Clare Gosling Events & Communications Manager

KD & Össur Win Prestigious iF International Design Award

KD are truly delighted to announce that in partnership with advanced prosthetic specialists, Össur, we have won a 2019 iF Design Award.

Össur’s RHEO KNEE® XC has won this prestigious design award in the Medicine/Health category. RHEO KNEE XC, which is a flagship product in Össur’s award-winning Bionic line of prosthetic technologies for lower-limb amputees, features a distinctive weatherproof design cover created by KD. The technology and design won over the 67-member jury, which was comprised of independent experts from all over the world.

Each year, the world’s oldest independent design organisation, Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH, organises the iF DESIGN AWARD. The competition for the design accolades was intense: over 6,400 entries were submitted from 50 countries in hopes of receiving the seal of quality.

Rheo Knee

For over 40 years, Össur has been committed to developing innovations to help more people, particularly those with limb loss and limb difference, live a life without limitations. It is an honor to receive an iF Design Award along with KD for our RHEO KNEE XC, which is a wonderful affirmation of our dedication to our mission and acknowledgement of an important technology that has helped countless amputees around the world.

President and CEO Jon Sigurdsson


Rheo Knee


The first weatherproof, high-impact microprocessor prosthetic knee designed specifically for more demanding above-knee amputees who want to engage in increasingly ambitious activity levels, RHEO KNEE XC features highly responsive magnetorheologic (MR) technology, which utilises electromagnetic force to rapidly alter the viscosity of magnetic fluid in the knee. This makes the RHEO KNEE XC capable of shifting almost instantaneously from the high resistance required for stability in stance phase, to the low resistance needed for a dynamic, free swing phase, creating a a virtual “zero lag” experience that simulates the natural function of a physiological knee joint.

KD‘s latest design of the outer covers combines strength with aesthetic design, creating a sleek, premium feel that appeals to a range of target audiences. Through clever technical engineering and rigorous testing, the casing is weatherproof and reliable.


For 66 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognised as an arbiter of quality for exceptional design. The iF label is renowned worldwide for outstanding design services, and the iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most important design prizes in the world.

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