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.

The High Line: More Green in New York City.

scenes from the high line, new york city.

I was in New York recently and got to visit The High Line, which is a new park that was converted from 1.45 miles of elevated railroad tracks on the West Side of Manhattan. When I first stepped into the park, I was a bit amazed. There were benches, greenery and art all around. In some areas of The High Line, there were even chairs for a bit of sunbathing.

scenes from the high line, new york city.

Halfway down the first section of the park (the second section is due to open sometime in 2010), there is a sitting area with large windows that form a lookout onto 10th Avenue traffic. Who knew that traffic could actually be a view?

scenes from the high line, new york city.

There are also passages along The High Line that is dedicated to public art. Here is an example of that – “The River That Flows Both Ways” by Spencer Finch. Not sure if there is any artistic significance to the chairs, but they just looked good to me so I had to take a photo.

scenes from the high line, new york city.

scenes from the high line, new york city.

Do click on the links below for more about the design of The High Line. There is also a link to the map, which includes an interactive tour of the park with details on the features. Enjoy!