Catalyst Receives International Design Awards for iPhone 7, Airpods and Apple Watch Series 2 Waterproof Cases

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LAS VEGAS, NV (July 11, 2017) – Catalyst, the award-winning manufacturer of protective waterproof cases, has been selected a top International Design Award (IDA) recipient for 2017.  The Catalyst case for the iPhone 7 received the silver award in the Outdoor and Exercise Equipment - Sports/Toys/Games subcategory; the Catalyst case for the 42 mm Apple Watch Series 2 received two bronze awards in the Outdoor and Exercise Equipment - Exercise Equipment subcategory as well as the Bicycle and Bicycle Accessories  subcategory; and the Catalyst case for AirPods receive two bronze awards in the Exercise Equipment - Sports/Toys/Games subcategory as well as the Bicycle and Bicycle Accessories  subcategory.

IDA honorary juries examined more than 1000 entries submitted by architects and designers of interiors, fashion, products, and graphics from 52 countries around the world.

“It is an honor to be recognized by IDA juries for our unique, high performance product designs,” Chief Designer and Co-Founder Josh Wright said.  “The Catalyst value proposition has always centered around innovation and design of premium, high-performance products that enable people to explore and share their world without worry.  We are thrilled to see three of our most recently released products get this international recognition.”

The IDA annual competition recognizes, honors and promotes legendary design visionaries and uncovers emerging talents in Architecture, Interior, Product, Graphic and Fashion Design on a global level.

The jury rewards the best professional and emerging designers for their achievements in terms of design, creativity, usability and innovation. Judging was a rigorous process, with winners receiving publication of their work in the International Design Awards Book of Designs.

The members of the jury included Alice Blackwood Editor, Design Quarterly, Kahi Lee - Host, HGTV's "Design on a Dime", Style Network's "My Celebrity Home", Melissa Sterry - Interdisciplinary Design Scientist, Founder, Societas, Josh Rubin - Editor-in-Chief, Founder, and Publisher, Cool Hunting, Martin Venzky - Stalling, Senior Advisor, CMU STeP, Jeffrey Nemeroff - Co-Founder, Creative Director, Entra Magazine, Jordan Landes-Brenman CEO, Haute House PR & Marketing, Raj Nandan - Managing Director, Indesign Group, William Menking - Founder, Editor-in-Chief, The Architects' Newspaper, Nicole Lloyd - Senior Art Buyer, Deutsch, Inc., Rebecca Epstein Kong - Co-founder, Artware Editions, Aaron Kenedi - Editor-in-Chief, Print, Geraldine Grisey - Editor, Punky B Fashion Diary.

About the Winning Products:

The Catalyst case for iPhone 7 is tested waterproof to 33 ft (10m) – which doubles the rating of previous cases. The ultra-slim profile and clear front and back housing compliments and showcases Apple’s iconic design beautifully without sacrificing the industry leading protection Catalyst is known for. Every case is designed to handle drops up to 6.6ft (2m). The cases feature Catalyst's True Sound Acoustic technology for clear sound transmission as well as transparent front and back housing sections to highlight the design of the iPhone. The case's capacitive touchscreen allows full functionality of the iPhone including Touch ID and all Control Center and notification swipe functions.

Every Catalyst case for Apple Watch Series 2 is tested waterproof to 330 ft (100m) – which significantly enhances the waterproof rating of the naked device. For drier adventures, the case also protects against dust, dirt, sand and impacts of up to 6.6ft (2m) while preserving the full functionality of the Apple Watch.

The Catalyst case for AirPods is the first of its kind, premium protective case that is a stylish, everyday essential accessory. Made of a soft premium silicone, the case is IP67 waterproof 3.3ft (1m) and drop proof 4ft (1.2m). It’s slim, minimalist and designed so users have convenient access to the charge port. The included carabiner allows the case to be easily attached to a belt loop, bag or backpack so that you can always find your AirPods and they are easily accessible on the go.

About Catalyst

Catalyst is a premium lifestyle accessories brand founded to create iconic products that enable people to explore and share their world. Catalyst offers the highest performance accessories that are the best value for their customers. Josh Wright is an award‐winning industrial designer who graduated from the Art Center College of Design and June Lai is the research, development and business partner at Catalyst. In 2010, after seeing a requirement for a product that fit their needs but did not yet exist, they designed and developed a line of high-performance everyday case, accessories and sleeves for their many outdoor and underwater adventures. Catalyst is available in more than 70 countries including USA, Canada, UK, Australia, Germany, France, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia and India.

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