The Team. The Company.
So every detail counts. And doing things by hand is the key. Because you have to feel something in order to make it great. We make great carpets. And we love it!
And because so much of our heart and soul goes into our products, we have created a new name for them. The only word that can truly describe our carpets: FLOORWEAR®
kymo is founded as a limited company (GmbH). Our first model, SG Polly, reflects the zeitgeist to a tee with bright colours and modern appeal, paving the way for a diversity of new carpet designs.
Leading international firms such as Mercedes-Benz, Escada and Nespresso launch their brand boutiques with floorwear made by kymo, much of it specifically tailored to their projects.
kymo enters the hallowed Hall 11 at imm cologne, the leading international furniture fair, which kymo has attended annually ever since. This success was marked by the Red Dot Design Award for SPORTS 1, a carpet and yoga mat in one, specially designed by Kensaku Oshiro and Sonja Schaub.
Our first outdoor carpet is launched under the name MNML 101 … and instantly scoops the iF Design Award and Good Design Award.
The MASHUP: good-old German craftsmanship dovetailing tradition and modernity, a perfect blend that was subsequently honoured with the 2011 iF Design Award.
The company sets up a worldwide network of dealers, supplied through distribution centres in Europe, the United States and Asia.
For the first time, kymo is invited to exhibit at Salone del Mobile in Milan, straight away joining many a famous brand on display in Hall 7.
German Design Award for CROSSFADER.
Even a nomination for the GERMAN DESIGN AWARD means getting through a strict preselection round and gaining approval from the jury. So in itself, even being nominated for the award says a great deal about product design.
In 2018, kymo was nominated for the GERMAN DESIGN AWARD for the third time in succession. Our first creation, CROSSFADER, was devised by our designer Katharina Tannous and was an immediate hit with the jury. Having gained an award for 2TONE FX and FUSION the two previous years, we are of course delighted at pulling off the hattrick!
The ICONIC AWARDS are bestowed annually in two categories: Innovative Architecture and Interior Innovation. The awards thus span the full scope of the crème de la crème, looking at the complementary worlds of design and indoor lifestyles, simultaneously building a bridge between interior design and architecture.
The jury actually handed an award to kymo in both categories in the last two years. The first model, THE CODE, offers a very special mixture of materials, based on a spatial effect that attracted the award for interiors. In the architecture category, our innovative stand at the 2018 imm trade fair in Cologne received an award.
The RED DOT Award is now in its sixth year and has become something of a tradition. Every year over 17,000 designs are submitted from all around the world in an attempt to reap one of the best-known awards for design excellence. A selection of award winners are also exhibited in the RED DOT museums in Essen, Singapore and Xiamen, adding life to the prize for a wider audience.
The kymo SPORTS 1 carpet, designed by Kensau Oshiro and Sonja Schaub, aims to marry design with function. A stylish hybrid of a carpet and yoga mat in one, it was honoured with the RED DOT award in 2008.
The specialist architecture magazine AIT reflects expertise and know-how going back more than 120 years. As a result, the AIT AWARD says a great deal about the most innovative trends and developments in interior design and architecture in all corners of the globe.
According to AIT, product-focused partnership between developers and interior architects literally lays the ideal foundation for leading design in carpets and floor coverings. kymo won the innovation prize for products of outstanding architectural quality for MNML 101 OUTDOOR | INDOOR and FABRIC [SQUARED].
The GOOD DESIGN AWARD is one of the oldest and most prestigious design awards in existence. The brainchild of Ray and Charles Eames, it was first bestowed in Chicago in 1950.
Apart from praising the innovative design of our prize-winning carpet MNML 101 OUTDOOR | INDOOR, the jury highlighted the appeal of the materials used, a reflection of a key kymo principle since day one: creativity combined with novel design.
The iF AWARD is one of the longest-standing independent design awards. It was launched against the backdrop of Bauhaus, looking at a combination of ethical and aesthetic factors, and is thus considered a harbinger of good future design.
With its environmentally friendly upcycling concept based on zero use of bleach, THE MASHUP is already a true collector’s item. MNML 101 uses an original blend of materials for ultimate durability – indoors and outdoors.
Member of German Design Council
The German Design Council sees design as the most important defining feature of a product, the very essence of branding. A not-for-profit foundation, its aim is to support firms in the creative industry and thus foster young talent in all fields with a bearing on design. Originally set up by a parliamentary body of the German Bundestag in 1953, ever since it has functioned as a communication platform for anyone involved in the design process. kymo was proud to become a foundation member in 2016. As one of the world’s leading hubs of design expertise, the council organises exhibitions, conventions and seminars with the aim of promoting knowledge-sharing between its members and fostering developments in professional design.