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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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If Designers Are the Enemy, Are Innovators the Heroes?

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Woohoo! There’s nothing like a design bombshell to distract us from our Monday mourning. It all started when Bruce Nussbaum, champion of spelling and punctuation innovation, lashed out at designers in a speech he gave at Parsons last week:

In the name of provocation, let me start by saying that DESIGNERS SUCK. I’m sorry. It’s true. DESIGNERS SUCK. There’s a big backlash against design going on today and it’s because designers suck.

Well, actually, it didn’t start there. Nussbaum’s arrogant designer bashing actually goes all the way back to last week, when he picked up on something Philippe Starck supposedly said at TED:

“We are almost gods now,” said Starck.

It seems that quote was taken a bit out of context, especially since most TED bloggers claimed that Starck wasn’t as much arrogant as impossible to understand. Nussbaum apologized and leaves it up to the video to decide (it’s not posted yet). Nussbaum also references the wonderful Core77 article about design backlash that was published a few months ago, but doesn’t link to it. Maybe because it’s a lot better than his speech.

In the meantime, for the sucky designers out there who can’t read (probably all of you, you arrogant, delusional bastards with god complexes), David Armano has illustrated Nussbaum’s speech.

When All That Good Design Gets You…Hated

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Over at Core77, there’s a humdinger of an article up about design backlash (with an original image we loved so much, it’s lovingly reproduced here). Kevin McCullagh writes that it seems some people (we won’t name names, but he will) are suffering from a disaffection towards design. Those people seem to be the very same folks we’re looking to take design to its next level of success:

Philippe Starck sheepishly peered out of the cover of December’s Icon magazine, under the ‘I killed design’ banner. In an Observer article a few months earlier Stephen Bayley, the fiery British design critic, exclaimed “When I hear the word ‘designer’, I reach for my chainsaw.”

Whahappun?