National collection receives Good Design award

National Office Furniture, a unit of Kimball International, Inc., has been named a 2017 GOOD DESIGN award winner for its Kozmic Collaborative Collection product series.

Kozmic received this award from the Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design, in the Furniture Category. The award is presented to the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphic designs produced around the world. Winners are selected among thousands of submissions from leading manufacturers and industrial and graphic designers from over 48 countries, representing the most influential and visionary corporations around the world.

The GOOD DESIGN award is the oldest and most prestigious design awards program that honors the best manufacturing and design talent, worldwide. This award is organized annually by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design, and Urban Studies.

The GOOD DESIGN award encompasses new consumer products, graphics, and packaging designed and manufactured in Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America.

“This year’s historic 67th Good Design program,” said Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, museum president, The Chicago Athenaeum, “recognizes the work of thousands of designers and manufacturers worldwide who have successfully undertaken the design challenge to produce the best and most outstanding design products across the globe to our large and expanding global consumers. Since 1950, Good Design has become an internationally acknowledged benchmark and symbol of outstanding design that serves as a beacon for design-interested audiences in our global economies.”

National’s design team developed Kozmic to encompass today’s need for versatile furniture. Kozmic provides options for sitting, leaning, standing, and perching, addressing the need for comfortable furniture that can be used in a variety of spaces. Kozmic’s spine based design provides the flexibility to outfit small to large spaces and incorporate surfaces and impromptu seating. Optional power and USB outlets provide straightforward solutions to the ever-growing need to plug in and charge up. These grommets are integrated into Kozmic’s design, making them easy to locate and simple to use.

“We are honored and thrilled to receive the GOOD DESIGN award,” said Angie Schuch, National’s director of marketing. “This award not only recognizes our dedication to designing and producing industry-leading products, it shows our passion for developing innovative and game-changing solutions.”

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