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25th Annual EID: Bronze Awards

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

GrillStation 5-Burner Gas Grill, by Hamilton Beach Brands Inc., Glen Allen, Va., and design firm Metaphase Design Group Inc., St. Louis
Category: Outdoor & Leisure
Price Range: Mid-range
Market: United States & Canada
This grill incorporates several innovative features including modular cooking baskets and a fully-controllable SmokeStation, which allows the user to customize the smoky flavor or their meats and vegetables by providing a separate burner with flame control. The culinary tray and baskets let the user use a variety of glazes and sauces in one grilling session without contaminating surrounding food. Visit

RIDGID 16 Gallon Wet/Dry Vacuum With Blower, by Emerson Tool Company, St. Louis
Category: Outdoor & Leisure
Price Range: Top of the line
Market: United States
The vac/blower is a versatile two-in-one product which combines a powerful wet/dry vacuum with a handheld blower. The vacuum’s motor head easily detaches and converts into a corded electric blower for removing debris from walkways, patios and jobsites. The blower is ideal for moving leaves, yard waste and other small debris. Visit


Armstrong Air (Model: A951E), by Allied Air Enterprises, West Columbia, S.C.
Category: HVAC
Price Range: Mid-range
Market: North America
A 95-percent AFUE gas furnace with a constant torque blower motor. A stainless steel clamshell heat exchanger is part of the stainless steel heat train. In incorporates a 33-inch high furnace in upflow/horizontal convertible-ready design (no internal modifications are required to re-orient the furnace) or dedicated downflow. 11,000 Btu per burner firing rate. Single piece burner design. Visit

Compucold, by Powerquest
Category: Electronics
Price Range: Top of the line
Market: United States
Remember my column a few months ago about knowing what the geeks are speccing? It was after seeing the Compucold. This high-performance, high efficiency computer cooling device includes proprietary cooling blocks that are installed directly on top of the computer’s CPU(s) and/or GPU(s). Ozone safe, eco-friendly refrigerant is delivered into the cooling blocks using a micro-compressor refrigeration system that automatically adjusts the amount of cooling required based on the load of the processor. It lost a lot of points in aesthetics, but for internal electronics that probably isn’t fair. Visit

NuTone LunAura /QTNLEDA, QTNLEDB by Broan-NuTone LLC, Hartford, Wis.
Category: Lighting
Price Range: Top of the line
Market: United States
The collection is the first to incorporate blue LED night lighting with quiet and powerful ENERGY STAR qualified ventilation. It also features 36-watt fluorescent task lighting. The lighting creates a relaxing, spa-like atmosphere in any bathroom. It is available with a round or square/diamond green translucent plate and gives the appearance of natural glass when the LED light is off; when turned on, the panel becomes a soft blue hue. Visit

Compact Upright Vacuum (Model: LuV250C), by LG Electronics Inc., Englewood Cliffs, N.J.
Category: Small appliances
Price Range: Mid-range
Market: United States
The LuV250C, LG’s compact upright vacuum incorporates LG technologies and convenience features to make a smarter and more efficient vacuum cleaner. These technologies include the company’s Kompressor technology, DualForce suction technology and their pet hair turbine tool. Visit

Cleancut Touchless Paper Towel Dispenser, by Smart Product Innovations, and design firm Bresslergroup, Philadelphia
Category: Small appliances
Price Range: Economical
Market: United States
The touch-less paper towel dispenser automatically feeds and cuts any length of paper towel with a wave of the hand. The product accepts any brand of paper towel and employs LED Breaking Beam technology to allow the sensor to instantly recognize and react to the users’ hand without physical contact. One wave of the hand to start dispensing, a second to cut. The dispenser uses a self-sharpening blade to cut any length of paper towel. Visit

Draftmark Tap System (Model: NBABPD1000-1AB), by Anheuser-Busch Companies Inc. and design firm Metaphase Design Group Inc., St. Louis
Category: Small appliances
Price Range: Mid-range
Market: Select Dierbergs, Schnuck’s, Shop & Save and Randall’s in the St. Louis area
This affordable tap system offers beer drinkers a true draught beer experience in the comfort of their own home. This draught system allows the host to provide an assortment of draught choices while guests can create their own perfect pour by choosing their own glass, mastering the proper draught pour, and controlling their beer portion and consumption. Visit


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