QUARTZ is a sculptural soap dispenser for commercial public lavatories, with intuitive interaction and innovative features. The art piece’s chrome plating finish matches perfectly with most public toilet interior designs. QUARTZ prevents the common soap-dripping issue by using a newly patented, air-blowing technology and internal pipe-bending structures. The front LED matrix indicates to users when dispensing starts and finishes, reducing the chances of missing the soap and making a mess, and shows when to refill the soap and breakdown information. A Quartz APP allows remote management of repairs and refills.
Designed by: River Cheng and Henry Yang of KOHLER Shanghai Design Studio
Contact: KOHLER China Investment Co., Ltd
The result of a two-year, carefully considered design process, Latch is the first smart access system that works for your apartment, office and home. The fully robust metal smart lock inspires immediate trust. With passcode and smartphone app access, securely manage people who need access to your space and eliminate keys from your life. Like an unblinking eye, its camera records who is at the door. Let in delivery people when you are not at home; create temporary codes for guests; and go for a run without the weight of carrying keys.
Designed by: Latch
Contact: Thomas Meyerhoffer
The D7 BDAS+ (Biological Decontaminant Accelerated Spray Plus) is a breakthrough product—rugged in design and materials, and tested in extreme environments—that is rapidly and easily deployable in crisis situations such as public health and natural disasters. Its primary users are military personnel; homeland security; law enforcement; and first responders. The ready-to-use, handheld dispenser houses D7—a proprietary solution created by DECON7 Systems to neutralize harmful VOCs (volatile organic compounds); hazardous industrial chemicals; chemical and biological warfare agents; and bodily fluids.
Designed by: Designed by JD Albert, Mark Clark, Meggie Oudheusden, James Lovey and Tom Murray of Bresslergroup for Decon Seven Systems
Contact: Caroline E. Tiger
The Crescent Grip Zone tongue and groove pliers feature a non-marring grip directly integrated into the handles to work chrome finish fixtures without damage. A unique tooth design in the jaws increases gripping power, allowing more torque with less effort. The handle grips feature exposed, steel handle tips that are designed to prevent the handles from being pulled off and allow for reaming and prying.
Designed by: Justin Arsenault, Trent Kahute, Stephanie Lewis and Alex Troitzsch of Thrive, LLC; and Alan Anderson, Jonathan Beckwith, IDSA, Griffin Biering, Tobias Bridges, Randi Ligon, Zach Hays and Bob Thompson of Apex Tool Group, LLC
Contact: Jonathan S. Beckwith, IDSA
The Panasonic Cordless Impact Driver has a new robustness as a professional tool and new safety and user experience features thanks to its compact body; optimum center-balanced ergonomics; and reduction in weight. Users can work accurately, easily and quickly in small spaces for a long time without arm fatigue; employ different voltage batteries depending on the intended use; and brave severe environments in rain or dust.
Designed by: Kazuma Kubono, Edgardo Angelini, Chris Miller and Martin Franzen of Panasonic Corp. and Design Group Italia
Contact: Kazuma Kubono
MELSEC iQ-R series devices perform automated control of machinery. These are the flagship models of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation’s general purpose, programmable logic controllers (PLC) which are used in conjunction with engineering software for programming development and debugging.
MELSEC iQ-R series products are developed from a universal design perspective to be used not just by highly skilled technicians but also by entry-level technicians. Displays make it easy to discern system states and interfaces that enable intuitive operation. Simply connecting a PC with the engineering software installed will initiate diagnostics. Heightened operation and visibility lead to improved work efficiency and troubleshooting, and a reduction in downtime and operating errors.
Designed By: Takanori Miyake, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
Programmable human-machine interface display units (HMIs) are devices used to operate and monitor production lines and other such systems. Beyond factory automation (FA), they also are used as control panels for interior environmental control and similar equipment. The GOT 2000 Series products pursue operability from the perspectives of the equipment and facility designers, and their users. They help raise work efficiency throughout the product cycle, and help reduce total costs.
The GOT 2000 Series also has a high degree of affinity with Mitsubishi Electric FA equipment for improved productivity. The MELSOFT GT Works3 screen design software can create attractive, easy-to-use interfaces tailored to applications. The series covers 8.4", 10.4", 12.1" and 15" sizes, in dark grey and white, to support a variety of application environments.
Designed by: Toshihisa Ogura, Takanori Miyake & Keisaku Fukuda for Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
The Tork Xpressnap® Image Napkin Dispensing System was created especially for design-conscious establishments. The premium napkin dispenser line is made of high quality, genuine aluminum and wood materials and—through an easy-to-use refill system—delivers one-at-a-time napkin dispensing, reducing napkin usage.
Designed by: Mårten Rittfeldt, Viktor Berglin, Jens Andersson and Mariano Vozzi of Zenit Design for SCA
Masterack SmartSpace is a storage and organization solution intended for commercial van and pick-up truck equipment users. Key design features include modularity, ease of use and installation. Made from structural foam and aluminum, these lightweight materials reduce weight and noise while this system still holds as much weight as comparable steel systems.
Designed by: Jose Gamboa, David Hernandez, Bradley Workman and Nigel Flynn of Slingshot PDG for Leggett & Platt
The HART Quick-Tatch 7 piece tile tool system includes an interchangeable handle, four trowel attachments, a gum rubber float and a compact storage box. It allows the user to easily switch between trowels and floats with the use of just one handle. Quick-Tatch is designed with the professional tile installer in mind, but is also popular among do-it-yourself homeowners.
Designed by: Ken Brazell, IDSA, Clint Thackery, IDSA and Bill Saunders of Techtronic Industries North America for The Home Depot