The seven category winners in the Design of the Year Awards were unveiled last week. With winners as diverse as the Gov.UK Government Digital Service website and a folding wheel, the awards showcase the very best in innovative design.
The winner in the architecture category was a tower block in Paris. Once a run-down and unappealing high-rise block (often referred to locally as ‘Alcatraz’ which says it all!), the building has been transformed into an elegant, desirable place to live. The transformation was completed at half of the cost of demolition or a new build and is an excellent lesson in how ingenuity and imagination can transform neglected buildings.
These beautiful chairs are made from three types of wood: thermo-treated ash, douglas and walnut.
The furniture category was won by the Medici Chair, designed by Konstantin Grcic for Mattiazzi. These beautiful chairs are made from three types of wood: thermo-treated ash, douglas and walnut, all joined together at irregular angles. The result is an elegant chair with a seat that reclines comfortably.
Ilse Crawford, chair of the judging panel, said: “Furniture design is in a crisis in the current age, so many students no longer study furniture design as the industry asks them to create pieces at such a pace that they can’t give them the care and dedication that they need. Mattiazzi show the commitment to making a piece that can be used for life and that is the only way to get well designed furniture that can compete with the classics.”
Posted April 16, 2013