Estonian design heater manufacturer HUUM OÜ participated in the prestigious international design competition “Red Dot Award” and won a product design award for two products. The prize went to the electric heater CLIFF and the sauna control panel UKU.
The latest electric heater in the product range, CLIFF, is compact and has extremely short safety distances, making it the ideal solution for smaller saunas. The small safety distances are achieved by optimizing the structure and placement of the internal air tunnel. CLIFF is designed by Mihkel Güsson and the engineer is Anti Reiman.
Another award-winning product, UKU sauna controller, makes sauna heating easy and comfortable. Already seven years ago HUUM came out with a remote control, which only now other competitors are catching up with. By using UKU sauna controller it is possible to control the sauna locally, via Wi-Fi network or with a built-in GSM module. Through the latter two it is possible to control the sauna from a mobile application all over the world. UKU is designed by Mihkel Güsson. Maarja Lind, HUUM’s Design Manager, is responsible for further developments in UKU design. The UKU app is designed by Keijo Kraus.
Red Dot CEO Professor Dr. Peter Zec on the laureates
“The winners of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2021 were particularly impressive this year. The design of their products is excellent, in terms of both the aesthetic and the functionality. It’s not easy to prevail in such a strong field of competitors and to win over our jury. Consequently, I want to congratulate the laureates very sincerely on their success,” said Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot.
The Red Dot Award is no stranger to HUUM. In 2015 HUUM’s first electric heater DROP, designed by Mihkel Masso, also received a design award. It is gratifying to note that by 2021 ten Estonian products have won the Red Dot award, three of which belong to HUUM.
The award-winning products can be found in exhibitions, online and in the yearbook
CLIFF and UKU can be seen in the online exhibition on the Red Dot website from 21 June 2021. That date also marks the beginning of the Red Dot Design Week, during which this year’s award winners and HUUM will be celebrated online.
From 22 June 2021, CLIFF and UKU will also be included in the exhibition “Design on Stage” in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen, where all of the award-winning products are showcased. Visitors to the museum can experience the quality of the designs in a space that features contemporary design solutions and historical industrial architecture. The Red Dot Design Yearbook 2021/2022 comes out in August. The publication provides a comprehensive overview of the state of the art and trends in product design.
About the Red Dot Design Award:
In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Brands & Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. With more than 18,000 entries, the Red Dot Award is one of the world’s largest design competitions. In 1955, a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. In the 1990s, Red Dot CEO Professor Dr. Peter Zec developed the name and brand of the award. Ever since, the sought-after distinction “Red Dot” has been the revered international seal of outstanding design quality. The award winners are presented in the yearbooks, museums and online. More information is available at www.red-dot.de.