Friday, February 08, 2008

Top design picks from the original coolhunter, Wallpaper*

Last year I posted a piece on the emergence of websites that help us keep track of what's new, hip, noteworthy and fun in the international world of design. Of course, one of the original sources of global design coolness is London-based Wallpaper* magazine. The gorgeous February issue features their 2008 Design Awards coverage, and it's my pleasure to provide info on their major winners, as determined by judges Tadao Ando, André Balazs, Wong Kar-Wai, Langlands & Bell, Patricia Urquiola and Donatella Versace. Be sure to check out the issue itself for more info on their selections -- and on brilliant designs in 55 other categories as culled by the magazine's staff. By the way -- sincere congratulations to my friend Jean-Francois Lepage for his photographic contributions to the issue -- and for nailing the cover.

Best City: Los Angeles. Second place: Berlin.

Best New Private House: Ring House, Karuizawa, by TNA. Second place: Villa NM by UN Studio.

Best Fashion Collection: Jil Sander autumn/winter 2007. Second place: Lanvin A/W 2007.

Furniture Designer of the Year: Tokujin Yoshioka. Second place: Barber Osgerby.

Best New Hotel: Riva Lofts, Florence. Second place: The Bowery, New York.

Most Life-Enhancing Item: $100 laptop by Yves Béhar. Second place: Communal bicycles (link 2).

Best New Restaurant: Mathias Dahlgren, Stockholm. Second place: Scott's, London.

Best New Grooming Product: TweezLight tweezers. Second place: Nude skincare.

Best New Public Building: New Museum, New York, by SANAA. Second place: Bruder Klaus Field Chapel, by Peter Zumthor.

Best Domestic Appliance: 'Katamari 01' speaker by Gyanze. Second place: 'L10' by Norbert Wangen.