06/30/2011

Wilkhahn Wilkening + Hahne GmbH+Co.KG

ON sets international benchmark for healthy office seating, winning “Best of Competition” award at NeoCon 2010 in Chicago

[06-21-2010] Five years in development are paying off. New office chair ON, with Trimension® for three-dimensional dynamic seating, is taking the world by storm. Over the past few months, ON has garnered several international awards. At North America’s premier fair for commercial interiors, Wilkhahn’s new development won the top award in the "Best of NeoCon" competition. From the 326 products submitted, the judges gave ON a “Gold Award” in the “Ergonomic/Task” category and a “Silver Award” in the “Seating/Conference” category. Then followed the most coveted prize of all categories: ON scooped the "Best of Competition" award as NeoCon 2010's top product.
In March 2010, ON received the iF Design Award for the excellent quality of its design and was "Best in Show" in the office chair category at “Office Solution” in Sao Paulo in April. In early June in the UK, Wilkhahn’s ON also received the “Mix Interior Award” in the “Furniture” category. And last but not least, ON has also been nominated for the “Design Prize Germany 2011".
The approx. 3.5 million euros in development costs for the new office chair concept are also beginning to translate into numbers at Wilkhahn. In the first quarter of 2010, Wilkhahn bucked the trend with a 25 percent rise in orders - largely attributable to ON. Over 15,000 ON office chairs have now been delivered to cities around the globe. The latest success story is Japan’s order for almost 5,000 chairs for a project in the heart of Tokyo.
And ergonomists and healthcare experts are not the only ones to welcome scientific research, showing that for the first time an office chair encourages the natural, three-dimensional flexibility of the human body. More and more businesses and architects are implementing tomorrow's standard today. Pivotal to the chair’s triumph is that Wilkhahn has created this high-quality, new dimension in seating for an extremely good-value price.