CANTORIA, SPAIN -- Dekton XGloss by Cosentino Group was awarded the Red Dot Award, an international distinction for high design quality. Participants from 57 nations registered over 5,200 products and innovations for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016. Only products that set themselves apart through their excellent design receive this highly sought-after quality seal.


Cosentino has demonstrated its capacity for innovation with the launch of Dekton XGloss, a new line of ultra-polished, high-tech, ultra-compact surfaces characterized by their dazzling crystalline shine.


With 41 experts from around the world, all chosen according to strict rules, the Red Dot Award: Product Design guarantees a very high judging competence. Only freelance designers, design professors and specialized journalists -- but not designers employed at companies potentially participating -- are appointed to the jury.


The independent expert panel assesses each entry strictly and fairly, live and onsite, according to criteria such as degree of innovation, formal quality, functionality and ecological compatibility. Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and president of the Red Dot Award explained, "With their performances, the Red Dot winners not only demonstrated extraordinary design quality, but they also showed that design is an integral part of innovative product solutions."


This new line in the Dekton range boasts an advanced nano technology treatment, developed exclusively by Cosentino's R&D department, and a mechanical polishing process that results in a highly reflective surface. In addition to a high gloss finish, this technology gives XGloss water-repellent properties making it extraordinarily stain-resistant without altering the material's other properties or adding any outer coating to the slabs. Its luminous shine combined with high resistance characteristics make this product line unique to the market. The surface industry has no other product that achieves this combination of aesthetics and technical performance.


"This Red Dot Award recognizes permanent commitment to research and development, and we are honored to receive the award for our unique and extraordinary surfacing material, Dekton XGloss," said Santiago Alfonso, Cosentino Marketing and Communications Director.


All of the award winners will be presented at a special exhibition, "Design on Stage," for four weeks at the Red Dot Design Museum Essen before becoming part of the permanent exhibition. With about 2,000 exhibits from 45 nations, the Red Dot Design Museum Essen displays a complete collection of current product designs. In the more than 43,000-square-foot former boiler house of the UNESCO World Heritage Site Zollverein coal mine, it presents products that have won the Red Dot on five floors. Every year, the world's largest exhibition of contemporary design informs around 150,000 visitors about current trends and top achievements.