Highlights from the Wallpaper* Design Awards 2010.

The winners of the annual Wallpaper* Design Awards were recently announced. Of the 66 categories, from best city to best hotel and more, 11 of them were selected by a panel of international judges, and this year included artist Carsten Höller, executive James Murdoch, creative director John Galliano, interior designer Kelly Wearstler, film director Pedro Almodóvar and architect Steven Holl. The remaining 55 were selected by Wallpaper’s own editorial panel. (How fun would it be to be a part of the selection process?)

Let’s take a look at some of the winners.

Judge’s Awards: Life Enhancer of the Year – The High Line.

This one did not come as a surprise as in the previous post I wrote about why this was such an amazing place. Joshua David, one of the co-founders of the Friends of the High Line, a non-profit, community-led organization to preserve the High Line and to reuse it as a public park, puts it very well, he said, “What I really hope to see up here this is a really a live and exciting and vibrant and surprising reflection of all of the qualities that make public life in New York so enriching.” Check out the video below as well.

Judge’s Awards: Best Furniture Designer of the Year – Konstantin Grcic.

A designer who prefers to call himself a man of simplicity rather than a minimalist, Mr. Grcic was noted for his Monza chair for Plank during the Salone del Mobile last year as well as some of his other creations, including the Pipe desks and chairs by Muji manufactured by Thonet. Check out his work by clicking on the link below.

Wallpaper* Design Awards: Best Building Site – Tokyo Sky Tree.

This 634m tower will serve as the new TV tower for Tokyo, situated in the northeast section of the city. Set to open in the Spring of 2012, Tokyo Sky Tree will have two observation towers along with restaurants and shops, along with a “town within a tower” connecting a train station with nearby parks and a river.

Hello Kitty Live: New York City.

hello kitty by tom sachs at the lever house, nyc.

So this past weekend I finally found the time to get myself over to NYC. The main purpose was really to see a good friend of mine, but I found a few hours to roam around the city. One of the things that I had to see for myself was the Tom Sachs’ Hello Kitty installation at The Lever House. I wrote about this a while back when I read the first reports from Wallpaper*. But here are some pictures that I’d like to share. In the “gallery” section, you will also find other random pictures that I took during the trip. Enjoy.

hello kitty by tom sachs at the lever house, nyc.

my melody by tom sachs at the lever house, nyc.

Working on another post on Corian, as well as the London Festival of Architecture. I’ll be quite busy for the rest of the week…

new york city subway at union square.

a view of the new york city subway.

2007 ICFF Show, New York.

Over 25,000 people attended the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) in New York last month. Although it was much smaller than the Salone del Mobile in Milan, it had its share of innovation to share with the world, but on a much cozier scale. While the Milan show was very Italian-oriented, the ICFF was more worldly in terms of exhibitors. Here are some of the most interesting pieces:

Antipode Planter by Essenze: This upside-down indoor planter designed by New Zealand designer Patrick Morris was probably one of the first things that caught my eye at the show. The planter suspends from a hanging system, allowing plants to grow downward. Watering the plants is quite easy — plants may be watered from the top and water flow is then regulated to avoid overwatering. Not all types of plants can grow this way; it’s best to grow light fruits and vegetables, herbs and flowering annuals and perennials. Priced at $390 each.

antipode planter by patrick morris, essenze new zealand.

The company that represents Mr. Morris’ designs, Essenze, also represents other New Zealand-based designers. Check them out!

reiHuggable by Diana Lin: This Boulder, Colorado based designer’s huggable pillows is a series of 12 LED lights embedded with silicone bubbles wrapped with a furry pillow cover. They are visually appealing and can be great conversational pieces. The lights run on 4 AA batteries that can last for about four hours. Lights may be turned off at any time by pulling a chain at one end of the pillow. Comes in white, pink or gold. Priced at $160 each.

reihuggable pillows by diana lin.

Normann Copenhagen: Before the show I have never heard of this company, but after the show I became a fan — perhaps it’s because Scandinavian designs are typically simple yet functional. These Butterfly Can Openers are just that — you would think not much could be done to such a simple item, yet the design is appealing and ergonomic. Designed by Marianne Britt Jørgensen and Rikke Hagen. Comes in eight different colors. Priced at 13.75€ each (approximately US$21).

butterfly can opener by normann copenhagen.

There are also other great products on their website, such as their money clips, pill boxes, key hangers and credit card holders from their new “Move” accessories collection.

“move” accessories by normann copenhagen.