KONE Corporation, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has won three awards in the prestigious Red Dot Award: Product Design 2022 competition, for a series of culture-inspired elevator interiors, a voice-operated call system and an energy saving motor.
In the Interior Design Elements category, awards went to KONE’s voice-operated call system for home elevators, the KONE KDS Home V, and the KONE I Series range of elevator interior designs. KONE also won in the Industrial Equipment, Machinery and Automation category with the GiantKONE GX series of space-saving and sustainable elevator motors.
“We’re delighted that our human-centric designs have once again been recognized by the Red Dot judges,” says Visa Rauta, Head of KONE Design. “We collaborate closely with our customers around the world to design sustainable, next-generation solutions for city living, which bring simplicity, delight, and a sense of flow. This year’s awards are also an important recognition of the fantastic work being done by our design teams in Asia.”
The KDS Home V system, praised by the Red Dot judges as “elegant and smart” for users “looking for a high level of comfort,” extends voice control to the elevator in a high-end, private residential setting, available in the China market. It allows the elevator to be operated with simple voice commands, providing residents carefree, hands-free, and hassle-free access around the building.
The KONE I Series is a set of elevator interiors for residential and commercial buildings created in India and designed to show that riding an elevator can be enlivening and enhance a sense of belonging. The line includes more than 30 designs rooted in India’s culture and history, inspired by the age-old elements: earth, fire, water, air, and space. Natural materials such as wood and steel are complemented by color schemes and decorative patterns celebrating local heritage and nature.
Meanwhile, GiantKONE’s latest line of gearless elevator motors for the China market, the GiantKONE GX Series has been rated Grade 1 (best in class) for energy efficiency in China. This design makes it more sustainable and easier to install and service than previous models. The motor is also extremely space- and material-efficient, using up to 100kg fewer materials than the competition.
“These awards highlight our passion and dedication to elevating the human experience of our products and solutions and engaging our customers as well as partners into co-creating increasingly personalized people flow experiences, says Maciej Kranz, KONE’s Chief Technology Officer. “Design plays a key part in bringing our solutions to life, be it through digital solutions or design elements that enhance a sense of beauty, community or belonging.”
KONE designs and innovations have been recognized with over 40 prestigious awards over the years.Previous KONE winners of Red Dot awards include the KONE Lane turnstile next-generation access gate system, granted the prize in 2021, while the landmark KONE DX Class digital experience elevator was awarded the year before, for its outstanding design features, innovativeness and smart elements.