by Meghna MehtaOct 17, 2019
Dezeen recently announced its shortlists in the categories of architecture, interiors, and design, for the Dezeen Awards that are to be held in October 2019. Another category – studios – will recognise emerging and best established studios and practices in each of the other three categories.
The selected projects, studios and products under all the categories provide a fresh breeze of innovation for the design communities, which is not only inspiring but a step towards a sustainable, thoughtful and exploratory future environment. The awards selection also puts forth a collection of unique, creative and sympathetic designs, creating more possibilities and a brighter future for the world of architecture and design, making it a part of our everyday lives.
The projects were assessed by an esteemed panel of judges who were chosen for their expertise in the respective category. Later, the selection was made using the judging criteria - how the projects and products have been aesthetically pleasing, innovative, and beneficial to the people and the planet.
The Dezeen Awards shortlist for architecture selected 53 from 267 projects that had made to the longlist. The entries were selected by a panel of leading architects and industry figures, including Sou Fujimoto, Frida Escobedo, Winy Maas of MVRDV, Alison Brooks, Lyndon Neri of Neri & Hu, Julia Barfield, Kunlé Adeyemi, Doriana Fuksas and Jim Olson.
The shortlisted architecture projects this year are from 31 countries across the globe, including Cambodia, Fiji, Peru, Russia and Sri Lanka. China leads the pack with six of its buildings featuring in the list. These projects have been further divided into 10 sub-categories - urban house, rural house, housing project, residential rebirth project, civic building, cultural building, business building, hospitality building, rebirth project and small building.
This year’s selection includes some intriguing designs as well, such as a cultural centre that doubles as a public seating in Iran, a house in England made from recycled cork, and a thatched restaurant overlooking Peru's Sacred Valley.
Others that made it to the shortlist are Kengo Kuma's V&A Dundee, Coal Drops Yard by Heatherwick Studio, Snøhetta's undersea restaurant, Japanese studio Katsutoshi Sasaki + Associates, Atelier Masomi from Niger, Indonesian practice RAW Architecture and MDDM Studio from China.
Vietnamese practices Vo Trong Nghia Architects and Mexico City-based Taller Hector Barroso both have more than one of their projects featured on the shortlist.
Other highlights in the architecture category include a spiralling wooden temple built for the Burning Man festival, a woven bamboo yoga pavilion in the Mexican jungle, a homeless housing project in Los Angeles, and a marketplace with recycled metal canopies in Niger.
The 53 projects that made to the Dezeen Awards 2019 shortlist for interiors was selected by a panel of judges that included the likes of Patricia Urquiola, Sevil Peach, David Rockwell and Werner Aisslinger.
These were filtered from a longlist of 259 interior design projects that came from 26 countries. The US leads the list with eight interior projects. Other shortlisted countries include China, South Korea, Ukraine, Norway and Australia.
The 10 sub-categories across which the interior projects have been divided are - house, apartment, restaurant and bar, hotel, large workspace, small workspace, retail interior, leisure and wellness, civic and cultural, small interiors.
The shortlist includes some inspiring works such as a gothic-inspired cafe, a compact black house designed to stand out like a minimalist sculpture and Europe's first underwater restaurant. Well-known architecture and design studios that made it to the shortlist include Snøhetta, Gensler and Note Design Studio, while numerous emerging studios including A Little Design, Nudes and Child Studio were also chosen.
Hong Kong-based MLkk Studio also made its presence felt as it appeared on the shortlist the most number of times, being recognised for the design of its three Aesop stores in Australia, Taiwan and South Korea. Other highlights on the shortlist include a 17.6-square-metre flat, a tech company's headquarters housed inside a century-old bank and an egg-shaped sauna.
The Dezeen Awards 2019 design shortlist revealed a selection of 52 projects and products out of a longlist of 261, picked by judges Philippe Starck, Li Edelkoort, Virgil Abloh, Marc Newson, Cecilie Manz, Kenya Hara, Imogen Heap and Tom Dixon.
The shortlist includes various innovative and refreshing ideas - a self-cleaning water bottle, a pendant light made with used coffee grounds, the world's first silent wireless breast pump, plant-based shoes made from pineapples, a bakery powered by people's workouts, and a pop-up bistro that created zero food waste.
The 10 sub-categories spanning across the design genre include furniture, lighting, homeware, product and wearable design. Categories for sustainable design, installation design and graphic design were introduced for the first time this year.
Designers and studios that made to the shortlist include Joe Doucet, Jaime Hayon, Studio Drift and Michael Anastassiades. With three pieces of furniture on the shortlist, Barber & Osgerby was recognised the most number pf times.
Other highlights from the shortlist include a high-security electric bicycle, lights made from hand-carved volcanic rock, an installation of 17,000 artworks that represent deported immigrants, colourful contact lens packaging, and fully recyclable running trainers.
In the last category, Patricia Urquiola , Lonny van Ryswyck and Nadine Sterk of Atelier NL and Ab Rogers shortlisted practices and studios for the Dezeen Awards 2019.
Established studios like Note Design Studio, Studio Gang and Barber & Osgerby, along with emerging talents like Child Studio and Estudio MMX, all made to the shortlist.
In total, 33 practices have been shortlisted for studio of the year and emerging studio categories. They will compete for six awards, which will be given to the best established and emerging talents in architecture, interiors and design.
Architecture offices that feature on the shortlist include Vietnamese practice Vo Trong Nghia Architects, Brazilian practice Studio MK27, and Dutch studio Mecanoo.
Interior design studios vying for awards include British studio Sevil Peach Architecture and Design, Stockholm-based Note Design Studio and Rafael de Cárdenas of New York.
Designers on the Dezeen Awards 2019 studio shortlist include Amsterdam-based duo Studio Drift, Swedish studio Form Us with Love, and British set-designers Stufish.
The selection assures one of the creative, innovative direction the fields of architecture and design are taking, and providing inspiration to all. The shortlists - with an interesting and invigorating collection of projects and products - to ponder upon and inspire from.
The winner of each project category will be announced online in October 2019. All winners will further compete for the project of the year award in the respective category, which will be revealed at an awards party in London on October 30, 2019.
(Read more about the Dezeen Awards 2019 )