With this second edition, the award celebrating the state- of-the art of international design, reconfirms the great success of the first edition. This year an even wider participation: more than 600 submitted products by 300 brands coming from more than 15 countries all over the world. Each of them representing high quality.
The judging commission – made of 40 among the most influential International Design Studios, some of the world’s most acclaimed architecture photographers and the Archiproducts team – has made a thorough and accurate analysis, a closer examination and a quality assessment of each submitted product. Each member of the commission has worked independently on a shared voting platform indicating his/her personal vision of Design and Architecture, awarding the research of innovative, formal and materic solutions as well as the ability to define and foresee uses and concepts both for residential and contract environments.
A precious moment of reflection on the constant and unavoidable synergy between designers and companies, the award tells stories of cooperation between designers and companies, meetings encounters of people, whose stories and interaction make it possible to create objects that today represent the new chapters of the story of design and architecture.
For the category Furniture, among the categories which received the largest participation, the winners are: Desalto, this year with the ENDLESS stool by Arik Levy, with a line stretching towards the space that becomes almost virtual; Flexform with the ADDA sofa by Antonio Citterio, with simple and contemporary aesthetics; Poltrona Frau with the LET IT BE sofa by Ludovica + Roberto Palomba, expressing its freedom from all formalities and conventions and paying homage to the historical song by the Beatles; Tacchini with the ROMA sofa by Jonas Wagell, reminding of the design of the Fifties with very thin metal legs and a great seat that looks like it is almost hanging.
Porro wins over the judging commission with the MATERIC table, unmistakably from the hand of Piero Lissoni.
A statuesque object opposing the absolute simplicity of its shape and the elegance of its materials. Among the winners there are also Magis, with the harmonious lines between the Italian design and the traditional handicrafts of the OFFICINA sofa designed by the French duo Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec,and Kartell with the SIR GIO table in technical polymers by Philippe Starck.
Other four tables have had a great success, to IKI, designed by Marco Zanuso Junior for Adentro; TWITTY, produced by the Apulian brand da a according to a project by Angeletti Ruzza Design, with an unexpected golden ceramics bird alighted on one of the legs; CONTROVENTO, designed by Francesco Faccin for Former, and the AXY extension table, designed by Claudio Bellini for MDF Italia.
Also the following products have won over the judging commission: the formal and clean lines of the BASSOTTI table by the German brand of Sebastian Schützdeller, the ARANHA chair designed by the Portuguese Marco Sousa Santos for Branca Lisboa, the HOW FRAGILE THIS LOVE chair by Quinlan Osborne, produced by the very young Canadian brand Claste and appreciated by the commission for its bold design and the innovative use of glass and marble, and the 9900 E_SPIRIT BOOK bookcase designed by Gianluigi Landoni for Vibieffe.
Several proposals have been awarded in the Bathroom Furniture category.
The PRIME bath in Solid Surface® by Inbani designed by the Danish designers of NORM ARCHITECTS has been particularly appreciated thanks to its pure lines and the detail of the folded edge.
The judging commission also gave a wide consensus for the freestanding NARCISO washbasin furniture by Ceramica Cielo, designed by Andrea Parisio and Giuseppe Pezzano, with drawers and an integrated “Make-Up” element with a mirror and a holder.
Falper wins with the washbasin in Ceramilux® thanks to the compact QUATTRO.ZERO lines by Metrica.
Another award has been assigned to the freestanding ADDA washbasin by Salvatori, designed by the promising designer David Lopez Quincoces: an object with a retro inspiration in which marble and wood, this latter with a particularly ribbed finishing, live together in harmony.
Ceadesign wins again, this year with the hydro progressive mixer REG 02 of the REGOLO collection designed by Edoardo Gherardi.
The other winners are Cordivari with the ARIANNA carbon steel cooler, ESS Easy Drain with the T-BOX invisible niche, awarded for its practical use and its small dimensions, EVER Life Design with the LINK washbasin by Diego Cisi, created for accommodation facilities without architectural barriers, that do not want to renounce an accurately designed interior furniture, even in the bathroom; Aboutwater, the brand set up by the winning union of Boffi and Fantini, with their AK/25 mixer for washbasins designed by the Korean architect and designer Paik Sun Kim, who fascinated the judging commission thanks to its essential and modern design; the Italy collection by Cristina, inspired by the sumptuous baths of the Twentyties and Thirtiesa and designed by Busetti Garuti Redaelli; the FACE ZERO thermal furniture by Irsap, designed by Antonio Citterio and Sergio Brioschi and the MINI HUNG washstand designed by Emo Design for Scarabeo Ceramiche, whose functionality and optimisation of the spaces have been highly appreciated.
Among the winning products for Lighting we have: INFINITO by Davide Groppi, far more than a simple lamp, a spatial concept of constant light. The very thin ribbon in stainless steel cutting the space and producing indirect light has left no space for doubts to the members of the judging commission.
This year two awards have been assigned to Artemide: the YANZI hanging lamp by Neri&Hu, characterised by its formal balance and the synthesis between tradition and innovation, and the ALPHABET OF LIGHT luminous letters in polycarbonate by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group.
After having won with ALGORITHM in the 2016 edition, Vibia also wins the 2017 edition with GUISE by Stefan Diez, a pure poetic expression of handicrafts, light, technology and atmosphere in borosilicate glass.
FontanaArte has been awarded for its EQUATORE table lamp, a reinterpretation by Buratti Architetti of the classic lamps with a glass lampshade.
The judging commission has also appreciated the play of contrasts, shadows and reflections of the RA wall lamp designed by Alexandre Joncas for the young Canadian brand D'armes.
The retro fascination of the JUBE SP hanging lamp in blown glass by Vetreria Vistosi designed by Favaretto&Partners and the DOUBLE BOOM wooden hanging lamp designed by RUX Design for the New York brand Stickbulb have also been awarded: brass joints and wooden linear elements create a shape that seems to make 'the light explode'.
In the category Finishing the commission has appreciated well-known brands such as Marazzi, Cedit (brand of the Florim group), Lea Ceramiche, Emilgroup and Bardelli, together with younger and less famous brands, awarded for their bold experimentation of different materials, from the classics such as stone and marble to the wallpapers. The winners are TWS with BOISERIE CANESTRATO GREIGE of the Trame di Pietra® collection; Inkiostro Bianco with a decorated glass fiber coating for walls designed in cooperation with Mapei; and Glamora with GLAM-METAL, a vynil metallic wallpaper giving each surface the changing reflections of metal and the fascination of silk through a refined stylistic language resulting from the several contaminations between fashion and design.
The winners of the category Kitchen are tw the Japanese brand Sanwa, which had been awarded with a special mention in 2016 thanks to the multiawarded Ceragino and that this year has won with PATTINA; and the FORM 45 kitchen designed by Multiform according to a project by Henrik Witt: classic lines, high-quality finishing and materials.
For the category Contract, Arper unanimously wins with the ARCOS armchair by Lievore Altherr that softly reinterprets the geometric charm of the Art Déco style, reducing it to the essentials. In the same category also the following products have been awarded: La Cividina with the VELOUR sofa by Antonio Rodriguez; Paola Lenti with the AGIO sofa by Francesco Rota; the NEMO drop-leaf table designed by Roberto Semprini for Scab Design; the WING table for home-office or home contexts designed by Parisotto + Formenton for True Design; and the modular BOB sofa designed by Stefan Borselius and Thomas Bernstrand for Blå Station, awarded for its different interpretation of a unique, simple but rigorous element, that can design furniture objects making them seem different from time to time.
For the Outdoor furniture, the winners are GAN with the GARDEN LAYERS BLUE outdoor carpet by Patricia Urquiola, taking its inspiration from India, and the Swedish brand Nola Industrier with the KEBNE OUTDOOR GYM innovative system allowing the whole family to train. Among the winners let us also quote Ethimo, with the AGAVE chair designed by Mattia Albicini; Varaschin with the BAHIA small bed designed by Calvi Brambilla, and Extremis with a small bed appreciated for its versatility: thanks to its reclining backrest, it turns into a sofa with three seats. Also T-HIDE the enclosed and motor-driven aluminium sunshade by Pratic; VEGA, the aluminium pergola with a lighting system integrated on slides and columns by KE Outdoor Design have been awarded, and the stainless steel outdoor shower DREAM YACHT by Inoxstyle, whose fluid geometry convinced the jury.
In the category Décor the winners are the BLISS BIG carpet by cc-tapis, conceived by the creativity of the young and talented Mae Engelgeer, the playful wall dear DEER by Papertrophy, a German brand set up in 2015 and already awarded with multiple prizes, and the MET plaid tartan in wool and silk by Society Limonta.
Not to mention the awarded proposals in the category Building Enclosure, whose winners are Velux, with the window for flat roofs made up of curved glass combining very high performances and design, and Secco Sistemi with OS2 75, the thermal-cutting steel window already awarded with the ADI DESIGN INDEX prize.
Innovation and quality have also been awarded in the category Tech with the SMARTHER connected thermostat by Bticino, combining simplicity and innovation thanks to the communication between the smartphone and thermostat, and the stainless-steel gas barbecue by Fulgor Milano.
Gammastone is the winner in the category Components and Materials with the big and highly technological GRES AIR panel in porcelain stoneware. Also ALIKA by Kikau, the aluminium rolling shatter with adjustable thin blades able to slide inside the standard tracks and completely fold inside the box, has been awarded.
Last but not least, the Building category - which confirms a recovery trend - awarded this year Volteco for AMPHIBIA, the self-repairing multilayered waterproofing membrane which reacts at water contact. The solutions for the steel-clad entrance doors were very much appreciated: the MONOLITE RM proposal by Bauxt, the flush-to-the-wall door in aluminium and carbon fiber by Interno Doors, with a rotational movement, and the pivoting steel-clad doors in wood and zinc-coated plate by Silvelox.
The award is a limited edition three-dimensional object in ceramics and brass made by the Spanish designers of MUT Design, that explored the anamorphic design starting from the concept of the ADA.
Inspired by anamorphic characters, the object designed by MUT plays with the concept of the perspective illusion, that cannot set the observer’s point of view aside: a cube with three faces, which does not lay on a conventional angle, but remains almost hanging on the surface, thus creating an optical illusion allowing it to be observed from more than one angle.
“The faces constituting it represent the connection between designers and brands, with one face that is voluntarily missing, allowing its users to feel part of the creative and productive process”, MUT Design.
Here are all the 90 Winners 2017!
TWITTY, da a
ARANHA, Branca Lisboa
HOW FRAGILE THIS LOVE, Claste
SIR GIO, Kartell
AXY, MDF Italia
LET IT BE, Poltrona Frau
BASSOTTI, Studio Schützdeller
9900 E_SPIRIT BOOK, Vibieffe
REG 02, Ceadesign
NARCISO, Ceramica Cielo
IT 205 72 GF, Cristina
T-BOX CHARCOAL, ESS Easy Drain
TIBÒ - TIB3, Geda
FACE ZERO, IRSAP
MINI HUNG, Scarabeo Ceramiche
LUCKY 7, JUSTIME
LINK, EVER Life Design
FORM 45 – BRASS, Multiform
PATTINA, Sanwa Company
SOL+LUNA AUSTRALIS, Extremis
GARDEN LAYERS BLUE, GAN by GANDIABLASCO
DREAM YACHT, Inoxstyle
VEGA, KE Outdoor Design
KEBNE OUTDOOR GYM, Nola Industrier
T-HIDE, Pratic F.lli Orioli
BOB, Blå Station
VELOUR, La Cividina
AGIO, Paola Lenti
NEMO, Scab Design
WING, True Design
ALPHABET OF LIGHT, Artemide
EDGE READER, Astro Lighting
MILLELUMEN CIRCLES, millelumen
INFINITO, Davide Groppi
SLIM SYSTEM, Fluvia
BERLIN - 720/721, Oluce
DOUBLE BOOM, Stickbulb
JUBE SP, Vetreria Vistosi
BLISS BIG, cc-tapis
MET, Society Limonta
KARMAN, Provenza by Emilgroup
CROMATICA, CEDIT Ceramiche d’Italia
EQ•DEKOR, Inkiostro Bianco
NINFEA, ITALKERO SRL
SLIMTECH FILIGRANE, Lea Ceramiche
GRAND CARPET, Marazzi
ID MIXONOMI, Tarkett
BOISERIE CANESTRATO GREIGE, TWS
MONOLITE RM - 15.2003 MRM6, Bauxt
Pushbutton FF / 'NF series, Ekinex
ZEN PIVOT CARBON AIR, Interno Doors
PIVO'T – YUGEN, Silvelox
UNIGLAS® FACADE, 8-Chemie
PORTAPIVOT 6530 XL, Portapivot
DOMAL SCORREVOLE MINIMALE, Domal
OS2 75, Secco Sistemi
Window for flat roofs with curved glass, Velux
Components and Materials
PUSH & GO EVO, Celegon
GAMMASTONE GRES AIR, GammaStone
HI-MACS Structura®, HI-MACS
NODO BOX, Letroh
SBQ 1000 G X, Fulgor Milano
Archiproducts Design Awards 2017 Winners