On the evening of 21 January the spaces of the Hotel Shangri-La in Paris, near the Tour Eiffel, hosted a group of personalities from the worlds of design and communication. The occasion was the assignment of the Créateurs Design Awards, a peer-to-peer program that began in 2020 to acknowledge and support excellence in the sectors of interior design, product design, architecture, photography, journalism and curating.
Together with the organizers Yuri and Meredith Xavier, the awards were presented by an international group: Michèle Lamy, muse of the fashion designer Rick Owens and a style icon; the designers Ini Archibong, American, and Cristián Mohaded, from Argentina; Paolo Bleve, founder and editor of IFDM; Pernette Perriand-Barsac, author and coordinator of Archives Charlotte Perriand.
Best Commercial Project in Architecture: Chapel of Sound (Chengde), OPEN Architecture, China
A space for music with a sinuous, evocative volume, inspired by the surrounding rock formations.
Best Hospitality Project in Architecture: Terrestre Hotel (Puerto Escondido), Grupo Habita, Mexico
A building with a brutalist approach (by the studio Alberto Kalach – Taller de Arquitectura X), inserted in the landscape like a work of rural architecture.
Best Residential Project in Architecture – Mirai House of Arches (Bhilwara), Sanjay Puri Architects, India
An impressive game of volumes for a building that thanks to its outer masonry enclosure is able to keep things cool, even in the climate of Rajasthan.
Best Commercial Project in Interior Design – Maison Hermes 706 Madison (New York), RDAI, France
In the project by the French firm, the fusion of three existing buildings creates an atmosphere that brings together the dynamism of New York and the elegance of Paris.
Best Hospitality Project in Interior Design – Aman New York by Denniston, Malaysia
A 1920s skyscraper in which the spaces have been reinvented to create an oasis of peace in the center of New York, with natural materials and details that make reference to Japanese culture.
Best Residential Project in Interior Design – Modernist Residence in Passeig de Gràcia (Barcelona), Estudio vilablanch, Spain
In a building from the late 1800s, a refined mixture of restoration and adaptation to contemporary styles and needs.
Best Design Collaboration – Hexomino Disco Chair, Studio Sam Buckley x ZYVA Studio, France
A puzzle-chair created by using geometric modules: an experiment that playfully combines real design and the digital dimension (the object also exists in an NFT version).
Best Collection – Ordinance of the Subconscious Treatment, Atelier Duyi Han, China
A multimedia experiment (the collection of furnishings also includes a video) to investigate themes of mental health and contemporary “China-ness”.
Best Product Design – Shouldering Table, Niamh Barry, Ireland
Design meets the techniques of art: a one-off in bronze, with an intense mirror-finish blue patina.
Best Project Photography – BlackCliff House, Ema Peter, Canada
A portrait in images of a fascinating project: a rigorous, geometric house built on a granite spur 40 meters in height, reaching toward the sea.
Excellence in Creative Journalism – Anna Weyant’s Botticelli-esque Paintings Are Taking the Art Market by Storm, by Stephanie Sporn – Harper’s Bazaar (USA)
The youngest artist represented by leading gallerist Larry Gagosian provides the cue for an investigation that captures the present moment in contemporary art and its market.
Excellence in Art & Design Curation – Step by step, Galerie kreo/Clémence and Didier Krzentowski (Paris), France
Concentrating on a single object, the ladder, interpreted by 22 designers, an exhibition conceived as in-depth reflection on the meaning of designing and constructing tools.
Andrée Putman Lifetime Achievement Award – Tadao Ando
A prize for the career assigned to the great Japanese architect, who has created over 300 constructed works. Recent projects include the Bourse de Commerce in Paris, the headquarters of the Pinault Collection, where tradition and modernity coexist in harmony.
Le Prix Charlotte Perriand – Jeanne Gang
The American architect, founder of Studio Gang and designer of the Aqua Tower in Chicago, which stands out on the international stage for its aspects of sustainability, and its status as the world’s tallest building designed by a woman.