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2019

GOOD DESIGN|グッドデザイン・ベスト100

Award-winning item
Roofing Tiles [GRAND NEXT SIMPLE]
Business Owner
KMEW Co., Ltd.
Category
08-05 House exterior materials
Company
KMEW Co., Ltd. (Japan)
Award Number
19G080588
Outline of Good Design Award winners
Outline of Good Design Award winners 2019

Outline* The shown information is the one as of the awarded date and might has been changed.

Outline

"GRAND NEXT SIMPLE" is a slate roof of minimal design. Slate roofs have become popular as an inexpensive building material based on fake design such as natural wood and stone. In the product, we see "slate roof" as one material and propose products that adhere to minimal design except elements that get in the way of architectural design.

Producer

Shinji Fujita, Products Planning and Technologies Development Department, KMEW Co., Ltd/ Hiroshi Okano, Roofing Materials Development Department, KMEW Co., Ltd.

Director

Shuichi Mori, Products Planning and Technologies Development Department, KMEW Co., Ltd

Designer

Tatsuya Furukawa and Maiko Ono, Products Planning and Technologies Development Department, KMEW Co., Ltd/ Ryo Nishijima, Roofing Materials Development Department, KMEW Co., Ltd.

Market release pending
2020/3

Evaluation

In addition to the optimal simplification of the shape of slate roofs used in 30% of the new houses built in Japan, we highly evaluated the narrowed down color selection. Such changes have been implemented in consideration of the needs of house builders as well as architects, which was another factor that was recognized. It is also praise worthy that, taking into account the considerable market share of 30%, the company has taken a long-term perspective to change the town landscape in Japan.

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