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INNOVATION: Capetonians Awarded The Red Dot


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In July, Cape Town-based filing system developer, Orgafile, will become the first South African company to be honoured with the coveted Red Dot Award: Product Design. Orgafile has been selected from over 4 252 submissions by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Germany, one of the oldest and most highly reputed design institutions in the world.

The awards presentation with more than 1 000 guests will take place on 5 July 2010 in the Aalto-Theater in Essen, Germany – the 2010 European Capital of Culture.

After the presentation, Orgafile’s modular filing cabinets will be on display at the Red Dot Design Museum’s permanent exhibition on the premises of the ‘Zeche Zollverein’ World Cultural Heritage Site in Essen. With approximately 1 500 products on more than 4 000 square metres, the Red Dot Design Museum houses the largest permanent exhibition of contemporary design worldwide.

All products that have won an award in the Red Dot Design Awards have had to convince an international expert jury of their quality. The products stand out from the masses with their excellent design and innovative approaches and have proved their quality in one of the toughest design competitions worldwide,” explained design expert Professor Peter Zec, initiator of the Red Dot Design Award.

"The breakthrough here – a world first – is modularity," said Arnold van Wijk, paper systems management expert and founder of Orgafile. "For the first time businesses have access to storage solutions that match their current needs, with the option to grow as they go – the main benefit is reduced cost." This is made possible by three international patents that allow customers to buy drawers separately and add them to their existing drawers quickly and without any tools.

Orgafile’s father and son team, Arnold and Adrian van Wijk, sought to develop a storage product that would benefit manufacturers, dealers and customers alike.

I was struck by how cumbersome it was to transport, offload and manoeuvre traditional filing cabinets while observing our installation many years ago at Mobil headquarters in London,” remembers Van Wijk Sr. “The idea struck me that if I could deliver drawers and not cabinets, it would benefit everybody.”

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