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German Design Award 2020 for Avalanche and Alvo

The premium brand COR repeatedly achieves top marks with excellent furniture design: currently the German Design Award for the Avalanche Love Chair and the Alvo upholstered chair.

The "Winner" award in the Excellent Product Design – Furniture category of the German Design Award went twice to the manufacturer in East Westphalia specialising in high-quality seating furniture. A distinguished jury of the internationally renowned German Design Award, which is organised by the German Design Council, decided not only in favour of the elegant Love Chair from the Avalanche sofa range (design: Metrica). It also declared the filigree Alvo upholstered chair (design: Jehs+Laub) to be a winner. COR owner Leo Lübke and designers Robin Rizzini, Markus Jehs and Jürgen Laub will accept the awards at the Ambiente trade fair in Frankfurt on 7 February 2020.

Award-winning design by COR: the jury's verdicts

On Avalanche: "The backrest can simply be folded up, making the easy chair, which is also sumptuously broad in the beam, a cosy high-back chair. A chic, comfortable piece of seating furniture that emanates timeless elegance with its well-balanced proportions as well as being impressive in terms of quality."

On Alvo: "The design of this modern chair acquires its identity above all from the thin plastic shell in conjunction with the thick integrated upholstery. This comprises a combined upholstery of seat and armrests and a slightly higher back section with a striking inner seam that visually breaks up the upholstery into zones. An interesting design whose impact can be varied further using different base frames."

Consistently aspiring to exemplary design

Two other COR designs were nominated for the German Design Award: Drop, a stackable and rollable upholstered stool and the height-adjustable Level table. "Four nominations and two winners are marvellous evidence of the creativity of our designers and product developers," says a delighted Leo Lübke. As a point of principle, every COR model must meet the requirements of excellent design and quality. The German Design Award recognises the achievements made to this end in the public eye; within the company, Avalanche and Alvo are each considered the primus inter pares. Every piece of furniture is accorded the same care and attention to detail. Around 220 people work towards this goal at the production site in Rheda-Wiedenbrück. To date, this passion has been rewarded with over fifty national and international awards.

Always up to date – design as an ethical obligation

"Design made in Germany is a promise of quality that we have kept since 1954," says Leo Lübke. From the very beginning, the company concentrated on a modern, clear design language, high-quality materials, craftsmanship and precision. It has a special relationship with the German Design Council, which promotes and communicates design achievements. Leo Lübke's father Helmut Lübke, who managed COR until 1993, already considered the competition and the acknowledgement of exemplary products to be valuable in inspiring designers and manufacturers, but also in pledging them to an ethical stance. "Design is ethos": This conviction is still reflected today at COR in durable furniture made from sustainably produced materials. It was formulated in 2003 at St. Paul's Church in Frankfurt on the 50th anniversary of the German Design Council – by the then president, Helmut Lübke.

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