The Red Dot Design Awards has awarded LIXIL, maker of pioneering water and housing products, with 21 honours this year. The awards, which celebrates exceptional design performance, recognized six of the company’s product brands: INAX, GROHE, American Standard, LIXIL, DXV, and SATO. The winning entries feature designs for all lifestyles, intuitive functionality, and innovative technology that make better homes a reality for people everywhere.
Top honours, this year, went to INAX’s Ecocarat wall tiles, which help keep indoor humidity levels comfortable and reduce household odours, such as toilets, cigarettes and pets. The product was awarded Red Dot’s ‘Best of the Best’ certification – the highest distinction – in the Materials and Surfaces category, recognizing true innovation.
The Red Dot Design Awards join LIXIL’s growing list of design commendations this year, having already won nine awards at the iF Awards in March. Many products are multiple award winners; for instance, the GROHE Sense and GROHE Sense Guard smart water security products have now won a total of 14 awards for their problem-solving approach, helping to prevent water leaks at home.
Other winning products include the American Standard NextGen Selectronic Faucet, which has inbuilt scald protection technology to protect users from burns; the LIXIL Fullfall shower, which brings the luxury of Japanese bathing to everyday showering; and the DXV Modulus Widespread Faucet with a two-tone finish designed to give a personalized effect.
SATO, a brand of innovative and affordable toilet products that are helping to save lives, also received an Honorable Mention for its new V-Trap toilet system. Launched last year in India, the V-trap toilet system significantly reduces the amount of water required to flush and prevents clogging for twin-pit latrines.
LIXIL President and CEO Kinya Seto commented: “At LIXIL, we use the strength of our global in-house design teams to make intuitive and beautiful products that matter to people and improve our homes. We are proud that our brands were recognized today for their designs, and will continue to strive to make better homes a reality for everyone, everywhere.”
Established in 1955, the Red Dot Design Awards are internationally-recognized as one of the most sought-after quality marks for good design. The awards track the most prominent trends worldwide and honour winners across products, communication projects, packaging, design concepts and prototypes.