January 28, 2010
KONE has been awarded a 2009 GOOD DESIGN award for its sleek KONE Design signalization series. The company is still the only elevator and escalator company to have ever received a GOOD DESIGN award in 60 years. Founded in 1950, GOOD DESIGN is renowned as one of the most recognized design awards program in the world. The awards are given by The Chicago Athenaeum and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies to highlight the best new designs and design innovations for products and graphics which were made between 2007 and 2009.
“We are very proud once again to have received this award for our latest innovative design concept,” says Anne Stenros, Vice President, Design, KONE. “The new KONE Design signalization series represents a new perspective in modern elevator design. It is a bold jump from standard stainless steel signalizations to a new world of colors and unique graphics, which can match any kind of cabin design.”
Launched in 2009, the KONE Design signalization series offers contemporary design and durable technology, which is built to last for decades. By simply changing the color or design of the faceplate, the panel can be modified easily. The signalization panel also enables the integration of guiding information on the panel, which brings usability to a new level. It also allows localization to accommodate the specific functions and regulations of the different countries and regions.
In 2008, KONE received its first ever GOOD DESIGN award for its innovative KONE FourSeasons™ concept, which made KONE the first elevator and escalator company to ever receive such a prestigious award.
For more information on KONE’s Design signalization series, click here.
KONE, one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry, was founded in 1910 and celebrates its centennial anniversary in 2010. The company’s objective is to offer the best people flow experience by developing and delivering solutions that enable people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably and without waiting in buildings in an increasingly urbanizing environment.
Providing industry-leading elevators, escalators and innovative solutions for modernization and maintenance, KONE has been committed to understanding the needs of its customers in various segments for the past century. In 2009, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 4.7 billion and approximately 34,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd in Finland.
For further information, please contact:
Anne Korkiakoski, EVP, Marketing & Communications, KONE
tel. +358 204 75 4787