The Designs of the Year awards, ‘The Oscars of the design world’ showcases the most innovative and imaginative designs from around the world, over the past year, spanning seven categories: Architecture, Digital, Fashion, Furniture, Graphics, Transport and Product. Category winners and the overall winner will be decided by a jury and announced to the public on 17 April 2013.
Here are some of HUNCH’s favourites on the list.
The Shard, London, UK
Designed by Renzo Piano
There is only one building as far as we’re concerned, the stunning Shard. London will never be the same again, hoorah!
Superkilen, Nørrebro, Denmark
Designed by BIG, TOPOTEK1 and Superflex
More landscape or town planning but this design innovation from Denmark caught our eye too.
Candles In The Wind
Designed by Moritz Waldemeyer for Ingo Maurer
Candles in the Wind is a revolutionary new lighting concept, using modern LED technology to faithfully recreate the experience of a simple yet infinitely complex candle flame. The design is pure and minimal: a bare circuit board featuring the latest in micro-processor technology paired with 256 high quality LEDs per candle is all it takes to evoke the natural flow and flicker. When seen from a distance, the light is indistinguishable from the real thing. I’d look great in the HUNCH studio, or my living room!
English Hedgerow Plate
Designed by Andrew Tanner and Unanico for Royal Winton
An original chintz design uniquely brought to life with augmented reality. The naturalistic animation of wildlife is triggered through the camera of an iphone via a free iOS app and the design is printed on a fine bone china Royal Winton plate. We think it’s uniquely exquisite.
Rain Room, (The Curve, Barbican Art Gallery)
Designed by rAndom International
Random International is an arts collaborative that has designed an installation of cascading water simulating rain. What’s mesmerizing about this installation is the ‘rain’ is programmed to ensure that you won’t get wet. The installation tracks your movements and will halt the rain as you walk towards it. It’s a surreal experience that’s the closest you’re likely to get to emulating Moses.
Commes De Garçons RTW A/W12
Designed by Rei Kawakubo
Bearing in mind the body is 3D, Commes De Garçons’s A/W12 collection impressed the fashion world with a statement that was all about flat! Oversized sillouettes, crafted and molded and decorated with enlarged patterns of leopard, naïve flower drawings and polka dots and camouflage. This was for us here at HUNCH the statement collection of the season.
Prada S/S12 RTW Collection
Designed by Miuccia Prada
Our nod to Prada’s S/S12 collection not only goes for the clothes that hark to the 50’s and elegantly merge sexyness and glamour in the unique way that only Muccia Prada can, but also for the fantastic advertising campaign that captivates and seduces you with it’s design, colour, style and production. HUNCH loves Prada.
Proenza Schouler A/W12 Collection
Designed by Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough
HUNCH’s winner in the fashion category is undoubtedly Proenza Schouler and their A/W12 collection. After a month-long trip to the magical mountain kingdom of Bhutan, and Nepal in the Himalayas designers Hernandez and McCollough took elements of costume and national dress, graft it onto iconic everyday wardrobe pieces to produce a powerfully modern and seductive collection.
The primary concept of clothing as protection, samurai uniforms worn by kendo swordsmen led to experiments with woven leather, patchwork piecing and asymmetric fastenings suggested elements of traditional Far Eastern dress and a new metallic paillette that the designers had developed with leather strips threaded through it to create an effect that was part Edo armor. BRAVO.