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Modern dispenser design sets the tone: HEWI Series 477

Interview with the HEWI product managers Johanna Radies

Product trends come and go, but true classics remain. Proven favorites retain their appeal over the years and inspire generations of users. They are characterized by their durability and iconic design, which is always appreciated. But even classics are given a breath of fresh air from time to time in order to adapt to modern trends and new requirements and to maintain their place in contemporary design.

HEWI attaches great importance to maintaining icons. Design and color in particular are elementary when it comes to giving a design classic a contemporary look. HEWI has further developed the dispenser products in the 477 accessory series. The design of the products has been revised and adapted to modern standards. Models have also been added so that a full range is now available.

In the interview, HEWI product designer Johanna Radies talks about the 477/801 series - consisting of the 477 series of accessories and the barrier-free 801 product series - as well as the revised dispenser design and its development process.

HEWI: The 477/801 series from HEWI is now a classic. Ms. Radies, can you explain what the series stands for and how it all started?

Johanna Radies: Series 477/801 has stood for product quality and customer satisfaction for 40 years. With the launch of the 477 accessories in 1980 and the addition of the 801 barrier-free products in 1984, HEWI created one of the most comprehensive polyamide series on the market. The products are functional, robust and easy to clean, durable and provide the user with a pleasant warm feel. The products made of polyamide reflect our expertise in the field of plastics and injection molding technology and demonstrate our system competence due to the excellent depth of the product range and the variable standard.


HEWI: Why did HEWI decide to revise the dispenser products in the 477 accessory series and expand the range?

Johanna Radies: The 477/801 series has continuously expanded over the last several years. Nevertheless, despite the outstanding depth of the range, only individual dispenser products such as the paper towel dispenser, paper waste garbage can and soap dispenser were added to the series. Due to the increasing demand in the market and our expertise in plastics, the expansion to include a complete dispenser program has been indispensable. Especially in professional care and in highly frequented public areas, it is essential to create a consistent hygiene range.


HEWI: Ms. Radies, what has changed in contrast to the existing dispensers and how would you describe the design of the new products?

Johanna Radies: Basically, with the 477/801 series, the recognition value of the series and the individual products is very important. We have formally adapted the existing as well as the new dispenser products to the 477/801 series. The dispenser products therefore form a fully comprehensive plastic dispenser series with a consistent design. That is classic, simple and yet appealing - a modern design language: Straight lines and large radii. The revival of materiality and surfaces emphasizes the updated, modern design language.


HEWI: What are the distinctive features of the enhanced dispenser products?

Johanna Radies: Well, the use of color is an essential part of the entire series 477/801. The housing for the new dispenser products is available in a choice of signal white or pure white, and its discreet color scheme takes a back seat. Striking accents that create an atmosphere make sense, especially in the functional areas. This allows elements such as the removal or insertion opening to be individually highlighted. You can choose from all 16 glossy HEWI colors as well as five matt neutral colors.

HEWI: Can you perhaps conclude by summarizing once again the benefits the new products on offer, Ms. Radies?

Johanna Radies: The new dispenser products are available as a complete series with a new design, creating a unified and complete look together with the other products in the series. Thanks to the choice between manual and sensory products, customers can select the ideal dispenser for different areas of application. The products are designed to ensure easy handling at all times. Thanks to the large radii, there is also a low risk of impact and injury. The use of high-quality materials makes the products durable and robust.


HEWI: Thank you very much for the interview, Ms. Radies!

Colorful dispenser systems for kindergartens and schools

Modularity, surface variety and the highest design standards reflect HEWI's understanding of first-class design. Thanks to the subtle contrasting elements in 16 glossy and five matt colors, the series 477 dispenser systems also set colorful accents in kindergartens and schools. Cheerful and bright colors make children feel comfortable. The frame elements of the series 477 dispenser products are available in all 16 HEWI colors and offer design options. The simple and intuitive use of the dispenser products playfully supports children in hygiene and promotes learning. Cleaning staff in schools and kindergartens also benefit from the child-friendly products: The solutions from HEWI are easy to clean and therefore save time.


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