29 August 2022
New Zealand-based manufacturer of hidden fastenings has been awarded ‘Selection’ in the Product category at the German Design Council’s ICONIC AWARDS 2022: Innovative Architecture for its Stratlock® Rail System.
The Fastmount Stratlock® Rail System is an aluminium rail and connector system for building interior ceiling and wall framework onto uneven substrates, in order to precisely attach interior panelling with Fastmount’s Stratlock Range of hidden panel fasteners.
The framework comprises a single aluminium extrusion profile and three modular joining connectors which enable a wall connection, wall to ceiling, or corner connection. Female clips install into the extrusion with 8mm of adjustability built into them, allowing for the decorative panel/male clip to be precisely positioned before being locked into place. Uneven panels can be adjusted by simply disengaging the clip, realigning, and locking back into place.
The Stratlock Rail System enables a seamless and hassle-free solution to lining a structural interior with perfectly spaced decorative panels in a variety of scenarios. It standardises otherwise irregular methods of framing up and mounting decorative interior panels across differing industries. It was released in October 2021 after extensive work with the Blender Design team in Auckland, New Zealand.
The ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture, established by the German Design Council, is the first independent international architecture and design competition to take into account the interplay between various disciplines. Awards are given to visionary buildings, innovative products and sustainable communication in all sectors of architecture, the construction and real estate business and the manufacturing industries. The focus is on holistic production and interaction between the trades in the context of architecture.
The winners will be celebrated at the ICONIC AWARDS: Innovative Architecture awards ceremony on 4 October 2022.
About the German Design Council:
As one of the world’s most important centres of expertise in design and architecture, the German Design Council acts as an interface between designers and the construction industry. Its awards are an independent seal of quality of international standing, marking out contemporary developments and creative achievements. Originally established as a foundation in 1953 by the Federation of German Industries and several leading companies, through the initiative of the German Bundestag (the German federal parliament), the German Design Council advocates good design through its competitions, exhibitions, conferences, seminars and publications. Currently, over 350 German and international companies are members of the German Design Council.