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Dorma wins four design awards

June 2014

Dorma has received four prestigious design awards for two of its products which have previously won honours for the leading German door technology systems specialist.

At the 2014 iF product design awards, the company’s ITS 96 FL integrated door closer received an iF label, while its electronic door fitting XS Quattro was bestowed with the iF gold award.

The iF awards, conferred by the Germany-based iF Industrie Forum Design, represent one of the biggest international design competitions and the iF label is a seal of quality recognised around the world, said a spokesman for Dorma.

Only 50 products were chosen for the iF gold awards from 3,249 entries.

Commenting on the XS Quattro, whose selection was based on innovative content, material selection and functionality, the iF jury said: “This door fitting with its integral access control function has a particularly shallow, unobtrusive profile, despite offering all the features that, for example, might be expected in the hotel segment. Its size and the use of signal colours have been much reduced. The overall effect is therefore one of a product offering an impressively understated, high-precision design.”

Dorma’s  director product and design Rainer Blank commented: “Design and aesthetics are among our core brand values, so we are, of course, particularly delighted to receive such a renowned design award.”

Meanwhile, the ITS 96 FL also emerged a double winner at the 2014 Universal Design Awards, with jurors singling out the  integrated door closer for an award and the consumer panel also awarding it in the consumer favourite category.

This year’s awards highlighted the value of integrated systems offering a cogent combination of design and application aptitude, engineering excellence and aftermarket services, thus incorporating criteria beyond design credentials.

Commenting on the ITS 96 FL’s success at Universal Design Awards, Dorma’s vice-president group marketing and sales Mario Dreismann said: “The fact that it was actually the users who decided on where the consumer award should go is, of course, a real feather in our cap.”

Both the XS Quattro fitting and the ITS 96 FL last year secured the Iconic Award of the German Design Council, and the German Design Award.

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