Canopy by Kimball has been named a 2017 Good Design Award Winner by The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design in cooperation with the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design and Urban Studies as one of the most innovative and cutting-edge industrial, product, and graphic designs produced around the world.
Conceived by Primo Orpilla of Studio O+A and developed with the design team at Kimball, Canopy moves beyond conventional open plan benching to give each user a versatile work tool that changes according to the needs of the moment. Variety is a key feature of the concept and it may be modified to give the user more acoustical and visual privacy as needed. Canopy seamlessly combines utility with unexpected materials–exposed plywood edges, colorful work tools, wood truss accents, natural wool felt and a unique bungee display system–to create spaces that not only function, but inspire.
For over seven decades since its inception, The Chicago Athenaeum continues to honor both products and industry leaders in design and manufacturing that have chartered new directions and pushed the envelope for competitive products in the world marketplace. Each year the GOOD DESIGN ® Awards Program selects the most innovative and cutting-edge product designs from nearly 48 countries around the world. Dating back nearly 67 years, Good Design is widely known as the most exclusive design awards program throughout the globe.
Entries for design and innovation, sustainability, creativity, branding, ecologically responsible design, human factors, materials, technology, graphic arts, packaging, and universal design are submitted from Europe, Asia, and the Americas and awarded corporations represent some of the world’s most visionary FORTUNE 500 companies such as of Puma, Apple and the Porsche Design Group.
“This year’s historic 67th Good Design program,” states 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.”
“At Kimball, we take pride in our brilliant partnerships and are fortunate to be working alongside some of the most creative designers and talented product engineers throughout the world. To receive such prestigious international design recognition is a testament to our progressive culture, and our brand’s steadfast commitment to design excellence,” stated Wendy Murray, Director of Brand at Kimball.