2013 recipient of the red dot design and gold iF Design awardsSan Francisco
Coalesse, the leader in crossover furnishings, is proud to announce that Hosu, designed by Patricia Urquiola, is a 2013 winner of both the prestigious red dot award for product design as well as the gold iF design award.
Hosu was selected for the red dot award from over 4,600 entries chosen by a 37-member jury of international experts. An official awards ceremony will be held on July 1, 2013, in the Aalto Theater, Essen’s opera house to celebrate. Hosu will be part of a special four-week exhibition in the red dot design museum and will remain on display in the museum for a minimum of one year.
Designs submitted for the red dot award experience a rigorous adjudication process which follows a canon of strict criteria, including degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, durability, and emotional content. Additionally, practical concerns such as packaging solutions and disposal issues are also evaluated.
Furthermore, Hosu was selected as one of the 75 winners of the gold iF design award - also known as the “Oscar award of the design world.” The iF product design award was introduced in 1954 and is one of the most important design competitions worldwide honoring outstanding product design in accordance with criteria such as design quality, innovation, and brand value. Each year iF attracts more than 2,000 product entries from more than 37 nations.
Hosu is quite possibly the first of its kind: an innovative merging of a classic lounge chair with a flexible workspace. The built-in ottoman, convenient rear and side storage pockets and technology accessibility for cords and mobile devices, make it easy to comfortably integrate work and life.
About Patricia Urquiola
Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola runs Studio Urquiola, the Milan-based firm that focuses on exhibitions, art direction, and architecture. Over the years, Ms. Urquiola has worked with such world-famous houses as Moroso, Agape, Alessi, Kartell, and Flos -- and, of course, Coalesse. In addition to the red dot award, she has received the A&W Designer of the year and Design Prize Cologne. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Madrid in 1989. In 1991, as head of the product development team at De Padova, she designed her first commercial furniture pieces in collaboration with Vico Magistretti. Her work combines imagination with pragmatism, an appealing combination that has defined her work for the last two decades.