The EDspaces Innovation Award with this partnership of EDmarket and the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) recently announced the winners of the 2017 EDspaces Innovation Awards. The awards program recognizes design excellence across a variety of six categories judged by a sterling panel, and including a Best of Competition Award presented to entrants whose products are evaluated on the different components of innovation, including: functionality, originality, aesthetics, sustainability, depth of user insight, and their potential for a positive impact on future learning spaces. Products were judged by jury appointed by IIDA and awards were announced at the EDspaces 2017 plenary session on Thursday October 26th in Kansas City, Missouri.

Of all the products judged, the 2017 Best of Competition honors award was bestowed to CEF-Custom Educational Furnishings for The Edison Table.

The Edison Table

The jury commented that this product exhibited true breakthrough solutions packed into every inch, the Edison Table embodies the inventor’s spirit, providing a complete maker experience. 

The 2017 EDspaces Innovation Awards winners are as follows:

Flooring (Carpet/Rugs; Hard Flooring/Resilient)

Manufacturer: Milliken & Company

Product: Moraine

Equipment (Playground Equipment, A/V Equipment, Lectern/ Teaching Station)

Manufacturer: Bretford Manufacturing Inc.

Product: TechGuard Connect Charging Lockers

charging lockers

TechGuard Connect paired with Bretford Connect, a cloud-based management software, supports remote locker management from anywhere in the world. IT administrators are able to access real-time locker stats, remotely unlock bays, and provide a full audit trail through data logging.

Furniture (Casegoods; Children’s; Display Cases; Student Desk; Systems; Tables)

Manufacturer: CEF-Custom Educational Furnishings

Product: The Edison Table

Furniture (Casegoods; Children’s; Display Cases; Student Desk; Systems; Tables)

Manufacturer: Viggi Corp.

Product: Vidget 3-in-1 Flexible Seating System

Seating (Classroom; Conference; Fixed; Guest; Lounge; Task)

Manufacturer: Virco Inc.

Product: Virco C2M 4-Leg Chair

 Seating (Classroom; Conference; Fixed; Guest; Lounge; Task)

Manufacturer: Howda Designz, LLC

Product: HowdaHUG Seats


All 2017 winning products and manufacturers will be featured on the IIDA and EDmarket Web sites, promoted on IIDA social media networks to more than 300,000 followers, and published in the April 2018 issue of Learning by Design magazine.

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