April 6, 2021 (Toronto) – The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Center for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies have recognized Keilhauer with four 2020 GOOD DESIGN® awards. Keilhauer products Ellaby, a two-seater with an accompanying ottoman, and Swurve, a carbon neutral office chair, were selected as recipients of this prestigious award program. Division Twelve, a collection of bent metal furniture acquired by Keilhauer in 2019, was also recognized with two GOOD DESIGN® awards in the furniture and graphic design categories. Founded in Chicago in 1950 by Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., Eero Saarinen, and Charles and Ray Eames, GOOD DESIGN® is the oldest design competition in the world.
“We are truly honored,” says President Mike Keilhauer. “This is the sixth consecutive year we have received the esteem of GOOD DESIGN. We are very proud to see our contract designs be so well received.”
The Ellaby two-seater brings both peace and productivity into commercial environments. The high, enveloping back provides privacy and a sense of cocooned protection, molded cushions provide comfort, while a slight forward posture provides multi-functionality. It encourages relaxed alertness – perfect for taking calls, making notes, reading, or quiet conversation. The Ellaby ottoman brings the feeling of relaxation and comfort to the next level. Easily mobile and complementary, it can be paired with any lounge seating to create a soothing respite to kick your feet up and take a much-needed break. The Ellaby collection was designed for Keilhauer by the celebrated design trio EOOS.
Swurve is Keilhauer’s first Carbon Neutral office chair that features flowing lines and contained proportions. Designed by renowned Canadian designer Andrew Jones, Swurve is an elegant solution for all office spaces, bringing an organic feeling into the room with distinctive, sculptural design details.
As Keilhauer’s first Carbon Neutral product, Swurve has been a project of passion for the company’s Design for Environment team. Keilhauer took every possible step to reduce carbon emissions: from sustainably sourcing materials, and responsible manufacturing, to a carefully planned end-of-life and recyclability plan. Where carbon emissions remain, such as during transportation or that accrued over the length of its usable life, Keilhauer invests in carbon reduction and climate change mitigation projects to offset. Verified by third parties, every Swurve sold will produce net-zero carbon emissions.
Division Twelve, a line of commercial, bent metal furniture acquired by Keilhauer in the summer of 2019, was recognized by GOOD DESIGN® in two categories: graphic design and furniture design. Designed by Geof Lilge, Samuel Pettersen and Scott Laughton, Division Twelve is an evolving collection of 10 bold pieces that are versatile, timeless and fully recyclable.
Division Twelve partnered with the globally-recognized design firm Cossette to develop a brand identity and associated marketing collateral for this unique line of furniture. The resulting visuals incorporate subtle but effective design details (such as scaling and color blocking) to ensure a distinctive brand presence without ever feeling iterative. The designers involved with the project are Luis Coderque and Mark Neil Balson of Cossette Toronto, Ontario, Canada.