Kwalu Awards

Kwalu® Wins Coveted Innovation Nightingale Award for Surfacing Materials

Kwalu® is the recipient of the prestigious 2017 Nightingale Innovation Award for Surfacing Materials. Kwalu received the award for its innovative surfaces that can stand harsh chemicals and provide long term cleanability in a healthcare environment. The Carrara Sleeper Sofa is one of our many healthcare products featuring Kwalu’s proprietary finishes. The finishes looks like wood but are actually made from a ground-breaking, solid surface, high-impact-resistant polymer which means they don’t have any of the drawbacks of wood. Chair frames and arm caps, tables and casegoods are moisture impervious, non-coated, non-porous, graffiti-resistant, easy to clean, maintenance-free, and are available with optional UV protection.

Kwalu wins second Gold Nightingale Award

Kwalu makes furniture that addresses the real healthcare issues facing patients and families who enter healthcare environments every day. In 2016, Kwalu was awarded the coveted Nightingale Gold Award for the Caterina Guest Collection, presented by Healthcare Design and Contract Magazine in partnership with the Center for Health Design. The Nightingale Awards are healthcare design awards that recognize contributions to the healthcare-built environment through product design and innovation that actually aid in healing.
The Caterina was selected because of its potential contribution to a healing environment, its functionality, quality, durability, aesthetics and style, pricing and innovation. It provides a seating solution that maintains its visual allure, while supporting hospitals’ infection prevention protocols with furniture surfaces that are easy to clean, year after year. The collection was designed by Alison Jones and Kathy Isogai, LeVino Jones Medical Interiors, Inc. The Caterina Collection offers seating and occasional tables that can be used throughout a hospital or outpatient facility: waiting areas, chapel, clinical spaces, exam rooms, dining areas, administration offices and medical offices. Additionally, this collection includes a care-specific Behavioral Health chair and bariatric option of the same design. The entire collection meets and exceeds the rigorous standards for infection control, cleanability, sustainability and durability required for a healthcare environment.

Healthcare Design Award: Kwalu wins Best Overall Design Strategy

For the second consecutive year, Kwalu is the recipient of the prestigious, “Best Overall Design Strategy in Healthcare” Design Connections Award, as voted by leading healthcare designers in the industry at Design Connections 2017. This event was sponsored by Interior and Sources Magazine, in conjunction with NGage® Events. Design Connections brings together top interior designers in the healthcare industry and manufacturers at the leading edge of health care design to discuss the future needs and trends of the emerging healthcare market as it relates to design, safety and function.

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