protagonists in the field of architecture, art and design came together to celebrate the second edition of THE DESIGN PRIZE, milan’s official award program kicking off the design week. guests were invited to the city’s prestigious opera house -‘teatro alla scala’ to enjoy a star studded gala ceremony awarding the extraordinary achievements over the past 12 months.
jury members, nominees and winners attended and the list of notable industry figures present at the event included names such as doriana fuksas of fuksas architects (italy), stefano boeri (italy), ma yansong of MAD architects (china), andrea maffei (italy), fernando romero of free architects (mexico), curator aric chen of HK’s M+ museum, maria cristina didero (italy), designers andrea trimarchi and simone farresin of formafantasma (NL/italy), carlo ratti of MIT (USA), richard hutten (NL), giulio iacchetti (italy), william sawaya and paolo moroni (italy/libanon), daniel arsham and alex mustonen of snarkitecture (USA) and many more.
THE DESIGN PRIZE categories include • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT • BEST DESIGNER • EXHIBITION • SOCIAL IMPACT • COMMUNICATION • DESIGN CURATOR AND DESIGN CRITIC • IN THE ARTISTIC REALM • EXPERIMENTATION • DISTRIBUTION • BEST DESIGN NEWCOMER
and the winners are…
• ROSS LOVEGROVE (UK)
designer and visionary who’s work is considered to be at the very apex of stimulating an interesting change in the physicality of our three dimensional world – between sculpture and technology.
• EX-AEQUO winner: ENZO MARI (ITALY)
unable to attend personally, 10 days before his 85th birthday the master of italian design received the honors for his internationally renowned projects and intrinsic philosophical and ethical aspects of his body of works: humanistic principles of design, combined with artistic fervour!
image © designboom
• EX-AEQUO winner: KAZUYO SEJIMA | SANAA (JAPAN)
architect of the school of toyo ito. pritzker prize winner in 2010, in 1995 co-founder with ryue nishizawa of japanese studio SANAA, currently extending the university campus bocconi in milan.
watch a video explaining nominations for the LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT category
• LUCA NICCHETTO (ITALY)
nominated for ‘pluvia’, ‘canal’ and ‘murano’ chairs for ethimo, moooi and offecct.
• TOKUJIN YOSHIOKA (JAPAN)
nominated for a selection of his 2017 releases, like glass fountain for glas italia and S.F. _ senses of the future exhibition for LG.
• winner: INDIA MAHDAVI (FRANCE)
nominated for her interior projects, mainly for ‘ladurée beverly drive’ in los angeles: marie-antoinette goes to hollywood, and stops over in a pop garden of delights ‘à la française’.
watch a video explaining nominations for the BEST DESIGNER category
• YVES SAINT LAURENT MUSEUM by studio KO (MARRAKECH)
the facade of the building appears as an intersection of cubes with a lace-like covering of bricks… the french architectural firm studio KO, founded and headed by karl fournier and olivier marty, injected the duality between curved and straight lines, comparable to loose and precise approaches to the cutting of fabric.
• LOUVRE ABU DHABI by jean nouvel
an urban promenade, a garden, a cool haven, a shelter from them light – its aesthetic is consistent with its role as a sanctuary for precious works of art. a huge silvery double dome, 180 meters in diameter, appears to float above the entire museum city. a complex geometric structure of 7,850 stars, repeated at various sizes and angles on 8 different layers. natural day light filters through the dome’s perforations, providing a shade punctuated by bursts of sun.
• winner: FONDAZIONE PRADA
for their 2017 shows ‘the boat is leaking. the captain lied.’ (VENICE) & ‘the prada double club’ (MIAMI)
image © patricia urquiola
watch a video explaining nominations for the EXHIBITION category
• SCESC 24 DE MAIO SOCIAL CULTURAL CENTER in sao paulo (BRAZIL)
a solid cultural and educational project by paolo mendes da rocha & MMBB that brings social transformation to an audience of diverse ages and social strata by encouraging autonomy, contact and interaction whilst putting forth actions of permanent non-formal education.
• winner: SCEWO (SWITZERLAND)
a wheelchair that can climb stairs
while technology has quickly progressed, the basic wheelchair design has remained the same. students from the swiss federal institute of technology and the university of the arts in zurich have elaborated a prototype that responds to today’s basic mobility needs of electric wheelchair users.
• public voting winner: THE SHED’s telescoping structure (USA)
the project by diller scofidio & renfro and rockwell group NY is a smart, energy-saving ‘architecture of infrastructure’ that will be used only when needed.
watch a video explaining nominations for the SOCIAL IMPACT category
• PIN UP magazine, founded by felix burrichter (USA)
the only biannual print magazine for architectural entertainment.
• BASE DESIGN communication agency (BELGIUM)
their 2017 work includes communication projects for fondation cartier, the new york times and art brussels.
• winner: ALICE RAWSTHORN
‘a brief history of design’ on instagram
rawsthorn’s next book, ‘design as an attitude’, is to be published in spring 2018. in the meantime, she enjoys the visual element of instagram and shows its versatility by adding fairly lengthy descriptions of themed explorations.
watch a video explaining nominations for the COMMUNICATION category
DESIGN CURATOR/DESIGN CRITIC
• architecture studio URBANUS curates UABB /URBANISM AND URBANIZATION (CHINA)
the shenzhen biennale is in its 7th edition and under the theme ‘cities grow in difference’, liu xiaodu, presented expressions of contemporary visual culture and avant-garde dimensions as well as discourses of public interest.
• NGV TRIENNIAL melbourne (AUSTRALIA)
featuring the work of over 100 artists and designers from 32 countries, the ngv triennial surveys the world of art and design across cultures, scales, geographies and perspectives.
• winner: PAOLA ANTONELLI
‘items: is fashion modern?’ at MoMA (USA)
an exploration of the past, present, and future of 111 garments, accessories, and accoutrements that have had a strong impact on history and society over the 20th and 21st century.
watch a video explaining nominations for the DESIGN CURATOR/DESIGN CRITIC category
IN THE ARTISTIC REALM
• RON GILAD (ISRAEL)
the new art director of the historical italian company danese milano has presented a collection merging art and design.
• LEANDRO EHRLICH (ARGENTINA)
nominated for the pop-up exhibition ‘sous le ciel’ for bon marchè in paris. an installation that challenges perceptions of time and space while inviting visitors to alter the way they perceive reality. the famed escalator — designed by andrée putman in 1990 — has been placed at the centre of the project, transformed and tightened up in knots.
• winner: STUDIO DRIFT (NL)
choreographed 300 drones to mimic a swarm of birds in their ‘franchise freedom’ flying sculpture on miami beach, in collaboration with BMW.
watch a video explaining nominations for the IN THE ARTISTIC REALM category
• MISCHER’TRAXLER (AUSTRIA) ‘countryside reload’
at BIO 25 – the biennial of design | MAO museum ljubljana, 2017. a group project that raises questions and challenges the romantic notion we have of the countryside.
• NERI OXMAN (ISRAEL/USA)
the intimate relationship between design and biology suggests a shift from consuming nature as a geological resource to editing it as a biological one. this journey from mining to growing is accelerating. the architect and designer is associate professor of media arts and science/ mediated matter research group, at MIT media lab.
• winner: JANE WITHERS (UK) ‘water futures’ research program
‘our reliance on the plastic bottle has developed a toxic drinking water culture that is poisoning the marine environment… ’ in 2017, jane withers started a research program about water – responding to the urgent issues around the drinking water crisis such as scarcity and pollution…
watch a video explaining nominations for the EXPERIMENTATION category
• ACNE (SWEDEN)
the brands new flagship stores in san francisco and milan feature a ‘cleanroom atmosphere’, an almost aseptic look in stainless steel, which is emphasized by a lighting concept that bathes the spaces in bright light, almost erasing all shadows…
• MAISON KITSUNÉ (FRANCE)
for their new NY showroom, designer matthieu lehanneur has conceived a series of white, high-ceilinged rooms with mouldings and phantom windowpanes that recall the haussmannien architectural style of parisian apartments. snaking through these rooms is a curvilinear steel tube, a reminder of electrical and piping systems that are typically unconcealed in new york.
• winner: AESOP STORES (WORLDWIDE)
the brand’s first concern is to work with what already exists. it is their intention to weave themselves into the fabric of the area and then add something of merit rather than imposing a discordant presence.
watch a video explaining nominations for the DISTRIBUTION category
BEST DESIGN NEWCOMER
• SABINE MARCELIS (NL)
material, installation and object designer, sabine marcelis runs a studio where she is ‘forever in search of magical moments’ that create unexpected experiences within material and manufacturing processes. among her clients: aesop, céline, repossi, isabel marant, eastpak.
• STUDIO SWINE (UK)
for their ‘new spring’ installation for COS, studio swine (super wide interdisciplinary new explorers) is a collaboration between japanese architect azusa murakami and british artist alexander groves.
• winner: PRETZIADA (ITALY)
founded by a sardinia-based couple, american designer kyre chenven and italian artist ivano atzori, the interdisciplinary practice explores mediterranean cultural traditions and craftsmanship – an authenticity worth preserving in all its particularities.
watch a video explaining nominations for the BEST DESIGNER category
this year the esteemed panel of judges included architect,
jasper morrison (UK); co-founder and chair experimentadesign guta moura guedes (portugal); director of senseable city lab at MIT massachusetts institute of technology,
carlo ratti (USA); design historian and curator, libby sellers (UK) ; architect of
snarkitecture, alex mustonen (USA); architect of
backstage selection process
from backstage to centerstage, THE DESIGN PRIZE crowdsources its longlist of over 700 nominees by consulting an international network of more than 150 creative professionals. experts in their respective fields, these voices combine to create an essential litmus test of the industry at large by composing a ‘who’s who’ list of the world of design.
GOLDEN MADONNINA STATUETTE
each year THE DESIGN PRIZE statuette takes on a new shape, with every subsequent version adding to an ongoing artistic embodiment of the city of milan. this year
antonio aricò was chosen to reinterpret the statuette, seeing a madonnina dressed with symbols from the ‘madonna degli artigiani’ (the madonna of the craftsman), holding in her hands a stair and a hammer, underlining the importance of artisans and makers in the designer’s world such as the team of artisans who realised antonio’s vision.
• the city of milancontinues to assert its prime position as the world epicenter of design, and the introduction of THE DESIGN PRIZE intends to celebrate excellence on a global scale. •
teatro alla scalala scala is a temple where artists give their best. the teatro alla scala was founded, under the auspices of the empress maria theresa of austria, to replace the royal ducal theatre, which was destroyed by fire on 26 february 1776 and had until then been the home of opera in milan.
Source : https://www.designboom.com/design/the-design-prize-2018-and-the-winners-are-04-24-2018/