As the city emerges from a year as Capital of European Culture, the Vieux Port has been overhauled by new architecture, including Foster + Partners’ mirrored pavilion, L’Ombrière, while new art venues include Ora-ïto’s arts centre, MAMO, atop Le Corbusier’s iconic Cité Radieuse.
This year, they also designed a furniture collection for De La Espada and Stellar Works and Camper’s flagship in Shanghai.
Philippe Nigro Designer of the Year Joint Winner This year, French-born, Milan-based designer Philippe Nigro was enlisted by Hermès to create an eight-piece capsule collection of furniture, Les Nécessaires d’Hermès, which blended French luxury with Oriental sensibility.
The designer’s first full collection, it comprised simple, versatile objects, including stackable side tables, low benches, puffy stools and decorative screens.
Other recent work includes two designs for Baccarat: the retro-looking, modular hanging light ‘Clochette’; and ‘Céleste’, which is inspired by an Oriental lantern.
Centro Roberto Garza Sada for Art, Architecture and Design, by Tadao Ando Best new public building Part of the University of Monterrey, Mexico, the Tadao Ando-designed Centro Roberto Garza Sada for Art, Architecture and Design was inaugurated last spring.
Aiming to create a building that would hold a dialogue with the surrounding mountains, Ando designed a towering concrete structure spanning six floors that reads as a giant arch, or gate, inspiring him to nickname it the ‘Gate of Creation’.
Looking up, the building’s fierce 100m concrete span, ribbed with immaculate precision, hints at its engineering challenges.
Monsieur Bleu, Paris Best new restaurant This impressive restaurant in Paris’ Palais de Tokyo is a dramatic space designed by prolific local designer Joseph Dirand.
Welcome to the 10th Wallpaper* Design Awards, where we reveal our honours list for the people, places, pieces and phenomena that have raised our pulses over the past year.
Eleven major awards have been selected from the shortlist by our judging panel of six high-altitude achievers - Victoria Beckham, Michael Chow, Ron Gilad, Spike Jonze, Thom Mayne and Thaddaeus Ropac.
The other 33 awards were fought over by the Wallpaper* team, together with our international network of contributors.3065509531001 Judges and winners' film Each year, we invite a panel of high-ranking creatives to form a supreme court and sit in judgement over 11 special award categories, shortlisted by us.