Ikea air purifier table wins International Red Dot Design Award

The Ikea Starkvind table is a side table with a built in air purifier that has won an internationally recognized seal of excellent design.

AMHULT, Sweden – Ikea’s Starkvind table with air purifier has won the Red Dot Design Award for this year in the product design category.

The Red Dot Design Award is one of the biggest design competitions in the world and an internationally recognized seal of excellent design.

Starkvind is a smart air purifier and also a side table. David Wahl, an Ikea designer and Henrik Telander, a product owner created the table with the help of a team of engineers and suppliers.

“We wanted to create an air purifier that would blend into the homes of the many people,” said Telander. “After trying lots of different options, the side table turned out to be a good candidate to merge with the air purifying function. By using wood for the legs and the table top we tried to step even further from the often techy-looking air purifiers on the market. “

The Starkvind air purifier is designed for indoor use and is optimized for a moderate room size. For larger rooms, it will take a little longer to clean the air. It has five different fan speeds and an auto-mode which automatically adjusts the fan speed. It can be used on its own or can be controlled and scheduled via the Ikea Home smart app. The power supply unit fits inside the air purifier and the cable runs inside one of the solid birch table legs.

Red Dot Design Award includes three disciplines, where participants submit products, communication projects and brands as well as prototypes and concepts.

“Democratizing design is not only about everyone’s right to a good home with high quality products that are beautiful, functional, sustainable and affordable,” said Wahl. “It’s also about the democratic effect for people and planet when many people get access to better products which have been developed and produced in a sustainable, people and planet positive way.”

In 2022, designers, design offices and manufacturers from around 60 countries entered products in the Red Dot Award in Product Design discipline.

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