SWISSGriP wins architectural product prize

DETAIL product prize 2019 for SWISSGriP: Safety no matter what the surface. The floor coating SWISSGriP allows sanitary facilities to be made non-slip through optimisation at any stage. The material is easy to integrate and highly functional, without restricting the actual design in the process.

SWISSGriP wins architectural product prize

SWISSGriP has won the DETAIL product prize 2019 in the interior design, lighting and furniture category. The DETAIL product prize is a German architectural award handed out in four different categories, and the product entries are judged by a jury made up exclusively of architects and planners. Important criteria in the evaluation include innovative character, functionality, design aspects and sustainability, along with ease of integration of the products.

The DETAIL product prize singles out innovative construction products, systems and materials, awarding endeavours by companies to make an outstanding contribution towards building culture and to assist architects during planning and construction. The unique feature of the DETAIL product prize lies in the evaluation of the product entries by architects and planners.

The entries are rated by a prominent jury as well by DETAIL readers in a parallel online vote. This year’s jury members for the DETAIL product prize 2019 included Lutz Dietzold (German Design Council), Dirk Hebel (Karlsruhe Institute of Technology), Sandra Hofmeister (Chief Editor DETAIL), Per Pedersen (Staab Architects), and Ludwig Wappner (Allmann Sattler Wappner Architects).

Double award for functionality, safety and aesthetics


“We’re proud to win these two important and valuable awards in such a short space of time,” said Thilo Bräuninger, Managing Director of GriP Safety Coatings AG, on receiving the award at the prize ceremony in Munich. The Swiss company manufactures the only such globally certified surface coating. As early as 2017, the company had also won the coveted and prestigious Product Award conferred by the Central Association for Plumbing, Heating, and Air Conditioning (ZVSHK) as part of the competition “Bathroom Comfort for Generations”. The expert jury singled out the successful way functionality, safety and aesthetics are combined.

Bräuninger: “To prevent slipping on wet surfaces, architects and planners needed to tackle the issue of floor coatings in new buildings, renovations and conversions. SWISSGriP offers safety and unlimited design opportunities.” Grips, slings or mats provide only inadequate protection against slipping in wet areas. The SWISSGriP floor coating allows sanitary facilities to be made non-slip through optimisation at any stage. The material is easy to integrate and highly functional, without restricting the actual design in the process. The design of the bathroom remains unchanged by the application of SWISSGriP.

No matter whether the surfaces are ceramic, natural stone, wood, metal, glass or stone, in shower basins, floor tiles or outdoor steps, in private homes, hotels or public buildings, the coating can be deployed anywhere, with no limit to potential applications. The design approach can be summed up as ‘Safety that you do not see – you experience it instead’. The slightly rough surface makes users feel safe, even though they cannot see the coating itself. SWISSGriP is easy to apply, easy to clean and easy to look after. And – unlike other coating surfaces available on the market – it does not attack the surfaces. These benefits apply to the use of SWISSGriP in both private and commercial areas alike.