2019 Design Awards
International, edgy, and intelligent, the 2019 Design Awards were published in the February issue of the design magazine, Wallpaper*. You’ll be falling for the fashion forward winners in many categories. This is the 15th year these awards have applauded artists and creators. There are two categories, the first is developed by the magazine curators, writers, and editors. They feature various noteworthy creations and products. The second, and main category is juried by six hand-picked style and design icon leaders. The honors were given to individuals, companies, and one city as this year’s “best” in eleven categories.
Wallpaper* magazine is a publication that was launched in London in 1996 by Canadian journalist Tyler Brule’ and Austrian journalist Alexander Geringer and has become one of the world’s most important and influential design and lifestyle magazines. It’s elite international audience enjoys beautifully curated selections of innovative products and intriguing art in monthly issues. It reaches 93 countries, 4.7 million social media followers and 12 million unique users per year.
The awards in the first category are visual treats with witty titles. Some of the categories are, Best Pigeonhole, Best Bedtime Story and Best Lost Weekend. A personal favorite was the Best Meal on Wheels. The winner was a culinary McGyver with sleek style. It is a compact, ergonomic cabinet that holds your knives and pans while providing space to chop and mix your fare. It is made of Canaletto walnut with a definitive marble top. Italian cabinet expert Giorgetti, calls it the ‘Alfred’ kitchen.
Moving on to the winners of the Judges’ Awards 2019 are:
Best Domestic design – ‘Astro’ fan, by Nichetto Studio, for Tubes
Designer of the Year – Pierre Yovanovitch
Best New Restaurant – Noma, Copenhagen
Best New Hotel – Healing Stay Kosmos, Ulleungdo Island, South Korea
Best New Private House – The Nest, Namib Desert, Namibia, by Porky Hefer
Best New Public Building – V&A Dundee, UK, by Kengo Kuma and Associates
Best City – Milan
Best Women’s Fashion Collection – Rick Owens
Best Men’s Fashion Collection – Salvatore Ferragamo
Best New Grooming Product – Plant-powered deodorant, by Myro
Life-enhancer of the year – ‘Gople’ lamp, by BIG, for Artemide
Enjoying and celebrating the work of those that create special spaces and objects is an important element for our culture to resonate on. It is exciting to see the impact that these designers will have on aspects of our lives in the coming years. Each addition is an experience that stirs our souls and inspires our dreams.
Jill Meyer is the Managing Editor of Notes on Design. A Scottsdale, Arizona resident, Jill is an artist, decorative painter, interior designer, and writer.