Winners Interieur Awards 2012
The Interieur Design Awards continue to fulfil their role as an international launch pad for young talent. Designs are not only submitted to the keen judgment of a professional jury: they also have a good chance at being discovered by a wider audience of professional visitors. This new edition of the Interieur Design Awards 2012 featured two distinct categories: 'Object' and 'Space', the latter inviting designs not for product proposals but for interior environments measuring 30 m2 or less.
The winners will receive their prizes during the opening weekend of the 23rd Interieur Biennale. The winning objects, together with a selection of the best entries, will be on display at a special exhibition during INTERIEUR 2012.
Winner Space Category
1st Prize Space Category: 'Deformable Wall' by SANDWICH (JP) / Blue Architects (CH).
The winner in the category Space is the Japanese creative platform Sandwich in cooperation with blue architects from Switzerland. Too often, all design attention for interiors goes to the objects which populate and decorate a home. But what about the walls which make up our homes? This 'Deformable Wall' concept focuses on the walls we often forget about. Thanks to a double membrane, walls become storage space for objects: hidden pieces of furniture. This leads to a poetic play between inside and outside, between object and wall. The Deformable Wall will be constructed during the coming months, and will be on display during the Interieur Biennale 2012.
Winners object category
1st Prize Object Category: 'Purist' by Elisa Honkanen.
2nd Prize: 'Kishu' by Maya Selway.
3rd Prize: 'Rings' by Zascho Petkow.
The jury awarded three winning designs in the category Object. The main laureate is Elisa Honkanen from Finland, whose wooden 'Purist' chair did not fail to convince the members of the jury. This simple chair - with its four legs held together with a hinge made of rope - is engaged in a game with gravity. The same rope also shapes the chair back. The 'Kishu' project by Maya Selway from Great Britain, the second winner in this category, surprised the jury by what wasn't there: in just a few lines, she created a memory of vases, pots and dishes. The third prize in the Object category was awarded to the multifunctional rings by German designer Zascho Petkow. These large wall-mounted rings are more than decorative and colourful sculptures: they form a deployable installation with many different uses.