FX Awards 2017: The Winners
Winner: USM Haller E by USM
Sponsored by Cutting Edge
USM Haller E, an innovation from USM modular furniture, integrates light and energy into the structure of furniture wirelessly. Dimmable lighting elements can be retracted into metal rods to serve a variety of purposes: they can light shelves and displays from the inside or cover a room wall with a choice of light. USB chargers can be plugged into pre-defined recesses – integrated into rods and barely visible.
The power supply is revolutionary. There are no cables. The structure guides the current through the specifically developed e-pipes, e-balls and e-connectors, which replace traditional components. The furniture connects to the power supply at any point near the ground through a feed cable leading directly to a USM Haller e-ball. The power adapter is beneath the furniture; cables and outlets are not visible.
Seven years of development went into USM Haller E and a fundamental principle of the USM Haller furniture system is its modular construction; since cords are not required, Haller E can be exchanged and combined with uncompromised flexibility.
Since its inception in the Sixties USM Haller has advanced to the status of a design classic; Haller E has introduced innovative technology while the time proven design remains constant.
The judges said:
‘Excellent use of miniature light sources to create a completely flexible display system. Not strictly speaking a luminaire but a good example of the increased integration of light sources into architectural and display elements’
Finalists & judges' comments
Fenestra by Flos Outdoor
‘Compact product with good performance and low glare. A lovely and technically accomplished product’
RISE by ECOSENSE
Excellent product performance across the family of RISE F080 products. It has a range of innovations to make it a versatile and complete system’
Modular Lighting Instruments by Qbini
‘Extremely flexible system allowing multiple combinations of performance, optical control and aesthetic within the same product.’
Rich Brilliant Willing + Meyer Davis Lighting Collection by Meyer Davis
‘Simple but elegant designs to work indoors and out. Great added flexibility to show how a pendant installation can become flexible’
Rivo Forty by TM Lighting
‘Flexible optics, lenses and filters within a compact product’