Three Good Industrial Design prizes and a Dutch Design Award
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We are in a 'winning mood'! During the vibrant Dutch Design Week, the Netherlands is dedicated to Design. And for us there was a silver lining! Because 4 Spark products won awards: Three of our products won a Good Industrial Design (GIO) award and, the icing on the cake, we also received a prestigious Dutch Design Award (DDA).

Rescue Tip-Board wins Dutch Design Award

The Dutch Design Awards are internationally renowned and have been awarded annually since 2003 for the best designs in the Netherlands in various categories. The Rescue Tip-Board had already been scouted early on by one of the members of the selection committee. This committee compiles a shortlist of finalists from all the submissions; from this an international jury determines who the winners will be. In addition to the competition, the DDA is committed to promoting Dutch design and the finalists internationally.

The jury was not only enthusiastic about the product but also about the process: “…the involvement of all the stakeholders, which resulted in a special partnership rather than a client/contractor relationship.” This feedback is something all the involved parties are really proud of. A fruitful cooperation between Spark design & innovation, Haaglanden Safety Region and HONOR safety & consultancy led to this award-winning product.

The Rescue Tip-Board is an ergonomic, inflatable, rescue device that allows rescue workers to save drowning victims from shallow water up to 6 x faster. The Rescue Tip-Board is towed by the Seabob, a powerful electric jetski (1). This makes it easy to reach the victim quickly (2). Thanks to the innovative tilting movement (3, 4) made by the life raft, a drowning victim can be pulled on board with little effort. Stabilisation of the victim can start immediately (5) significantly increasing the survival chances of drowning victims!

Recognition for Good Industrial Design

Three of our products received a Good Industrial Design award. The Holmatro Spider Range is an iconic product line of hydraulic pumps used to power rescue tools. The PowerBar is a very small and elegant plug socket with space for two USB cables. In addition, Auping also received recognition for the design of the Original, a project in which we collaborated on the styling and detailing of a complete bed with a distinct design.

The Holmatro Spider range, is a product line of hydraulic pumps used by fire service rescue workers to power rescue equipment for freeing trapped victims. Holmatro’s ingenious three-stage technology ensures rescue tools can be operated faster. In a rescue situation, this can make the difference between life and death. The modular design of this iconic product line ensures efficient production at low cost and easy maintenance. 
The PowerBar is an extremely compact and elegant power strip that we have developed together with Allocacoc. One version is equipped with two USB ports, which can even be used to charge tablets. The mounting clip has reusable tape, which means that the PowerBar can be mounted conveniently under a desk. And if you want to take it with you, then it simply clicks loose. The PowerBar responds to the need for a flexible power supply. 
The Auping Original is a complete bed with a clean-cut design based on a mesh base and mattress. A strong frame with slim-look legs and soft curves. The Original can be produced with an upholstered headboard that makes the bed complete. By making use of durable materials such as aluminium, steel and fabric, this bed is guaranteed to give years of pleasurable sleep. 

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