Desso, a Tarkett company, has announced that two of its carpet designs have won the coveted Red Dot Award: Product Design. The winning products are Fuse and Fuse Create, which are both part of Desso’s Transitions collection.

Fuse is a carpet tile incorporating colour transitions from colour A to B, while Fuse Create complements the Fuse range with soft colour gradients from one shade of grey to various brighter colours. The Transitions range, part of the Carpetecture® Collection, embraces movement and creative expression, a reflection of our beautiful and ever-changing world.

Architects and interior designers can create original flooring designs to reflect their personal taste with these products. Tiles from the original Fields range which was successfully introduced in 2014, can be combined with Fuse and Fuse Create elements to transition between two plain-coloured areas in an office, helping to create a separation between different zones or an easy navigation at the workplace. The products can also be installed randomly, creating bold and powerful flooring designs. The two products are made from a tactile yet hardwearing looped material, giving the floor a comfortable yet professional-looking bouclé effect.

“We are very proud to have won the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016, especially as we have not yet officially launched Fuse Create – this is planned for mid-2016,” said Ludwig Cammaert, Director Design and Technical Development, at Desso “We believe the Fuse and Fuse Create products give architects and interior designers significant scope to unleash their creativity while developing appealing working environments for today’s organisations.”

With 41 experts from around the world, chosen according to strict rules, the Red Dot Award: Product Design guarantees a high level of competence in the judging process. The jury comprises freelance designers, design professors and specialised journalists – but never designers employed by potential contestants.

“Both Fuse and Fuse Create are available with the Cradle to Cradle® Silver certified EcoBase™ backing, which gives the perfect balance of award winning design and environmental responsibility” says Roland Jonkhoff, Managing Director of Desso.

Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and president of the Red Dot Award, notes: “Red Dot winners have not only demonstrated extraordinary design quality, but also showed that design is an integral part of innovative product solutions.”

For the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016, Desso was competing with participants from 57 countries with about 5,200 products and innovations. Desso representatives will accept their trophy at a gala ceremony on 4 July 2016 in Essen, Germany.