Humanscale’s Horizon, ZŌN and Trea Honored with GOOD DESIGN® Awards

Cutting-Edge Products Earn Distinction for Exceptional Design and Innovation


Karen Brooking

LOS ANGELES - Humanscale’s Horizon LED task light, ZŌN personal air purifier and Trea chair have each earned a 2011 GOOD DESIGN Award. Among several thousand submissions from more than 50 countries, these cutting-edge solutions were given this prestigious honor in recognition of their high design and innovation.

The GOOD DESIGN Awards, considered to be the world’s largest and most distinguished design competition, are organized by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies. According to Christian K. Narkiewicz-Laine, president of the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and chief curator of the GOOD DESIGN program, the GOOD DESIGN Awards are referred to as “the ‘Oscars’ of industrial design.” 

The jury—which was held at the American Institute of Architects in Los Angeles and consisted of a panel of highly respected experts—awarded the “GOOD DESIGN” seal of quality for design innovation, vision, sustainability and competitive design edge.

A visually striking fusion of form and function, the Horizon LED task light uses Thin Film LED Technology. Designed by Peter Stathis and Michael McCoy, Horizon overcomes the weaknesses of conventional LED lights by offering brilliant 3000K illumination and excellent light distribution in a slender profile. The Horizon LED task light uses a number of high-intensity micro LEDs that surround several layers of polycarbonate and optical films to create an ultra-wide footprint of warm, glare-free light that casts only one shadow on the work surface. Its built-in dimmer control offers seven settings for dimmability, providing both energy savings and customizable levels of illumination.

Having recently been awarded ENERGY STAR certification, Humanscale’s ZŌN personal air purifier is 2.5 times more efficient than ENERGY STAR requirements. Its targeted approach to air purification—creating a clean air zone around the user—is both more efficient and more effective than that of traditional room air purifiers. ZŌN silently and unobtrusively filters out more than 99% of airborne contaminants of all sizes—dust, smoke, bacteria, allergens, smog, viruses and even Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) like formaldehyde—and produces virtually zero ozone (< 0.001 ppm) for the cleanest, safest air possible. It offers breeze-free, near-silent operation for distraction-free use.  And it is the only air purifier to offer filters that can be cleaned or recycled.

The Trea chair, designed by Todd Bracher, offers visual restraint and natural comfort that make it ideal for many applications in almost any environment. Fundamental to Trea’s performance is Humanscale’s innovative “solid state” recline mechanism. Hidden at the junction of the seat and backrest, this unique mechanism discretely mimics the hips’ natural movements during recline to provide easy postural changes, enhanced upper body support and unexpected comfort in its class. With only three main parts and minimal hardware, the Trea chair’s lightweight design further reduces its carbon footprint.

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Humanscale is the premier designer and manufacturer of ergonomic products that improve the health and comfort of work life. Achieving more with less, Humanscale’s product designs have been honored with more than 150 prestigious awards since 2007 and featured in various museums such as The Museum of Modern Art.

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