Eight winners have been announced for the inaugural Salone del Mobile.Milano Award.
16 June, 2016
Organisers of the annual design event Salone del Mobile have recognised the best in the design industry with a new and special accolade, the Salone del Mobile.Milano Award. The prize aims to place the best and latest design products and solutions in the international spotlight. “Its mission is to deliver targeted recognition of the value of ideas, of creativity, of innovation and of technology,” says the team.
There are a total of eight awarding categories, including Best Product – Chairs/Upholstered Section, Furnishing Systems, Kitchen Section and Bathroom Section, Best Display, Best Young Designer, Best Designer, and Special Jury.
A craftsman-designer, Giacomo Moor received the Best Young Designer accolade for his unique ability to translate his profound production knowledge and ideas into objects of commercial viability. Konstantin Grcic was named Best Designer, as he is able to constantly “express new aesthetic connotations, while remaining true to his own rigorous technical and expressive language.”
Best Product (Chairs/ Upholstered section) – All Plastic Chair by Jasper Morrison for Vitra
Jasper Morrison‘s All Plastic Chair for Vitra received Best Product/ Chairs in the Upholstered section. Lauded for its simplicity and innovation, the All Plastic Chair was moulded from a single piece of plastic, while retaining the integrity of a classic wooden chair.
Best Product (Furnishing Systems) – Commodore by Piero Lissoni for Glas Italia
Other winning designs from the Products category include Commodore by Piero Lissoni for Glas Italia; Air by Daniele Lago for Lago; and Origami by Alberto Meda for Tubes Radiatori.
Best Product (Kitchen Section) – Air by Daniele Lago for Lago
Kartell was awarded Best Display for a stand that demonstrated a current exhibiting system by incorporating new digital technologies. The Special Jury award was given to Cristina Celestino for bridging young and established designers on the path of experimentation.
Best Display – Kartell
Members of the jury were kept secret until recently to maintain the integrity of the award. Each member of the jury visited Salone del Mobile to shortlist their nominations anonymously. The jury included high profile design personalities such as Silvana Annicchiarico, Director of the Triennale Design Museum, Milan; Domitilla Dardi, Design Curator of the MAXXI in Rome; and Davide Rampello, Professor of Arts and Regional Skills at Milan Polytechnic University to name a few.
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