Held at the Triennale Milan, under the patronage of the municipality of milan, THE DESIGN PRIZE is curated by Designboom, energized by Edison, and presented in partnership with The Italian Order of Architects, with the gala award ceremony produced by PRY.
For THE DESIGN PRIZE 2019, the scenography of Triennale Milano’s Teatro dell’Arte was designed to bring guests to the roof of the Duomo, upon which the Golden Madonnina proudly presides.
The city of Milan continues to assert its prime position as the world epicenter of design, and the introduction of THE DESIGN PRIZE intends to celebrate this excellence on a global scale.
Each year, the initiative recognises both the extraordinary achievements and little sparks of beauty and delight that have emerged over the past 12 months.
Gathering together a global community for one night in italy’s creative capital,
THE DESIGN PRIZE is set to become one of Milan’s highest honors for the creative industry.
Jury members, nominees and winners were all in attendance, and the list of notable industry figures present included:
philippe starck, virgil abloh, tomás saraceno, stefano boeri, oki sato (nendo), michael anastassiades, ross lovegrove, edoardo tresoldi, paola antonelli, alice rawsthorn, lyndon neri, patrik schumacher, mauro porcini, pasquale junior natuzzi, andrea trimarchi and simone farresin, michael young, maria cristina didero, sabine marcelis, erez nevi pana, richard hutten, giorgio pace and nicolas bellavance-lecompte, snarkitecture, william sawaya and paolo moroni, andrea maffei and many more…
and the winners of THE DESIGN PRIZE 2019 are…
Posted by designboom on Monday, 15 April 2019
THE 2019 DESIGN PRIZE AWARDS
PHILIPPE STARCK (FRANCE)
Philippe Starck received the Golden Madonnina for LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT, with the award handed over by Stefano Boeri, president of the Triennale Milano, and member of THE DESIGN PRIZE jury
Philippe Starck, world famous creator with multifaceted inventiveness, is always focused on the essential, his vision: that creation, whatever form it takes, must improve the lives of as many people as possible.
This philosophy has made him one of the pioneers and central figures of the concept of ‘democratic design’.
VIRGIL ABLOH FOR OFF-WHITE AND LOUIS VUITTON (USA)
Virgil Abloh is the artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s
Menswear collection since march 2018, and also serves as the chief executive officer of the Milan based label Pff-White, a fashion house he founded in 2013.
In 2018, TIME magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world because of the foundation of his values that are ‘humanity itself, not a superficial trick’.
His guiding principle reveals ‘everything in quotes’.
MICHAEL ANASTASSIADES (CYPRUS)
Michael Anastassiades explores contemporary notions of culture and aesthetics through a combination of product, furniture and environmental design.
Positioned between fine art and design, his work aims to provoke dialogue, participation and interaction. he creates objects that are minimal, utilitarian and almost mundane, yet full of vitality one might not expect.
IN THE ARTISTIC REALM
‘ON AIR’ BY TOMÁS SARACENO, PALAIS DE TOKYO (ARGENTINA)
‘On Air’ proposes a space and time that reveals the strength of the presences floating in the air and the way they interact with us: from CO2 to cosmic dust, from radio infrastructures to reimagined corridors of mobility.
Thus, the invisible histories that compose the nature we are part of invite us to rethink poetically new ways to inhabit the world – and of being human.
Tomás Saraceno’s exhibition celebrates new ways of thinking about our relation with the planet, through new modes of knowledge production.
‘FREEING ARCHITECTURE’, FONDATION CARTIER, JUNYA ISHIGAMI (JAPAN/FRANCE)
For Fondation Cartier, Grazia Quaroni, director of collection and Isabelle Gaudefroy, program director come to the stage to receive the award for Exhibition Design.
The exhibition, the first of this scale devoted to Junya Ishigami, allowed visitors to discover or rediscover his delicate, dreamlike universe through a series of large-scale models, films and drawings, documenting the different stages of his creative process.
Junya Ishigami installed 12-meter-long (39-feet) cantilevered concrete display shelves in his Shanghai store design.
The minimal interior is painted white, with its industrial setting accentuated by exposed piping and ventilation in the ceiling.
WINNER, PUBLIC VOTE
WARKA WATER, ARTURO VITTORI (ITALY/USA)
Warka Water by Arturo Vittori is a solution to prevent the loss of drinking water in Ethiopia, Haiti, Togo and Cameroon: to test the air as a potential water source, a kit has been designed that connects to the Warka tower, where water is collected.
WINNER, JURY’S CHOICE
FORENSIC ARCHITECTURE, THE CENTRE FOR RESEARCH ARCHITECTURE, GOLDSMITHS UNIVERSITY OF LONDON (UK)
Forensic Architecture is a Research Group linked to the Goldsmiths University of London, which intends to use investigative technology to identify cases of human rights violations, in collaboration with international tribunals, human rights organizations and environmental justice groups.
Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin have established a coherent body of work that is characterized by experimental material investigations.
Their most recent works, ‘ore streams’, reflects on the recycling of electronic waste, material which is increasing in both quantity and value.
ANDRÉS JAQUE, IPPOLITO PESTELLINI LAPARELLI, BREGTJE VAN DER HAAK AND MIRJAN VARADINIS FOR MANIFESTA 12, IN PALERMO (ITALY)
Manifesta is the European nomadic biennial, held in a different host city every two years.
It is a major international art event, attracting visitors from all over the world.
Manifesta is the go-to place for discovering emerging artists, thought-provoking ideas, new artworks especially commissioned for the event, and creative experiences in dialogue with spectacular locations of each host city.
The interdisciplinary platform for social change is introducing holistic urban research and legacy-oriented programming.
BEST DESIGN NEWCOMER
SABINE MARCELIS (THE NETHERLANDS)
Sabine Marcelis poetically manipulates light, whose properties are enhanced through the inventive use of neon lamps, reflective surfaces and colored translucencies.
Her work ranges from creating candy-coloured cubed displays for fashion houses, to transforming a circular building into a large-scale timepiece for a watch brand.
The JINS design project encompasses collaborations with renowned designers — Konstantin Grcic, Jasper Morrison, Naoto Fukasawa, Mmichele de Lucchi, – to design JINS high quality eye wear on an industrial scale and the brands retail outlets.