These awards are the first of their kind: the only international, multi-disciplinary design competition in Canada. Representing a global snapshot of the world of design, submissions were open to designers, architects and firms of all disciplines, as well as students in these fields. To be eligible, designs and concepts had to be realized by 2010.
The high-calibre international jury included landscape architect Claude Cormier of Claude Cormier Landscape Architects (Montreal), architect Craig Dykers of Snøhetta (Oslo/New York), designer and consultant Patty Johnson of Patty Johnson Design (Toronto), architect and product designer Eero Koivisto of Claesson Koivisto Rune (Stockholm) and interior designer Glenn Pushelberg of Yabu Pushelberg (Toronto/New York). In March, the expert panel conferred at Toronto’s Hotel Le Germain, narrowing the field from an impressive 600 entries arriving from 25 countries to a shortlist of 52 finalists. From there, they selected the 14 outstanding winners, with the recipient of the Student A+ Award receiving a prize of $2,500.
“The AZ AWARDS shows the high calibre of Canadian design by pitting it against the best in the world,” said Nelda Rodger, editor-in-chief of AZURE. “This competition is the next step in AZURE’s mission to provide our readers with visionary and engaging coverage of the international contemporary design scene.”
During the month of April, the public was also given the chance to vote online for their favourite designs in the People’s Choice Awards. Winners are noted below.
For more information about the AZ AWARDS winners, pick up AZURE's Awards Annual, on newsstands June 27, 2011 or visit awards.azuremagazine.com
(*Indicates both jury-selected and People’s Choice Winner)Furniture Design
: Ply Shelves, by Matter Design and CW Keller (USA)*Furniture Systems Design
: Invitrium Recyclable Kitchen, by Valcucine (Italy)*Lighting Design
: Softlight, by Molo (Canada) People’s Choice: Canopy, by United Visual Artists (UK)Interior Product Design
: SensoWash Starck, by Duravit (Germany)*Residential Architecture
: Linear House, by Patkau Architects (Canada) - People’s Choice: 60 Richmond East, by Teeple Architects (Canada)Commercial and Institutional Architecture
: Long Studio, by Saunders Arkitektur (Norway)*Landscape Architecture
: Ballast Point Park, by McGregor Coxall (Australia) - People’s Choice: Trinity College Quadrangle, by gh3 (Canada)Temporary and Demonstration Architecture
: Dunhill Campaign, by Campaign (UK) - People’s Choice: Ontario Pavilion, by Hariri Pontarini Architects (Canada)Residential Interiors
: Strelein Warehouse, by Ian Moore Architects (Australia) - People’s Choice: Crosstown Loft, by Campos Leckie Studio (Canada)Commercial and Institutional Interiors
: Scandinave Les Bains, by Saucier + Perrotte Architectes (Canada) - People’s Choice: DRU Cultural Factory, by M&R Interior Architecture (The Netherlands)Unbuilt Concepts
: Musée National des Beaux-Arts, by Saucier + Perrotte Architectes (Canada) - People’s Choice: Openair, by Jet Architecture, CXT Architects and Archasia Design Group (Canada/China)Other Unrealized Concepts
: Metropolitan Vertical Amusement Park, by Ju-Hyun Kim (USA)*Student Work
: Temporary Mosque, by Alex Josephson, University of Waterloo (Canada) - People’s Choice: Visions of Settlement, by Katherine Kovalik, University of Waterloo (Canada)For the Jury Award
: Hydroelectric Lamp, by Hierve (UK) - People’s Choice: OMS Stage, by 5468796 Architecture (Canada)About AZURE
AZURE is Canada’s leading contemporary design magazine and one of a handful of influential design titles worldwide. The independent magazine enjoys a growing subscriber base and can be found on newsstands across Canada, the U.S., Europe and Asia.
Founded in 1985 by editor-in-chief Nelda Rodger and publisher Sergio Sgaramella, each issue consistently delivers lively, visually engaging, forward-looking and socially relevant coverage of contemporary design. AZURE profiles designers and architects from around the world; brings its readers breaking news on interior products and trends; showcases smart and paradigm-breaking residential and commercial projects; and investigates design issues related to our changing society.
AZURE is an indispensable source of information and ideas for architects and designers as well as design-savvy consumers. The publication continues to garner awards for its overall excellence and high standards for visual and written content. Together with its sister publication, DESIGNLINES, AZURE speaks more to Canadians about contemporary design and where to source it than any other national publication.
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