Wallpaper, the art/design magazine that I’m sure many of us are familiar with, have just published the Wallpaper Awards 08, giving kudos and recognition to great designs in a wide field, including best city, public housing, fashion and even specifically grooming product.
As a product designer I am of course partial to the ‘domestic appliance’ category. With a jury mix that is more eclectic and varied than many typical design awards – including Donatella Versace, Tadao Ando and Wong Kar-Wai – the products selected all seem to ooze personality and soul. The winner is the Katamari 01 Speakers by Gizanze:
Other finalists include:
Alpha TV by Brionvega
Heater by Plusminuszero
L10 Washbasin by Boffi
Gorenje Kitchen Appliances by Ora Ito
What’s also really interesting is how they honor their winners. Instead of solely plastering the glamor shot of the product, they’ve also made a 15-second animation for each winner – check it out (total of 10 categories) !