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Jan 11, 2008


Kay from Wallpaper* informed me that the results for their magazine's Design Awards 2008 are out. Here's a quick recap of the winners in the following categories.

Best furniture designer: Tokujin Yoshioka

What Wallpaper* has to say: "An apprentice to Shiro Kuramata and Issey Miyake, Yoshioka set up on his own in 2000. He’s behind the Issey Miyake shop in Tokyo, as well as exhibition space for Miyake, Herm├Ęs, Muji and Peugeot. While his furniture for Driade is acclaimed, it was his design of Moroso’s showroom in Milan this year, incorporating work such as his ‘Panna’ chair, that got the cognoscenti going."

Best new private house: Ring House, Karuizawa by TNA

What Wallpaper* has to say: "When architects Makoto Takei and Chie Nabeshima (TNA) were asked to design a weekend house 185 miles from Tokyo, they came up with an ethereal, glass and wood mini-tower. Standing three storeys tall amid thick vegetation, it offers uninterrupted 360-degree views, its transparent skin flooded with light during the day and glowing at night when lit from within."

Best new hotel: Riva Lofts, Florence by Claudio Nardi

What Wallpaper* has to say: "Consisting of nine suites in architect Claudio Nardi’s former studio, a historic factory complex, Riva Lofts’ emphasis is on detail. Each lofty, light-filled suite is a chic ensemble of heritage and modern pieces. Mies Van der Rohe armchairs cluster round tropical wood tables in the breakfast lounge, while the bedrooms boast unique, artist-designed touches."

For other winners, click here.


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