‘Sketch’, display for a fashion shop, by Yesim Bakırküre from Ypsilon Tasarım, Turkey
Marking its 10th anniversary, Dutch furniture company Moooi collaborates with Dutch interior design magazine, FRAME, delivers the biggest interior design award of the year. Celebrating the development of furniture and lighting through contextual design, the award’s judge, Philippe Starck, leader in design and architecture, had a staggering 891 submissions from 79 countries to wade through before narrowing his choice down to just ten finalists. Dutch designer, Marcel Wanders, will be in attendance to present the ten finalists and Philippe Starck will present the overall winner with the grand prize of 25,000 Euros at the Magazzini Generale on 18 April. Coinciding with Milan Design Week, it’s going to be a huge week in design! With such a high calibre it’s just about impossible to choose my top five, so Mr Starck has a very tough task ahead. So, in no particular order…
Designed for the Turkish fashion brand, Bilstore’s in-store displays, ‘Sketch’ playfully manipulates the utilitarian coat hanger form by way of a linear sketch in order for its uses to interact with it in an interesting way. With each store showcasing its own unique ‘Sketch’, this unconventional display approach certainly makes for an eye catching retail installation.
‘Stairway to Heaven’, pendant lighting for an industrial theater café, by Bertjan Pot, Netherlands
When Schiedam’s cultural hub, Wennekerpand, commissioned Bertjan Pot to design lighting for their theatre cafe, the answer was not immediately apparent. However, his “Eureka!” moment arrived one day in the form of a safety ladder ordered for his studio and a set of carnival lights from a previous project. Although Bertjan admits it was not the most practical solution, the utilitarian “rawness” of the ladder combined with “glitter” of the theatre lights made for the perfect object within its environment; a nod to its industrial roots as a disused distillery and its new purpose, a centre for film and theatre. (Note the gorgeous ‘melting’ disco ball! How cool is that?!)
Denmark’s SHL Design shines through with its custom made seamless lighting solution for The Danfoss Group’s global head quarters. By integrating fluorescent tubes into the lamella ceiling system the lighting fixture becomes completely at one with the building’s interior architecture. Light is distributed both efficiently and effectively with a fine faceted screen covering the light. Furthermore, when the light is turned off, the fixture all but disappears into the ceiling. Now that’s clean, elegant design.
Hats off to Australian design firm, Facet Studio, for making it to the illustrious top 10, and Mint Style Studio’s Top 5! These guys developed the deceptively simple, yet well conceived interior concept for local shoe company, Sneakerology. Using repetition to stunning effect, simple plywood cubby holes are offset by the one above and below, creating a striking geometric pattern. Each ‘shoebox’ has an adjacent numbered lit cube which corresponds to detailed product information accessed from the central touch panel stations. Row upon row of ‘shoeboxes’ also act as a wall which is also visible from the outside, allowing the merchandise to take centre stage and entice customers through its doors.
‘Shoe Box’, display system for a sneaker shop, by Facet Studio, Australia
Studio Makkink & Bey‘s Education Table System checks the boxes on all fronts for great design; functionality, practicality, aesthetic appeal and economy. Specifically designed to be used during workshops and studio sessions held at a museum. The basic trestle table was the starting point for this multi functional design. Depending on requirements, tables of varying sizes can be assembled by using larger table tops combined with one or more trestle legs to form smaller or bigger tables. The design was further developed to enable its transformation into an easel with the larger of the table tops which can function vertically or horizontally. In addition, the Organising System (pictured below) can be used to stack the components in an attractive way when not in use.
Educational table system for an art museum, by Studio Makkink & Bey, Netherlands
To see the full list of finalists, visit the official FRAME Moooi Awards 2012 website.
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