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KONE Corporation, press release, June 21, 2022
KONE Corporation, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has won three awards in the prestigious Red Dot Award: Product Design 2022 competition, for a series of culture-inspired elevator interiors, a voice-operated call system and an energy saving motor.
In the Interior Design Elements category, awards went to KONE's voice-operated call system for home elevators, the KONE KDS Home V, and the KONE I Series range of elevator interior designs. KONE also won in the Industrial Equipment, Machinery and Automation category with the GiantKONE GX series of space-saving and sustainable elevator motors.
"We're delighted that our human-centric designs have once again been recognized by the Red Dot judges," says Visa Rauta, Head of KONE Design. "We collaborate closely with our customers around the world to design sustainable, next-generation solutions for city living, which bring simplicity, delight, and a sense of flow. This year's awards are also an important recognition of the fantastic work being done by our design teams in Asia."
The KDS Home V system, praised by the Red Dot judges as "elegant and smart" for users "looking for a high level of comfort," extends voice control to the elevator in a high-end, private residential setting, available in the China market. It allows the elevator to be operated with simple voice commands, providing residents carefree, hands-free, and hassle-free access around the building.
The KONE I Series is a set of elevator interiors for residential and commercial buildings created in India and designed to show that riding an elevator can be enlivening and enhance a sense of belonging. The line includes more than 30 designs rooted in India's culture and history, inspired by the age-old elements: earth, fire, water, air, and space. Natural materials such as wood and steel are complemented by color schemes and decorative patterns celebrating local heritage and nature.
Meanwhile, GiantKONE's latest line of gearless elevator motors for the China market, the GiantKONE GX Series has been rated Grade 1 (best in class) for energy efficiency in China. This design makes it more sustainable and easier to install and service than previous models. The motor is also extremely space- and material-efficient, using up to 100kg fewer materials than the competition.
"These awards highlight our passion and dedication to elevating the human experience of our products and solutions and engaging our customers as well as partners into co-creating increasingly personalized people flow experiences, says Maciej Kranz, KONE's Chief Technology Officer. "Design plays a key part in bringing our solutions to life, be it through digital solutions or design elements that enhance a sense of beauty, community or belonging."
KONE designs and innovations have been recognized with over 40 prestigious awards over the years.Previous KONE winners of Red Dot awards include the KONE Lane turnstile next-generation access gate system, granted the prize in 2021, while the landmark KONE DX Class digital experience elevator was awarded the year before, for its outstanding design features, innovativeness and smart elements.
Notes to editors:
Dating back to 1955, the Red Dot Design Award is today one of the world's largest and most recognized design competitions with more than 18,000 entries. The competition breaks down into three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. In 2021, designers and organizations from around 60 countries entered products in the Red Dot Award: Product Design competition. The products were evaluated in a process lasting several days by a jury of some 50 international experts. When judging the products, the jury assessed various criteria such as degree of innovation, functionality, formal quality and longevity.
Previous press releases are available at https://www.kone.com/en/news-and-insights/releases/ including:
2021: KONE's new state-of-the-art access
solution, KONE Lane, wins coveted Red Dot Design Award, along with
three other KONE solutions
November 5, 2020: Introducing KONE Office Flow and
innovations for high-rise, making buildings smarter, safer and more
adaptable for a changing urban world
2020: KONE DX Class elevators win four
prestigious Red Dot Design
At KONE, our mission is to improve the flow of urban life. As a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, KONE provides elevators, escalators and automatic building doors, as well as solutions for maintenance and modernization to add value to buildings throughout their life cycle. Through more effective People Flow®, we make people's journeys safe, convenient and reliable, in taller, smarter buildings. In 2021, KONE had annual sales of EUR 10.5 billion, and at the end of the year over 60,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. in Finland. www.kone.com