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Wallpaper* 2008 Design Awards Announced


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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Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Wins, Rockwell Group Gets Served at James Beard Awards


Asian restaurants ruled as the world’s most mouth-watering design was honored last night at the James Beard Awards, which we will faithfully report just as soon as we wipe the drool from our chin.

In the restaurant design category, Lewis.Tsurumaki.LewisXing trumped the Rockwell Group‘s Nobu Fifty Seven. That’s literally Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis above: Paul Lewis, Marc Tsurumaki, and David J. Lewis. The third nominees were Stephanie Goto and Masataka Yano of Tadao Ando for Morimoto (that sentence sounds like something you’d order at the Iron Chef-headed restaurant).

In the graphics category, Fabien Baron and Takashi Hiratsuka at Baron and Baron took the prize with their look for Buddakan, beating out Base Design for Stand and Memo Productions’ Douglas Riccardi and Lisa Eaton for their work on Pizzeria Mozza. Personally we were pulling for the Mozza graphics, namely the sheer variety of placemats–quirky Italian comics, an Italian language primer (speaking mostly using your hands), and an illustrated recipe for a margherita pizza. Damn, there goes that drooling again.