A jury of experts has selected 32 winners for the Design Plus competition, with the award-winning products set to be exhibited during ISH in Frankfurt from 13th to 17th March 2023 in a special show in Hall 3.1. A total of 133 entries were received for the Innovation Award, which Messe Frankfurt and the German Design Council have jointly announced. The jury of five experts evaluated all the entries in terms of innovation, ecology and design.
"It shows that there is a great need in the industry to present the multitude of innovations that have been created to a broad trade audience," said Stefan Seitz, head of brand management at ISH. The winning products are said to be characterised by sensitive design and reduction to the technologically essential.
"The Design Plus competition for ISH 2023 was certainly influenced by the theme of sustainability and resource conservation," said Jens Wischmann, MD of VDS, German Sanitary Industry Association. "In the energy sector in particular, many submissions showed innovative solutions that break new ground both technically and in terms of design, e.g. in (residential) heat pumps or energy storage systems. In the sanitary sector, the topic of water saving was taken up sporadically and numerous refinements in fittings or intelligent storage space solutions were presented. Unfortunately, there was no innovative contribution to the important topic of accessibility and age-appropriate bathroom equipment. What distinguishes all the winning solutions is that the product designs and concepts were implemented in a formally clean manner and with the least possible use of materials," he added.
Among the winners is the BetteAir shower tile, pictured.