living space. The Axor Collections offer a great number of unique and sustainable solutions to create personalized bathrooms of the highest aesthetic and technological levels. To date, Axor brand design partners include Barber & Osgerby, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Antonio Citterio, Front, Jean-Marie Massaud, Nendo, Phoenix Design, Philippe Starck, and Patricia Urquiola. They all contribute towards making life in and around the bathroom more meaningful and beautiful.