No stranger to winning awards, Duropal recently received the prestigious Interior Innovation Award 2011 for its 3D surface Illusion. Offered by the German Design Council, this prize represents – in their own words – “top innovative achievements” in all product areas of the interior furnishing sector.
“For the beholder, the attraction lies in the almost impossible boundary between physical reality and optical depth,” states Duropal Product Manager Peter Röhr: “The eye perceives a two-dimensional image and yet develops an illusion of three-dimensionality. ”This play between physical reality and virtual absence has inspired, amongst others, the designers at the international lifestyle brand ESPRIT who have incorporated Illusion in their flagship stores concept. Not only does this give the effect of remarkable highlights but small rooms also appear visually larger – and all this combined with the excellent, proven properties of HPL.
Of course, this is not the first time a Duropal product or a design employing a Duropal product has won a design award or other industry recognition or accolade.
For instance, at the 2009 interzum trade fair, the Duropal high-pressure laminate (HPL) product – ‘SolidColor’
was selected as a prize winner for its ‘high product quality’ during the design competition for the ‘interzum award: intelligent material & design’ award. This dyed-through laminate had already been awarded the ‘Innovation Prize Architecture and Office XXL’ the previous year.
Designer Hans Hansen won the coveted ‘red dot design award’ for his ‘Library’ modular storage and shelving system made of Duropal HPL-Solid, a high-pressure laminate from Duropal. “I am fascinated by such an honest form of material,” said the designer from Arnsberg (Germany). “I work with HPL-Solid in the same way as with sheet steel – with the difference that HPL doesn’t dent. [It’s] both robust and hard wearing”.
Duropal domestic kitchen worktops were awarded a FIRA Gold Award in 2007. The award states that the products manufactured by Duropal ‘have undergone full testing in the FIRA laboratories in accordance with British Standards, European Standards and FIRA standards and have been evaluated for aspects including workmanship, finish performance, adhesion performance, environmental response and substrate performance.’
Since that time, kitchens by various designers the world over have won awards using Duropal’s innovative products.
Duropal products are distributed exclusively in South Australia and the Northern Territory by Australian Timbers. They can be contacted on (08) 8332 2666.