Product Development Support from Design Concepts Inc. Helps Spacesaver Earn “Best of NeoCon” Gold Award.
Spacesaver’s New Designer Series Mobile Storage Systems Also Earn Approval from Architects and Interior Designers
(Madison, Wis.) – Design Concepts, Inc., a leading provider of outsourced product development services for manufacturers, today announced that the contributions from its team to a new product series for Spacesaver Corporation helped to capture the 2002 “Best of NeoCon” Gold Award at the recent NeoCon® World’s Trade Fair held in Chicago June 10-12 at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart.
The award-winning product is Spacesaver’s New Designer Series, which offers architects and designers a multitude of aesthetic options for high-density mobile storage systems. By making all visible aspects of mobile storage systems aesthetically refined and customizable, these systems are now transformed into showroom-quality furniture. Honoring the most outstanding products from the contract furnishings industry, the annual NeoCon Awards Program is sponsored by Facilities Design & Management magazine, Contract magazine and the International Interior Design Association, and draws over 240 entries. The NeoCon World’s Trade Fair is the foremost educational conference for the interior design and facilities management industries.
“It was a real privilege to work with the professionals at Design Concepts for this project,” explained Spacesaver’s Director of Marketing Christopher Batterman. “They got up-to-speed very quickly, they enthusiastically offered and explored a wide variety of ideas, and as we proceeded through the decision-making process, they did everything possible to deliver highly aesthetic designs for our product that also addressed input from our targeted end-users.”
For this project, industrial designer Cory Boudreau served as DCI’s project manager. “Our team was asked to create a storage system that appealed to the aesthetic needs of architects and designers, while preserving the flexibility and ease of use end users demand,” he explained.
From there, Boudreau described several brainstorming sessions with Spacesaver’s team that produced some 150 sketches. The ten best ideas were then identified and reviewed for materials and manufacturing concerns. Using Spacesaver’s CAD data, Design Concepts was quickly able to illustrate their new ideas, and through numerous reviews the process then moved forward with the most viable designs.
“Our designs benefit from our team’s diverse backgrounds and our product development experience across many industries,” Boudreau said. “An example of how this applied to the Designer Series project was in our design for an innovative handle that ‘floats’ inside the panels – and in the development of a layered system of panels that enables the system to be highly customizable.
“Also,” Boudreau concluded, “much of the success of this project comes from the collection and inclusion of input from architects and designers in the design process. By identifying and addressing their needs early in the program and reviewing our work with them throughout the design process, we were able to deliver a design that is ultimately much more useful.” Spacesaver Mobile Storage System Product Detail
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