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Wallpaper* Magazine Design Awards Winners Announced

Wallpaper Design Awards 2012

Winners for the 2012 Wallpaper* Design Awards were announced. Eleven of the awards were decided by an international judging panel that included:

  • Cross-dressing artist Grayson Perry;
  • New York-based Uruguayan architect Rafael Viñoly;
  • Swiss art auctioneer and co-founder of Phillips de Pury, Simon de Pury;
  • Head of Bulthaup, the German kitchen manufacturer, Gerd Bulthaup; and
  • Photographer/art director/illustrator Jean-Paul Goude.
  • The remaining award winners were selected by the magazine’s editors and international contributors.

    Let’s look at the winners. The full list of winners along with the short list for each category is on Wallpaper’s website.

    Judges’ Awards
    Best city, London
    Best public building, Hepworth Wakefield, UK, by David Chipperfield Architects
    Best new or renovated hotel, Playa Vik José Ignacio, Uruguay, by Carlos Ott
    Best new men’s fashion collection, Raf Simons, A/W 2011
    Best new women’s fashion collection, Givenchy, A/W 2011
    Best new restaurant, Sur Mesure, Paris, by Patrick Jouin and Sanjit Manku
    Designer of the year, Nendo
    Best new domestic design, ‘Set’ oven hood, by Rodolfo Dordoni, for Dada
    Life-enhancer of the year, Lookout point at Ruta del Peregrino, Mexico, by HHF Architects
    Best new grooming product, Color cosmetics collection, by Tom Ford
    Best new private house, Pringiers House, Sri Lanka, by Tadao Ando

    One particular note is the designer of the year, Nendo. We’ve been reporting on Nendo since the beginning of this blog. Oki Sato’s re-interpretation of everyday objects breathes more life into an otherwise, well, everyday.

    Data Clip USB Drive by Nendo

    Bell Orgel Music Box by Nendo

    Transparent Table by Nendo

    Back to more winners. The rest of the categories ranged from the seemingly ‘normal’ to just fun and out of the box. Here are some of those winners:

    Best secret storage, Fjarill by Jakob Jørgensen
    Best dummies, shop mannequins by Simon Hasan for Fendi
    Best tea service, Tea Salon at Svenskt Tenn, Stockholm; ‘Darjeeling’ trolley, by Anna Kraitz, for Källemo
    Best desk, by Enzo Mari for Hermès (featured in our Salone del Mobile report)

    The full list is also available in the February issue of Wallpaper*, which is already on newsstands. There’s even an iPad edition (with exclusive material) that you may purchase separately. Subscribers automatically receive the iPad edition free.

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