BEST IN CLASS

Wallpaper - - Editor's Letter - Sarah Dou­glas, Ed­i­tor-in-chief

Wel­come to the 15th edi­tion of the Wall­pa­per* De­sign Awards, cel­e­brat­ing all the very best in de­sign from the past year. The is­sue is split into two parts. Our high­est hon­ours are the 11 ma­jor Judges’ Awards, short­listed by Wall­pa­per* and the win­ners cho­sen by our panel of es­teemed judges – Paola An­tonelli, se­nior cu­ra­tor of ar­chi­tec­ture and de­sign at MOMA; Bjarke In­gels, stel­lar ar­chi­tect and founder of BIG; Wall­pa­per’s reign­ing De­signer of the Year 2018 Philippe Malouin; ethe­real ma­nip­u­la­tor of space and form Do Ho Suh; block­bust­ing Broad­way set de­signer David Korins; and fi­nally, Buf­falo Girl, style icon and, most re­cently, Kieran Heb­den-col­lab­o­ra­tor Neneh Cherry. A huge thank-you to them for their val­ued time and wis­dom.

The rest of the is­sue is ded­i­cated to awards se­lected by Wall­pa­per* and our ex­tended fam­ily of con­trib­u­tors, writ­ers and cu­ra­tors from around the world. Notable high­lights in­clude Jean Nou­vel’s ex­quis­ite games com­pen­dium with Bot­tega Ghi­anda; Elm­green & Dragset’s su­per-sleek bar (for those on the in­side look­ing out); Isay We­in­feld’s re­make of the iconic Four Sea­sons Restau­rant in New York; Di­eter Rams’ min­i­mal­ist hand­bag for Tsat­sas; and our very own dream space for do­mes­tic disco di­vas, com­plete with Gufram glit­ter ball.

We also cel­e­brate head bou­quets and hands-free um­brel­las; a rolling Michael Anas­tas­si­ades speaker for Bang & Olufsen; ex­pertly butchered veg; pop-coloured sinks by Carlo Colombo for An­to­niolupi; Ole Scheeren’s land­scaped fast-food counter for Dean & Deluca; mid­cen­tury fur­ni­ture re­vived in re­con­sti­tuted fish­ing nets; a per­fectly judged re­fur­bish­ment of Jørn Ut­zon’s only UK house, by Cop­pin Dock­ray; and Michele De Luc­chi’s con­certina-cut ket­tle for Alessi.

The past year has been a stand­out one for good de­sign that be­haves beau­ti­fully, that thinks about its im­pact in ev­ery sense. It’s heart­en­ing to cel­e­brate the peo­ple and brands that strive to make a dif­fer­ence, to in­no­vate and de­sign a bet­ter life, which leads us to look for­ward op­ti­misti­cally to 2019. En­joy the is­sue!

CoverThe cover and Fe­bru­ary is­sue have been guest art di­rected by Lon­don stu­dio B.A.M., founded by Lee Belcher and David Mck­endrick in 2014, bam­lon­don.com

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