2017 winners for educational furniture, flooring and equipment

by Brianna Crandall — November 8, 2017 — The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) and Education Market Association (EDmarket) recently announced the winners of the 2017 EDspaces Innovation Awards.

This competition recognizes manufacturers for excellence in product design for the learning environment. Awards were announced at the EDspaces tradeshow and conference in Kansas City, Missouri, with this year’s Best of Competition honors awarded to CEF-Custom Educational Furnishings for The Edison Table.

The Edison Table

With breakthrough solutions packed into every inch, the Edison Table embodies the inventor’s spirit, providing a complete maker experience.

IIDA Executive Vice President and CEO Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP, stated:

Design exists to improve the experience of end-users, and this year’s winners exemplify outstanding educational products that are elevating the learning environment. We are so pleased to once again see form, function, and innovation on display at EDspaces.

Products were evaluated by a jury of distinguished designers. On behalf of the jury, Erika Moody, IIDA, principal, Helix Architecture + Design, remarked:

This year’s best of competition, The Edison Table, and all of the winners illustrate the type of versatile, multi-use products that present much-needed solutions in educational environments.

The 2017 EDspaces Innovation Awards winners are as follows:

Flooring (Carpet/Rugs; Hard Flooring/Resilient)

Manufacturer: Milliken & Company

Product: Moraine


Equipment (Playground Equipment, A/V Equipment, Lectern/ Teaching Station)

Manufacturer: Bretford Manufacturing Inc.

Product: TechGuard Connect Charging Lockers

charging lockers

TechGuard Connect paired with Bretford Connect, a cloud-based management software, supports remote locker management from anywhere in the world. IT administrators are able to access real-time locker stats, remotely unlock bays, and provide a full audit trail through data logging.

Furniture (Casegoods; Children’s; Display Cases; Student Desk; Systems; Tables)

Manufacturer: CEF-Custom Educational Furnishings

Product: The Edison Table


Furniture (Casegoods; Children’s; Display Cases; Student Desk; Systems; Tables)

Manufacturer: Viggi Corp.

Product: Vidget 3-in-1 Flexible Seating System


Seating (Classroom; Conference; Fixed; Guest; Lounge; Task)

Manufacturer: Virco Inc.

Product: Virco C2M 4-Leg Chair


Seating (Classroom; Conference; Fixed; Guest; Lounge; Task)

Manufacturer: Howda Designz, LLC

Product: HowdaHUG Seats

All 2017 winning products and manufacturers will be featured on the IIDA and EDmarket Web sites, promoted on IIDA social media networks to more than 300,000 followers, and published in an issue of Learning by Design magazine.