Blue Marlin – wins the red dot award for product design
The ergonomic universal knife with the award-winning design
Profloor Technology has been developing tools and processes for interior furnishers and floor layers for more than ten years. "Good design is a matter for the sector and why shouldn't the tool industry come up with something that is eye-catching and incorporates a high degree of user-friendliness?" explained Mühlebach, who designed the knife that was his inspiration for the Blue Marlin project.
Quality and functionality are united in the "Blue Marlin Knife" with a special sense for aesthetics and unequivocal form language. During development of the first wooden prototype the focus was on a trendy design and ergonomic handling. This Swiss development expertise and the fascination for a well-designed tradesman's tool were given prominence in the fish design. The streamlined outer contour of the finely brushed aluminium casting underlines the value of the product and is convincing with its innovative and sleek design.
The "Blue Marlin Knife" fulfils all the needs of a professional tool to give a clean cut. Up to ten blades can be stored in the body of the knife. Two magnets restrain the cutting and spare blades and stop them from falling out when changing a blade. The thumb wheel in the middle of the body of the knife allows it to be opened and closed single-handed and in a matter of seconds, without additional tools.
The Blue Marlin knife comes with a case who's carefully thought out design and functionality enhance user-friendliness and avoid injuries.
The red dot design award
The red dot design award goes back to 1955 and, today, is one of the biggest and prestigious design competitions in the world. It is subdivided into various disciplines "red dot award: product design", "red dot award: communication design" and "red dot award: design concept", that has been hosted in Singapore annually since 2005. In 2007 the competition attracted more than 7,000 applications from 60 countries.
Profloor Technology GmbH
Ever since its foundation in 1996, Profloor Technology GmbH, headquartered in Switzerland, has been a leader in the development and production of award-winning tools and machines for the floor covering industry. Global patents, a dense production network in Eastern Europe and Asia as well as exclusive development know-how and consistent high quality are success factors that have made Profloor Technology a global player within in the trade.
A finely woven distribution network markets Profloor Technology products in Europe, USA and Australia under the recognised and protected Shark logo as well as private label products.