This week the winners of the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2019 were announced. Understandably it’s an announcement anticipated here at WRHQ considering our line of work, loving not just retail or 2D what any type of design and creativity.
As previously, there were many incredible projects and products that made the final selection, here are some of our favourites.
BEST NEW PUBLIC BUILDING - WINNER
“The highly sculptural V&A Dundee is Japanese architect Kengo Kuma’s first UK building – and Scotland’s first dedicated design museum. The ragged cliffs of north eastern Scotland inspired the composition’s distinct shape, clad in some 2,500 sheets of layered horizontal cast stone panelling. Yet the concrete structure appears light, bearing an abstracted resemblance to the prow of a moored ship. Kuma wanted this building to welcome visitors with a strong design gesture. Located on the city’s waterfront, overlooking the River Tay, the new, three-storey high museum also includes a café, restaurant and learning facilities.
Key features: Resembling a moored ship, Scotland’s first design museum is clad in concrete and cast-stone panels”
BEST NEW PUBLIC BUILDING - SHORTLIST
“This 42,000 sq m project in Qatar encompasses the National Library, the Public Library, the University Library, and the Heritage Collection (a selection of valuable historical texts and manuscripts related to Arab-Islamic civilisation). Natural light floods the open-plan space, which features diamond-shaped glazed façades, while inside, a central triangular courtyard is defined by three large aisles flanked by shelving, serving as socialising, resting and reading across the library and out. At the heart of the building, echoing the appearance of an archaeological excavation 6m below floor level, sits the Heritage Collection, symbolically placed at the complex’s very core.
Key features: A diamond-shaped, glazed building with an open-plan interior that includes a historical documents section in travertine.”
BEST NEW PRIVATE HOUSE - SHORTLIST
“This family home in South Delhi is defined by layers of form and material that create interior privacy, while maintaining openness toward the street. Teak louvres offer shade, an internal steel frame provides sheltered areas, and three volumes of raw concrete, exposed brick and plaster define a practical plan for multi-generational family living. RKDS used the interior as an opportunity to explore modernist ideas further, with refined materials such as white marble chip flooring with brass inlay grid patterns and mild steel and brass railings bringing a softer elegance to living spaces. Primary colours were used in the common areas of the house, while the furniture references works by the likes of Pierre Jeanneret, Gio Ponti, Le Corbusier and Eileen Gray.
Key features: A multi-generational residence featuring a masterful composition of exposed brick, concrete and steel, complemented by teak louvres”
BEST NEW GROOMING PRODUCT – SHORTLIST
“Swedish entrepreneur and former magazine editor Kristoffer Vural has found a gap in the dental hygiene market – a place to be filled with minimally adorned tubes of toothpaste flavoured with natural ingredients skilfully combined to please the palate. While recovering from a stroke, he was contemplating the things that make life worthwhile and came up with the idea for what he calls ‘the Chanel of oral care’. The experience of brushing teeth ‘wasn’t very uplifting,’ he says. ‘Whereas perfume can be like paintings for the mind, toothpaste receives very little love.’ Raising the tooth-polishing experience by crowning clinical performance with complex accords, Selahatin’s launch flavours include anise, honey and peppermint; cinnamon, orange and peppermint; and green mint, peppermint and menthol. Products come in minimalist packaging designed by east London studio Spencer Fenton and all have whitening credentials; contain fluoride, edelweiss extract (neutralises free radicals and redresses bacterial imbalance) and betaine (relieves dry mouth); and are approved by the Swedish Dental Association.
Key features: Minimally adorned tubes of toothpaste flavoured with natural ingredients.”
DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
“In the odd times through which we are living, it is fitting that Pierre Yovanovitch should be crowned our Designer of the Year. That’s not to say the work of the Parisian designer is odd (though it certainly has an enigmatic charm), but it is remarkably different from what’s come before, and from what anyone else is doing. It’s fair to say Yovanovitch is a virtuoso. His atelier, founded in 2001, might be associated with interior design and architecture, but Yovanovitch is better described as a master of form, material and space.”
See below Pierre his latest residential interior in Tel Aviv is a fantasy seaside urban retreat.
These are just come of the amazing projects that made the cut this year, check the link below to see them all.
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