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.

Wallpaper* Design Awards: The Winners.

It’s been a while since my last update. Life has just been quite busy that I have not had much time to write. So my New Year’s resolution for 2009 is to write more often – and here’s my first post…

Wallpaper* recently announced the winners of its fifth Design Awards in a variety of categories, including:

  • Furniture designer of the year
  • Best new restaurant
  • Best new or renovated hotel
  • Best new private house
  • Best new public building
  • Best city
  • Best men’s fashion collection
  • Best women’s fashion collection
  • Most life-enhancing product
  • My personal favorites is probably the winner of the Most Life-enhancing Product – Bloomframe. The product itself is an “interactive façade” that transforms a window frame into a balcony via an electrical drive. It is made of aluminum, glass and steel and offers a variety of variations and flexibility to match the needs of new contructions or renovation projects. photos by Matthijs van Roon

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    For a complete list and description of winners and runner-ups, go to Wallpaper.com by clicking on the link below.

    This year, the judging panel included hip hop star Kanye West, French architect Jean Nouvel, Australian industrial designer Marc Newsom, British production designer Sir Ken Adam, Yves Saint Laurent designer Stefano Pilati, and fashion icon Inès de la Fressange.

    On January 26, you will also find video interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of the Design Awards on Wallpaper.com. So bookmark the site!