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Wallpaper* 2008 Design Awards Announced

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During the last ten days, the finalists for some of Wallpaper*’s Design Awards were posted so readers could muse over the potential decisions and lose sleep over the suspense (Would Kit Kemp‘s Haymarket trump Philippe Starck‘s Fasano Rio de Janeiro? Don’t make us even consider it!). As of January 12, the winners were announced with a party in London (soiree coverage here) and nice little video bumpers by Mainframe.

The list of judges is short but very sweet—André Balazs, Patricia Urquiola, Tadao Ando, Wong Kar-wai, Donatella Versace, Langlands & Bell—but the the list of winners is long—very, very long. So we culled the highlights for you:

· Straw-man Tokujin Yoshioka continues his winning streak as best furniture designer, after being named designer of the year for Design Miami.

· Los Angeles is the best design city, booya! (And using Thom Mayne‘s CalTrans building to represent LA in the voting didn’t even hurt us.)

· The New Museum by SANAA, which seems to be on the top of everyone’s list at the moment, is the best new public building.

· Yves Béhar‘s Little Green Computer That Could is named most life-enhancing device.

· A Richard Prince-Marc Jacobs collaboration for LV gets best bag.

· Sir Paul Smith earns his stripes for best collaborator.

· Arik Levy‘s Cubic Meter shelving system for Kenny Schachter bests what we can only imagine is a very competitive category: modular furniture; Twist by Carlo Colombo for Arflex takes shelving.

· Paper Alphabet by Sonya Dyakova is best typeface; best stationery is by Lucienne Roberts for none other than Tony Blair. We’ll leave it to the UK’s Creative Review for commentary on both of those.

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Donatella Versace Tells Spice Girls What They Want, What They Really, Really Want

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Word of the Spice Girls reunion has generated a few surprises already, like the fact that there are three million Spice Girl fans on this planet who can now return to their loved ones after living in exile for over a decade. In another coup for the quintet, it was announced that Donatella Versace will be designing the costumes for their world tour and has even been given a Spice-worthy nickname: Lips Spice.

Instead of the explicit character-driven outfits (Sporty Spice = tracksuit, Scary Spice = Halloween costume) the Girls will still dress like their personas, but in a “much less obvious way.” Victoria Beckham is especially excited for her new look seeing as Versace truly understands the unique challenges of designing for round-breasted unsmiling women with orange skin.