ASID Shares Winners of Its First-ever Design Impact Awards Program

Sept. 13, 2019

ASID explores the recent winners of its inaugural Design Impact Awards program, which recognizes new, innovative products featured at Emerald Expositions design tradeshows and conferences.

Tradeshow season isn’t over yet. As fall approaches and we near the end of 2019, there have been a plethora of standout design products that demonstrate the positive impact of design. From ICFF in May to BDNY in November, human-centric and sustainable design products have been influencing the design industry.

At the beginning of the year, ASID announced its partnership with Emerald Expositions, the largest operator of B2B trade shows in the U.S., to bring thought-provoking new content to Emerald-operated shows and enhance participant experience.

An initiative of this partnership was the new ASID Design Impact Awards Program, which acknowledges products from show exhibitors that contribute to the health and well-being of inhabitants and/or promote sustainable design practices.

Products are judged by a panel of design luminaries on objective, design and technical innovation, market application, and sustainability/health and wellness. Particular attention is given to how products impact the user’s life and/or health, how they improve or support a sustainable and healthful environment, and their quality and originality.

Winners are announced at the tradeshow in which each product is entered, and are awarded a certificate for display throughout the show and at other Emerald shows where the product is also set to be featured.

ASID has partnered with Emerald Expo for the following tradeshows in 2019:

  • Environments for Aging
  • HD Expo
  • ICFF
  • GlobalShop@RetailX
  • Healthcare Design Expo & Conference (in November)
  • BDNY (in November)

Throughout the past four tradeshows, there has been a spotlight on design that directly impacts lives, including innovative solutions for small-spaces, hygienic technology, biophilic elements, recycled and sustainable materials, and adaptable designs to accommodate aging-in-place.

The current winners of the 2019 Design Impact Awards are:

Environments for Aging

Tarkett, The Garden Walk Collection

The Garden Walk Collection uses soft nuance and fluid movement to gently allude to organic materials from the outdoor environment and embrace the natural world.

HD Expo

Atkinson Ergonomic Solutions Inc., Atkinson Bedlift

The Atkinson Bedlift is a device for raising beds 12 inches, while pulling beds away from the wall 12 inches, enabling its users to change bedding in more of an upright posture.

Concrete Collaborative, SSS x Concrete Collaborative

The SSS x Concrete Collaborative collection is the result of a collaboration with Sarah Sherman Samuel, who explores Bauhaus inspiration through line play and semi-circular shapes.

(Photo: ASID CEO Randy Fiser with Design Impact Award Winner Concrete Collabrative. Credit: Courtesy of ASID.)
MAMAGREEN Outdoor Furniture, SATO Communal Table

The SATO Communal Table provides large seating options in high style. Italian high pressure laminate sits on top of a base of recycled teak legs, salvaged from abandoned buildings across Indonesia, with a steel support structure.

(Photo: ASID CEO Randy Fiser with Design Impact Award Winner MAMAGREEN Outdoor Furniture. Credit: Courtesy of ASID.)

Stickley, High Line Curved Gathering Island and Park Slope Accent Chair

Stickley’s patented Gathering Islands creates space, designed to fit like a glove behind a variety of sofas, offering additional seating, functional shelves and workspace. The Park Slope Accent Chair features organic curves seamlessly highlighting brilliant hardwood, honest construction and midcentury Scandinavian design.

Villa Lagoon Tile, Ombré Cement Tile

Inspired by the traditional textile technique of dying or weaving color from dark to light, the Ombré Cement Tile collection starts with a saturated pool of color that shifts from dark to light as a result of deft blending of hand-poured, pigmented cement.

Karndean Designflooring, Art Select Reclaimed Hickory and LooseLay Longboard Fabric Oak

Designed with hand-carved embosses and distinctive beveled edges, each Art Select wood gluedown luxury vinyl product is crafted to enhance the unique grains and textures of the wood that inspired it.

Featuring 59-inch planks, LooseLay Longboard is a non-interlocking floating floor range, notable for its multi-directional planks, speedy install time, acoustic properties, individually replaceable planks and seamless transition to commercial carpet tile.


AXENT Switzerland, AXENT.ONE C Plus Intelligent Toilet

The AXENT.ONE C Plus tankless toilet combines skillfully engineered technologies with an exceptionally modern low-profile design. This award-winning toilet is an exceptional concept come to life because of the vision of renowned designer Matteo Thun.

(Photo: ASID CEO Randy Fiser with Design Impact Award Winner AXENT Switzerland. Credit: Courtesy of ASID.)

Concrete Collaborative, Zuma

Zuma tiles are designed to expose the raw beauty of concrete providing visual dimension with completely unique surface reliefs, cast concrete textures and distressed finishes.


Senseon Secure Access, Senseon Plus

Senseon Plus is the next generation of intelligent cabinet access control electronic locking solutions and assists with loss prevention, increasing efficiency of operation and merchandising.

More Information

Further Design Impact Awards winners will be announced at Healthcare Design Expo and Conference, Nov. 2-5, with submissions due Friday, Oct. 18, and at BDNY, Nov. 9-11, with submissions due Friday, Oct. 25.

To learn more about ASID’s Design Impact Awards and upcoming Emerald Expo tradeshows for 2019, please visit

Read next: ASID Invests in University Students Through Competition and Campus Events

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