All good things come in fours
Fittings line Kludi Bozz honoured in the categories Innovation, Quality, Ease of Operation and Functionality
The “Plus X Award, which – according to its organisers – is the “world’s biggest innovation prize for technology, sport and lifestyle”, is presented based on seven criteria, evaluated by an independent, international panel of experts. This year over 700 brands went before the specialist jurors, who came from more than 80 industries. The Sauerland-based fittings specialist Kludi (www.kludi.com) entered its fittings line “Bozz” into the esteemed competition. The line was launched in Spring 2020 with a comprehensively reworked design. The company’s entry was a resounding success as the timelessly elegant fittings line with its 36 individual products for washbasins, bathtubs and showers convinced the jury in more ways than one: The line won four “Plus X Awards” for its innovative quality, ease of use, functionality and high-quality design. With its minimalistic simplicity “Bozz” embodies purism in its most essential form like no other. “This quadruple haul of awards is fantastic confirmation of our approach to developing solutions for bathrooms and kitchens that put users and their needs front and centre”, says Arndt Papenfuß, Marketing Director for the Kludi Group and also responsible for Product Management.
A world’s first with tangible added value
The jury would have been particularly impressed by a world’s first. In its “Kludi Bozz” line, the fittings specialist from Menden has dispensed with the awkward, conventional and frequently stiff pull-up diverter that is used on the bathtub to switch between the fitting and the shower head. Instead, the premium brand uses a simple button on its concealed, single-lever fitting that allows the water outlet to be changed with a single touch; this feature is called “Kludi Push & Switch”. “This is a genuine innovation as it makes people’s lives significantly easier and more pleasant”, says Arndt Papenfuß. This feature is due to innovative “Made in Germany” valve technology that works in a purely mechanical and hydraulic manner and – unlike the pull-up diverter – does not rely on water pressure. “Furthermore, the ‘Kludi Push & Switch’ prevents the water outlet accidentally jumping back to its previous setting and wearing out the diverter after years of use, as is the case in conventional solutions”, explains Papenfuß. “It’s all about maximum reliability and ease of use.” It’s no surprise then that the “Push & Switch” solution is now available in all Kludi lines in the “Smart Luxury” and “Pure Function” ranges.
Kludi – The Sauerland-based fittings specialist
Kludi - the fittings specialist from the Sauerland region of Germany
Kludi GmbH & Co. KG - founded in 1926 in the Sauerland region - stands for almost 100 years of experience in the development and manufacture of high-quality fittings for bathrooms and kitchens. This tradition as a fittings specialist has given rise to the claim that Kludi products combine excellent manufacturing quality "Made in Germany", maximum functionality, innovative technologies and first-class design in a unique way. Time and again, Kludi has given important impetus to developments in the bathroom and kitchen with pioneering solutions. Around 170 inventions and 100 patents can be attributed to the medium-sized company with its headquarters in Menden. It is no coincidence that Kludi has received many awards for this, most recently the "German Innovation Award", the "Red Dot Design Award" and as one of the "TOP 100 Innovators" in the German SME sector.
Kludi fittings are not only used in countless private houses and flats, but also in many prestigious projects such as the L'Oréal "Horizon J1" German headquarters in Düsseldorf, the elegant Kayumanis Private Villa & Spa Hotel in Yangshuo, the five-star "Sheraton Grand Krakow" hotel in Krakow, the "Karolinenhof" residential complex in Regensburg or the trendy "Urban Loft" boutique hotel in the heart of Cologne.
The Kludi family has around 900 employees in sales and production companies in eleven countries in Europe and Asia. In addition to the fully integrated main plant in Menden, Kludi manufactures its fittings in Hornstein/Austria and Diósd/Hungary as well as in the United Arab Emirates. From there, they are exported to over 100 countries. Kludi has been part of the RAK Ceramics Group since 2022. You can find out more about Kludi - the fittings specialist from the Sauerland region - at www.kludi.com.