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25th Annual EID: Gold Awards

June 4, 2012

Read more about the Excellence in Design Awards and meet the judges, 25th Annual EID Awards: Excellence Favors The Bold.

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Horizon (model HNBES) LED Task Light by Humanscale, New York.
 
Category: Lighting
Price range: Top of the Line
Market: Worldwide
 
Earning almost perfect marks from every judge for its stunning fusion of form and function, Humanscale used a film based on optical waveguide technology, most often applied as backlights to laptop computers and flat screen displays to produce a strong, dimmable LED lamp without the hard-edged, multi-shadowed and glare-prone light that is normally cast by LEDs. Rated for 50,000 hours of use, and with a power consumption of just nine watts, Horizon can be integral to the achievement of a number of LEED credits.
 
Aesthetically, it fits within the firm’s idea of “formal inevitability,” according to which the mechanisms determine much of the object’s look, and unites two masters’ philosophies of modern architectural lighting (platonic minimalism and organic design), doing away with most of e extraneous mechanical bits that typically make up this typology of lighting. The film technology allowed them to eliminate the traditional reflector and lamp shade, and achieve a light head formed by an ultra-thin, luminous plane of light. Visit www.humanscale.com

 


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Roomba 700 Series (models 760, 770 and 780) Robotic Vacuum Cleaner by iRobot Corp., Bedford., Mass., and design firm Essential, Boston
 
Category: Small Appliances
Price Range: Mid-range
Market: Worldwide
 
“Who would have thought that a vacuum cleaner would be driving the robotics industry?” said judge Tucker Viemeister. A regular on every “You know you’re living in the future when…” list, the latest Roomba has a much improved user interaction experience and is based on a new visual design language. Its iAdapt Technology monitors the cleaning environment over 60 times per second, using multiple sensors like cliff detection and dozens of behaviors including wall-following to clean.
 
A three-stage cleaning system was redesigned with pet owners in mind, with a new cleaning head, a more powerful vacuum, and dual HEPA air filters to avoid the earlier iterations’ infamous “Error Number 2” (clean the brushes). To my golden retriever: you have met your match! The team developed a two-tiered approach for the user interface, building around an iconic center-placed “clean” button, present across the product line. Visit www.irobot.com/us

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Spot Vision Screening by Pediavision, Lake Mary, Fla., and design firm Bresslergroup, Philadelphia
 
Category: Medical
Price range: Top of the Line
Market: United States
 
Spot is a fast, portable, easy to use vision screening system designed to quickly detect several vision issues in children as early as 6 month to adults from near-sightedness (myopia) to eye misalignment (strabismus). Often used at school or community vision screening events for kids, Spot provides early detection of potentially debilitating conditions. The device captures in one second or less, which makes screening equally efficient in a physician’s office or large-scale public setting—especially effective with young, non-verbal children. The key is the unique integration of patent- pending optics and processing algorithms, making what was once complex, as simple as taking a photo. The patient sees sequencing lights that draw their attention and allows the device to take its readings, then inform the subject when the screening is complete. For the practioner/volunteer the screen will inform the screener if the distance is too far away or too close. Very Doppler, guys. Visit www.pediavision.com

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Modena Island Range Hood (model: Next Generation Europa Collection with DCBL Suppression System Technology) by Zephyr, Alameda, Calif.
 
Category: Major Appliances
Price Range: Mid-range
Market: United States
 
The Modena is a residential island range hood takes advantage of the company’s DCBL Suppression System, a groundbreaking technology in a category that neglected innovation for some time. The system’s DC motor and advanced electronics reduce the range hood’s energy consumption by up to 77 percent versus similar range hoods, delivering 30 percent more CFMs at working speed levels. The sound is reduced by 77 percent to nearly inaudible levels
 
This is the nearest thing to reinventing the range hood from the bottom-up, and required a lot of working with UL to create technologies like a DC motor for use as its blower and the LEDs, for which the company partnered camera lens manufacturer. It also included developing a low-profile heat sink and circuitry required to allow dimmable LED with 3200K color temperature compared to 3000K offered by halogens. Careful attention to production costs in its design allows retailers to price at $1200. The low profile stainless steel and airy glass canopy resemble a floating island over the cook top or range, hence the name. Visit zephyronline.com

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Bosch 800 Plus Dishwasher by BSH Home Appliances Corp., Irvine, Calif.
 
Category: Major Appliances
Price Range: Mid-range
Market: United States
 
This dishwasher marries bold design with one-touch functionality. According to the manufacturer it is the quietest and most energy- and water-efficient dishwasher in North America, operating at a virtually silent 39 dBA, with design features that include a real stainless steel exterior, handle and tub. Interior design features include three level-adjustable racks, a third rack for additional loading capacity, and an extra tall item sprinkler for flexible loading, accommodating large pots and pans. The dishwasher exceeds ENERGY STAR requirements for water by 125 percent, while using 97 percent less energy than the federal standard.
 
That efficiency, and its incorporation of 18 sound-reducing features are what bumped this into the leaderboard. These include a solid molded base and three sound-muffling layers of coated metal and cotton fiber. Judges were also impressed with the subtle addition of an InfoLight LED which lights the floor when the dishwasher is in use. Visit www.bosch-home.com/us

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G-Class Mantis Gas-Burning Fireplace System, by Empire Comfort Systems Inc., Belleville, Ill.
 
Category: HVAC
Price Range: Top of the line
Market: United States
 
Imagine a fireplace that humidifies as it heats. The G-Class Mantis is the only gas-burning fireplace system rated at more than 90-percent efficiency. That’s so efficient that the flu gases are cool enough to be vented through normal 1.5-inch PVC pipe. It is also the only condensing venting gas fireplace on the market, capturing condensed water vapor from its exhaust and evaporating it to introduce humidity to the room air via an automatic blower.
 
A three-stage, marine-grade stainless steel heat exchanger sends more than 90 percent of the heat into the room and vents in any direction through 1.5-inch PVC pipe.A state-of-the-art electronic control board from SIT of Italy adjusts the gas flow and airflow to ensure clean burning. The integrated remote control features manual control, thermostat control, and ten pre-set programs – reducing the learning curve for homeowners not yet quite used to the idea of an LCD display on their fireplace. Input from previous models was reduced to 20,000 Btu, down from 28,000. Visit www.empirecomfort.com.

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Ultra-Large Capacity Front-Load Washer (Model WM3550H) by LG Electronics Inc., Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
 
Category: Major Appliances
Price range: Mid-range
Market: United States
 
LG’s 4.3 cubic feet ultra-large capacity front-load washer combines a host of the company’s technologies. A partial list of trademarked things incorporated into the washer include TrueSteam, Allergiene, TrueBalance, Coldwash and 6Motion. I’ll get to those in a minute; what you should know is that it’s been designated by EPA in the agency’s inaugural ENERGY STAR “Most Efficient” designation, meaning it was in the top 1 percent of washers in terms of energy efficiency.
 
TrueSteam adds steam to any wash cycle, primarily for delicate fabrics. The steam system is the basis of the Allergiene cycle, which removes 95 percent of common household allergens. 6Motion incorporates six movements: tumbling, rolling, stepping, swinging, scrubbing and filtration, specified by consumers on a power scale. The movement control also enables the ColdWash option, which compensates for cooler water temperature with tailored motions. TrueBalance is LG’s anti-vibration system, which cuts downs on noise and counterbalances uneven loads. Visit www.lg.com/us

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IMPRESSA J9 One Touch TFT, by Jura Capresso Inc.

Category: Small Appliances
Price range: Top of the Line
Market: United States (marketed under different brand worldwide)

The IMPRESSA is the first model in the company’s J-line to feature TFT color display. A 3.5-inch screen combines graphics and text to showcase the type of beverage, number of ounces, coffee strength and amount of milk. Users operate it by turning the rotary dial, then pressing a button. A built-in conical burr grinder grinds beans before. It features the company’s fine foam system. The machine also stands out for its six-inch, height-adjustable cappuccino spout and adjustable coffee spout to accommodate one or two glasses of varying sizes.

Attention to detail won it high praise from judge Caruso, who noted “The expression of a subtle sculptural form with state-of-the-art features, e.g. display, make this a fine entry.” The flagship machine for the series, its sophisticated lines and glossy silver lacquer finish on an aluminum front panel and ABS/ Stainless Steel sides give it a modern edge, while subtle lighting showcases the unit’s professional coffee preparation. The TFT screen really makes this special; colorful images of coffee-house quality beverages glide across the screen with each turn of the rotary dial. The energy-conscious designers also included a Zero-Energy Switch; no ongoing processes are interrupted if the machine is switched off. The switch then disconnects the machine entirely from the electrical mains.

Be sure to also enjoy the winners from the Silver and Bronze levels: 

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