Each year, the IDSA (Industrial Designers Society of America) juries the International Design Excellence Awards, lovingly referred to as IDEA. This year, in the furniture category, the winners include:
•InUmbra, shown above, by Dirk Wynants (Belgium): "An outdoor umbrella that creates an atmosphere of tranquility. The pulleys and ropes are all suspended out of view above the umbrella leaving the underside free of distractions."
•KEY bicycle rack by Lagranja Design (Spain) and Santa & Cole (Spain): "KEY offers urban cyclists a safe place to secure their bike. Polyurethane foam, a low-cost material not commonly found in urban areas, coats the exterior and can be colored, breaking away from the coldness that usually characterizes urban furniture."
•Kohler® Steward™ Waterless Urinal by Kohler Co.: "...incorporates water-saving features without sacrificing performance, is virtually splashless, inhibits odors and is easy to keep clean. Its soft elliptical shape provides a fresh, sleek look not found in traditional urinals. Kohler developed a liquid trap, using a sealing liquid that is less dense than liquid waste, to block odors."