Prize-winning design quality. Dekton XGloss triumphs in Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016
April 8, 2016
Cosentino has demonstrated its capacity for innovation with the launch of Dekton XGloss, a new line of ultra-polished, high-tech, ultra-compact surfaces characterized by their dazzling crystalline shine.
With 41 experts from around the world, all chosen according to strict rules, the Red Dot Award: Product Design guarantees a very high judging competence. Only freelance designers, design professors and specialized journalists – but not designers employed at companies potentially participating – are appointed to the jury.
The independent expert panel assesses each entry strictly and fairly, live and on site, according to criteria such as degree of innovation, formal quality, functionality and ecological compatibility. Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and president of the Red Dot Award explained, “With their performances, the Red Dot winners not only demonstrated extraordinary design quality, but they also showed that design is an integral part of innovative product solutions.”
This new line in the Dekton range boasts an advanced nano technologically treatment, developed exclusively by Cosentino’s R&D department, and a mechanical polishing process that results in a highly reflective surface. In addition to a high gloss finish, this technology gives XGloss water-repellent properties making it extraordinarily stain-resistant without altering the material´s other properties or adding any outer coating to the slabs. Its luminous shine combined with high resistance characteristics make this product line unique to the market. The surface industry has no other product that achieves this combination of aesthetics and technical performance.
For Santiago Alfonso, Cosentino Group Marketing and Communications Director “This Red Dot Award, recognizes Cosentino’s permanent commitment to Research and Development, and rewards with best Product Design 2016 a unique and extraordinary surfacing material like Dekton XGloss.”
All award-winning products will be presented in the special exhibition “Design on Stage” for four weeks of the Red Dot Design Museum Essen, before becoming part of the permanent exhibition. With about 2,000 exhibits from 45 nations, the Red Dot Design Museum Essen displays the complete range of current product design. In the former boiler house of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Zollverein coal mine, it presents products that have won the Red Dot on five floors and approximately 4,000 square metres. Every year, the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design informs around 150,000 visitors about current trends and top achievements.
About the Red Dot Design Award: In order to appraise the wide scope of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award is broken down into the three distinct disciplines: the Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. The Red Dot Award is organised by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen, Germany. With more than 17,000 entries in 2015 alone, it is one of the largest competitions in the world. It was in 1955 that a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. The name and brand of the award were developed in the 1990s by Red Dot CEO, Professor Dr. Peter Zec. Since then the sought-after “Red Dot” is the revered international seal of outstanding design quality. Further information: www.red-dot.org.