22/06/201 - June 7 last at Toronto’s Thompson Hotel, 250 guests cheered for the winners, People’s Choice and finalists of the AZ AWARDS, the international awards competition. Piano by Feld became the winner for Best Furniture Design. Piano by Patrick Seha is a multi-purpose hanger panel with folding hooks made by Solid Oak, finishes in Varnished or Lacquered.
From as far away as India, Mexico and the Netherlands, design and architecture professionals and aficionados convened at the Thompson Hotel to learn who would take home an AZ trophy. MC and CBC News anchor Diana Swain kicked off the night by thanking all who entered, as well as the competition’s sponsors – Audi, Keilhauer, GE Monogram, George Brown College, AdBeast and v2comm.
Sixty finalists were selected from over 600 submissions by a star-studded jury: architects Imola Bérczi of UNStudio and Brigitte Shim of Shim-Sutcliffe Architects, industrial designer Jeffrey Bernett of Consultants for Design Strategy, interior designer Elaine Cecconi of Cecconi Simone, landscape architect Jennifer Guthrie of Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, and Mike Kielhauer of office systems manufacturer Keilhauer. People’s Choice awards were also designated, following weeks of online voting earlier this year.
Illustrating the boundary-crossing scope found in the pages of Azure, the submissions included beautifully functional and space-saving designs such as Valcucine’s New Logica kitchen system and Duravit’s collapsible OpenSpace shower stall and luxurious yet sensible spaces including Koji Tsutsui Architect’s clustered residential rooms and BNKR Arquitectura's stark funeral chapel.
In concepts, Mark Horton Architecture’s sports training facility and a student-designed floating power plant took home trophies. Patkau Architects nabbed two honours for their lean, minimal skating shelters in Winnipeg and for the subterranean cottages proposed for the site of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater.
This year’s trophies were water-jet cut by Dave Milum of Accents of Distinction from artisanal glass manufactured in the studio of Jeff Goodman, who died earlier this year. In her opening remarks, Azure editor in chief Nelda Rodger remarked that these trophies stand as a salute to the winners and to Goodman’s memory.
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