JUDGES' AWARDS 2022: AND THE WINNERS ARE. . .
Wallpaper|February 2022
Our highest honours span six special categories, adjudicated by this mighty jury. Meet the judges and winners on the following pages, and see full profiles and shortlists on Wallpaper.com
ROSA BERTOLI

ILSE CRAWFORD Designer of happy places

DOUG AITKEN Multimedia artist and impresario

SOU FUJIMOTO Architect, minimalist and visionary

JON GRAY Culinary activist from Ghetto Gastro

LUCA GUADAGNINO Filmmaker of the sublime

SIMONE ROCHA Purveyor of fantastical fashion

BEST PRIVATE HOUSE

THE ROCK, CANADA , BY GORT SCOTT

Perched on a distinctive outcrop above Alta Lake in the Canadian ski resort of Whistler, this eyrie of a mountain retreat makes the most of the surrounding views. Inspired by a Frank Lloyd Wright quote – ‘No house should ever be on a hill [...]. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it’ – the London-based practice Gort Scott designed a contemporary family home rising from a series of landscaped levels cut into and built out of the mountainside. Comprising six bedrooms, a cinema room, gym, wine room, pool and guest house, the design reflects the client’s deep appreciation of the site’s natural beauty, explored through sketching during different weather conditions and times of day. Entering the house continues the feeling of passing through the landscape. ‘This journey to the crest of the rock, with its shifting horizons, has been a key driver in the layout and design. Although we are placing a significant building on the site, our aim throughout has been to retain this experience when walking to and through the house,’ say the architects. gortscott.com

JUDGE

ILSE CRAWFORD

DESIGNER

There’s no better time to celebrate Crawford’s pioneering approach to wellbeing in a design context than the present, when the world craves connection, intimacy and nurturing. A recurring phrase that Crawford uses to describe her interior design work is ‘giving people a better reality’. The recipient of the 2021 London Design Medal, Crawford believes the point of an award is ‘about recognition for projects that might lead the way; it’s about looking at the outliers for the future’. She found Designer of the Year nominees Objects of Common Interest particularly deserving by this metric. ‘They have what’s needed for the future: to start looking at design not as a noun but as a verb, and more integrated into our world, less attention-seeking,’ she says. She also admired Francis Kéré’s Slak education campus in Kenya. ‘The archetypal intelligence of that building was pretty great,’ she comments. ‘He’s come up with a design that makes education attractive, that makes sustainable building attractive, and viable.’ studioilse.com

DESIGNER OF THE YEAR OBJECTS OF COMMON INTEREST

PHOTOGRAPHY: GIORGOS SFAKIANAKIS WRITER: ROSA BERTOLI

Athens- and New York-based architects and designers Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis have been on Wallpaper’s radar since they began collaborating in 2012. We included their architecture studio, LoT, in our 2014 Architects’ Directory (W*184), and have followed their work in smaller-scale design since they inaugurated Objects of Common Interest in 2015.

‘Objects of Common Interest started not with the idea to create a studio or commercial line, but as an exercise in small scale,’ Trampoukis told us in 2017. ‘It was an extension of working with architecture and making it more abstract,’ added Petaloti. ‘We are interested in volumes and how they interact, creating abstract shapes and elements that become objects.’

Over the past year, this mission has been brilliantly explored through multidisciplinary exhibitions and collections, in both the virtual and physical worlds. They delved into the universe of Isamu Noguchi and his connections with their native Greece through a show at the Noguchi Museum in New York, featuring objects inspired by the artist, as well as a digital portal expanding on his experiences in the US. They also went fully digital with Perfettooo!, a virtual platform curated by Maria Cristina Didero and Annalisa Rosso, for which they created imaginary spaces merging objects, collages, architecture, music and video.

Their signature aesthetic, featuring compositions of soft geometries, was applied to furniture designs for galleries including Copenhagen’s Etage Projects, Milan’s Nilufar and Athens’ Carwan. Not confined to still objects, they created ‘Doric Columns, Kinetic Object’ for Kvadrat Febrik, a pair of fabric-clad sculptures inspired by classical architecture. ‘I love their capacity to use forms in an individual and coherent way,’ says our judge Luca Guadagnino, who praises their ability to fill a space with objects, looking beyond their immediate function. They are ‘quiet yet impressive, intelligent yet delightful,’ adds fellow judge Ilse Crawford, who cites their simple stools and benches for Dims as a great example of furniture that she’d use in her interiors projects. She also admires their respect for history and the discreet nature of their work: ‘design that doesn’t have to shout to be outstanding’. objectsofcommoninterest.com

JUDGE

DOUG AITKEN

ARTIST

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