The Design Plus prize is awarded to products dis-tinguished by a combination of innovative technology and design. To be a winner of the Design Plus Prize of ISH 2005 is a great honor for manufacturers. And, this year, 31 manufacturers from the sanitation, heating and air-conditioning sector were singled out for this award. Of the total of 249 products sub-mitted, 38 met the strict judging criteria-relating to design quality, choice of material, utility value, technical and ecological quality and overall concept-applied by the international jury of the Design Plus Prize of Messe Frankfurt. The competition was organized by the German Design Council (Rat für Formgebung), Frankfurt, and the awards were presented at the ISH International Trade Fair for Building and Energy Technology, The Bathroom Experience, Air Conditioning and Ventilation Technology, held in Frankfurt March 15-19.
"Today, people's motivation to buy is prompted by a new form or a new function, i.e. by outstanding design or innovative technology. If the two are combined at a high level, it is clearly a competitive advantage for the businesses concerned,"
The Sistema Help Bathroom Collection from the same designers and manufacturer featured the successful union of usability, barrier-free design and aesthetic qualities. The basic design of the system includes a washbasin, a wall-mounted and a floor-mounted lavatory pan, and a bidet, together with a system of four shower-baths.
Designers Ludovica Palomba and Roberto Palomba earned four Design Plus awards for various products. The Floor Shower Tray, manufactured by KOS S.r.l., is composed of two separate elements: the basin, and a platform that conceals the drain, and thus provides an effect of continuity with the floor.
The Palomba Collection Washbasin 01, manufactured by Laufen Ceramconsult AG, is a geometrical washbasin panel into which the basin has been integrated.
The City Washbasin, designed by N. Lavernia and A. Cienfuegos, and manufactured by Sanico Porcelanas S.L., is a one-piece washbasin for wall-mounting or countertop, made of white satin-honed Carrara marble, cream satin-honed Loja marble, blue Bateig stone, Stonefeel® or Iroco wood.