The year’s biggest inaugural interior designer award hosted by Moooi and Frame concluded in Milan during the April Salone de Mobile Fair. With the goal of finding the best custom made lamp or furnishing design for a specific interior, the international award was launched in mid 2011. A whopping 891 submissions were received by designers hailing from 79 different countries. Participants were asked to respond to a brief which required designers and architects to submit interior space design along with furniture and lighting objects that were custom-developed in a worldwide context.
The Awards juror, internationally celebrated designer, Philippe Starck selected the top ten finalists using an anonymous approach. He had no idea of the designer’s name or country of origin. “I’m often invited to judge competitions and I am happy to say that the level of this one is clearly higher than average, a very nice surprise”.At an official Award’s ceremony held on april 18th, 2012 in Milan, the results were announced by Moooi co-founder Marcel Wanders. Dutch designer Bertjan Pot was crowned the overall winner of the competition by Philippe Starck who presented the prize to Pot at the event. Pot received a cash reward of €25,000 for his ‘Stairway to Heaven’ hanging light system.
The other finalists were:
– Ray – integrated ceiling light for an office, by shl design (denmark)
– What’s in your locker? – locker system for a school, by lab 3 (netherlands)
– Caelum – LED table lamp for a bar, by pablo martinez diez (spain)the
– Kroon – chandelier for an office and apartment building, by ZMIK (switzerland)
– Shoe box – display system for a sneaker shop, by facet studio (australia)
– Mist of arch – furniture for public toilet in a department store, by keiko + manabu (japan)
– Sketch – display for a fashion shop, by ypsilon tasarım, yesim bakırküre (turkey)
– Education trestles and easels – educational table system for an art museum, by studio makkink & bey (netherlands)
– Decanter light – pendant light for a bar, by lee broom (UK)
FRAME MOOOI AWARD 2011
The Award was launched in 2011 with the goal to unite innovative interiors with equally as innovative furniture and lighting. Many high-profile pieces of furniture and lighting have been designed for a specific context, such as Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Chair, which was created for the 1929 International Exposition in Barcelona or Arne Jacobsen’s Egg Chair designed in 1958 for the Radisson SAS Hotel in Copenhagen. These and many other iconic products eventually experienced large-scale production and appeared in a wide range of interior projects. Many proved to be so innovative that they earned recognition and inspired others to design similar models. Contextual designs are clearly important for the development of furniture and lighting; they also strengthen the bond between (interior) architects and product designers.