About the Hansgrohe Group – the Original from the Black Forest

With its brands AXOR and hansgrohe, the Hansgrohe Group, based in Schiltach/Southern Germany, enjoys a reputation as a leader in innovation, quality and design within the bath and kitchen industry.

The Hansgrohe Group brings form and function to water with taps, showerheads and shower systems. The 117-year history of the company is marked by innovations such as the first hand-held shower with multiple spray types, the first pull-out kitchen tap, and the first wall bar to hold a hand-held shower. The company holds more than 16,000 active property rights. The Hansgrohe Group stands for long-lasting quality products. With 34 subsidiaries and 21 sales offices supplying products in more than 140 countries, the company is a reliable partner to its customers around the world.

The Hansgrohe Group, its brands and products have won numerous awards, including more than 500 design prizes since 1974. Sustainable production of resource-conserving products is central to the company’s business activities around the globe. The products of the Hansgrohe Group are featured in projects around the world, such as the luxurious ocean liner Queen Mary 2, and the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai.

The Group’s high quality standards are ensured by five wholly-owned production facilities: two in Germany, one each in France, the United States and China. In 2017, the Hansgrohe Group generated a turnover of EUR 1.077 billion. It employs about 5,000 people worldwide, about 60 percent of whom work in Germany.

Red Dot Award

Since 1988, the “Red Dot: Design Team of the Year” title has been awarded to design teams whose overall outstanding design achievements have consistently attracted attention. This distinction is very highly regarded even beyond the design sector.

For the first time in 13 years, this year’s title was awarded to an independent design studio: The Phoenix Design team. “Phoenix revolutionises the discipline of product design. With a new understanding of the ability of products to interact, the team creates real brand experiences and has succeeded not only in winning over the Red Dot jury, but in impressing me personally as well. I heartily congratulate the winners on their well-deserved success,” explains Professor Dr. Peter Zec, initiator and CEO of the Red Dot Award, lauding Phoenix Design, the Red Dot Design Team of the Year 2018.



An Unbeatable Team for 30 Years: the Hansgrohe Group Congratulates Design Partner Phoenix Design

Dubai, UAE, 27 May 2018. This year’s honorary title “Red Dot: Design Team of the Year” goes to the Hansgrohe Group’s longstanding design partner, Phoenix Design – with offices in Stuttgart, Munich and Shanghai.

Founded in 1987 by Andreas Haug and Tom Schoenherr, the studio has an interdisciplinary and international orientation and has succeeded in winning some 200 Red Dot Design awards, including 13 “Best of the Best” recognitions. The design studio has been working with the Hansgrohe Group from the very beginning – 51 Red Dot awards have since then been bestowed on AXOR and hansgrohe products.

This year, the successful partnership won yet another four awards; the hansgrohe Novus range of taps, the hansgrohe Raindance E Showerpipe product family, the hansgrohe C51 sink combination unit and the AXOR Showerpipe 800 all received the coveted Red Dot award, joining the partners’ long list of award-winning products. In the “Bathroom taps and showerheads” and the “Kitchen taps and sinks” categories, the outstanding design of products produced by the bathroom and kitchen specialist from the Black Forest once again succeeded in winning over the jury.

“We congratulate Phoenix Design on their well-deserved success and at the same time, we are very pleased with the award-winning performance of our latest products. In our collaboration with Phoenix Design, we focus on user-friendly product design and the highest product quality,” said Jan Heisterhagen, Vice President Product Management at Hansgrohe SE.

The many different companies and brands Phoenix Design works with, as well as the high quality and degree of innovation of the products it creates, are what sets the bar for design studios.

“The title of honour “Red Dot: Design Team of the Year” is hugely important for the entire Phoenix Design team and credit is due, above all, to our staff, who for decades have been making Phoenix Design so successful. It is the highest accolade in the international world of design, awarded for years of outstanding team performance. Everyone is absolutely delighted,” said Tom Schoenherr and Andreas Haug, Managing Partners and Founders of Phoenix Design.

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