KONE receives two iF product design awards

March 07, 2014

KONE Corporation, press release, March 7, 2014

KONE has received two coveted iF product design 2014 awards for its innovative KSP 858 touch screen destination operating panel and aesthetic RL20 elevator car ceiling light. The iF product design awards have recognized outstanding achievements in design for 60 years. In 2014, over 3,000 top-class entries were enrolled to the competition. The jury considered criteria such as design quality, choice of materials and degree of innovation when evaluating the entries.

The awarded KSP 858 is a destination operating panel with advanced touch screen. KSP 858 was especially acknowledged for its innovative industrial design: it leaves out the traditional mechanical buttons and replaces them with a touchscreen that makes usage more intuitive and brings greater comfort for its users.

"Touchscreens are influencing our interaction with devices more than anything I have seen in my whole career," says Timo Tiainen, Director of Design Solutions, KONE. "As buildings get smarter we need to develop future-forward solutions that are as intuitive to use as possible. Touchscreens and digitalization are the next step towards smart building design."

KONE RL20 is a ceiling light whose timeless and minimalistic design fits most new and old elevator cars. A carefully designed lighting solution directs the heat out of the structure, which significantly extends the component's lifetime. The RL20 was entered in a lighting category which usually includes companies specialized only in lighting products.

The iF design award continues KONE's success in product design. Previously KONE's products and solutions have been awarded prestigious GOOD DESIGN awards in 2008, 2009 and 2013, four red dot product design awards in 2012. Both RL20 ceiling light and destination control unit and KSP 858 received honorable mentions also in the Fennia Prize 2014.

Read more about the iF design awarded KONE innovations at: http://exhibition.ifdesign.de/winner_en.html?ma_id=14095

Previously published KONE press releases are available at www.kone.com/press.

- February 3, 2014: KONE wins four prestigious GOOD DESIGN awards

- June 7, 2012: KONE wins four prestigious red dot design awards

- January 28, 2010: KONE Design signalization series wins prestigious GOOD DESIGN award

-January 23, 2009: KONE becomes first elevator company to receive prestigious GOOD DESIGN award

Images are available in KONE's online image bank.

For further information, please contact:
Anne Korkiakoski, EVP, Marketing & Communications, KONE Corporation, tel. +358 204 75 4775

About KONE

KONE is one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry.  KONE's objective is to offer the best People Flow® experience by developing and delivering solutions that enable people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably and without waiting in buildings in an increasingly urbanizing environment. KONE provides industry-leading elevators, escalators, automatic building doors and integrated solutions to enhance the People Flow in and between buildings.  KONE's services cover the entire lifetime of a building, from the design phase to maintenance, repairs and modernization solutions. In 2013, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 6.9 billion, and at the end of the year over 43,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd in Finland.